Kids’ Books Gift Guide: Science Experiments for Kids & Books for Sports Fans

| November 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 12, 2010

This is a book list for sports enthusiasts, young Einsteins-in-the-making, myth busters, restless minds and grown men! From Potato Chip Science to The World’s Most Amazing Facts and Records, there is seriously something for everyone. And, while I would recommend most of these books to the most reluctant of readers—particularly boys—I would suggest that you don’t rule these suggestions out for girls. Young girls in particular have very curious minds and very much enjoy a good hands-on experiment—there’s also a beautiful and energetic baseball book which tells the inspiring story of Effa Manley.

The Science Books

Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experiments

by Allen Kurzweil (Author), Max Kurzweil (Collaborator)

Reading level: Ages 8-12

Paperback: 96 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 1, 2010)

Source: Author

The packaging of this kit (a “book & stuff”) alone has a ton of kid-appeal—it looks and feels like a bag of potato chips—but it’s not the cover from which we judge, it’s what is on the inside. Judge for yourself …

Add this book (and stuff) to your collection: Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experiments

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The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists

by Sean Connolly

Reading level: Ages 9 and up

Hardcover: 205 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (September 24, 2008)

Source: Personal collection

This is one that dad’s cannot resist working on with their kids.

Add this book to your collection: The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists

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Don’t Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You

by Catherine Rondina (Author), Kevin Sylvester (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Hardcover: 96 pages

Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2010)

Source: Publicist

It offers entertaining explanations of why adults say the things they do. This is a very fun book for stuffing into a stocking. Why? Because I said so, that’s why.

Add this book to your collection: Don’t Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You

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The Klutz Book of Inventions

by editors of Klutz

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Hardcover-spiral: 197 pages

Publisher: Klutz; Spi edition (October 1, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Full color pages with photographs and pictures on every page. The hardcover makes this a nice choice for a gift, and the spiral binding makes it easy to flip and work through.

Add this book to your collection: The Klutz Book of Inventions

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The Inside Series

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Sterling (October 5, 2010)

Source: Publisher

This is a brand new series: The Inside Series, published by Sterling Books. Each book has a focus: the human body, dinosaurs, hurricanes, etc.. The books are factual and have a great visual layout which helps with easier digestion of information.

Add this book to your collection: Inside: Human Body by Dr. Aron M. Bruhn MD

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The Sports Books

Sports Illustrated Kids All Access: Your Pass to Behind the Scenes Photos of Athletes, Locker Rooms, and More

by Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Sports Illustrated (October 26, 2010)

Source: Publicist

This books offers a brief-but-great look at some of the biggest names in sport and inside their locker rooms. Unique, clear page overlays offer quality visual effects of things such as basketball player Shaquille O’Neal’s hand measured over Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson’s.

Add this book to your collection: Sports Illustrated Kids All Access: Your Pass to Behind the Scenes Photos of Athletes, Locker Rooms, and More

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Roy Morelli Steps Up to the Plate

by Thatcher Heldring

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 9, 2010)

Source: Publisher

It’s the classic tale of keeping up good grades to make it to the big leagues. An engaging story for baseball fans.

Add this book to your collection: Roy Morelli Steps Up to the Plate

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She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

by Audrey Vernick (Author), Don Tate (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 5-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Collins (October 19, 2010)

Source: Publisher

An inspiring and well-written biography with lively painted illustrations—wonderfully executed.

Add this book to your collection: She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story

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TIME For Kids That’s Awesome: The World’s Most Amazing Facts and Records

by Editors of Time for Kids Magazine

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Time For Kids (October 5, 2010)

Source: Publicist

A pick-up-and-read-anytime kind of book that will interest both the science and sports enthusiasts. A menagerie of conversation starting facts.

Add this book to your collection: TIME For Kids That’s Awesome: The World’s Most Amazing Facts and Records

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Extras

Moon In My Room

Company’s description: Turn your room into an authentically detailed 3-D lunar landscape. After your child is all tucked in for the night, Moon in My Room creates a peaceful, glowing effect for a night full of sweet dreams. Its whimsical effect is fun for adults, too! Ages 6 and up.

Add this to your shopping basket: Moon In My Room

Thames & Kosmos Alternative Energy and Environmental Science Wind Power

Company’s description: Renewable Energy Science Kit. Build a working wind turbine. Harness mechanical energy to lift weights. Generate electricity to light an LED and charge a battery. Learn the physics of wind turbines. Discover how wind occurs and why it is such a good energy source. Includes full-color, 32 page experiment manual. Ages 8 and up.

Add this to your shopping basket: Thames & Kosmos Alternative Energy and Environmental Science Wind Power

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Category: Activity Books, Ages 4-8, Ages 9-12, Book Lists, Books for Boys, Interactive, Science, Sports, Teens: Young Adults

About the Author ()

The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is powered by Bianca Schulze. Bianca is a freelance writer, bookseller, aspiring author, and mother to two daughters. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, her goal is to grow readers by showcasing useful and inspiring books!

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