Top Books/Videos for SHANANNAREEFERS

(updated October 31, 2009)


Seekers Humanists Atheists Naturalists
Agnostics Nonreligionists Nontheists Antireligionists
Realists Educationalists Experimentalists Freethinkers
nlightened Rationalists Secularists

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064. More If You Had to Choose What Would You Do?,
by Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Brian Strassburg (Illustrator)
"...How important is winning, and does it really matter
how we win? What do you think determines a person's
'worth' -- how much money he or she has? Can you
have lots of friends and still be lonely? When other
people are telling you what to do, how do you decide
what is right for you?

In this sequel ... Humphrey encourages parents and
teachers to talk to children about values and to help
them formulate their own personal value system in
the face of peer pressure, even when following their
own conscience means going it alone.

Children can easily identify with the twenty-six sce-
narios presented, and the questions at the end of
each chapter encourage productive, in-depth dis-
cussions about the moral choices suggested by each
story. Kids will enjoy reading through each short
situation and then deciding what they would do. ..."

063. Humanism, What's That? A Book for Curious Kids,
by Helen Bennett
"... 'But the Bible says that God created man in His
own image! Humanists believe just the opposite: that
man created God in his image.' In a lively fictionalized
discussion, a humanist teacher and a group of students
talk about secular humanism.

They confront the big issues, including evolution ('the
best hope . . . is science,' says the teacher), abortion,
capital punishment, anti-Semitism, bullying, and much
more -- even the causes of 9/11. The kids' voices are
insistent and informal, and the teacher calls for toler-
ance, for asking questions, for doing good right here
on earth. ..."

062. The Illustrated Book of Myths,
retold by Neil Philip, illustrated by Nilesh Mistry
"... offers a delightful, sweeping view of world
mythology -- not just the famous stories of
the Greeks and Romans, but also the stories
of Native Americans and legends from South
America, Africa, Scandinavia, Asia, and Aus-

A few excerpts from the first few pages of the
book: ... 'One person's myth is another's religious
belief; one person's truth, another's fiction.'...
'Myths are the dreams of mankind.' ... 'every
mythology, like every religion, shares the same
basic concern with the nature of the world, and
the meaning of life and death' ...

... 'The stories in this book are just a fraction of
the tales that make up world mythology, and some
regions are better represented than others. All the
stories that have been written down are also just a
fraction of those that have, throughout history, ex-
pressed the fears, hopes, and longings of humanity' ..."

061. Oxford Children's History of the World,
by Neil Grant
"... It covers world history from hunter gatherers, to
the end of the twentieth century, in a clearly organ-
ized, well-written, and lavishly illustrated volume.

... each carefully planned double-page spread begins
with a brief paragraph summarizing the subject.

... very much a secular book. In the 'Early Cities'
topic of 'Ancient Times' it states, 'Religious beliefs
developed from peoples' need to explain things
they did not understand.' ...

Topics touched upon include art and architecture,
religion and rulers, and science. Copious drawings,
maps, and sidebars further explain information and
help readers visualize the era. Many of the photos
are of artifacts and historical items. Others are rea-
listic drawings depicting life and events of the time.

At the conclusion of each historical division, an illus-
trated time line covering the Americas, Europe, Asia
and Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East assists
in summarizing the information presented. ..."

060. Genes & DNA, by Richard Walker
"From the back cover:

... 'Each chapter encourages the reader to discover
more through links to websites, books, and places
to visit, and also suggests possible career opportun-

Genes & DNA explores the ever-unfolding secrets
of this exciting science. From the basics of genes
and their function as the code for life, through vari-
ation in families and inheritance, to the wide-ranging
applications of DNA technology, find out how genes
and DNA work.' ..."

059. Evolution Revolution : From Darwin to DNA,
by DK Publishing
"... Dense with exciting scientific detail, this large
picture-book-size volume focuses in its first half
on Darwin’s discoveries and theories, and the
excitement and the controversy that they gener-
ated in his time.

