Discover what makes your mind tick. Explore the secrets behind smell, taste, touch, and vision. Find out how to trick your friends into thinking they taste something they don’t. Then turn the tables as you try to outsmart your own brain. Put your own mental powers to the test with tricky quizzes, optical illusions, and more. Learn about phantom sensations as you make your brain think your nose is six feet long! Each kid-friendly experiment is paired with step-by-step instructions, vibrant photography, and intriguing explanations of the neuroscience at work. Mind-blowing topics include:
* Senses: Test your powers of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing.
* Brain and Body: Explore how your mind knows where your body is, how to play brain games with your friends, and secrets behind superhero super poses.
* Thinking: Challenge your memory, strength of the hive mind, puzzle power, mind-reading abilities, and concentration.
* Reactions: Put your reflexes to work to catch, dodge, check snap judgments, and more.
Who says science can’t be silly? Just Joking Science features 300 science-themed jokes that are scientifically proven to leave kids laughing. Jokes about all kinds of science stuff―kooky chemistry, funny physics, dinosaurs, space, and more―is combined with fast STEM-centric facts and 10 stories of real-life scientific experiments that are almost too wild to believe. Sized just right for Christmas stockings, back packs and back seat/holiday travel boredom busting.
Can’t Get Enough Space Stuff (ages 7-10, paperback)
Featuring more than 200 extraordinary illustrations and photographs, detailed diagrams and infographics and a winning combination of comprehensive articles that do a deep dive into outer space research, fast facts and first-hand accounts from experts, Can’t Get Enough Space Stuff is the ultimate book for space enthusiasts. This book covers it all — get the scoop on space food, space junk, space volcanoes and NASA’s future plans for reaching Mars and Europa. Learn about how scientists are looking for life on other planets, cutting edge space technology, mind-blowing black holes and the International Space Station. Hands-on activities you can try at home are a terrific resource for STEM studies and science fair projects.
Break Down: Explosions, Implosions, Crashes, Crunches, Cracks, and More … a How Things Work Look at How Things Break (ages 8-12, hardcover)
This book explores how things break down, crack, explode, crumple, and shatter. This fun, unique take on a how-things-work book explores the world through the lens of what it takes for things to, well, not work. In these vibrantly illustrated pages, you’ll peer through the smoke and rubble of controlled demolitions to discover the properties of building materials. Then get a glimpse of the inner workings of a cracked cell phone screen, peek carefully at mega-avalanches and sinkholes, and hold on tight as wrecking balls swing and car crushers crunch metal. Buckle up with crash-test dummies and travel back in time to explore the world’s most famous failures (looking at you, Leaning Tower of Pisa). Featuring hands-on activities that walk kids through their own experiments in destruction, Break Down! will change the way you look at the world.
Izzy Newtown and the S.M.A.R.T Squad Series (ages 8-12, hardcover) by Valerie Tripp
Join Izzy Newton and her five brainy buddies in this fun three-book FICTION series, where science and tech reign supreme!
“Written by girl-power expert Valerie Tripp—the author behind some of your favorite American Girl stories—the Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad series features five brainy friends inspired by iconic scientists—Izzy Newton, Allie Einstein, Charlie Darwin, Marie Curie, and Gina Carver—as they go through the wild time that is middle school, with stories on friendship, growing up, and of course, solving mishaps with science and the scientific method. … It’s one thing to have children’s books about scientists or podcasts or stories about strong women in STEM, but it’s another world entirely when your children get to feel represented by the characters they’re reading about. The characters in the Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad series are diverse, smart, and sure of themselves the way all middle school girls are—through their dreams and newly acquired skills they’re still getting used to.” ― Romper