Bestselling Science, Nature & How It Works Books for 8 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling science, nature & how it works books for 8 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. Mistakes That Worked

by: Charlotte JonesJohn Obrien
Release date: May 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 96
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Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

2. Uncover the Human Body: An Uncover It Book

by: Luann ColomboJennifer Fairman
Release date: Jan 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 16
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Filled with interesting facts and information, this book offers a comprehensive approach to teaching children about anatomy and functions of the human body. Beginning with the dermal system each layer addresses the skeletal system, digestive system, urinary system, circulatory system, repiratory system, muscular system, and nervous system. Children will learn why bones can bend without breaking, how blood travels thru the body and protects against germs, how different parts of the brain controls different functions of the body and what smoking does to your lungs.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health

3. DK Eyewitness Books: Robot

by: Roger Bridgman
Release date: Mar 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 64
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Take a detailed look at the fascinating world of robots – from the earliest single-task machines to the advanced intelligence of robots with feelings. Young readers will be amazed to learn all that robots can do: perform delicate surgical operations, clean city sewers, work as museum tour guides, or even battle each other in combat. Find out how humans have created these mechanical minds and bodies.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

4. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions: You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself)

by: Maxine Anderson
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 128
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Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the life, world, and incredible mind of Leonardo da Vinci through hands-on building projects that explore his invention ideas. Most of Leonardo’s inventions were never made in his lifetime—they remained sketches in his famous notebooks. Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself shows you how to bring these ideas to life using common household supplies. Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies and trivia about the real-life models for each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look into
the amazing mind of one the world’s greatest inventors.
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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

5. Spectrum Science, Grade 3

by: Spectrum
Release date: Aug 15, 2014
Number of Pages: 144
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Reinforce your third-grader’s scientific understanding with Spectrum Science. Your child will strengthen scientific inquiry skills while delving into such varied topics as animal habitats, elements and compounds, irrigation, and the invention of radio. –Spectrum(R) Science develops your child’s science literacy with a variety of fascinating facts! Ideal for introducing and reviewing key science concepts, Spectrum Science explores topics in natural, earth, life, and applied sciences. Captivating passages are presented in a manageable one-page format with bonus sidebar facts and key word definitions. Each passage is followed by comprehension questions for in-the-moment feedback, and chapter reviews and final tests help students track their progress. Each workbook includes a complete answer key.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

6. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects (Build It Yourself)

by: Donna LathamJenn Vaughn
Release date: May 12, 2012
Number of Pages: 128
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Bridges and tunnels are lifelines
People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends on.

Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. Activities and projects encourage children to learn about the engineering process and to embrace trial and error. Children will engage in a hands-on exploration of Newton’s Third Law of Motion and of forces that push and pull on structures. They’ll make an egg bungee jump and a soda pop can engine. They’ll experiment with a triangular toothpick dome, liquefaction, and corrosion. In Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering, children will explore their own engineering and building skills as they create several bridge models.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Architecture

7. 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

8. 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

9. Mythbusters: Confirm or Bust! Science Fair Book #2 (Mythbusters Discovery Channel)

by: Samantha MarglesMichael Massen
Release date: Dec 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 128
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Even MORE myths to bust…in the safety of your own home!

Do you have what it takes to be a MythBuster? Confirmed!

Kid-friendly and age appropriate, this fun follow-up book to the successful MYTHBUSTERS SCIENCE FAIR BOOK is packed with more than 30 brand-new experiments for school and at home. Follow the book’s step-by-step simple instrcutions, and you’ll be able to bust or confirm myths just like Adam and Jamie on the popular MythBusters TV show from the Discovery Channel.

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

10. Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires (Young Discoverers: Science Facts and Experiments)

by: David Glover
Release date: Apr 15, 2002
Number of Pages: 31
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With projects ranging from building a basic battery-connected circuit to a do-it -yourself burglar alarm, children will have fun discovering the properties and principles of electricity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

11. Exploratopia: More than 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds

by: The Exploratorium
Release date: Oct 04, 2006
Number of Pages: 384
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From physics to forensics, from the largest clouds to the tiniest ants, from Issac Newton to elephant dung, “Exploratopia” overflows with things readers can explore using the simplest, everyday items, such as eggs, paper clips, soda bottles, vinegar, and plastic cups. Kids will love these innovative activities and will have fun learning all at the same time.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

12. Smart About Chocolate: A Sweet History (Smart About History)

by: Sandra MarkleCharise Mericle Harper
Release date: Dec 29, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Our unique, kid-friendly Smart About series continues with something for your sweet tooth! Smart About Chocolate is “chock-full” of fun facts about the history of chocolate, from the Mayans to Milton Hershey! Kids will learn how chocolate comes from beans of the rain forest’s cacao trees and how candymakers in England and Switzerland first produced the chocolate we know and love today. Includes recipes and recommendations of classic books about chocolate.

