Inquiry Investigations: Authors, Books & Websites for Your Child’s Exploration & Discovery

Your growing, and, yes, maturing child has added an assortment of beginning question words to his/her vocabulary. The repetitious “whys” have been replaced with thought-provoking “how”, “what” “when” “which”, “where” etc.

I perused some “best books” recommendations & websites for primary grade – leveled content in Science, Social Studies & Geography and found a lot of fun, engaging & informative reads for both you & yours.

Here’s a VERY short list:

SCIENCES

Authors

Diane Hutt Aston & Sylvia Long / Grade Level: PK-3 / 40pgs

Yuval Zommer / Grade Level: PK-2 / 64pgs

Books

  • Magic School Bus Series / Grade Level: K-4/ varied # of pgs
  •  The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World /Lizann Flatt / 48pgs
  • Ada Twist, Scientist / Andrea Beaty & David Roberts / GL: K-2 / 32pgs
  • 11 Experiments That Failed / Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter / GL: PK-3 / 40pgs
  • Mad Margaret Experiments with the Scientific Method (In the Science Lab) / Eric Braun & Robyn Boyden / GL:2-3 / 24pgs
     What is Science? / Rebecca Kai Dotlich & Sachiko Yoshikawa /GL: 1-2 / 32pgs
  • Water Boy / David McPhail / GL: PK-3 / 32pgs
  • Rainbow Weaver / Linda Elovitz / GL:1-2 / 40pgs
  • Atlas of Animal Adventures / Emily Hawkins & Rachel Williams / GL:1-4 / 96pgs
FIELD GUIDES : Peterson Field Guide for Young Naturalists
       SmithsonianKids’ Field Guide
Curious Kids Nature Guide
Websites
  • rediscoveredfamilies.com/11magicalscienceexperiments
  • mysteryscience.com
  • packetofpreschool.com/thesciencecenter
  • igamemom.com/scienceactivitiesforeverymonthoftheyear
  • readscience.com/drseussinspiredscienceactivities
  • discovertheforest.org/nature
  • thingstoshareandremember.com/learningaboutscience
  • littlebinsforlittlehands.com/bestscienceexperimentsforkids
  • krokotak.com/category/experiments
  • lemonlimeadventures.com/bestscienceexperimentsforkids

SOCIAL STUDIES

Authors

Marjorie Priceman / GL: PK-3 / 40pgs

Kate Waters / GL: K-3 / 32pgs

Books

  • If You Were A Kid Series / GL: 1-4 / 32pgs
  • I’m Like You, You’re Like Me / Cindy Garner / GL: PK-3 / 48pgs
  • Look Where We Live! / Scot Ritchie / GL: PK-3 / 32pgs
  • Same, Same But Different / Jenny Sue Kostecki / GL: K-2 / 40pgs
  • Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do / Kathryn Heling / GL: PK-2 / 40pgs
  • Good People Everywhere / Lynea Gillen / GL: K-3 / 32pgs
  • The Lost Grilled Cheese / Nick E Naro / GL: 1-3 / 38pgs
  • This Is How We Do It / Matt Lamothe / GL: K-3 / 52pgs
  • The Great Big Book of Families / Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith / GL: K-3 / 40pgs
  • Whoever You Are / Mem Fox / GL: PK-3 / 32pgs

Websites

  • communities: pbskids.org/rogers/buildbuild
  • US government: bensguide.gpo.gov
  • Smithsonian: historyexplorer.si.edu

GEOGRAPHY

Books

  • Follow That Map / Scot Ritchie / GL: PK-2 / 32pgs
  • Where Do I Live / Neil Chesanow / GL: K-3 / 48pgs
  • Me on the Map / Joan Sweeney / GL: PK-2 / 32pgs
  • Map Keys / Rebecca Olien / GL: K-3 / 32pgs
  • Henry’s Map / David Elliot / GL: PK-3 / 40pgs
  • As The Crow Flies / Gail Hartman / GL: PK-3 / 23pgs
  • Continents:What You Need to Know / Jill Sherman /GL: 1-3 / 24pgs
  • Country ABCs Series / multiple authors/ GL: 2-5 / 32pgs
  • Spotlight on My Country Series / Bobbie Kalman / GL: 2-3 / 32pgs
ATLASES : My Pop-Up World Atlas / Anita Ganeri
       World Atlas / Nick Crane
City Atlas Travel the World / Georgia Cherry &Martin Haake
Websites
  • kidsgeo.com
  • 50states.com
  • sciencekids.co.nz/geography
  • worldgeographygames.com

CROSS-CURRICULAR of Social Studies, Geography & Science

Authors

Aliki: Let’s Read & Find Out Science Series; Ancient World; Bios

Lisa Bullard: Community; Geography; Multicultures; Family; Ecology

Sharon Katz Cooper: Community Helpers; Earth; World

Tomie dePaolo: Legends; Folktales; Clouds; Holiday; Families; World

Gail Gibbons: Communities; Universe; Habitats; Weather; Animals; Holidays; Ecology & MORE

Steven Kroll: Holidays; Bios; American History; Community Helpers; Ecology

Books

  • National Geographic Kids / Grade Level: 1-5 / varied # of pgs
  • Swift Walker Series / Verlyn Tarlton / GL: K-2 / 34pgs
  • A Drop Around the World / Barbara McKinney /GL: K-3 / 32pgs

Websites

  • cbc.ca/kidscbc/explore
  • nationalgeographickids.com
  • techforteacher.com
  • pbskids.org/games
  • ducksters.com
  • mrnussbaum.com
  • nps.gov/webrangers
  • timeforkids.com

 

If you need a great book finder site, visit Reading Rockets.org. Searching through more than 5000 books, you can filter by author, illustrator, age, reading level, genre, format, topics & countries/regions. Here’s the link:

http://www.readingrockets.org/bookfinder

 

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