Best Science, Nature & How It Works Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 science, nature & how it works books for 5 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. A Leaf Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books)

by: Laura Purdie SalasVioleta Dabija
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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A leaf can be a…shade spiller, mouth filler, tree topper, rain stopper. Find out about the many roles leaves play in this poetic exploration of leaves throughout the year.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Botany

2. 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

3. Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg (Millbrook Picture Books)

by: Mia PosadaMia Posada
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Crack, crack…animal babies are hatched all over the place. Can you figure out who’s who? Watercolor and collage illustrations depict close-up scenes of an egg or eggs about to hatch. The text hints at what the eggs contain: “Hidden in a rock cave/ Deep beneath the ocean waves/ Their mother wraps her long arms around/ To keep these eggs safe and sound.” The observant young nature lover will find a visual clue of what animal the mother might be. The next spread provides the answer-in this case, it’s an octopus. The second spread also provides fascinating facts about the species. The book features a number of species ranging from spiders to penguins to octopuses, and the back matter provides more information about the actual size of various eggs and how they develop.
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Children’s Books > Animals

4. Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden LE

by: S. Simon
Release date: Aug 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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Here, in thirty-six amazing images, you can see the unseeable-the delicate splash from a falling drop of water, a gigantic nebula in distant space, and many other natural wonders. The astonishing photographs and fascinating explanations take readers on a fantastic voyage that is truly out of sight.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

5. Cut, Chop, and Stop: A Book About Wedges (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides examples to show how wedges are simple machines that make pulling apart, stopping, and moving easier. Includes an activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

6. Tires, Spokes, and Sprockets: A Book About Wheels and Axles (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 wheels and axles. Includes information on gears, sprockets, and cranks.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

7. Twist, Dig, and Drill: A Book About Screws (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides examples showing how screws are simple machines that make joining things together and moving, easier.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

8. Birds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines

by: Caroline Arnold
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

9. 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

10. The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration (Millbrook Picture Books)

by: Sandra MarkleMia Posada
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Crackle! Crackle! Crunch! What’s hatching from that egg? It’s a young bar-tailed godwit. She will spend the summer in Alaska learning to fly, find her own food, and escape from scary predators. Her long, long journey begins in October when she flies to New Zealand. This 7,000-mile flight is the longest nonstop bird migration ever recorded. Follow along on her amazing voyage!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

11. 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

12. Cutaway Book: Firefighters

by: Jon Kirkwood
Release date: Oct 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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Describes various kinds of firefighting equipment, including fire trucks, fire boats, aerial platforms, and other emergency equipment.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

13. The Deadliest Dinosaurs (Meet the Dinosaurs)

by: Don LessemJohn Bindon
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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“Dino” Don Lessem brings readers face-to-face with various dinosaur species, detailing their habitats, way of life and how they became extinct. An acclaimed dinosaur expert, Don Lessem has written more than 30 children’s books, writes a popular dinosaur column in Highlights magazine, and was an adviser for Jurassic Park. Take a trip through dinosaur time to meet these deadly dinosaurs face-to-face: The Variraptor had pointy teeth with grooves like steak knives to saw through meat! The Draeomaeosaurus was the first raptor ever discovered. It had a very large brain! The Microraptor was no larger than a crow and is the closet known relative to birds! Plus, you’ll get to know Utahraptor, Deinonychus, Megaraptor, Pytoraptor, and Velociraptor.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

14. From Idea to Book (Start to Finish (Lerner Hardcover))

by: Pam Marshall
Release date: Jun 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Explains the process of making a book by following the production of Nancy Carlson’s book, It’s Not My Fault!, through its stages of writing, illustrating, editing, designing, printing, and binding.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

15. A Kangaroo Joey Grows Up (Baby Animals)

by: Joan HewettRichard HewettRichard Hewett
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Hop! Hop! Hop! There goes Kipper! He’s a kangaroo joey, and if you watch closely you can see him grow from a tiny pink joey the size of a pea to a hopping kangaroo. Explore Kipper’s world as he sleeps, eats, and goes on his first trip alone.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

16. The Parents’ Guide To Science Experiments For Kids!: How To Learn About Science The Fun And Easy Way!

by: Eric RollinsDarla Noble
Release date: Jun 24, 2014
Number of Pages: 55
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The Parents’ Guide To Science Experiments For Kids is an easy to understand collection of science experiments and related activities that parents and children can enjoy together using nature and simple household items. In this do-it-yourself guide, your child will learn more about the wonder of the everyday world around them while being inspired by their greatest teacher, you. Containing twenty different experiments, from creating invisible ink to predicting the weather, your little scientist is sure to be entertained for hours to come.