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Children’s Books > History

13. Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures

by: Jordan D. BrownAnthony Owsley
Release date: Feb 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 80
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Making a mess is generally frowned upon, but if you are learning important scientific principles and creating cool science experiments, then the mess will have to be excused. Within the pages of this diabolically genius book is a collection of experiments that kids can do at home. They may make a mess, but they are fun, easy, and educational.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Chemistry

14. Uncover a Race Car: An Uncover It Book

by: Paul BeckDave DunfordStephan Kuhn
Release date: Jan 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 16
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The Uncover series combines the best elements of a book with model elements to help readers truly “uncover” the mysteries of what makes things work. A fascinating three-dimensional presentation allows in-depth, hands-on exploration of the subject at hand. This unique “model” is easily built, deconstructed and re-built layer by layer, system by system just by turning a page, until an understanding of the topic is achieved. Explore the dynamics of a race car engine and learn about air flow and drag, safety equipment and roll cages, the fuel system and horsepower, suspension and track bars, and internal combustion. Interesting facts and experiments are also featured throughout the book including why race cars don’t have speedometers, how roof flaps are designed like airplane wings, and the gas mileage on a stock car is about four miles per gallon.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

15. Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet

by: Alexandra Siy
Release date: Jul 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 64
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In CARS ON MARS readers can follow the course of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission as twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity explore the Red Planet. Learn how scientists determined that there was once water on Mars and how the Earthbound NASA team resolved problems with the rovers from afar in order to prolong the mission, which continues today.

The author provides insight into scientists’ quest to discover whether life may have or still might exist on Mars. Back matter includes glossary, source notes, and resources.

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Children’s Books > History > Exploration & Discovery

16. Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless!

by: Saul GriffithJoost BonsenNick Dragotta
Release date: Oct 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 112
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Part comic strip and part science experiment, Howtoons shows children how to find imaginative new uses for common household items like soda bottles, duct tape, mop buckets, and more-to teach kids the “Tools of Mass Construction”!

Howtoons are cartoons that teach 8- to 15-year-old readers “how to” build, create, and explore things. Combining a fun, full-color cartoon format and real life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them.

Readers meet Tucker and Celine, a lovable brother and sister pair. Sick of watching TV and playing video games, Tucker and Celine decide to conquer every kid’s nightmare: the dreaded summer o’ boredom. Armed with countless ideas for fun projects, they set out to reclaim the sheer joy of playing. Fifteen practical, build-it-yourself projects are weaved into the Tucker and Celine storyline. With the narrators’ help and clear step-by-step instructions, young readers will learn how to set up a workshop, create a marshmallow shooting gun, make ice cream without a freezer, play songs on a turkey baster flute, explore a homemade terrarium, launch a pressure-powered rocket, and more!

Utilizing inexpensive, kid-friendly materials, Howtoons will prove that the world at large is infinitely more exciting than anything happening on the TV or computer screen. Plus, each project will provide readers with practical skills and problem solving know-how that they can use in their everyday lives. These funny, interactive Howtoons are sure to inspire independence and creative savvy in young people everywhere.

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

17. Balloon Trees

by: Danna SmithLaurie Allen Klein
Release date: Mar 05, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Ever wonder how a balloon is made? Follow the journey of a balloon from its beginnings as gooey sap in a tree to its completion at a rubber factory. You’ll be surprised to discover what a balloon started out as and how it becomes the bright, air-filled decoration that you enjoy today. Florida Authors & Publishers Association – Presidents Book Award Gold Winner
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

18. The 5 Senses: Real Science Made Easy

by: Chart Studio
Release date: Oct 14, 2003
Number of Pages: 56
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Explore, investigate and learn about our five senses in this all-inclusive educational kit! This cool package features a 56-page book filled with 50 different experiments and a glossary, a 20-page flip chart of fun facts and information, and a variety of dynamic components to complete each activity. The Real Science series has been designed to provide a hands-on approach for children and includes easy, step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations and diagrams. Some of these fun and interesting experiments include how to detect the direction and different pitches of sound, why some parts of the skin are more sensitive to pressure, how to trigger memories from odors, find your blind spot and much more!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

