Bestselling Science, Nature & How It Works Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling science, nature & how it works books for 4 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. Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do

by: Steve JenkinsRobin PageSteve Jenkins
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Dear axolotl: Why do you have feathers growing out of your head?
Axolotl: They aren’t feathers-they’re gills! They let me breathe underwater.

Let’s face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person’s features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it’s hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn’t true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive.
     Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous-and very true-explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.
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Children’s Books > Animals

2. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

by: Kathryn Gibbs DavisGilbert Ford
Release date: Sep 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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A Junior Library Guild Selection

Capturing an engineer’s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world’s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.
     A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford’s dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World’s Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.

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

3. Beaks!

by: Sneed B. Collard IIIRobin Brickman
Release date: Jul 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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How can a toucan fly with such a large, cumbersome beak? A toucan’s beak is actually light as a feather due to its honeycomb construction. And not only is it beautiful, but it’s an extremely useful tool in foraging for food. Find out more fascinating facts in this remarkably illustrated study of bird beaks. Learn about several different birds, their habitats, and how their beaks are uniquely styled to help them survive. Outstanding 3-D cut-paper illustrations by Robin Brickman create amazingly realistic tableaus of birds in their natural environments with their beaks in action. Back matter includes a comprehensive quiz, a bibliography, and a list of related Web sites.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

4. Push and Pull (The Way Things Move)

by: Lola M. SchaeferPhD Gail Saunders-Smith
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 24
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Simple text and photographs describe and illustrate push and pull movement.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

5. Fireflies in the Night: Revised Edition (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

by: Judy HawesEllen Alexander
Release date: Sep 30, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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“[In] a revision of the 1963 edition, [a] brief, clearly written text [tells of a young girl who] learns some interesting facts about fireflies from her grandfather. Alexander uses richly hued pastels for her illustrations of the young girl, her grandparents’ farm, and the creatures of a summer night.”-SLJ.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

6. Journey of the Sea Glass

by: Nicole Fazio
Release date: Jul 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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What happens to sea glass between the time it falls into the sea and it washes up on the beach? This charming and inventive book explores a possible course of events, tracing a Coca-Cola bottle that is dropped overboard from a ship near the turn of the 20th century, only to have a fragment of it discovered on a beach by a young girl decades late. Over time, the bottle has been influenced by waves, currents, the sea floor, and sea creatures, all pictured in lush full-color illustrations. With no words, the story is related completely through the images, allowing children and adults alike to fully immerse themselves in the artwork without the distraction of text.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

7. Cement Mixers at Work (Big Trucks)

by: D. R. Addison
Release date: Jan 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 24
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

8. How Things Work: In the Yard

by: Lisa Campbell Ernst
Release date: Mar 30, 2011
Number of Pages: 40
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Award-winning, best-selling author and illustrator Lisa Campbell Ernst’s newest book celebrates young children’s inquisitiveness about the world around them—and, specifically, the things found in any yard.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Biology

9. Wind

by: Marion Dane BauerJohn Wallace
Release date: Sep 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Level 1: Starting to Read
. Simple stories
. Increased vocabulary
. Longer sentences

Though you can’t see the wind, you can certainly feel it when the wind blows! But where does wind come from? The answer is at your fingertips. Just open this book and read about the wonders of wind….
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

10. A Trip into Space: An Adventure to the International Space Station

by: Lori Haskins HouranFrancisca Marquez
Release date: Mar 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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A lively, rhythmical story and detailed illustrations take readers on a trip to the International Space Station, where astronauts work, sleep, and walk in space! This great read-aloud includes the latest information (verified by NASA staff) about the ISS. Fact-filled and fun, this story will send young minds soaring.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space > Aeronautics & Space

11. The Magic School Bus in the Arctic: A Book About Heat

by: Joanna ColeBruce DegenArt Ruiz
Release date: Nov 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Adapted from episodes of the animated TV series, and based on The Magic School Bus books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

12. Oscar and the Snail: A Book About Things That We Use (Start with Science)

by: Geoff WaringGeoff Waring
Release date: Feb 22, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Two new Start with Science books introduce kids to core science concepts through engaging stories, fresh illustrations, and supplemental activities.

One day Oscar comes across a nest made of twigs and leaves, perfect for sheltering eggs. It makes him wonder about all the things we use – like glass, paper, plastic, and cloth. With the help of his friend Snail, the curious kitten learns why we choose specific materials to do different jobs, where the materials come from, and what useful qualities they have.

From the Hardcover edition.

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

13. Exploring Light (Sense of Science)

by: Claire Llewellyn
Release date: Aug 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 30
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The books in this series are packed with simple activities that get the reader to test out what they’ve read.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

14. Exploring Sound (Sense of Science)

by: Claire Llewellyn
Release date: Aug 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 30
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A simple exploration of sound that covers pitch, volume, hearing and ears, how humans make sounds, and why animals make sounds. Includes activities.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

15. Gears Go, Wheels Roll (Science Starts)

by: Mark Weakland
Release date: Feb 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Is a wheel the same as a gear? Will a square wheel work? Could a wheel roll forever? Discover the wonder and science of wheels in Gears Go, Wheels Roll.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

16. From Metal to Airplane (Start to Finish (Lerner Hardcover))

by: Robin Nelson
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Briefly introduces the process by which an airplane is made from sheet metal and other parts.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

17. Jelly Beans (Made in the U.S.A.)

by: Claire Kreger
Release date: Jul 25, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Looks at how the candy Jelly Belly is made, including adding sugars, coloring, and packaging.
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Children’s Books > History > Military & Wars

18. How Things Move (Yellow Umbrella Books: Science)

by: CurryDon L.Gail Saunders-Smith
Release date: Sep 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 20
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Explains the concept of push and pull movement, using many examples.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

