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I agree, thoroughly enjoyed this book and think it will make a fab addition to an UKS2 bookshelf. I believe it will become an important part of many children’s (and adults) reading journeys
Can anyone else recommend books that support the development of science vocabulary?
Here is a review for Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell and Paddy Donnelly:
‘Our 3 heroes are unwittingly blasted into adventure at the start of this exciting and intriguing read. They need to have all their wits about them to problem-solve their way back to reality as they navigate the realms of the Wonderscape, meeting inspirational historical figures among the way. Great for science vocabulary, this book was an engaging and enjoyable read.’
Thanks to the awesome teacher who left this review!
For science based books, I would definitely recommend anything written by Christopher Edge – really enjoyable and also think about Simon Mayo’s Itch series.
Totally agree, have just finished reading The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. An easy to read book but has mind-boggling explanations of quantum physics that any science loving child will love!
Quite a few graphic novels feature scientist characters and there’s quite a bit of subject specific vocabulary there – what age group are you looking for?
Yes! For Science Vocabulary, there are some very good ones in the 20 Non-fiction books list I wrote (on this site in the ‘Find a Book section’). I’d also recommend the ‘Academy’ series from Ivy Kids (Astronaut Academy, Vet Academy, Scientist Academy) too. They’re great fun and very original. I’ll keep thinking!
This definitely sounds like one we must read!!
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
‘This is a must have read for anyone working in schools, cleverly written from the point of view of an autistic girl. The story is not about being autistic – it is a story of a young girl’s wish to make a change and for people to reflect on the wrongs of the past. Addie learns about the Witch Trials at school and how the area where she lives, Edinburgh, was infamous for these. Addie feels that these were unfair, people were basically put on trial for being ‘different’ and so she sets about getting a memorial built as a way of an apology. It shows how through perseverance we can all make a change and is a story of courage and friendship.
The story includes her family, she is a twin – her twin is not autistic, but she does have an older sister who is also autistic and how the sibling relationships work. The characters are well written and you feel that you get to know them. There is a very unkind teacher – let’s hope none of us know anyone like this, a very kind teacher and a mixture of other characters. I was drawn to Addie and particularly like the way she described the world from her viewpoint, explaining that sauce on bolognese made it feel as if her tongue was drowning.
I would highly recommend this book and will definitely be adding it to my class read pile for the coming year.’
Good work our TRC community! You are already leaving some amazing reviews for the books you have read. We intend to share as many as we can on the Blether Board so that you can enjoy each others recommendations. We will leave them as anonymous but you can of course reply and say if it is your review! Here is a great review of…
Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker
‘I read this with my daughter who is in Year 5. She really enjoyed it and so did I. I feel that the story is unbelievable but believable at the same time. I like the idea that you can travel through time and space but you still need to deal with the emotions you have in the here and now. There were lots of messages that we discussed as we read this book, and we speculated a lot about what the situation would be next! Perfect for year 5/6 age who like to engage with ‘real life’ situations.’
So interesting to hear about another book by Sara Pennypacker. I loved reading Pax to my class this year. Again, really interesting messages to discuss which are introduced through the story.
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