Children's books

In this focus

Books for young readers are the focus of this special Books & Arts section, and the accompanying podcast. Expert reviewers, their children and their grandchildren weigh up the different approaches publishers are taking to communicating science to tomorrow's lab heads and policy makers. From pop-ups to how-to guides, biographies to fiction, encyclopaedias to compendiums – find out how books are trying to hold their own against the myriad other information sources now available to budding scientists.

Credit: Zoo in the Sky, Frances Lincoln Publishers.


Books and Arts

Small matters, big issues

Science books for children are thriving, partly because of the competition from new media.
Harriet Coles

Nature 450, 946–947 (13 December 2007) doi:10.1038/450946a

Young planet-savers

Tom Standage, with help from Ella (7½)

Nature 450, 947–948 (13 December 2007) doi:10.1038/450947a

Hawking�s fact and fiction

George F. R. Ellis, with help from Ruby (10)

Nature 450, 949 (13 December 2007) doi:10.1038/450949a

Stones, bones and stories

Henry Gee, with help from Phoebe (9) and Rachel (7)

Nature 450, 949–950 (13 December 2007) doi:10.1038/450949b

Star tales

Mark Brake

Nature 450, 950 (13 December 2007) doi:10.1038/450950a

To bodily go...

Ian Jones

Nature 450, 951 (13 December 2007) doi:10.1038/450951a

Mathematics not shopping

Joanna Sabatino-Hernandez

Nature 450, 951–952 (13 December 2007) doi:10.1038/450951b



Hear what a class of 9 year olds thinks about some of the children�s books we�ve reviewed, and listen to Mark Brake�s PODium on the power of narrative in communicating science. It's free!