Bestselling Science, Nature & How It Works Books for 6 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling science, nature & how it works books for 6 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. 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

2. 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids

by: Amy ZuckermanJames DalyJohn Manders
Release date: Mar 19, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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Winner of the 2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award for a Non-fiction book

Global events and new technology change how we live from moment to moment. So, what will our world be like in twenty years? Come take a look as futurists Amy Zuckerman and James Daly examine what a kid?s daily life might be like in the year 2030. Inspired and informed by trends and scientifi c and technological research, 2030 is not only a peek at some cool future gadgets (talking dog collars, cars that drive themselves), but also a thoughtful examination of how our lives might be impacted as we adjust to environmental change.
 

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

3. Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects (Explore Your World)

by: Anita YasudaBryan Stone
Release date: Oct 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 96
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From zippers to the Pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are surrounded by simple machines. This book will amaze kids with the ingenuity they already possess and inspire them to look differently at the objects they use everyday.

Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects introduces kids to the concept of “mechanical advantage,” and harnesses kid-power by inviting them to build machines of their own design. It opens their eyes to the diversity of machines in their lives, and sparks the imagination with challenge, humor, and achievable projects.

Explore Simple Machines! dedicates a chapter to each of the six simple machines that were identified centuries ago: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels & axles. Kids will develop analytical skills as they figure out where force is applied and what kind of work it generates.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

4. From Kernel to Corn (Start to Finish, Second)

by: Robin Nelson
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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How does a corn seed become corn on the cob? Follow each step in nature’s cycle-from planting to picking and eating-in this fascinating book!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Farming & Agriculture

5. From Flower to Honey (Start to Finish, Second)

by: Robin Nelson
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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How is honey made from a flower? Follow each step in nature’s cycle-from pretty bloom to tasty treat-in this fascinating book!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

6. 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

7. See More Readers: Super Storms -Level 2

by: Seymour Simon
Release date: Mar 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Storms are swift and violent changes in the weather. From lightning to blizzards, learn all about the awesome power of these amazing natural disturbances.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

8. How the Meteorite Got to the Museum (How the . . . Got to the Museum)

by: Jessie Hartland
Release date: Oct 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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It came from outer space and crashed onto bookshelves! This third entry in the award-winning Got to the Museum series traces how a rock broke from its billion-year orbit to fall from space onto the trunk of a teenager’s car, then to several natural history museums.

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Children’s Books > History > United States > 1900s

9. Imaginative Inventions: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Roller Skates, Potato Chips, Marbles, and Pie (and More!)

by: Charise Mericle Harper
Release date: Sep 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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Written in verse and filled with full-color illustrations drawn by the author, this book invites young readers inside the minds of great inventors, encouraging them to think imaginatively as it offers the origins of items such as roller skates, potato chips, eyeglasses, the vacuum cleaner, and more.
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Children’s Books > History

10. From Tadpole to Frog (Start to Finish, Second)

by: Shannon Zemlicka
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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How does a tadpole become a frog? Follow each step in nature’s cycle-from egg to adulthood-in this fascinating book!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Reptiles & Amphibians

11. Looking at Forces and Motion: How Do Things Move? (Looking at Science: How Things Change)

by: Angela Royston
Release date: May 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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LOOKING AT FORCES AND MOTION: HOW DO THINGS MOVE? explains what forces and motion are, how they affect and change the way things move, how tools and machines change the way we use forces, and how natural forces including gravity and friction affect motion.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

12. 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

13. EXPLORE ELECTRICITY!: WITH 25 GREAT PROJECTS (Explore Your World)

by: Carmella Van VleetBryan Stone
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 96
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Given the pace of how we harness and utilize electricity, as well as the importance of developing new sources of energy, electricity is a timely subject for kids to explore. In Explore Electricity! With 25 Great Projects, kids ages 6-9 will learn the basics of electricity: currents, circuits, power, magnetism and electromagnetism, motors and generators. They’ll become more attuned to how much they rely on electricity in their daily lives. They’ll also understand that while electricity is a wonderful resource, and one we’ve used to our advantage ever since it was discovered, the future of how we make and use electricity is still changing and there are things they can do today to impact these changes.

