Category: Science & Health

Picture Book for All Ages

Whether it’s a whistle, a chirp, a trill, or a “wichety-wichety,” songbirds around the world sure know how to make a joyful noise! With this field guide as your companion, you will learn about the habitats and behaviors of 20 different songbirds, each of them so different and yet so beautiful. The more you discover about these fascinating creatures, the more you will want to grab a pair of binoculars and meet the songbirds in your own backyard!

  • 45 pages
  • Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover with fabric bookmark, 11″x8.5″

This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Birds science unit and is included in the optional Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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The Good and the Beautiful Songbirds Study Book by Molly Sanchez

$11.99
Picture Book for All Ages

Today, the distinctive call of the whooping crane can be heard across many marshes in the United States, but this was not always the case. These majestic birds were a hair’s breadth from extinction until a dedicated group of conservationists, scientists, and daredevil pilots decided to give them a fighting chance at survival. Join the mission as we learn about these delightful cranes and the innovative, groundbreaking, and comical lengths rescuers went to to ensure these amazing specimens of God’s handiwork would be around for future generations to enjoy.

This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Birds science unit and is included in the optional Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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Mission Migration by Ileana Board

$8.99

Two full-color, interactive books included in the optional Marine Biology Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Marine Biology study.

Which fish is the most lethal in the world? Which creature can turn its own stomach inside out to devour coral polyps? Discover the answers to these questions and more in Dangerous Sea Creatures. (32 pages, 11”x8.5”)

Join Pacifico as he explores the coral reefs around the world and earn your Reef Explorers Club patch in Dive! Explore Coral Reefs Around the World.  (32 pages, 11”x8.5”)

These books are all published by The Good and the Beautiful Library and are designed to appeal to children in grades K–8. Lessons will prompt students when to read these optional books, but they are not integrated with the lessons.

Marine Biology Read-Aloud Book Pack

$13.98
Level 7

The ocean floor is planet Earth’s last frontier, largely unexplored and filled with sights to amaze us and new wonders to behold. Come along as we visit underwater volcanoes, canyons housed in the darkness of the abyss, and mountains that would dwarf anything found on land. Take a front-row seat as we discuss navigation and seafloor mapping techniques from long ago and discover how technology is making it possible to see the terrain at the bottom of the sea for the first time. Journey back to the days of ancient civilizations, pirates, grand sea voyages, and world wars as we uncover the shipwrecks and lost cities forever memorialized on the seafloor. Learn about the fascinating ecosystem that exists around hydrothermal jets and the plants and bizarre, one-of-a-kind creatures that call the depths their home. Let’s explore the ocean floor!

This book is suggested to accompany our Marine Biology science unit as extra reading for students in Grades 7–8.

Explore the Ocean Floor Marine Biology Grades 7-8 Extension

$6.99

Which fish is the most lethal in the world? Which creature can turn its own stomach inside out to devour coral polyps? Dangerous Sea Creatures provides you with a window into the beauty of menacing sea dwellers as well as the tricks and defense mechanisms they use to protect themselves and catch their prey.

This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Marine Biology science unit and is included in the optional Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

Dangerous Sea Creatures by The Good and the Beautiful Team

$6.99

Have you ever wished you could snorkel with a shark? What if you could read about what it’s like to brush against a stinging fire coral? Pacifico, an avid ocean explorer, wants you to join him on his adventures to some of the most magnificent coral reefs in the world. Earn your Reef Explorers Club patch as you read Pacifico’s letters and collect the stunning photos he sends the club about his encounters with the incredible wildlife found swimming amongst the corals.

This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Marine Biology science unit and is included in the optional Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

Dive! Explore Coral Reefs Around the World by Sue Battel and Kelley Williams

$6.99

Two full-color, interactive books included in the optional Ecosystems Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Ecosystems study.

Travel to three unique ecosystems around the world and learn about the cute and creepy plants and animals that live and work side by side in keeping their ecosystem—and our earth—healthy in Ecosystems in Your Backyard. (32 pages, 11”x8.5”)

Explore the biodiverse ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert with the elf owl. Travel with him as we observe his habitat day and night in Elf Owl and His Ecosystem. (32 pages, 11”x8.5”)

These books are all published by The Good and the Beautiful Library and are designed to appeal to children in grades K–8. Lessons will prompt students when to read these optional books, but they are not integrated with the lessons.

Ecosystems Read-Aloud Book Pack

$13.98
Level 7

Pack your bags, grab some sturdy clothing, and get ready to venture through the Amazon Rainforest! There is so much to learn about this tropical ecosystem, from the geography and climate, to the kinds of lush vegetation and fascinating predators and prey who call the rainforest their home. The Amazon Rainforest will take you on a journey of discovery down the Amazon River and up into the treetops filled with clouds.

