STEM Super Science – Exploring the Natural World

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Kids learn through play and hands on exploration! What better way to get excited about science than getting down in the dirt for an up close look of wriggling worms, expansive weeds and sprouting seeds. The world around us is a classroom with countless opportunities for discovery and we don’t even need to be surrounded by a forest. Sidewalks, playgrounds and container gardens offer chances to look a little closer at the nature that surrounds us. Finished with outdoor adventures? Check out some of these great books that investigate our interactions with the natural world. Books take us on a journey beyond what is directly outside our window, and with these selections children can meet animals around the globe, learn about STEM jobs in earth science and how we can do our part to protect the planet. Ask your local children’s Librarian for some fun extension activities inspired by these picks.

All Around Us

Finding circles everywhere, a grandfather and his granddaughter meditate on the cycles of life and nature.

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies : How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

Explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself. Includes glossary and timeline.

Hey Water!

Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms. Back matter includes information on the water cycle and water conservation.

Hiking Day

A little girl and her family go hiking up a nearby mountain for the very first time.

Thank You, Earth : A Love Letter to Our Planet

This thank-you note to our planet celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world through photographic images. Includes a note from the author about related activities and resources.

Where's Rodney?

Rodney was inside, but always wanted to be outside. His class takes a field trip to the park.