Then biologist Winston goes on to discuss the
modern science of genetics and evolutionary
biology, including what Darwin did not consider
and what he knew little about; the many new
discoveries that prove Darwin right and that
continue to fuel debate; and the role of  DNA
in helping to fill in the gaps.

The clear, interactive, double-page spreads in
the publisher’s signature style pack in a wealth
of very technical information with lots of gor-
geous color photos, screens, and boxed inserts.
Also included is a detailed six-page time line of
the planet over four million years. ..."

058. Life on Earth : The Story of Evolution,
by Steve Jenkins
"... investigating the scientific theories explaining the
innumerable branchings, proliferations, and extinc-
tions of life on planet Earth ... presents a terse chro-
nology of life from its earliest beginnings as one-
celled bacteria in the primordial ocean to the appear-
ance of modern man.

... explains how scientists were persuaded that animal/
plant classifications and geological/fossil records pro-
vided proof that animals and plants had not remained
unchanged since a single moment of creation, and
discusses how Charles Darwin's investigations in the
Galapagos resulted in his formulation of the theory of
evolution. ..."

057. Our Family Tree : An Evolution Story,
by Lisa Westberg Peters,
illustrated by Lauren Stringer
"... accomplishing a reasonable explanation of a
scientific concept and its progress through millennia
is worthy of note. Peters's simple text uses the 'we/
us' format to place Homo sapiens in the 'family' of
life at its very beginnings.

... Through a simple progression, amply bolstered
by Stringer's striking, large acrylics, she traces
'our' family tree from unicellular organisms through
amphibians, therapsids, and early mammals to early
primates, hominids, and our distinct 'humanness'
today. ..."

056. When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange,
and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth: A Cartoon Prehistory
of Life before Dinosaurs,
by Hannah Bonner
"... the Carboniferous and Permian eras that ended
the Paleozoic period (250 million years ago) are
presented with verve and humor that don't short-
change the young natural historian's quest for good
explanations of the earth's distant past.

... Cartoon illustrations decorate every page. Some
of them are strictly informational, but most contain
elements of humor as well. The facts and the fun
work well together, and it's always clear which is

Descriptions of evolving animal life, climate changes,
continental drift, and the formation of elements such
as carbon as a natural part of the vegetative life cycle
unfold coherently ..."

055. When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth,
and Bugs Began to Swarm : A Cartoon Prehistory
of Life Long Before Dinosaurs,
by Hannah Bonner
"... lighthearted look at some of the earliest life-forms
on Earth. As promised in the title, the information
packed into the double-page spreads starts with the
oceans already teeming with primitive life and stops
long before the dinosaurs appear on the scene.

The passing of hundreds of millions of years can't
quite be captured with a turn of the page, but a
creative time line, which manages to be funny with
the insertion of a few jokes, will help kids put each
time period into context. ..."

054. National Geographic Prehistoric Mammals,
by Allen Turner (author), Maricio Anton (illustrator)
"... Working carefully from the latest fossil evidence,
veteran science illustrator Anton has created finely
detailed portraits of more than 100 vanished crea-
tures, from early whales and tiny proto-shrews to

... Along with the picture of the animal comes a
distribution map, a time line, a human silhouette or
other indicator to establish scale, and a fact box.

... Primates are included, among them Australa-
pithecenes, Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens.
For lovers of the BBC production Walking with
Prehistoric Beasts, it's a treasure trove. ..."

053. National Geographic Dinosaurs,
by Paul Barrett (author), Raul Martin (illustrator)
"... The opening chapters offer a chronology of the
age of dinosaurs, a brief history of key discoveries,
and lots of information about the creatures' habits
and characteristics in general.

The heart of the book is the 50 or so profiles of indi-
vidual dinosaur genera, divided into the two major
groups (bird-hipped and lizard-hipped). Each one
includes size, location, and era, as well as basic
information and intriguing facts. ...

