Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2022
Books published in 2021
Simon & Schuster
This beautifully illustrated book helps young children determine how the different sizes and shapes of bird beaks are adapted to help birds weave nests, catch fish or climb trees.
Orca Book Publishers
Radical rodents? Pests or ecological heroes? After reading the biology, history and ecology presented in this book, you will gain a fresh perspective on this furry, familiar, favorite organism.
Illustrated by Hannah Alice
Candlewick Press / Nosy Crow
Explore seven systems of the human body in this elementary-aimed board book. The book includes see-through, layered pages of body systems surrounds by facts about each system.
Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill
HHPPI / Peachtree
Colorful, detailed illustrations are accompanied by clear descriptions of fish features and behaviors. This information helps young children learn all about fish.
David L. Harrison, illustrated by Kate Cosgrove
HHPPI / Holiday House
Dive into this book to read a series of poems about life beneath our toes from the perspective of insects, animals, and non-living things.
Packed with data, this engaging book describes the science behind disasters with detailed infographics and illustrations.
Kate Messner, illustrated by Alexandra Bye
Simon & Schuster
With colorful imagery and an engaging narrative, readers will learn about the life of Dr. Anthony Fauci from his early beginnings to his efforts to keep us safe and healthy.
Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Sarah Green
Alternating between biographical text and poetic verse, this book chronicles the life of Evelyn Hooker, a psychologist whose research led to the APA’s removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Laurie Lawlor, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander
HHPPI / Holiday House
Spirited and adventurous, Marianne North traveled the world documenting plants; she created more than 800 oil botanical paintings. This picture book tells the story of her persistence, journeys, and contributions to the field of botany.
Damien Laverdunt, Hélène Rajcak
Walk in the footsteps of the first fossil researchers to discover the earliest animal life on Earth. Explore the story of a spiny sea worm without tail or head, a walking fish, a peaceful sea dragon, and many other amazing creatures.
Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Angela Poon
Owlkids Books / Owlkids
This thought-provoking graphic novel shares the work of Frederick Banting and Charles Best and their discovery of insulin as a treatment of Type 1 Diabetes.
Ester Gaya, illustrated by Katie Scott
Candlewick Press / Big Picture Press
A true museum of a book representing many of the beautiful, mysterious, and fu(ng)ky fungi in the world! Learn about the biology, the diversity, and their interactions as you explore the fungi galleries.
Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
The Earth’s inhabitants highlight the diversity of Earth’s ecosystems, plants, and different locations and processes on the Earth through poetic prose.
Kate Messner, illustrated by Falynn Koch
RHCB / Random House BFYR
Through captivating stories, illustrations, and comic-style inserts, learn about and find connections between some of the worst plagues and pandemics in history and how we have responded.
MCPG / Roaring Brook Press
Imagine a world without chocolate or apples. If bees disappeared, we’d have neither. Learn about the plight of the bees in this picture book.
Jan Paul Schutten, illustrated by Arie van 't Riet
Stunning collection of x-ray photographs of organisms and their natural habitats with informative descriptions that encourage the reader to closely examine the photographs to uncover the hidden side of nature.
Azadeh Westergaard, illustrated by Júlia Sardà
PYR / Viking BFYR
Explore the groundbreaking inventions and explore the private life of Nikola Tesla. Learn about his love of animals and his inventions that led us to use alternating current (AC).
Candlewick Press / Candlewick Studio
This entertaining and engaging book showcases twelve animals from around the world through beautiful illustrations and detailed information about the adaptations of each master of disguise. The book also includes a fun hidden picture puzzle for each animal.
Learn about many living things that are found in the diverse ecosystems in and on the shores of our mighty oceans. The beautiful illustrations interspersed with facts help the reader understand how the oceans shape life on Earth.
Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
A journey through a canyon helps the reader explore the different living creatures that call a canyon home and contribute to the ecosystem.
Jennifer Keats Curtis with Julianne Ubigau, illustrated by Phyllis Saroff
A dog’s nose helps to locate and sniff out the poop (scat) of a Pacific pocket mouse once thought to be extinct.
Trang Nguyen, illustrated by Jeet Zdung
PYR / Dial Books
Inspiring and beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a young Vietnamese girl’s journey to becoming a wildlife conservationist.
Isabel Thomas, illustrated by Jessamy Hawke
Sixty-six scientists and their work are featured. The format first breaks the scientists into their fields and then introduces each based on when they lived.
The Secret Life of the Sloth
Laurence Pringle, illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
BMK / Astra Publishing House / Boyds Mills Press
It’s no longer a secret! Beautiful illustrations and storytelling take the reader on a journey through a year in the life of a young female sloth.
Sayantani Dasgupta and Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger and Gillian Flint
PYR / Philomel Books
The inspiring story of Dr. Virginia Apgar who revolutionized a method that vastly improved the life of new-born babies! Her unique style and persistence led the way for her students, her colleagues, and the medical world!
Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah Brannen
This book has beautiful examples of how animals in a variety of habitats sleep in the summer instead of the winter. Animals estivate, or have summertime sleep, to avoid heat stress.
Lerner Publishing Group/Millbrook Press ™
Follow field biologists, veterinarians and volunteers as they work to keep the current Galapagos tortoise populations healthy. Life history, evolution, and geology complete a picture of the islands, the tortoises, and our efforts to keep these ancient reptiles from extinction.
Wonder Women of Science: Twelve Geniuses Who Are Currently Rocking Science, Technology, and the World
Tiera Fletcher; Ginger Rue, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
Explore the amazing range of women who are tackling our modern-day challenges. Find out more about their many careers, from veterinarian to computer scientists to microbiologist, and learn about their personal journeys to see how you can follow in their path.