Have I mentioned lately how much I love Vicki Cobb? Well, her books, anyway. She is pretty much the queen of science writing for kids, and her royal status has been confirmed with her recent lifetime achievement award for excellence in children’s books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Subaru Science Books & Film. They call her the “Julia Child of hands-on science.”
My Vicki Cobb picks? The Science Play series. I mentioned one of the titles in Kite Day (Picture Book Preschool), but the whole series is spot-on for 3 to 5 year-olds to explore science. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Children’s literature professor, Betty Carter says this in an essay about preschool science books in A Family of Readers (love this book, btw!):
“Look carefully at a four-volume series named Science Play written by Vicki Cobb. Both together and individually, these books get right at the process of discovery by asking youngsters to participate in a number of experiments in order to understand scientific principles.”
Start with Science Play. Move on to one of Vicki Cobb’s 80-odd other science books for kids. As Carter says, “Cobb knows her science, and she knows children and their abilities.”
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