Next Generation Science Standards can come to life through read alouds. Bring reading into your science lessons and help your students build a mental picture of tough science concepts through the art of illustration and narrative text with these titles aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Extend the lesson beyond the text with outside links found in the title’s Teacher Resources* geared toward the student audience. Don’t think this post is just for the younger audience; use these beautiful titles to engage upper-elementary, middle school and even high school students before starting a related unit.


Processes That Shape the Earth

Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas (Grades K-2, Level L, Lexile AD180) Teacher Resources Button

Find out about the many roles water plays in this poetic exploration of water throughout the year.

Water Can Be

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Alan Drummond (Grades 1-5, Lexile AD920) Teacher Resources Button

It’s windy on the Danish island of Samos. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

Energy Island

Erosion: Changing Earth’s Surface by Robin Koontz (Grades K-4, Level N, Lexile IG780) Teacher Resources Button

Fun facts and vivid colors capture students’ attention as they learn about how the earth is shaped through the power of erosion.



Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott (Grades P-3, Lexile AD910) Teacher Resources Button

Weeds overcome harsh environments to make their colorful presence known. With vivid illustrations and engaging text, your students will be shouting “Go weeds, go!” by the end of the story.

Weeds Find a Way

Grandma Elephant’s in Charge by Martin Jenkins (Grades K-3, Lexile 810) Teacher Resources Button

Martin Jenkins spins a striking story about this no-nonsense matriarch and her remarkable brood, while Ivan Bates brings the great beasts to rumbling, tumbling, lumbering life.

Grandma Elephants in Charge

From Molecules to Organisms—Survival

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart (Grades 1-4, Lexile 910) Teacher Resources Button

Students will be drawn into the text with beautiful description and realistic watercolor illustrations that describe 16 species of birds. Life-size scales of feathers compared to familiar everyday objects will help students understand the many functions of feathers.

Feathers Not Just for Flying

The Brain: Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon (Grades 2-5, Lexile 900) Teacher Resources Button

Seymour Simon weaves beautiful narrative through this informative nonfiction text to describe the wondrous functions of the brain and the nervous system. Students will love learning how messages leap from nerve to nerve and that the brain is only the size of a grapefruit. Vivid illustrations paired with Simon’s ability to pique the curiosity of readers will make this book a read aloud they’ll never forget.

The Brain

Matter and Its Interactions

Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow by Darlene R. Stille (Grades K-4, Level N, Lexile IG570) Teacher Resources Button

After reading this book aloud, get your students together to do the experiments in the back. If you want to get into a little more detail, check out the next book on this list.

Motion Push and Pull Fast and Slow

Physics: Why Matter Matters! by Dan Green (Grades 5-8, Level Z, Lexile 1040) Teacher Resources Button

Don’t let the levels scare you! Simon Basher’s illustrations and Dan Green’s wildly accessible text creates a fun and quirky cast of characters who work together to make the universe MATTER! Pick a character, like Speed, to read aloud each day! “Everybody’s in a hurry these days, and that makes me a really hot commodity … But what’s the rush? Chill.”

Physics Why Matter Matters


Oscar and the Moth by Geoff Waring (Grades P-2, Level M) Teacher Resources Button

Oscar is a very curious cat who seeks out Moth when he wants to understand light and dark.

Oscar and the Moth

Eye: How It Works by David Macaulay (Grades 1-4, Lexile AD640) Teacher Resources Button

Continue learning about light waves with this book all about the eye. Students will get an inside, outside, all-side view of the eye while listening to a story that brings science closer to their own understanding.

Eye How it Works

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