As I split the science year with another mom, I admit I got really lax and didn’t post about what we’ve been up to, but I’m getting back on track very soon. I have two posts queued up to finish, filled with books, videos and experiments.
In the meantime, I wanted to recommend a series I discovered in the last few months which was extremely useful for our earth science year. It’s the detailed picture books by Seymour Simon. Most of these are slightly older, from the late 1980’s. However, they are still in print, in paperback no less, making them easy to find and affordable. The books cover many topics, including biology and astronomy, but we made use of the ones about topics in earth science such as Earthquakes, Oceans, Glaciers and Icebergs, and Mountains.
Each book contains mostly photos with occasional diagrams. The layout is very simple, but the text is solid and explains the topic well. Because these books are older, you’ll find that there are examples that feel out of date (a section on tsunamis that doesn’t mention the 2004 tsunami, for example). However, this is the first series I’ve found that feels like it’s a step up from the well-loved Let’s Read and Find Out series without being overwhelming or frantically blurby. The kids have found these compelling, many of the photos are beautiful, and it’s always nice to have a go-to book to start a topic off. Now that we’ve gone through and outgrown many of the Let’s Read and Find Out books, I’m glad I found a replacement.