Summer Reading List

7 gorgeous science books to read this summer

Dinos, space, and great apes, oh my!

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Looking for something new to read this summer? We’ve got you covered.

It’s the perfect time to pick up a book that’s both fun and informative.

Here are 7 beautifully illustrated books that will expand your knowledge of science and the natural world:

Ricardo Hernandez, from The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge by Chris Dixon and Jeremy K. Spencer

7. Locked In Time: Animal Behavior Unearthed in 50 Extraordinary FossilsColumbia University Press

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Bob Nicholls/Columbia University Press

6. Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian LorePrinceton University Press

Illustrations from BIRDPEDIA: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore by Christopher W. Leahy. Illustrations by Abby McBride. Copyright © 2021 by Princeton University Press. Reprinted by permission of Princeton University Press.

There’s something for everyone in this approachable, compact guide.

Whether you’re a new birder or a hardcore enthusiast, be prepared to plunge into a plethora of knowledge about bird species, avian research, and birding culture.

Illustrations from BIRDPEDIA: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore by Christopher W. Leahy. Illustrations by Abby McBride. Copyright © 2021 by Princeton University Press. Reprinted by permission of Princeton University Press.

5. NASA Space Shuttle: 40th Anniversary Motorbooks/Quarto Knows

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NASA

This jam-packed history of the Space Shuttle, illustrated with a stunning collection of NASA photography, offers an inside look at the iconic program — from its early days to its final launch.

4. Mapping America’s National Parks: Preserving Our Natural and Cultural Treasures ESRI Press/US National Parks Service

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If you could spend hours looking at maps, this is the book for you.

Comprised of current and historical maps from U.S. national parks, you’ll get to visually wander through the country’s most beloved natural areas, and learn how we care for them.

Maybe this read will inspire your next getaway, too.

3. Just Like Us: A Veterinarian’s Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape RelativesGirl Friday Productions

Copyright: Rick Quinn 2020/Girl Friday Productions

Copyright: Rick Quinn 2020/Girl Friday Productions

2. The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical KnowledgeChronicle Books

AJ Hansen from From The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge by Chris Dixon and Jeremy K. Spencer

There’s a whole lot more to this book than just the science. But hey, it’s summer — and a book as broad as this one might pique your interest in a new hobby, such as fishing or sailing.

Ricardo Hernandez, from The Ocean: The Ultimate Handbook of Nautical Knowledge by Chris Dixon and Jeremy K. Spencer

1. This is Climate Change: A Visual Guide to the Facts — See For Yourself How the Planet is Warming and What it Means for UsThe Experiment

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But this book brings all the facts to the table in pages of colorful, simple, and easy-to-digest layouts. And if you have any climate change skeptics in your life, it could make a great gift.

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