Written by Elizabeth Thuernagle, 32 pages, full-color, perfect binding, 11″X8.5″

This book is suggested to accompany our Ecosystems science unit as extra reading for students in Grades 7–8.

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The Amazon Rainforest Ecosystems Grades 7-8 Extension

$7.99
Picture Book for All Ages

Ecosystems are everywhere you look—out your kitchen window, underneath the ground, even on your own skin! They all work in perfect harmony, and each is an incredible example of God’s creative power. In this book, you’ll travel to three unique ecosystems around the world and learn about the plants and animals that live and work there side by side. Some are cute and some are creepy, but they all play a vital role in keeping their ecosystem—and our earth—healthy.


This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Ecosystems science unit and is included in the optional Read Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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Ecosystems in Your Backyard by Nyree Bevan

$6.99
Picture Book for All Ages

The Sonoran Desert stretches from the southwestern United States down through western Mexico and is home to many creatures, including one of the world’s tiniest and cutest birds of prey: the elf owl. We will follow him through his ecosystem as he goes about his nightly business, and then join him as he ventures out on his own during the day. There is always something interesting to observe at any time of day or night in this surprisingly biodiverse ecosystem.


This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Ecosystems science unit and is included in the optional Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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Elf Owl and His Ecosystem by Megan Noel

$6.99
Picture Books for All Ages

Two full-color, engaging books included in the optional Space Science Read-Aloud Book Pack expand learning and provide a fun, engaging addition to your Space Science study.

For centuries mankind has been fascinated by the bright red spot in the sky that is Mars, Discover the ongoing scientific journey to photograph and explore the mysterious planet of Mars, and perhaps someday, to land the first human being on its cratered surface in Mars Exploration / 1960-2016 by Megan Noel. (24 pages, full-color, 11″X8.5″)

Fascinated by science and the night sky, Mae Jemison pushed through the obstacles before her to achieve her dream of becoming the first female African American astronaut. People everywhere will be inspired by her story of aspiration, determination, and grit in The Story of Mae Jemison by Amy Drorbaugh. (32 pages, full-color, 11″X8.5″)

These books are all published by The Good and the Beautiful Library and are designed to appeal to children in grades K–8. Lessons will prompt students when to read these optional books, but they are not integrated with the lessons.

Space Science Read-Aloud Book Pack

$14.98
Level 8

By Rebecca B. Marcus

Born in 1564 in Italy, Galileo Galilei spent his life asking “Why?” It was not enough for him to be told a fact—he had to investigate it and prove it for himself. Would Galileo become a great musician? An inventor? A mathematician? A teacher? An author? Actually, he became all of these! More than anything else, he was a dedicated scientist and is now known as the father of modern experimental science. Even though some individuals were slow to accept Galileo and his research, he never gave up “finding the truth and proclaiming it.”

This book is suggested to accompany our Space Science unit as extra reading for students in Grades 7–8.

Galileo Space Science Grades 7-8 Extension

$6.99
Picture Book for All Ages

“I realized I would feel comfortable anywhere in the universe—because I belonged to and was a part of it, as much as any star, planet, asteroid, comet, or nebula.”

Young Mae Jemison was a dreamer. While other girls were expected to become nurses or teachers, Mae just knew she would one day become an astronaut. Fascinated by science and the night sky, Mae pushed through the obstacles before her to become the first female African American astronaut. People everywhere will be inspired by this story of aspiration, determination, and grit and will discover that they can achieve anything they can conceive!


This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Space Science unit and is included in the optional Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

Original Publication Only Available from the Good and Beautiful Bookshop

The Story of Mae Jemison by Amy Drorbaugh

$6.99
Picture Book for All Ages

For centuries mankind has been fascinated by the bright red spot in the sky that is Mars, one of our nearest spatial neighbors. The red planet was discovered in the night skies more than 4,000 years ago and since then has inspired multiple generations with dreams of space exploration and life on other planets. Discover the ongoing scientific journey to photograph and explore this mysterious planet, and perhaps someday, to land the first human being on its cratered surface.


This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Space Science unit and is included in the optional Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

Original Publication Only Available from the Good and Beautiful Bookshop

Mars Exploration / 1960–2016 by Megan Noel

$7.99

Step outside into nature and look around. Do you see the trees, notice the grass, and smell the scent of the woods? Ann Atkins discovered her love for plants when she was just a little girl. Following her father, she discovered beauty in the world around here. Ynes Mexia struggled through grief and loneliness for much of her life. When she was in her fiſties, she, too, discovered a passion for plants. As you read about these amazing botanists and their adventures, remember that whether you discover your life passion at the age of five or fiſty-five, it is never too late, nor too early, to follow your dreams.


