Bestselling Science, Nature & How It Works Books for 11 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling science, nature & how it works books for 11 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff

by: Curt Gabrielson
Release date: Sep 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 268
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After-school and out-of-school programs-as well as home schooling-have been growing steadily for nearly a decade, but instructors are still searching for high-interest content that ties into science standards without the rigidity of current classroom canon. The author draws on more than 20 years of experience doing hands-on science to facilitate tinkering: learning science while fooling around with real things.

In this book, you’ll learn:

  • Tinkering techniques in key science areas
  • How to let kids learn science with hands-on tinkering
  • Engaging techniques for science learning at home, in school, or at a makerspace or library
  • Step-by-step instructions for activities that don’t end with a single project, but that provide many paths for “tinkering forward”.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

2. Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction

by: Saul Dr. GriffithNick DragottaJeff ParkerWarren SimonsSandy Jarrel
Release date: Aug 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 360
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“This is a great addition to STEM collections, maker spaces, and elementary- through middle-school graphic-novel collections.” – Booklist “Fine, fabulous stuff” – School Library Journal Lurking in the corners of your garage, on the dusty shelves of hardware stores, and in your own trashcan are the tools and ingredients for creating your own adventures. Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn through play with over 50 DIY projects! Challenged to make something “other than trouble,” this brother-and-sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys that readers can build. Combining comics and real-life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them. “…perfectly tuned to inspire creativity as well as promote good work habits in budding inventors and mechanical engineers alike.” – Kirkus Review “Geeks aren’t born, they’re made… and here’s the instruction manual.” – Wired Magazine
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art > Cartooning

3. Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

by: Gene BarrettaGene Barretta
Release date: Jul 17, 2012
Number of Pages: 36
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What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common?

All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison.

Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology.  Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-changing inventions. In this enlightening book, Gene Barretta enters the laboratories of one of America’s most important inventors.

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Children’s Books > History

4. The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

by: William Gurstelle
Release date: Jul 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 192
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Whether playing at defending their own castle or simply chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers will become fast acquainted with Ludgar, the War Wolf, Ill Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey-ancient artillery devices known commonly as catapults. Building these simple yet sophisticated machines introduces fundamentals of math and physics using levers, force, torsion, tension, and traction. Instructions and diagrams illustrate how to build seven authentic working model catapults, including an early Greek ballista, a Roman onager, and the apex of catapult technology, the English trebuchet. Additional projects include learning how to lash and make rope and how to construct and use a hand sling and a staff sling. The colorful history of siege warfare is explored through the stories of Alexander the Great and his battle of Tyre; Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of England and his battle against the Scots at Stirling Castle.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

5. The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans (Scientists in the Field Series)

by: Elizabeth Rusch
Release date: Oct 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 80
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Journey to the wave-battered coast of the Pacific Northwest to meet some of the engineers and scientists working to harness the punishing force of our oceans, one of the nature’s powerful and renewable energy sources. With an array of amazing devices that cling to the bottom of the sea floor and surf on the crests of waves, these explorers are using a combination of science, imagination, and innovation to try to capture wave energy in the hopes of someday powering our lives in a cleaner, more sustainable way.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Jobs & Careers

6. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Scientists in the Field Series)

by: Elizabeth Rusch
Release date: Jun 19, 2012
Number of Pages: 80
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On June 10, 2003, a little rover named Spirit blasted off on a rocket headed for Mars. On July 7, 2003, a twin rover named Opportunity soared through the solar system with the same mission: to find out if Mars ever had water that could have supported life.A thrilling addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, The Mighty Mars Rovers tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes-and heart-of Steven Squyres, professor of astronomy at Cornell University and lead scientist on the mission.

This suspenseful page-turner captures the hair-raising human emotions felt during the adventures with two tough rovers.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

7. Skateboarding: How It Works (The Science of Sports (Sports Illustrated for Kids))

by: Emily Sohn
Release date: Apr 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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How can a board on four wheels be the basis for such amazing tricks? Learn how skateboarders harness the power of science to perform some of the sweetest stunts you’ve ever seen.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

8. The Story of Clocks and Calendars

by: Betsy MaestroGiulio Maestro
Release date: Nov 02, 2004
Number of Pages: 48
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Travel through time with the maestros as they explore the amazing history of timekeeping!

Did you know that there is more than one calendar? While the most commonly used calendar was on the year 2000, the Jewish calendar said it was the year 5760, while the Muslim calendar said 1420 and the Chinese calendar said 4698. Why do these differences exist? How did ancient civilizations keep track of time? When and how were clocks first invented?

