When I was younger, the non-fiction Science books I enjoyed reading were books from National Geographic the most, as they would always use bright colors, with clear and interesting photos, eye-catching text and many diagrams. The books provided information on everything related to science, from renewable energy to animal species.
I also enjoyed any book that was related to experiments and the human body. I liked reading books about experiments because they were always fun to do and I was able to learn some science and information about the world and myself at the same time (e.g. optical illusions, the different senses etc.). I liked books related to the human body because the human body is rather complicated, and it was interesting to go in depth and look at the different parts and functions. If I had to choose an actual fictional series related to science that I enjoyed, then it would be Magic School Bus, as I loved watching Ms. Frizzle and her class go on field trips that were funny but helped me learn at the same time.
Books that are made for younger audiences are different compared to adult focused books. Books for kids are usually filled with colors and visuals that attract the eye. There will be diagrams, photos, fonts, charts, word definitions, anything that helps to aid understanding. Adult books are usually more based on words than visuals. There will be pages filled with words from the top to the bottom, without anything else.
Some features that made the book interesting to me include an appealing cover (even though it isn’t good to judge a book by its cover), interesting information, and visuals and diagrams.
I think that the author definitely was able to use text to take complex ideas and explain them in a simplified way. Science is generally a very complicated topic, and the author was able to take bigger words and concepts, and break it down in a way so that the words were easier to understand. The author also provided pictures and diagrams, so that if the text was confusing you could refer to the picture to enhance your understanding. There were also glossaries, providing definitions for harder words, allowing readers to get the meaning of words they don’t know, and fully understand the meaning of the text.
Here is the mindmap I have created for our Design Challenge:
After I have told you what makes a great iBook to me, I would like to know what you think on this topic.
I would like to invite anyone in Grade 5-6 at CDNIS to reply with some thoughts on what you think makes a great science iBook.
When you look for books in a book store, what do you look for?
What features are needed in science iBooks to make it interesting for you?
Any other things that I should know about a great science iBook?
Please leave a comment with your thoughts and answers, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!