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Science is all around us.
From the fireworks in the night sky to the electricity we use, the medicines we take, to school activities, science is in one way or another throughout our lives. While some aspects of the field are definitely complex, it is never too early to learn about the world around us.
The following Science Board books are aimed at the youngest children and introduce them to parts of astronomy, coding, and zoology, as well as some of the scientists working in these fields. I chose books in English and Spanish because there are bilingual families who need books in more than one language. Hopefully families looking for textbooks in two of the most widely spoken languages in the United States can find an option they like by sharing these science books.
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There is no limit to how much someone can learn. As popular cartoon astronaut Buzz Lightyear says, “To infinity … and beyond!”
8 little planets: A solar system book for children with unique planets by Chris Ferrie and Lizzy Doyle
The solar system is made up of eight planets (sorry, Pluto) and this book teaches kids what each planet is like. Real scientific facts are shared in the story, which rhymes sweetly. In addition, the book was selected as the Amazon Best Book of 2018.
Little Naturalist: Jane Goodall is a friend of Kate Coombs and Seth Lucas
Animals: Animales by Roger Priddy
Animals are an important part of the natural world, and this book teaches the names of certain animals in both English and Spanish.
The animals are in the front and in the middle of the sides, with colorful backgrounds. While some names are similar in English and Spanish, such as elephant and elephant, others are very different, such as fish and pez.
This book is part of the Bright Baby series, which includes books on first word and color in English and Spanish.
My first heroes: Scientists from Nila Aye
This Science Board book features scientists like Isaac Newton and Zhang Heng and is part of the My First Heroes collection. It’s in English and Spanish, and readers can “push, pull and push” the scenes in the book.
The collection includes artists, guardians of the planet and more important people.
Baby loves gravity! by Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan
The solar system with / El Sistema Solar con Ellen by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
This book is in both English and Spanish and naturally teaches children about the solar system.
Who is ellen
She is none other than Ellen Ochoa, a former astronaut and the first Latina in space.
Ochoa “retired from federal service in 2018 as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which leads the human space enterprise for the nation,” according to the National Science Board. She previously held other important positions and received numerous awards.
You can read more about her and her scientific achievements here.
I Can Code: If / Then: A Simple STEM Introduction to Coding for Children and Toddlers by Vicky Fang and Jade Orlando
Coding is a computer programming language, and this colorful book introduces children to the concept of coding, including cause and effect.
There is another book that also teaches kids to code: I Can Code: And / Or.
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