A time line, fact file, and map for each species ap-
pears consistently on the edge of the page. Inter-
spersed among the introductory chapters and pro-
files are over a dozen dramatic, full-page and two-
page scenes, vividly capturing selected species in
action. Several recent discoveries are mentioned,
and current theories are clearly distinguished from
accepted fact in such areas as classification, evolu-
tionary factors, and behaviors. ..."

052. Mammals Who Morph : The Universe
Tells Our Evolution Story : Book 3 (of 3),
by Jennifer Morgan,
illustrated by Dana Lynne Andersen
"... concluding volume of a bizarrely brilliant trilogy
on the history of the universe and of life ... discusses
the Cenozoic Era, the 'age of mammals,' focusing
especially on the evolution of human beings. ..."

051. From Lava to Life : The Universe
Tells Our Earth Story : Book 2 (of 3),
by Jennifer Morgan,
illustrated by Dana Lynne Andersen
"... 'Once upon a time' meets science in a children's
picture book that tells the thrilling story of how life
began on Earth. The second in a trilogy of Universe
stories - the first being the award-winning Born with
a Bang : The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story -- this
book picks up the story with the first appearance of
life on Earth.

... Jennifer Morgan does an excellent job of taking
the origin of life, evolution of eukaryotes, prokaryotes
and metazoans, the oxygen crisis, migration from sea
to land and mass extinctions and making it under-
standable to children (and lay adults!) ..."

050. Born With a Bang : The Universe
Tells Our Cosmic Story : Book 1 (of 3),
by Jennifer Morgan,
illustrated by Dana Lynne Andersen
"... This book and its two sequels do a fantastic job
of transforming complex events and advanced scien-
tific terms into an understandable, inspiring account
of evolution through the use of storytelling. The pic-
tures are stunningly beautiful (worth framing and
displaying), but the text is what really grabbed our attention! ..."

049. Big Bang,  The Tongue-Tickling Tale
of a Speck That Became Spectacular,
by Carolyn Cinami Decristofano (Author),
Michael Carroll (Illustrator)
"... tells the story of the origin of the universe ...
describes the original singularity from which the
Big Bang erupted and follows with the rapid
expansion of the universe, the formation of
atoms, stars, galaxies, and so on ... discusses
the discovery of the Big Bang through the
expansion of the universe ... asks about the
fate of the universe and presents a time line
showing the brief duration of human history
relative to the universe.

Carroll's spectacular illustrations, with a few
photos of celestial objects interspersed, pro-
vide a dramatic background for the text and
help clarify the concepts. ..."

048. Eyewitness : Universe, by Robin Kerrod, DK Publishing
"... Discover an amazing variety of celestial objects,
as well as the beginnings — and future — of the
Universe. Fabulous full-color photographs, many
taken with the help of space telescopes, together
with explanations of everything from black holes
to the Milky Way, combine to make this a unique
'eyewitness' account of our Universe.

Excerpt from the first few pages of the book:

'To us Earthlings, our planet is the most important
thing there is. And not very long ago, people thought
our planet was the center of the Universe. But noth-
ing could be farther from the truth — in the Universe
as a whole, the Earth is not the least bit special.' ..."

047. Eyewitness : Earth, by Susanna Van Rose, DK Publishing
8span class='attribute-value'> "... a spectacular, thought-provoking, and highly
informative guide to the fascinating story of the
Earth. Full-color photography of geological equip-
ment, rocks, minerals, and 3-D models reveals
the ideas and discoveries that have changed our
understanding of the world in which we live.

... features colorful, well-reproduced, informative
photographs and brief, introductory texts. The infor-
mation is organized in easy-to-scan double-page
spreads that jump from one topic to the next. ...

... Life begins with chemical building blocks; moves
quickly to various functions (photosynthesis, respira-
tion, circulation, movement, senses, defense, and
reproduction); covers social and inter-species inter-
actions; and speculates on how life began and the
prospects for extraterrestrial life. ..."

046. Adam's Atomic Adventures,
by Houghton Miflin
"... Adam is having a miserable day. First, he causes
his team to lose the soccer game, and then he gets
teased for being the shortest boy in the fifth grade.
Just when Adam thinks nothing else can possibly go
wrong, Mrs. Gold, his rather peculiar science teacher,
makes him stay behind after class.