This title invites kids to experiment on their own with 25 simple projects that will “spark” their learning and enthusiasm, including making their own clothespin switch, lemon battery, compass, electromagnet, and flashlight, as well as generating their own “lightning.” These hands-on activities combined with informational text will excite kids about STEM? the interrelated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

14. From Oil to Gas (Start to Finish, Second Series: Everyday Products)

by: Shannon Zemlicka
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 24
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How does oil turn into fuel for cars and trucks? Follow each step in the production cycle-from clearing land to filling a tank with gas-in this fascinating book!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

15. Trees to Paper (Rookie Read-About Science)

by: Lisa M. Herrington
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Introduce your learners to science! Through simple text and clear photographs, young minds will learn how some of their favorite things are made.

Key Features:

  • Step-by-Step recap with photos at the end of each book
  • Fast facts – offering fun, sometimes little known facts about the subject
  • Low, accessible reading level for emergent and struggling readers
  • Glossary with pictures provides a visual review of important vocabulary terms
  • Large, colorful photos provide a visual connection to the text
  • Additional content for further learning on this subject available at http://www.factsfornow.scholastic.com
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

16. From Shoot to Apple (Start to Finish, Second)

by: Stacy Taus-Bolstad
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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How does an apple tree produce a tasty fruit? Follow each step in nature’s cycle-from starting a new tree to eating a juicy apple-in this fascinating book!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Farming & Agriculture

17. From Sheep to Sweater (Start to Finish, Second Series: Everyday Products)

by: Robin Nelson
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 24
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How does sheep’s wool turn into cozy clothing? Follow each step in the production cycle–from shearing a sheep to pulling on a warm sweater–in this fascinating book!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

18. Explore Gravity!: With 25 Great Projects (Explore Your World)

by: Cindy BlobaumBryan Stone
Release date: Nov 23, 2013
Number of Pages: 96
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How can something that grounds us and keeps us here on this earth be so invisible and mysterious? We’re not talking about anything abstract and undetectable. We’re talking about GRAVITY! Gravity is a force that affects everyone and everything. Gravity is something we can easily understand, even kids, especially if they have the right tools to teach them.

Explore Gravity! With 25 Great Projects will introduce kids ages 6-9 to the basics of gravity, including concepts of matter, attraction, and gravitational pull. Projects include creating a working model of a scale to learn what “weight” really means and how it’s affected by gravity. By playing with various weights to make a marvelous mobile, readers learn about the center of balance and how martial artists use this knowledge to throw their weight around. All the projects in this book are easy to follow, require little adult supervision, and use commonly found household products, many from the recycling box! The fun facts, trivia, jokes, comics, and hands-on activities will help kids discover the captivating science of gravity. Furthermore, the informational text and hands-on activities will excite kids about STEM, the interrelated fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

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

19. Electricity (How Does My Home Work?)

by: Chris Oxlade
Release date: Aug 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Each book in this series examines a key utility used by the average household. This book looks at electricity, and examines what it is, how we use it, where it is made, and environmental issues arising from the ways we use electricity in our homes.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

20. EXPLORE FLIGHT!: WITH 25 GREAT PROJECTS (Explore Your World)

by: Anita YasudaBryan Stone
Release date: May 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 96
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Who invented the airplane? When were airplanes invented? And why do planes have wings if the wings don’t flap? Kids can answer these questions and more by jumping into the cockpit and soaring into Explore Flight! With 25 Great Projects, where they’ll learn about the history of our human obsession to conquer the feat of flying.