19. Becoming Invisible: From Camouflage to Cloaks (Great Idea)

by: Carla Mooney
Release date: Jul 30, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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”Throughout history, from the art of camouflage to the science of stealth technology, ways have been developed to hide objects and people. Today, scientists are building an ”invisibility cloak” that makes objects and people underneath it seem to disappear
Title: Becoming Invisible
Author: Mooney, Carla
Publisher: Norwood House Pr
Publication Date: 2010/07/30
Number of Pages: 48
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2010016516
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

20. Electricity: Real Science Made Easy

by: Chart Studio
Release date: Nov 06, 2003
Number of Pages: 56
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This all-inclusive educational kit provides an exciting and creative introduction to the fascinating world of Electricity. This cool package features a 56-page book filled with 50 different experiments and a glossary, a 20-page flip chart of fun facts and information, and a variety of dynamic components to complete each activity. The Real Science series has been designed to provide a hands-on approach for children and includes easy, step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations and diagrams. Topics children will learn about include types of electrical circuits, sources of electricity, solar and nuclear power, electromagnetism and much more!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

21. Build Your Own Fort, Igloo, and Other Hangouts (Build It Yourself)

by: Tammy EnzEstudio Haus
Release date: Feb 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Everyone likes a private place where they can get away from it all. Follow the simple steps inside to build a fort, a teepee, or several other hideouts. Its easier than you think and youll have your own private hangout in no time.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography

22. At the Amusement Park (Everyday Science series)

by: Paul Yoon
Release date: Apr 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 192
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In Volume 2 of the Everyday Science series, every kid is talking about a science tournament in Dreamland, the biggest amusement park in town. Four friends, Daniel, Lucy, Christine, and Sam, hope to win first prize. They soon discover that the tournament questions are linked to the park’s roller coasters! Young readers can learn along with Daniel, Lucy, Christine, and Sam as they investigate Newton’s Laws of Motion, acceleration, action and reaction, zero gravity, and much more. Colorful illustrations, simple text, and a lively storyline make complex subjects understandable and fun as readers follow this adventure in learning.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

23. Eyewitness: Technology

by: Roger Bridgman
Release date: Oct 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 64
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Discover the ways technology has transformed everyday life-from the largest structures to the smallest electronic devices.

Packed with superb color illustrations and fascinating facts, this highly informative guide explores all aspects of technology, from ancient artifacts to the latest advances in computer-aided design. Clearly annotated photographs and diagrams give an invaluable insight into the tools, machines, and systems that have shaped the modern world. See how the strength of different materials is measured, the structure of a suspension bridge, how keyhole surgery works, what astronauts eat in space, and how milk bottles have changed shape. Learn which materials pull and which ones push, how engines convert heat into work, how an airplane flies, how instant coffee is created, and how a ring-pull is made. Discover why glass is a liquid, the difference between inventors and designers, what a CD is made from — and how a CD player works, how science can help protect threatened plant species, and much, much more.

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

24. Nature Got There First: Inventions Inspired by Nature

by: Phil Gates
Release date: Jun 08, 2010
Number of Pages: 64
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Birds conquered the air long before the Wright Brothers, the burrs on plants are uncannily similar to velcro fastenings, rattlesnakes have an alarm system, bats and dolphins have their own form of sonar… Nature is full of amazing designs and ‘mechanisms’ that appear to have inspired the engineering and technology we use today. Nature Got There First by Dr. Phil Gates shows you how and why.

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

25. Where Does the Recycling Go? (Everyday Mysteries (Gareth Stevens))

by: Jerry Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

26. Rubies (Gems: Nature’s Jewels)

by: Eric Ethan
Release date: Aug 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 24
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

27. From Head to Toe: The Amazing Human Body and How It Works

by: Barbara SeulingEdward Miller
Release date: Jul 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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An introduction to the human body and how it functions, including simple experiments which demonstrate the principles presented.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

28. Titanium (Rare and Precious Metals)

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

29. Henry David’s House

by: Steven Schnur
Release date: Feb 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Young readers are introduced to Henry David Thoreau’s masterpiece, Walden, through excerpts from the original work.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

30. Where Does the Bathwater Go? (Everyday Mysteries)

by: Daisy Allyn
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Explores water used in homes, discusses where it comes from, what a septic system is, and what happens to the water after it is treated at the water treatment plant.
Title: Where Does the Bathwater Go?
Author: Allyn, Daisy
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Publication Date: 2012/01/01
Number of Pages: 24
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: 2011021348
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

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