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

Here are the top 30 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. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

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. 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

10. Inventions (Faq)

by: Valerie Wyatt
Release date: Aug 11, 2008
Number of Pages: 40
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Aimed at 10- to 14-year-olds this book contains information on inventions. It answers such questions as why people become inventors and how they work. There are discussions about edible and wearable inventions and inventions that have changed the world.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

11. The Seed Vault (Great Idea)

by: Bonnie Juettner
Release date: Jul 15, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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Students learn about the development of seed banks the multi-national seed vault, which protects thousands of varieties of seeds from catastrophes which might endanger the supply. Includes photos, glossary, more information, and index. 48 pages.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

12. 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

13. Bell and the Science of the Telephone (Explosion Zone)

by: Brian WilliamsDavid Antram
Release date: Aug 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Alexander Graham Bell was born in Scotland but spent most of his life in Canada and the United States, where he invented several devices for the transmission of sound. In 1876, after much experimentation, he developed what is generally considered to be the first practical telephone. Here is the story of the scientific ideas he mastered as he succeeded in making his working telephone.

The Explosion Zone books combine vivid color illustrations and lively text to tell the stories of important scientists and inventors. Narratives are supplemented with easy-to-understand explanations of the scientific principles that underlie each phase of the invention or discovery being discussed. Imaginatively illustrated two-page spreads include sidebars called Here’s the Science, explaining the principles of physics or chemistry that relate to the story. A glossary at the back of each book presents short definitions of scientific and technological terms.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

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

by: Tammy EnzEstudio Haus
Release date: Jan 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

15. Chromium (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

16. Geothermal Power (Energy at Work)

by: Josepha Sherman
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Introduces the history, uses, production, advantages and disadvantages, and future of geothermal energy as a power resource.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

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

by: Nikole Brooks BetheaPop Art StudiosMorgan HynesMarcelo BaezShannon Associates LLC
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

18. The Four Seasons: Uncovering Nature

by: Annie Jones
Release date: May 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 52
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Why do seasons happen? Where do animals go in winter? How do plants reproduce?

From changes in the plant world through the year, to penguins preparing a nest, and puma kittens learning to hunt, plants and animals from every corner of the world are used to illustrate the many processes that govern natural life. These include metamorphosis, hibernation, migration, pollination, plus the many environments in which they occur, such as savanna, swamp, jungle, and deciduous woodland.

The four acetate overlays feature:

  • Winter to Spring: the Himalayan Mountains change
  • Spring to Summer: a South American pampas over time
  • Summer to Fall: deciduous woodlands turn with the season
  • Fall to Winter: a conifer forest prepares for the cold.

The Uncovering series: Exposing science and technology in stunning color and detail.

Jam-packed with exacting full-color illustrations, these titles focus on topics of particular interest to young readers. Informative text and descriptive captions and sidebars complement dozens of annotated drawings. Each book contains four acetate overlays, used in some cases to show changes over time, in others to show a cutaway interior.

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

19. The Future: An Owner’s Manual: What the World Will Look Like in the 21st Century and Beyond

by: Robert Pondiscio
Release date: Apr 04, 2000
Number of Pages: 239
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Will I travel to other planets? Will we be able to clone a human being soon? Will computers be smarter than I am? The world ischanging rapidly, and here’s the guide you can’t afford to be without, with information in these areas and more:

The wired world: Disappearing computers

Is anyone out there? Life on other planets and beyond

From here to there: Wired highways

And the hottest careers for the 21st century

Technology writer Robert Pondiscio offers up-to-the-minute predictions from experts in these and other fields about what the lives of kids — and adults — will be like in the twenty-first century and beyond.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)

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

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

by: Agnieszka BiskupMarcelo BaezMorgan HynesShannon Associates LLC
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

21. How Do Cell Phones Work? (Science in the Real World)

by: Richard Hantula
Release date: Aug 31, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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Cell phones have changed the way people live, work, and communicate with each other. Since the first handheld phone was created in 1973, cell phones have only increased in popularity. “How Do Cell Phones Work?” delves into the science behind cell phones and the reasons for their popularity, from their portability to unique features, with full-color photographs and illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

22. Made in the USA: Crayons

by: Samuel G. WoodsGale Zucker
Release date: Aug 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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Text and photographs illustrate how crayons are made at the Binney & Smith company in Easton, Pennsylvania, where an average of twelve million crayons are produced every day.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Money & Saving

23. Marvelous Machinery: Rides at Work (Science Behind Thrill Rides)

by: Nathan Lepora
Release date: Jan 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Book by Lepora, Nathan
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

24. Recycled Tires (A Great Idea Series)

by: Toney Allman
Release date: Jan 30, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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Describes the environmental reasons behind recycling tires, and lists things made from crumb rubber ranging from houses to playground surfaces.
Title: Recycled Tires
Author: Allman, Toney
Publisher: Norwood House Pr
Publication Date: 2009/01/30
Number of Pages: 48
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2008015736
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

25. Water from Air: Water-Harvesting Machines (Great Idea)

by: Cherese Cartlidge
Release date: Jan 30, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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Learn about the invention and development of the “Rainmaker.” Includes glossary, websites and research sources.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

26. The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills

by: Gretchen Woelfle
Release date: Jun 28, 1997
Number of Pages: 156
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The Wind at Work traces the history of windmills and how their design and function have changed over time. It includes more than a dozen wind-related activities such as conducting science experiments, cooking a traditional windmiller meal, sewing windmill patterns, and keeping track of household energy use. Information on how wind turbines (modern windmills) can produce energy as an alternative to nonrenewable fossil fuels is covered as well.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

27. 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

28. 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

29. 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

30. The Way Things Work Kit

by: David Macaulay
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 48
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Contains 50 fun experiments!

David Macaulay’s The Way things Work has demystified science and technology for a huge audience. Now, building on the phenomenal successes of The New Way Things Work, The Way Things Work CD-ROM, and Pinball Science CD-ROM, comes the latest in the series, The Way Things Work Kit. Children can enjoy David Macaulay’s humorous approach and create a selection of innovative models with this unique interactive kit. A stunningly simple range of basic components fit together to create a fantastic set of working models that move, lift, push, pump, and much more. This kit contains scales, a sail-powered land yacht, a pneumatic earth mover, a winch, a hoist, a belt-driven fairground ride, a simple vehicle, a balloon-powered car, a propeller-powered car, an electric racing car, a pneumatic robot arm, and a windmill. The Way Things Work Kit is an inventor’s workshop for budding young scientists, engineers, and anyone who wants to know how things work. The kit contains: tons, dowels, and discs combine to produce 12 fantastic working models ular fighters in World Championship Wrestling. It gives the reader an unprecedented look behind the scenes of WCW, revealing how each show is put together and what training the wrestlers have to go through before they can set foot in the ring. With unlimited access to the archives at WCW headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, Dorling Kindersley has been able to combine never-before-seen images with a fact-packed text to create an invaluable book for the wrestling fan.

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

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