Summertime Science

                                                                 Exploring Science Through Literature

What a wonderful blend, science and literature! Today, there are many terrific stories that allow us to delve into science themes through fiction. These books can be paired with accurate, beautifully-illustrated, non fiction titles to allow for further fun and discovery. Get outside with your child this summer to enjoy their curiosity and science inquiry.

The following list of titles can get you started. You will quickly notice that the list becomes endless as stories lead to questions and those same questions develop into great stories. As you discover favorite pairings of your own, I welcome your suggestions!


Introduce your son or daughter to the wonderful world of science with a monthly subscription to a magazine.  Here are a variety of choices based on age and interest.  

Check out the Summer Science Calendars for a variety of ways to explore science throughout the summer. 



Get children outside in nature to hike and explore the natural areas within Lexington.  Lexington Alive Field Guide (available through the Lexington Town Hall), is a child-friendly guide to the most common plants and animals students may encounter in their travels.   Students use this guide within the Big Backyard Program at school.  
The following places, in the Greater Boston area, are some favorites to inspire young minds in nature and science.

Go to the following website to see a complete list of places to visit in Massachusetts

Nature Centers:
Belmont Habitat -

Blue Hills

Boston Harbor Islands

Drumlin Farm

Great Meadows

Joppa Flats at Plum Island

Museum, Aquarium and Zoo Settings:
The Butterfly Place

Discovery Museum Acton


Harvard Museum of Natural History


Museum of Science

Mystic Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Franklin Park and Stone Zoo

Mt. Monadnock, NH

Mt. Wachusett

Quabbin Reservoir

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