Homeschool Biology: 5 Favorite Series
Want to teach homeschool biology to your elementary students, but don’t know where to start? If you’re using a textbook, you might want some supplementary resources. Or you might want to introduce ideas without the formality of textbooks and want books that will keep your child’s (and your own!) interest.
My kids are in 6th and 8th grade now, and science is one of our favorite subjects. Here are some of the tried-and-true book series we’ve used for homeschool biology that continue to be their favorites!
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There are hundreds of these, on a wide variety of topics. The photography is wonderful, the text is informative, and they are comprehensive enough that you could teach for weeks out of a single book if you wanted. We own and love: Human Body, Insect, and Bird. We also check out a lot of them from our local library.
2. National Geographic Kids
National Geographic has done some really lovely work with their series of books and magazines for kids. Thanks to their emphasis on fantastic photography, their kids’ books are usually beautiful and vivid. They now have readers, encyclopedias, and a variety of other resources on hundreds of topics of interest to kids. Some of our favorites for biology include the First Big Book of Animals and the Animal Encyclopedia.
3. Scientists in the Field
These are unique books because they highlight both the scientist studying a topic and the topic being studied. These are excellent for older elementary and middle school kids who want a peek into the real life of a scientist and how and why they study particular topics. We have read a LOT of books in this series and loved every one of them, but if I had to pick favorites, I would go with Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist’s Microscope and Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope.
4. Take-Along Guides
These books highlight two or three different plants or animals, with text about identifying, finding, and caring for those that might live in a backyard or nearby area. These are excellent for identification if you don’t want a huge field guide or are focusing on one creature or plant type at a time. We really enjoyed Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies and Trees, Leaves, and Bark.
5. One Small Square
These books feature ecosystems in a great format. Each page is richly illustrated and shows several different animals and plants in a particular area. They often contain several experiments to try at home to illustrate concepts. I own several of these, and wish I owned all of them. Our favorites include Pond and Cave.
One of my favorite hobbies is making resource lists for homeschooling. In fact, I love it so much that I’ve written 4 different books to share my favorite lists, with over 700 total recommendations. This is just one of the lists available in Biology: 275 Best Books, Videos, and Games to Supplement Elementary Science.