Adam’s day goes from bad to just plain weird when
Mrs. Gold shares with him a startling secret: she’s
much more than a science teacher — Mrs. Gold is
a powerful alchemist who’s counting on Adam’s
help to save the world!

Mrs. Gold has chosen Adam, one of her best stu-
dents, for a critical task. She plans to shrink Adam
down to the microscopic size of a single atom and
send him to the Periodic School for the Elements to
search for Ollie, a missing atom of oxygen. Without
Ollie, the planet’s supply of oxygen will vanish.

As Mrs. Gold produces the philosopher’s stone,
the secret magical tool of alchemists, Adam is
suddenly thrust into the bizarre and treacherous
realm of chemical elements. He must take advan-
tage of his scientific knowledge to find Ollie before
it’s too late. ..."

045. The American Heritage Children's Science Dictionary,
by Houghton Miflin
"... introduces the language and concepts of science
... more than 2600 entries ... quality full-color photo-
graphs, charts, and illustrations interspersed through-
out (one to two per page on average) ... includes
more than 100 'Did You Know?' boxes that high-
light interesting facts beyond a word's definition.

Ten 'Closer Look' boxes provide slightly more in-
depth information on topics such as color, stars,
skeletons, and rocks. More than 150 biographical
entries are included, with 'Biography' boxes high-
lighting 25 selected individuals. ..."

044. Your Favorite Seuss : A baker's
dozen by the one and only Dr. Seuss
"... All of the words and virtually all of the illustrations
are included. Each story is prefaced by a short essay
by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or
who is simply an unabashed admirer.

Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memor-
abilia, and original sketches from his books.

The stories included are: And to Think That I Saw
It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hears a Who!,
McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Happy Birthday
to You!, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, Yertle the Turtle,
The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,
Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Sneetches,
and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ..."

043. National Geographic World Atlas
for Young Explorers, Third Edition,
by National Geographic
"... The latest edition of the award-winning National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers fea-
tures all new photographs, maps, and graphics.

And now, for the first time ever, the National Geo-
graphic World Atlas for Young Explorers goes
interactive. The 3rd edition is chock full of bright,
bold icons that, thanks to a specially designed
National Geographic web site, will allow kids to
go beyond the printed page and experience first-
hand the sights, sounds, and movements of the
world's people, places, and animals. ...

... Stunning images from space help link real-world
images and give young readers a physical sense of
the natural grandeur of our world. ..."

042. Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)
Child, by User Contributions
"... A child (plural: children) is a human between the
stages of birth and puberty. The legal definition of
'child' generally refers to a minor, otherwise known
as a person younger than the age of majority. ...

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
defines a child as 'every human being below
the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable
to the child, majority is attained earlier.'[2] Biologic-
ally, a child is anyone in the developmental stage of
childhood, between infancy and adulthood. ..."

- - - Videos Added on October 31, 2009 - - -

041. DVD : 400 Years of the Telescope

040. DVD : Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack)

039. DVD : Happy Feet

038. DVD : Monsters, Inc.

037. DVD : The Wizard of Oz

036. DVD : Night at the Museum

035. DVD : The Neverending Story

034. DVD : E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

033. DVD : Babe

032. DVD : Back to the Future - The Complete Trilogy

031. DVD : 101 Dalmatians

030. DVD : Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey

029. DVD : The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

028. Pro-Humanist FREELOVER Posts which
include videos pertaining to Children
(as of October 31, 2009)

102609 Atheist Summer Camp

- - - Books from the 1999 & 2000 Versions of this post - - -

027. If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do?,
by Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Brian Strassburg (Illustrator)
"... It is never too early to begin talking with our
young people about personal values and helping
them define their own code of moral conduct.
The twenty-five problem situations presented in
this book have been developed to help you talk
to your children about values in as enjoyable and
natural a way as possible. ..."

026. Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong: A Guide
for Young Thinkers, by Dan Barker,
Brian Strassburg (Illustrator)
"... Discusses learning right from wrong, stressing
such aspects as the difference between rules and
principles and the importance of an individual's
rights. ... a great book for honestly explaining mor-
ality (both to adults and kids) without any appeals
to arguments from authority. It gives valid reasons
for why one should behave in certain ways, without
appealing to any Bibles/Korans/Talmuds.

And in a much more universal language, it advocates
morality, listening to one's conscience, and living with
principles. It leaves open the possibility that one prin-
ciple might be more important than another principle,
whereas religiously based morality makes inflexible
(though sometimes contradictory) moral assertions,
without any general principles and explanations about
why something is moral (other than appealing to the
authority of the bible, et. al).

The religious way can and never could be reconciled
with the paradoxes of real human society. For exam-
ple, if killing is always against God's commandments,
then why do Muslims exhort killing in Jihads, or why
do Christians and Jews believe in the eye for an eye
(without any explicit permission). ..."

025. Maybe Yes, Maybe No : A Guide for
Young Skeptics, by Dan Barker,
Brian Strassburg (Illustrator)
"... My young children began life with fierce curiosity.
That fire still burns hot and their eagerness for know-
ledge and hard facts makes explaining skepticism
easier. This book is remarkable how it grabbed my
kids without it being mired in detail about a complex

Our family are Secular Humanists raising the kids on
our own without the support of community or church
so books like this one are a tremendous help. All
around us kids are learning about 'god' and 'heaven'
and teaching my kids seemingly against the grain
goes easier when they can pick up this book to read
again and again.

It has sparked many a conversation that helps them
see respect for others is vital but the most important
thing is to hold on to what you believe and stand firm
with it. I'd recommend getting this book for kids who
are able to grasp the idea of needing hard facts and
proof before blindly believing anything. ..."

024. Just Pretend: A Freethought Book
for Children, by Dan Barker
"... Even though the approaches in the book are
consistent with my views, I wish the author had
used a gentler approach to introduce the concept
of non-belief as the 'Santa Claus as myth / God
as myth' approach may be too shocking for
children raised to believe God is real.

Then again, this book has really got my daughter
thinking critically about religion and with quite
a bit of input from an adult (especially for younger
children brought up to believe God is real), maybe
the shock approach is the best approach to get
children to *think* critically about religion rather
than just accept what they've been told without
question. ..."

023. How Do You Know It's True? Discovering
the Difference Between Science and Superstition,
by Hyman Ruchlis
"... best of new releases for teaching critical thinking
to young people. Actually, this is for anybody, young
or old, who still has a tendency to flirt with any form
of superstition or fairy-tale thinking or is curious why
other people do so.

Ruchlis patiently leads the reader through an appre-
ciation of science as a way of thinking about the world
we live in. A short history of superstitions and the
occasional horrors attributed to magical thinking (e.g.,
fear and persecution of 'witches') are provided ...

Highlights include an explanation of science as a way
of thinking critically, with examples of how facts are
discovered. Vital to an understanding of why there is
so much superstition and other forms of magical think-
ing is to know the history of religious repression of free
thought, with stories about the struggles of such heroes
of science as Nicolas Copernicus, Giordano Bruno,
Galileo Galilei and the framers of our own Bill of
Rights in 1789. ..."

022. What About Gods?, by Chris Brockman
"... This book gives a concise overview of an
immensely over complicated human condition.
The creation of god by man is explained simply
and clearly for a child. I wish I had been exposed
to this book when I was about eight years old.
It could have saved me much self doubt and
turmoil resulting from early indoctrination. ..."

021. Peter Bedrick Young People's Encyclopedia
Religions of the World (The Peter Bedrick Young
People's Encyclopedias), by Larousse (Editor)
"... Offers readers an engaging and informative
introduction to every major religious tradition,
past and present. For each religion, historical
and cultural contexts, fundamental texts, deities,
rituals, celebrations, and current practices are
discussed. ..."

