By Nancy Ellwood, DK Editorial Director
Teaching can simultaneously be the most challenging and rewarding job. We know it’s hard to keep up with the latest trends, budgets, and curriculum requirements. However, we also know there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s eyes light up as a new thirst for knowledge is created when they open a book.
But where do you start? Here are my picks for the best books grades 5 to 8.
Careers It's never too early for tweens or teens to start thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. Careers is inspiring and practical in its clear explanation of hundreds of careers options, illustrated with charts and tables that help young people gauge interest about possible careers.
Show Me the Money Young readers are exposed to basic concepts of currency and finance, including the barter system, supply and demand, and how money works differently around the world.
DK Reader: Level 4: Big Fantastic Earth Perfect for 9- to 11-year-olds reading independently who want to discover the earth's most amazing natural wonders.
DK Reader: Level 4: LEGO Ninjago: Team Ninja This dynamic Reader for older kids reading independently dives deep into the exciting world of the LEGO Ninjas and Sensei Wu.
DK Eyewitness Books: Hurricane & Tornado For more than 25 years, DK's Eyewitness books have been the most trusted nonfiction series in classrooms around the world. Eyewitness: Hurricane & Tornado is a compelling guide to nature's most dangerous and destructive forces.
Encyclopedia of Science This is an essential reference for today's students and young scientists.
Space! Truly encyclopedic in scope and fully up-to-date covering the stars and planets, space exploration, and the night sky, Space! is packed with amazing facts and NASA images revealing the wonders of the cosmos—from black holes to the big bang to the planets.