Kids books that deal with real world science

Have I mentioned this book? I don’t think so… I highly recommend it:


Bridget Heos (2013) Stronger than Steel: Spider silk DNA and the quest for better bulletproof vests, sutures, and parachute rope. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children: Boston, New York.

It’s part of a series trying to share real world science with younger readers (and older readers, too, of course). This book looks at the work being done to make use of spider silk. It explains DNA and transgenics and the ethical discussions surrounding transgenic work – from a scientifically informed perspective. It is also really interesting … and so engaging….


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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