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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Monday, December 17, 2018

Best Science Books of 2018

We're kicking off a three-week blog series featuring the Best Nonfiction Books of 2018. 

Mars, tongues, coral reefs, and road kill! Today we turn our focus to the best science books for children and teens. 

by Nancy F. Castaldo

by Kate Messner
illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

by Markus Motum

by Maria Gianferrari
illustrated by Brian Floca

by Sy Montgomery
photographs by Nic Bishop

by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Katherine Roy

by Joe Archer and Caroline Craig

by Melissa Stewart

by Heather L. Montgomery
illustrated by Kevin O'Malley

Snowy Owl Invasion!: Tracking an Unusual Migration
by Sandra Markle

by Maria Gianferrari
illustrated by Jua Liu

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow
by Jan Thornhill

by Christy Hale


  1. Wow!! I am so honored to have two titles listed here among many of my favorite titles, Cathy & Louise--thank you so much!! And thank you for the reminder about Back from the Brink--haven't yet read that one, and will be requesting it from the library right away!

  2. Back From the Brink is awesome, Maria, and a well-deserved congratuations to you, too!

  3. There are several on this list that I haven't had the pleasure of reading. Others are familiar and well-loved. Thanks for sharing this list.

  4. And FYI, the "Back From the Brink" link sends the reader to the wrong blog post. Cheers!

  5. What a great list! Thank you, Louise and Cathy!!

  6. 2018 was a wonderful year for brilliant science books that engage kids. Thanks for an awesome list, Louise and Cathy. How was I not following your blog all this time?