Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Science


The picture book is a versatile format and this week’s recommendations focus on picture books that venture beyond stories and into the world of non-fiction science. Each of this week’s books is intriguingly fact-filled, as well as well-written, creative, and visually appealing. Whether it’s astronomy, biology, zoology, or other area of science, all three of these books will have readers eager to explore and read more. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


A Strange Place to Call Home: The World’s Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call Them Home by Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Ed Young

Chronicle Books, 978-1452101200


Highly adaptable animal survivors are the focus of the 14 poems in this illustrated collection. Each poem highlights a specific animal, the seemingly inhospitable habitat they live in, and the unique ways they have adapted to their harsh homes. From penguins that live in warm weather to monkeys that huddle in the snow, from blind albino cave fish to vibrant pink flamingos who feed in salt flats, the poems in this book will have readers eager to learn more about the animals that live in the world’s most dangerous habitats. Yound’s earthy collage illustrations use a variety of materials to create layered compositions that compliment the poems.


The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts about the Solar System by Jacqueline Mitton, Illustrated by Christina Balit

National Geographic Children’s Books, 978-1426304484


The Sun, the Moon, the eight planets in our solar system, as well as three dwarf planets, including Pluto, are discussed in this non fiction book. Accompanied by vibrant illustrations, this book covers how names were chosen for these celestial bodies, facts and attributes of each, and the characteristics they share with their Greek/Roman namesakes. This book differs from many non-fiction books about the solar system in that the writing focuses on evocative images that helps the reader paint a picture of the planet and the god/goddess in their minds eye, while at the same time presenting important factual information.



Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman, Illustrated by Brian Lies

Charlesbridge, 978-1570915970


Set to the familiar tune of “Over the Meadow” this non-fiction picture book introduces readers to the plants and animals of the Okefenokee Swamp. Count your way from one to ten through a stunning variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals that live in this cypress swamp, located in southern Georgia and northern Florida. An alphabetical glossary of facts is included at the back of the book.