Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
Summary: Using illustrations, graphs, and diagrams, Steve Jenkins explores the solar system, including the sun, moon, planets, comets, and asteroids. Comparisons are made of size, climate, gravity, and other features of the different planets, using visuals to make the facts easier to grasp. Humans’ exploration of the solar system is also shown, with a timeline of solar system discoveries, animals sent to space, and more. There’s also a page speculating on life in the solar system, and one showing the frequency and effects of different-sized asteroids crashing into Earth. Includes a glossary and bibliography. 40 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: How did Steve Jenkins’s biggest fangirl (as I’m occasionally known) miss this new infographics series? Dinosaurs and Earth came out last year, and Insects was published simultaneously with Solar System. Animals by the Numbers is one of my favorite nonfiction books to book talk. Just showing kids a page or two sends a bunch of them clamoring for more, so I look forward to sharing these books with science fans.
Cons: These seem to be marketed as readers for kids starting in first grade, but I think they will find more of an audience with slightly older readers.