When I saw that World Space Week (Oct 4-10) and Earth Science Week (Oct 8-14) overlapped, I immediately thought that it would be a perfect time to talk about our terrific outer space and earth science related books! Earth science encompasses geology, meterology, and astronomy, so there's lots to explore!
Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long's informational picture books about nature are must reads for young naturalists. A Rock is Lively is gorgeously illustrated and has a great read-aloud quality for elementary school students.
When DK Publishing and The Smithsonian collaborate on a book, you know it's going to be packed with eye-popping pictures and fascinating facts. The Rock and Gem Book is an outstanding guide to popular and lesser-known rocks and gems, perfect for budding collectors.
Amateur meteorologists will definitely want to check out DK's Eyewitness Weather; like all books in the Eyewitness series, it is crammed with eye-catching photography and intriguing information about rain, snow, natural disasters, and everything inbetween.
The Weather Disaster continues the adventures of the Mad Scientist Academy; this time, the class of monsters face a multitude of weather phenonemons, using scientific information to survive conditions.
Want a gigantic and browseable guide to ocean animals? National Geographic Kids's Ultimate Oceanpedia is a captivating guide to ocean creatures big and small.
I'm a huge fan of the Science of Fun Stuff series (and its companion, History of Fun Stuff series) Looking Up! The Science of Stargazing; it's one of the best nonfiction easy reader series out there. Comets, constellations, eclipses, and more are explained in a fun and factual way for elementary school students.
If you need something more comprehensive than Looking Up, National Geographic Kids's Night Sky is a must-read for young astronomers. Not only does it include star maps, planet facts, and tips on how to get started as a backyard astronomers, but it also includes space jokes!
For more information about these official observations, check out Earth Science Week and World Space Week.
Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library