During the school year, this guide will also become a wonderful resource for both kids and parents seeking content for reports, school science projects, science fair project ideas, or simple educational games the entire family can enjoy. Make it a valuable tool in your child’s learning library by introducing science the fun and easy way!

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17. Sea Giants of Dinosaur Time (Meet the Dinosaurs)

by: Don LessemJohn Bindon
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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“Dino” Don Lessem brings readers face-to-face with various dinosaur species, detailing their habitats, way of life and how they became extinct. An acclaimed dinosaur expert, Don Lessem has written more than 30 children’s books, writes a popular dinosaur column in Highlights magazine, and was an adviser for Jurassic Park. Take a trip through dinosaur time to meet these sea giants face-to-face: The Archelon was similar to a turtle, but its shell was made of crossed rib bone covered in rubbery skin! The Mososaurs had huge pointy jaws and grew to be fifty feet long! The Ichthyosaurs looked a lot like dolphins! Plus, you’ll get to know Opthalmosaurus, Kronosaurus, Shonisaurus, Plesiosaurs and Teleosaurus!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

18. The Smartest Dinosaurs (Meet the Dinosaurs)

by: Don LessemJohn Bindon
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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“Dino” Don Lessem brings readers face-to-face with various dinosaur species, detailing their habitats, way of life and how they became extinct. An acclaimed dinosaur expert, Don Lessem has written more than 30 children’s books, writes a popular dinosaur column in Highlights magazine, and was an adviser for Jurassic Park. Take a trip through dinosaur time to meet these smart dinosaurs face-to-face: Troodon were the smartest dinosaurs! They would dig their prey (small rodents) out of the ground and could predict the movements of bugs! Giganotosaurus can recognize many dinosaurs from very far away by their smell! The Deinonychus worked together to sneak up on and surround their prey! Plus, you’ll get to know Gallimimus, Laellynasaura, Microraptor, and Tyrannosaurus Rex!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

19. Solids, Liquids and Gases (Starting with Science)

by: Ontario Science CentreRay Boudreau
Release date: Jun 30, 1995
Number of Pages: 32
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Solids, Liquids and Gases has 13 experiments carefully chosen by the Ontario Science Centre. With minimal supervision, children can explore the three states of matter, what makes each state unique and how matter changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas through evaporation, condensation, melting and freezing. Filled with bright photographs, the Starting with Science series provides valuable lessons about basic science for five to eight year olds.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Chemistry

20. A Tiger Cub Grows Up (Baby Animals)

by: Joan HewettRichard HewettRichard Hewett
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 31
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Tara is a tiger cub. What is it like to grow up in a wild animal park? If you look closely, you will discover how Tara grows from a tiny newborn cub to a pouncing, full-grown tiger there. Beginning readers will delight in watching Tara as she gets her first tooth, takes her first swim, and plays with other tigers.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

21. Simple Machines (Starting with Science)

by: Deborah HodgeRay Boudreau
Release date: Jun 30, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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Thirteen experiments about the six simple machines — the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw — teach kids about basic science. Full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions clearly explain each activity, so that kids can make the most of the machines with minimal help from adults. Part of the Starting with Science series, Simple Machines encourages children to have fun as they learn basic science and fills a need for primary-level science resources.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

22. 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

23. Fireflies in the Night (A Let’s Read and Find Out Science Book)

by: Judy HawesEllen Alexander
Release date: Sep 01, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Describes how and why fireflies make their light, how to catch and handle them, and several uses for firefly light.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

24. 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

25. 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

26. 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

27. Scoop, Seesaw, and Raise: A Book About Levers (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides examples to describe levers as simple machines used to lift, push, or move a load. Includes an activity.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

28. Planets Around the Sun – Level 1 (See More Readers)

by: Seymour Simon
Release date: Mar 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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Explore our solar system, from Mercury-where temperatures range from 300 degrees below zero to 800 degrees-to Pluto, the coldest and smallest planet.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Social Skills

29. DO-4U the Robot Experiences Forces and Motion (In the Science Lab)

by: Mark WeaklandMike MoranPaul OhmannTerry Flaherty
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Greetings! Do 4U the robot here, and I’m hard at work at Worldwide Robotics. I’m conducting experiments to find out about things like pulling, pushing, and friction. Charge your batteries and join me to learn all about forces and motion!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

30. From Oil to Gas (Start to Finish (Lerner Hardcover))

by: Shannon Zemlicka
Release date: Jan 01, 2003
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 > How Things Work

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