Sounds All Around: The Science of How Sound Works (Kids Can Press, 2021) written by Susan Hughes and illustrated by Ellen Rooney, is exactly what the title says it is: an accessible STEM book for young readers about the science of sound. An unnamed protagonist and his dog guide the reader through the book.
Here is the opening page:
Such a tiny insect, but its
beating wings make a big
sound in the silence.
(I love the alliteration and thought behind that last sentence!)
Using thunder and lightning as an example, the author goes on to explain how light travels through air faster than sound.
From there, it's a hop, skip, and a jump from "natural" sounds to
The author moves on to easy-to-understand text (with great accompanying illustrations) on how sound happens.
There are several "try this" pages including one on clapping that introduces vibrations, sound waves, and the concept of pitches.
This illustration says so much:
Information and this illustration about hearing ranges will be a great asset in the K-3rd grade classroom.
In the same way, the author and illustrator explain and illustrate decibels.
Back matter includes instructions on how to make a bee buzzer and a glossary.
Thank you, Chris.
What a fun way to think with children about sounds. No doubt kids will enjoy the “Try this!”
This book looks great, and very educational!
Think my twins would love it.
Thanks, Zach. I bet they would enjoy it!
Thank you, Patricia. YOur name goes on the list!
This sounds like a great book for my grands
Yes, it would be Gwen!
Looks like a great book! Tiffany @ Matthews Christian Library
YOu definitely would like this one, Tiffany!
This book sounds absolutely awesome. Thanks for sharing. Please add my name to the list of contenders to win a copy.
This looks awfully good. I think kids will love it and learn a lot. Thanks for telling me about it. I will check it out.
The book looks wonderful. I'd love to win a copy!
You're in, Joan!
It is a good book, Barbara. I can see your grandkids reading it!
Thanks, Rosi. You're in!
Wow, I just learned a lot from those pages!
This "sounds" like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing it with us. I'd love to read it and share it with some children I know. Thank you for offering a giveaway!
Thanks, Janet and Esther. YOu're both in!
What a fun way to learn! A great project of NF picture Book!
Yes, you're right Terri!
I so wish I'd had books like this one--nonfiction picture books are quickly becoming my favorites. This topic is so well done in this book from the spreads you've shared. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
I totally agree with you Danielle!
Thanks for the nice compliments, Danielle!
I'm fascinated by sound and really glad to learn about this book! Thanks for the chance to enter. nora.nickum (at) gmail.com
Glad to add your name to the list, Nora!
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