This book is an optional read-aloud for our Botany science unit and is included in the optional Botany Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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Plant Hunters—The Stories of Two Woman Botanists by Amy Drorbaugh

$8.99

Have you ever wondered where plant names come from? More than three hundred years ago, a little boy was born who would forever change the way that plants were named. Born in Sweden, Carl Linnaeus was fascinated by the many plants around him, and he thought up a way of naming and grouping plants together that is still used today. He even discovered many new plants along the way. Filled with beautiful illustrations, Carl in the Garden tells the story of one boy who opened a whole new world to those who came after him just by doing what he loved.


This book is an optional read-aloud for our Botany science unit and is included in the optional Botany Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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Carl in the Garden by Molly Sanchez

$8.99
Level 1B

Dave would love nothing more than a pet just for himself. When he finds a frog at the pond, he thinks that his dreams have come true! Come along with Dave as he learns to care for his new pet and the adventures that await in having a pet frog!


Dave and the Frog is part of The Dave Books series. Perfect for building skill and confidence in beginning readers, these level 1B books are original publications for children who are about halfway through The Good and the Beautiful Level 1 Language Arts Course. They may be read in any order.

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Dave and the Frog by Jenny Phillips

$6.99

What is a sonic boom? How do infrared goggles work? Can animals make their own light? This book asks and answers questions about electricity, magnetism, light, heat, wind, and sound that will help children better understand the world around them. With gorgeous graphics, detailed diagrams, and fascinating facts, this book will engage children as well as parents!

This book is suggested to accompany our Wonders of Energy science unit as extra reading for students in Grades 7-8.

The Energy Questions & Answers Book Wonders of Energy Grades 7-8 Extension

$7.99

Michael Faraday’s entire life was based around one theme: a spark. When he was young, his passion was sparked by books and the teachers around him. When he was an adult, he created sparks. As he grew older, he became inspired to spark the love of learning and experimentation in the young minds of the future. If it were not for these small sparks, the world today would not have the same ability to harness and create electricity which fuels everything about modern life. Read this story of one of the greatest scientific pioneers of our time, and perhaps your child will receive the spark he or she needs to become the next innovator and change the world!

This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Wonders of Energy science unit and is included in the optional Wonders of Energy Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany the unit.

The Spark by Shannen Yauger

$8.99

Born in 1856, Granville Woods filled his mind with knowledge every chance he could, despite a lack of equal opportunity for African Americans. Though some people choose to just talk about problems in the world, Granville chose to find solutions! Through hard work and dedicated study. Granville Woods harnessed electricity to create inventions that saved lives and changed the world.

This book is an optional read-aloud for our Wonders of Energy science unit and is included in the optional Wonders of Energy Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

The Amazing Mind of Granville Woods by Maggie Felsch

$7.99
Level 2B

William and his family were hungry when rain did not come and their crops died. How could he help them? One day, he had an idea: make a windmill to use the power of the wind! This true story shows that when you have a little hope and you work hard, big things can happen.


William and the Wind—The Story of William Kamkwamba is a level 2B book perfect for children who are about halfway through The Good and the Beautiful Level 2 Language Arts Course.

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William and the Wind—The Story of William Kamkwamba by Shannen Yauger

$6.99
Level 1B

Mark and his family have left Earth and moved to Mars! Everything is new and exciting. Join Mark as he explores his home and learns all about the Red Planet.


Mark Lives on Mars is part of the Mark Lives on Mars series. These level 1B original publications are perfect for children who are about halfway through The Good and the Beautiful Level 1 Language Arts Course. It is recommended that the Mark Lives on Mars series be read in order.

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Mark Lives on Mars by Jenny Phillips

$6.99

Each student grades 3–6 needs his or her own copy of the 28-page Paleontology Student Journal which includes interactive activities, games, and worksheets the child will complete during the lessons. The parent-led lessons in the Course Book will direct the student regarding when to complete the Student Journal activities.

Paleontology Student Journal Grades 3-6

$6.49

Each student grades 7–8 needs his or her own copy of the 44-page Paleontology Student Journal which includes interactive activities, games, and worksheets the child will complete during the lessons. The parent-led lessons in the Course Book will direct the student regarding when to complete the Student Journal activities. The grades 7–8  journal also includes a student-directed Lesson Extension for each lesson. These allow your older students to dive deeper into the lesson concepts.

Paleontology Student Journal Grades 7-8

$6.99