Find answers to all these questions and more in this incredible trip through history.

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Children’s Books > History > Ancient

9. The Incredible Work of Engineers With Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science and Engineering in Action)

by: Agnieszka BiskupMarcelo Baez
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Max Axiom has a mission. The National Space Agency wants to build a lunar colony, but it needs a team of top-notch engineers to get the job done. Join Max as he scours the globe to learn about incredible engineers and the amazing things they do.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

10. Science Is…: A source book of fascinating facts, projects and activities

by: Susan Bosak
Release date: May 06, 2000
Number of Pages: 515
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This guide for teachers is the answer to all questions children ask and all the wonders they want to investigate — from the marvel of a raindrop on a leaf, to the power of a volcano, to the mysteries of the universe.

This award-winning bestseller is the biggest and best collection of science activities for children 6 to 14 years old. There are projects, experiments, games, puzzles, and stories. They cover all areas of science, including matter and energy, the human body, the environment, rocks, plants, animals, insects, weather, stars and planets, and technology.

Activities range in length from the popular ‘Quickies’ to projects that can be done over several days or weeks. They’ve all been tested and use simple materials. Easy-to-follow explanations, engaging illustrations, and fun facts (did you know that a cockroach can live for nine days without its head?). Many thousands of copies of Science Is… have been used by student teachers to get started in science class. Make this a book you’ll turn to again and again.

“An innovative book … Youngsters will be intrigued by the exciting activities crammed into this book.” (Today’s Parent)

“An excellent reference source for parents and teachers!” (School Library Journal)

“A powerful and practical resource… Will enrich any school science curriculum. Highly recommended!” (Appraisal, School of Education, Boston University)

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Business & Money > Education & Reference

11. Robot Experiments (Cool Science Projects with Technology)

by: Ed Sobey
Release date: Mar 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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Build your own robot! Learn what makes a robot work. Then design, build, and program your very own robot. The experiments in this book will guide you through the field of robotics. Many experiments include ideas you can use for your own science fair project.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

12. Dams and Hydropower (Development Or Destruction?)

by: Louise Spilsbury
Release date: Dec 15, 2011
Number of Pages: 48
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Using case studies from around the world that showcase both the positive and the negative impacts development projects can have, this title explores the consequences of different kinds of resource management within dam projects. Throughout, pros and cons of each development will be presented, in order to present both sides and provoke a debate/discussion.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

13. Fluffy, Flat, and Wet: A Book About Clouds (Amazing Science: Exploring the Sky)

by: Dana Meachen RauDenise Shea
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes how clouds form, and explains the differences between cirrus, stratus, cumulus, and nimbus clouds. Includes activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

14. Solar Cell and Renewable Energy Experiments (Cool Science Projects with Technology)

by: Ed Sobey
Release date: Apr 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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Give renewable energy a try! Solar, wind, and hydropower can be used to offset the use of fossil fuels. The projects in this book teach young readers about solar cells, electricity, and energy. Experiment with simple ways of using renewable energy to power different devices. Many experiments include ideas you can use for your own science fair projects.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

15. Environmental Engineering and the Science of Sustainability (Engineering in Action)

by: Robert Snedden
Release date: Mar 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Jobs & Careers

16. Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart (Amazing Science)

by: Natalie M. RosinskySheree Boyd
Release date: Sep 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 24
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Compasses and magnetite, magnetic poles and motors – learn about how magnets affect our lives.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

17. How Come?: Every Kid’s Science Questions Explained

by: Kathy WollardDebra Solomon
Release date: Jan 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 416
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Fact-filled, fun-filled, as interesting to parents as it is to kids, the How Come? series is the trusted source for lively, clear answers to kids’ science queries. Now the best questions and answers from all three books-How Come?; How Come? Planet Earth; and How Come? In the Neighborhood-have been revised, updated, freshly illustrated in full color, supplemented with twenty completely new questions, and combined into one bigger, better volume.

How Come? explains, in fascinating detail, more than 200 mysteries and phenomena in the world around us. These are the questions that pique kids’ curiosity-and stump parents.

When it rains, does running (rather than walking) to the nearest shelter really keep you any drier?

How can a stone skip across a pond (instead of sink)?

If the Earth is spinning, why can’t we feel it? Why don’t we fly off?

Why do elephants have trunks?