For kids ages 6-9, Explore Flight! With 25 Great Projects introduces them to the dreamers, inventors, aviation pioneers, and record breakers. They will read about the myths and legends of flying and about the wondrous flying machines of the past, present and future. They will learn that in the 15th century Leonardo da Vinci drew sketches of airplanes, helicopters and other flying machines, and that the first passengers in a hot air balloon were a sheep, a rooster, and a duck. Along the way, they will develop a better understanding of the rich history of aviation, investigate what causes flight, and learn about the science of aerodynamics. Projects and experiments range from making a paper airplane to building an airfoil. All the projects in this book are easy to follow, require little adult supervision, and use commonly found household products, many from the recycling.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space > Aeronautics & Space

21. From Wheat to Bread (From Farm to Table)

by: Kristin Thoennes Keller
Release date: Jul 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of bread from wheat.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diet & Nutrition

22. From Peanut to Peanut Butter (Start to Finish, Second Series: Food)

by: Robin Nelson
Release date: Aug 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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How does a peanut turn into peanut butter? Follow each step in the food production cycle-from planting peanut seeds to spreading peanut butter on bread-in this fascinating book! Read all the Start to Finish titles and discover how one thing becomes another.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

23. From Apples to Applesauce (From Farm to Table)

by: Kristin Thoennes Keller
Release date: Jul 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Where does applesauce come from? Read to learn how applesauce starts with fresh apples in an apple orchard. Follow along as the apples are taken to a factory and made into applesauce.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diet & Nutrition

24. Birds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines

by: Caroline ArnoldPatricia J. Wynne
Release date: Jul 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Hovering, gliding, diving — how do birds do it? BIRDS: NATURE’S MAGNIFICENT FLYING MACHINES looks at how feathers, body structure, and wings vary from bird to bird. Readers will learn the mechanics of bird flight from takeoff to landing and discover how wing types meet the survival needs of each species. Popular science writer Caroline Arnold infuses this informative look at avian flight with her love of birds. Patricia J. Wynne’s exquisitely detailed illustrations show these amazing creatures in action.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

25. Simple Machines in Your Home (Simple Machines Everywhere)

by: Gillian Gosman
Release date: Aug 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

26. The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks (Science of Fun Stuff)

by: Jordan D. BrownMark Borgions
Release date: Feb 17, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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Learn the science behind the fun of amusement parks in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the science of fun stuff!

Did you know that a rollercoaster does not need an engine or power source of its own? And how exactly does a bumper car go without gas? Young science lovers will flip when they learn about the science behind amusement parks in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read!

A special section at the back of the book includes Common Core-vetted extras on subjects like geography and math, and there’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

27. Balances (Science Tools)

by: Adele D. Richardson
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Introduces the function, parts, and uses of balances. Provides instructions for two activities that demonstrate how a balance works.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Math

28. What’s Inside You (Starting Point Science)

by: Susan Meredith
Release date: Apr 01, 1991
Number of Pages: 24
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— Introduces young children to fundamental aspects of nature, science and technology– Inspired by the questions children ask about the world around them– Simple text and detailed illustrations answer questions in clear, step-by-step stages
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

29. It’s a Science Thing: A Fun Look at Matter, Energy and Gravity

by: Kelsay Swain
Release date: May 14, 2004
Number of Pages: 20
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The goal of my book is to promote basic physical science vocabulary in the early grades.

Media messages remind us often of the lack of science proficiency in our graduates, and as usual they demand the teachers do something about it!

HOW CAN THIS BOOK HELP? Students can read it, hear it read, and look at it with sheer enjoyment. With it, the students begin to learn a new language the language of science – in the same way they listen, learn to speak, and absorb meanings from the cradle: through repetition. It contains simple science concepts. It teaches science vocabulary students will learn, not by memorizing definitions but by repetition. It has opportunities for activities in reading, measurement, language, writing, drawing and telling. It suggests hands-on lab activities that are fun for both student and teacher. It calls for teacher/student interaction. The results? Science is learned while reading is improved. Neither is sacrificed.

It’s A Science Thing is written in the rhythm and rhyme that appeals to children and contains colorful clips of art provided by:

clipArt.com and gifArt.com

Its Contents are: MATTER
Matter Is A Science Thing
Air

ENERGY
Matter’s Secret
ZzZING!
Lightning

GRAVITY
The Riddle
The Question
I Wonder…?
The Mystery
The Answer

A Final Message to the Boys and Girls and A Teacher’s Guide with suggestions for objectives and activities.

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

30. From Peanuts to Peanut Butter (From Farm to Table)

by: Kristin Thoennes Keller
Release date: Jul 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of peanut butter from peanuts.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diet & Nutrition

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