ALEX has put together her list of gift ideas just in time for the holidays! What better gift than the gift of science? We’ve compiled a list of science books for all ages, sustainable household gifts, and science games. And if you want to shop and support our organization, shop the Science ATL Store!
We love reading and have had many authors visit over the years at the Atlanta Science Festival. ALEX’s list below includes books by our ASF author friends and many more. Stop by one of Atlanta’s local independent bookstores to buy them for your favorite science lover or check them out online.
For even more ideas, see the National Science Teachers Association’s list of Outstanding Science Trade Books.
For younger science fans:
- Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Everyone by Lisa Harvey-Smith, illustrated by Mel Matthews
- The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag
- Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Deen, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
- I am a book. I am a portal to the universe. by Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick
- I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast by Michael Holland, illustrated by Philip Giordano
- Inventors: Incredible Stories of the World’s Most Ingenious Inventions by Robert Winston, illustrated by Jessamy Hawke
- 100 Things to Know About Saving the Planet, for children age 8-11.
For older science enthusiasts:
- The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race By: Walter Isaacson
- Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future By Elizabeth Kolbert
- Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else By Jordan Ellenberg
- The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
- The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine By Janice P. Nimura
- Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth By Avi Loeb
- Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest By Suzanne Simard
- A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters By Andrew H. Knoll
- Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer By Steven Johnson
- The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain By Annie Murphy Paul
- Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know By Adam Grant
- Roadside Geology of Georgia by Pamela Gore and Bill Witherspoon (Family Guidebook)
- Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out by Jonah MacDonald (Family Guidebook)
MAGAZINES (Print and Online)
If you want to keep the science going all year round, consider one of ALEX’s favorite magazines!
- CLICK® Magazine (3-6)
- ASK® Magazine (6-9)
- MUSE® Magazine (9-14)
- National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids (3-9)
- Discover (14+)
- Ars Technica (14+)
ECO-FRIENDLY SMALL GIFTS & STOCKING STUFFERS
If you’ve read as much science as you can and want some other gift ideas, ALEX has a few picks for the household that help save the earth and the species that live here.
- Reusable Utensils
- Mesh Produce Bags
- Lunchskins Recyclable/Compostable Paper Sandwich Bags
- Water Bottle
- Socks for Animals
- Compostable Dog Poop Bags
- Shongolulu: Saving wildlife, protecting habitats, and preventing extinction
- SpaceTime Coordinates Personal Art Print
- Rosebud Earrings
- Science Beaker Terrarium Set
- Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
- Science of Wine Etched Glasses
- Self Watering Pots
- Nanoleaf Elements Wood Look Smarter Light Kit
- WWF Symbolic Animal Adoptions
- Kinder Beauty, Beauty Box Subscription
- Grove Collaborative Subscription
- Ecocentric Mom Box Subscription
- Fun Fabric Masks for the Family
Games are another great way to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math at home. Check out some of these favorites this holiday season:
- Robot Turtles (3+)
- Zendo (8+)
- Mastermind (8+)
- Wingspan (10+)
- Prime Club (10+)
- Evolution (12+)
- LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery 10283 Build and Display Model
- Gale Force Nine Dune Board Game
- Star Wars R2D2 Tamagotchi – Classic White Electronic Pet
SHOP SCIENCE ATL!
You can now shop exclusive Science ATL and Atlanta Science Festival merch online! Grab your “Science Y’all” t-shirts, commemorative Atlanta Science Festival merchandise, and gifts to celebrate Atlanta’s science community! Shop the Science ATL Store here.
And always, to keep inspiring curiosity in Atlanta, consider a donation to Science ATL in honor of your favorite science fan. Science ATL Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together through the wonder of science.