And the all-time classic, Why is the sky blue? (Sunlight has a hidden rainbow of colors, and air molecules scatter blues the most-sending bright blue light down to Earth.)

The text is clearly written, engaging, and accessible. It’s for every kid who wants to know-and every grown-up who simply doesn’t know.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

18. Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds

by: Ann McCallumLeeza Hernandez
Release date: Aug 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Hungry readers discover delicious and distinct recipes in this witty companion to Eat Your Math Homework. A main text explains upper-elementary science concepts, including subatomic particles, acids and bases, black holes, and more. Alongside simple recipes, side-bars encourage readers to also experiment and explore outside of the kitchen. A review, glossary, and index make the entire book easy to digest.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

19. Pull, Lift, and Lower: A Book About Pulleys (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes many different kinds, uses, and benefits of pulleys. Provides examples of pulleys by showing a flagpole, a crane, an elevator and window blinds.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

20. Electric Motor Experiments (Cool Science Projects with Technology)

by: Ed Sobey
Release date: Apr 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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You can find motors in countless household devices. Discover how they work as author Ed Sobey guides young readers through the disassembly and rebuilding of a motor. Make your own motor and improve it for different uses. Many unique experiments include ideas for science fair projects.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

21. Harnessing Energy: Coal Power

by: Diane Bailey
Release date: Jan 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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Why has coal been such a prominent energy source? How can renewable energies be stored most effectively? Linking science to practical applications and social issues to realistic goals, this new series orients ecologically conscious readers toward the future of Harnessing Energy. With a special section on historical moments involving the energy source, details on key inventors and notable discoveries, and statistics to back up objective reports, each title seeks to present a fully contextualized history of the featured energy form. A must-have for any STEM unit dealing with energy studies. In this title examine the ways in which coal has historically been used as an energy source and how current and future energy demands are changing its technical applications and efficiency levels.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

22. Visual Timeline of Inventions

by: Richard Platt
Release date: Aug 27, 2001
Number of Pages: 64
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This original timeline treats each subject as a visual thread and makes any history lesson memorable. Children can’t resist following along to find out what happens. Visual Timelines: Inventions is an invaluable resource that provides unbeatable material for any student.
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Children’s Books > History

23. Football: How It Works (The Science of Sports (Sports Illustrated for Kids))

by: Agnieszka Biskup
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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What goes into every pass, punt, and touchdown? Science! Read about the forces of science at work behind the power-packed action in every football game.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

24. Manipulating Light: Reflection, Refraction, and Absorption (Exploring Science: Physical Science)

by: Darlene R. StilleFarhana Hossain
Release date: Jul 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 48
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Provides an explanation of how light works, including how it bounces or reflects, how it bends or refracts, and how light gets absorbed. Also discusses mirrors, telescopes, and colors.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

25. Harnessing Power from the Sun (Energy Revolution)

by: Niki Walker
Release date: Jan 25, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Describes the different ways that energy from the sun can be harnessed to make electricity, and explains the advantages and disadvantages of using solar energy.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

26. Fizzing Physics (Science Crackers)

by: Steve Parker
Release date: Jan 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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This exciting new series satisfies the most enquiring young scientific minds! With a back-to-basics approach to the core topics, these books investigate science in a clear and concise way and explain how science is relevant to children’s everyday world. The book features a bright, contemporary design and fantastic photographs and the series covers all key science topics for this age group. Writen by award-winning science authors, the humorous cartoon characters engage readers.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

27. Engineering an Awesome Recycling Center With Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science and Engineering in Action)

by: Nikole Brooks BetheaPop Art Studios
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Max Axiom has a mission. The city mayor needs a recycling center to decrease pressure on its bulging landfill. Join Max as he uses the engineering process to design and build an awesome recycling center.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

28. CSI at Work (Amazing Crime Scene Science)

by: John Townsend
Release date: Sep 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Forensic science is endlessly interesting and this series leaves no element of this intriguing subject untouched.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Law & Crime

29. Roll, Slope, and Slide: A Book About Ramps (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes the different kinds, uses, and benefits of inclined planes and ramps. Includes an activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

30. The Science of Motorcycle Racing (The Science of Speed)

by: Marcia Amidon LustedRobert L McConnell
Release date: Feb 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Watching a motorcycle race is exciting, but have you ever wondered about the science behind the speed? From before riders reach the track until they blaze across the finish line, science plays a key role. Find out about the concepts behind motorcycle design, track surfaces, drafting, protective clothing, and much more!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

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