Science Saturday: Earth Science Books the Kids Will Love

How Animals Build

Lonely Planet Kids’ How Animals Build is a beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap hardback that explores the incredible world of animal architects. Children can open flaps and unfold spreads to discover amazing animal homes up high, underground, on land, and under the sea. From spider webs and rabbit warrens, to bird nests and ant colonies, and even coral reefs and beaver lodges, we reveal the secrets to these extraordinary structures and how they’re built.

Do bees need cement mixers to build hives? Do beavers use cranes to construct dams? No, of course not! Like many animals, they’re building geniuses who don’t need building site tools to create incredible work. Welcome to nature’s very own, super-clever world of construction.

Created in consultation with Michael Leach, wildlife expert, speaker, photographer, filmographer, and author of over 20 books on subjects ranging from big cats and owls to great apes and bears.

Themed topics include:

  • Apartment Block with Branches
  • Dig, Diggers, Dig!
  • Number 1 Bunny Street
  • A Winning Design
  • It’s Buzzing in Here!
  • Nest Neighborhoods
  • This Way to Waterworld
  • Extreme Builders
  • Mouse House Here

The Big Earth Book

Planet Earth. Four elements. One incredible story. Lonely Planet Kids’ The Big Earth Book takes children on a rollercoaster ride through history, geography, science and more to show how four elements – earth, fire, air and water – created the world and everything that exists today inAmazing facts, photography, and illustrations bring our planet and its past to life in an exciting, engaging way.

Written by Mark Brake, a science writer and broadcaster who’s worked for NASA, the BBC, and the National Science Museum of Thailand. Created in consultation with Dr Mike Goldsmith, a research scientist and writer with a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University in the UK.

Highlights include:

Earth:

  • How the Earth was formed
  • The structure of the Earth
  • Plate tectonics and rocks
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Humans in the stone age
  • Hunter-gatherers and farming
  • Fossils and digging for treasure
  • DNA: the code of life

Fire:

  • Ingredients for fire
  • Fire and humans
  • The history of fire
  • The dangers of wildfire
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Gunpowder and fireworks
  • The combustion engine
  • Carbon and global warming

Air:

  • What’s air made of?
  • The Northern Lights
  • How animals learned to fly
  • Dinosaurs in the air
  • Birds and bats
  • The history of flight
  • Speech and language
  • Music and instruments
  • Weather and climate

Water:

  • The origins of water
  • Rivers and oceans
  • The water cycle
  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Canals, bridges and dams
  • Exploring the seas
  • The age of exploration
  • Tsunamis and waterfalls