19. Motion, Magnets and More

by: Adrienne MasonClaudia Davila
Release date: Aug 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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Where do the bubbles come from in a piece of cake? Why do triangles make a structure stronger? And how come magnets don’t stick to the wall? This colorful and straightforward introduction to the physical sciences gives young readers an easy-to-understand overview of such concepts as materials, forces, structures, solids, liquids and gases. Explanations are accompanied by simple, fun activities, including building a structure out of dried spaghetti and inflating a balloon with a gas made by combining vinegar and baking soda. Parents and teachers will find more explanations, activity ideas and a helpful glossary in the back.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

20. Let’s Try It Out with Towers and Bridges : Hands-On Early-Learning Activities

by: Seymour SimonNicole FauteuxDoug Cushman
Release date: May 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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What keeps trees from falling over?
How do skyscrapers stand so tall?
What makes a bridge strong?

Let’s try it out!

Let’s Try It Out with Towers and Bridges contains fun-filled activities that encourage young children to use familiar and safe objects found in their homes or classrooms to make observations about how things work. Whether building a sturdy tower of blocks, creating a solid foundation with clay, or making a paper bridge span short and long distances without falling down, children will have fun while they begin to learn important and basic science concepts.

In this innovative series for young children, acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon and Nicole Fauteux encourage children to explore the world around them as they play. Each book contains tips for parents and caregivers on how to create positive learning experiences for even the littlest of scientists.

Charming and lively illustrations by New York Times best-selling illustrator Doug Cushman ensure that the LET’S TRY IT OUT series is as much fun to look at as it is to try out!

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

21. Where Does Food Come From? (Exceptional Science Titles for Primary Grades)

by: Shelley RotnerGary GossShelley Rotner
Release date: Mar 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Explains the origins of many foods, including chocolate, french fries, bread, and salt.
Title: Where Does Food Come From?
Author: Rotner, Shelley/ Goss, Gary/ Rotner, Shelley (PHT)
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Publication Date: 2005/12/30
Number of Pages: 32
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2005000874
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

22. Trains Can Float: and other fun facts (Did You Know?)

by: Laura Lyn DiSienaHannah EliotPete OswaldAaron Spurgeon
Release date: Aug 19, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Rev your engines for this book of fun facts about trains, planes, bridges, tunnels, and more!

Did you know that some trains can actually float? Magnets make the train rise above the tracks!
How about that the longest suspension bridge in the world is a mile and a quarter long?
Or that tunnels were built in the Netherlands to help keep certain endangered animals safe from traffic?

Filled with tons of cool facts about vehicles and other modes of transportation, plus colorful, humorous illustrations by Pete Oswald, this book is sure to be a hit!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

23. Where Does Electricity Come From? (Clever Calvin)

by: C. Vance Cast
Release date: Apr 16, 1992
Number of Pages: 40
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Clever Calvin asks questions-then goes out and finds the answers. Six humorously illustrated books take kids on tours and teach them a few things about modern technology. Here are the stories of how electricity is generated and brought to our homes, how oil is pumped from the ground to become many different products, how paper is made, and how water is collected and purified-then brought to our kitchens, bathrooms and swimming pools. Two additional new volumes deal with paleontology (dinosaurs!) and ecological concerns in terms that will appeal to kids. Each Clever Calvin book features a glossary of science terms and suggestions for safe experiments children can perform.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

24. Extra Cheese, Please!: Mozzarella’s Journey from Cow to Pizza

by: Cris PetersonAlvis Upitis
Release date: Mar 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 32
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Every Friday on their farm, Cris Peterson and her family make pizza. The only unusual thing about this is that the cheese they use on top of the pizza comes from the cows in their own barn. Ms. Peterson and her husband, Gary, own and run a dairy farm in Wisconsin. In this clear and concisely written book, the author outlines the steps of cheese making for younger readers–beginning with the moment a calf is born and its mother first gives milk. Alvis Upitis, an internationally known photographer, has documented the process from start to finish. In an age when America’s farms often seem a long way off from the stores that sell their products, this book shows the link between milk and cow, cheese and pizza.
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Children’s Books > Animals

25. Float and Sink (First Step Nonfiction)

by: Robin Nelson
Release date: Oct 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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This book is a good first step nonfiction. Start talking with your youngest about forces and motion today!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

26. Floating and Sinking (Everyday Science (Gareth Stevens))

by: Peter D. RileyRay Moller
Release date: Jul 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 31
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This series introduces the first concepts that surround the physical sciences. The text combines statements and questions in such a way that it develops a child’s understanding of science and the language related to it.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

27. Back and Forth (The Way Things Move)

by: Lola M. SchaeferPhD Gail Saunders-Smith
Release date: Jul 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 24
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Text and photographs provide examples of back and forth movement, including the pendulum on a clock, a child in a rocking chair, and waves on the shore.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

28. See More Readers: Giant Machines -Level 1

by: Seymour Simon
Release date: Mar 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Bulldozers tear huge rocks from the ground. Tower cranes life heavy loads on bridges and in shipyards. Dig into GIANT MACHINES to learn more about these and many other powerful tools!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

29. Experiments in Science: How Does it Work?

by: David GloverLinda Martin
Release date: Sep 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 128
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How do switches make fairgrounds fun? What makes a kite fly? Can sunlight bounce? How are echoes made? Discover the answers to these questions and more in these fantastic experiments that cover everything from making a burglar alarm to finding out how to split sunlight.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

30. Circular Movement (Pebble Books)

by: SchaeferLola M.Gail Saunders-Smith
Release date: Sep 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 24
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Text and photographs show objects which move in circles.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

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