Have you ever floated on waves in the ocean? Have you ever stood in a human wave at a baseball game?
Waves are all around us! You can find waves in a field of wheat, in a dangling string, in a slinky, and in flags that are blowing in the breeze. There are even invisible waves! Sunlight and sound move in waves, and cell phones and microwaves use waves to transmit voices and to cook food. You can hear your mom say, “Hello,” on the cell phone because of waves.
Waves is a fun, illustrated introduction to the concept of waves and energy and their presence in our world. In this book, elementary-aged children learn to spot all the different kinds of waves they encounter in daily life. Simple vocabulary, detailed illustrations, short experiments, and a glossary all support exciting learning for kids ages 6 to 9.
Waves pairs beautiful illustrations with simple observations and explanations. Quick experiments such as floating a ball of paper in a tub of water help readers cross the bridge from conceptual to experiential learning and provide a foundation of knowledge that will prove invaluable as kids progress in their science education.
Pitch perfect for children who love to ask, “why,” about the world around them, Waves satisfies curiosity while encouraging continual student-led learning.
About the Author
Andi Diehn is the author of Explore Poetry! With 25 Great Projects, Technology: Cool Women Who Code, and Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard’s Influence on Today’s World for Nomad Press. She lives in Enfield, NH, with her family.
Shululu (Hui Li) has always been driven by curiosity. She received a PhD in computational chemistry from the University of Chicago. Her research has been published in the world’s most influential science journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is devoted to bringing joy and science to young readers through fun illustrations! She lives with her husband in New York, NY.
What People are Saying About This
“With a light touch and kid-friendly questions, Andi Diehn leads the reader to a more nuanced understanding of their world and the science behind it, from being ‘forced to clean your room,’ to the force gravity exerts when you jump from a tree (‘Don’t jump out of trees!’ Ms. Diehn warns).”
—D.B. Johnson, author of Magritte’s Marvelous Hat and Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kids will enjoy learning all about different types of waves from the waves in a puddle to the waves in a radio! The “Try This!” activities will be fun for young readers to experiment with. The book began with a wave hello and ended with a wave goodbye, that was a very nice touch.
Waves: Physical Science for Kids is a non-fiction book introducing young readers to the concept of waves. I enjoyed how it takes a physics concept and makes it easy-to-understand by providing real world examples that kids will get. It has friendly and engaging text, fun illustration style, and excellent suggested activities. I think this is the kind of learning young kids will love.
Sampled from a four book series, WAVES is an easy-to-grasp intro to basic science concepts. Starting with the idea of a human hand waving, Diehn leads readers to a broader, deeper understanding of energy and waves through illustration, observations and explanation.
Waves is a cool little non-fiction tribute to all the different types of waves. From flags waving in the wind to microwaves cooking your food, the cheerful illustrations make this subject a whole lot of fun! It also shows other titles in this science series. Great for a science-y storytime!
This is the first in a nonfiction picture book series that approaches Physical Science in a fun and engaging way. I love the real-life application the author incorporates in the book--waves while swimming, the waves a cat makes while playing with a string, waves in the crowd at a baseball game, and more. There are a number of STEM activities throughout for hands-on learning. The illustrations are very fun, colorful, and cute. This would definitely be a great book for the classroom.