020. The Usborne Book of World Religions
(World Religions Series), by Susan Meredith,
Nicolas Hewetson (Illustrator)
"... Religion has had a tremendous impact on world
history and human affairs. Focusing on the six major
religions in chronological order, details about each
bring them into vivid focus. Hinduism, Judaism,
Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism each
have six pages of text enhanced by striking photo-
graphs and illustrations. ... Also included in the book
are a history of past religions, details about lesser-
known faiths, maps, a timeline, and glossary. ..."

019. Our Most Dear Friend : Bhagavad Gita
for Children, by Vishaka Badger, Jean Griesser
"... The Bhagavad Gita, one of the holy writings of
the Hindu religion, is presented here as a story
that will be accessible to children. ..."

018. The Wisdom of the Crows and Other
Buddhist Tales, by Sherab Chodzin,
Alexandra Kohn, Marie Cameron (Illustrator)
"... Ranging from short Zen parables to longer
folktales with dragons, goddesses, and talking
animals, these tales explore Buddhist themes of
compassion, humor, enlightenment, and life after
death. This beautifully illustrated book is perfect
for anyone interested in Buddhist ideas and
anyone who enjoys a good story. Full color. ..."

017. The Tree of Life : The Wonders of
Evolution, by Ellen Jackson, Judeanne Winter
"... A simple explanation of the process of evolution,
from the first appearance of 'almost alive things'
to the development of the millions of life forms
that exist today. ..."

016. The Evolution Book,
by Sara Bonnett Stein (Illustrator),
Rona Beame (Photographer)
"... Text, experiments, projects, investigations, and
plentiful pictures show the reader how to unlock
the secrets of the earth by investigating woodlands,
beaches, and mountains. ..."

015. Planet Ocean : A Story of Life, the Sea,
and Dancing to the Fossil Record,
by Bradford Matsen, Ray Troll (Contributor)
"... Artist Troll and writer Matsen combine their
professional skills with erudition and a good
sense of humor as they trip through the fossil
record in this engaging history of evolution. ..."

014. Raptors, Fossils, Fins & Fangs :
A Prehistoric Creature Feature,
by Ray Troll (Illustrator), Brad Matsen
"... Long ago, even before there were dinosaurs,
some water creatures made their way out of the
ocean onto land. This is the story of those life-
forms, and some of the weird and cool creatures
that came before and after them -- including
humans. ..."

013. Dinosaur Tree
by Douglas Henderson
"... Employing beautiful lifelike illustrations and an
engaging text, the author takes us through the long
life of a tree that lives for more than 500 years.
This proud conifer stands tall, silently witnessing
the coming and going of a multitude of plant and
animal life during the late Triassic period.

Even after the tree is felled by a windstorm, its life
goes on as a kind of footbridge stretched across
a stream. How this tree came to rest in Arizona,
on the site of what is now the Petrified Forest
National Park, unfolds gracefully with page after
page of quiet, simply stated text and luminous
paintings. ..."

012. The Beast in You! : Activities & Questions
to Explore Evolution, by Marc McCutcheon,
Michael P. Kline (Illustrator), Cindy Blobaum
"... Did you ever look in the mirror and notice evolu-
tion staring back at you? Some kids don't believe
we evolved from animals. But all they may need to
be convinced is a close examination of their own
bodies. ..."

011. Eyewitness : Evolution, by Linda Gamlin
"... the most trusted nonfiction series on the market,
Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehen-
sive look at their subjects with a unique integration of
words and pictures. Eyewitness Evolution is DK's
classic look at Charles Darwin and the theory of
natural selection, now reissued with a CD and wall
chart. ...

Text about and photography of experiments, animals,
plants, bones, and fossils reveal the ideas and discov-
eries that have changed our understanding of the
natural world and how life began. ..."

010. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(Book 1), by J. K. Rowling
"... Obviously, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
Stone should make any modern 11-year-old a
very happy reader. The novel moves quickly,
packs in everything from a boa constrictor that
winks to a melancholy Zen-spouting centaur to
an owl postal system, and ends with a scary
surprise. ..."

009. Where the Wild Things Are,
by Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
"... One of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed
equally by a child and a grown-up. If you disagree,
then it's been too long since you've attended a wild
rumpus. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some
mischief and gets sent to bed without supper.

Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his
wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak's color
illustrations (perhaps his finest) are beautiful, and
each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new
wonder. ..."

008. DK Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia
(Revised Edition)
"... [updated version] ... From science and technology
to history and the arts, DK's classic A-Z encyclopedia
has been brought fully up-to-date for the year 2006.

Comprehensive coverage: From computers to music,
space exploration to the natural world, DK's Chil-
dren's Illustrated Encyclopedia ... provides an incred-
ible wealth of information to challenge, engage, and
amaze. Amazing images: More that 4,500 illuminating|
photographs, maps, and illustrations bring the entries
to life. See close-up photos of plants and animals,
detailed diagrams of machines, and original artworks
showing how people lived in the past. ..."

007. Usborne Internet-linked Science Encyclopedia,
by Kirsteen Rogers
"... [updated version] ... an outstanding science re-
source which can be enhanced by visiting any of
over 1,000 recommended, regularly reviewed web
sites, or which stands alone as a complete, self-con-
tained reference tool.

It covers the whole field of science, including physics,
chemistry, biology, information technology, earth sci-
ences and astronomy, with up-to-date information
on new fields such as genetic engineering, nanotech-
nology and the safeguarding of the environment.  ..."

006. The Oxford Children's Book of Science,
by Charles Taylor, Stephen Pople
"... An important introduction  linking scientific con-
cepts to daily experiences, providing kids in advanced
elementary through middle school grade levels with
clear explorations of basic scientific principles. Text
is illustrated with plenty of exciting color photos, dia-
grams, and cut-aways which clarify the science being
presented. ..."

005. Janice Vancleave's Science Around
the Year, by Janice Pratt Vancleave
"... With fun facts and brand-new experiments for
every week of the year, kids can explore various
fields of science, including astronomy, biology,
chemistry, earth science, and physics while
developing problem-solving strategies. ..."

004. 101 Things Every Kid Should Know
About Science, by Samantha Beres,
Arthur Friedman (Illustrator)
"... This book introduces children to 101 basic
science concepts, helping to build a solid founda-
tion in this important area. Throughout the book,
fascinating sidebars on important scientists and
amazing scientific facts are featured. Realistic
illustrations help explain concepts. ..."

003. It's So Amazing! : A Book About Eggs,
Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families,
by Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley (Illustrator)
"... Talking to children about where babies come
from can be difficult on the parents and on the kids.
But It's So Amazing might make it a little easier.

Give it to your child to read or better yet, sit down
and read it together. Interesting discussions are sure
to follow.

Written in comic-book style, this book addresses
many topics, including conception, birth, love, sex-
uality and family, in a gentle and respectful  manner.

002. It's Perfectly Normal : Changing Bodies,
Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health,
by Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley (Illustrator)
"... Visually, the book presents extremely well --
it's in color throughout, has enjoyable pictures
(colored pencil drawings), and is not afraid of
using nudity in pictures. It contains some great
cartoons animating  the processes of menstrua-
tion ('The Travels of the Egg'), ejaculation ('The
Travels of the Sperm'), pregnancy ('The Further
Adventures of the Egg and Sperm'), and birth
('What a Trip!').

The attitudes expressed are excellent ... the
attitudes towards (for example) homosexuality,
non-nuclear families, race, and masturbation
demonstrate an acceptance of difference, a
respect for others, and a positive attitude to
it all. ..."

001. Life : Our Century in Pictures for Young
People, by Richard B. Stolley (Editor),
Amy E. Sklansky (Editor)
"... More than 380 remarkable photographs from
Life magazine's archives that make this volume
truly epic. ... From politics to art to technology to
science to social change, this book touches on it
all, and will be a tremendous resource for years
to come. ..."