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Recommended Books on Microscopes

Some excellent microscope resource and activity books available from Amazon.com. Books are not listed in any particular order. Microscope World is not affiliated with Amazon.com, links are only available as a customer service, you may be able to find the books elsewhere at various prices.

 

 
Janice VanCleave always puts together interesting books. This one focuses on incorporating a microscope when doing a school science project. Listed for students aged 9-12, 112 pages softcover, 1993 Order this book from Amazon.
 
 
Dr. Georg Stehli, 1970 English edition transulated from German, soft cover, 157 pages, b/w illustrations

This is a more technical book (ages 12 and up) and spends time discussing the preparation of samples, and the variety of microscopic life found around us. This includes life in pond water, plants, animals and bacteria. The book is written in non-technical language but contains some technical concepts such as making thin slices of a specimen and fixing and dehydrating them before mounting as permanent slides. Order this book from Amazon.

 
 

1995. Werner Nachtigall. Sterling Publishing. 160 pages, soft cover, full color.

Explore the tiny universes hidden within plants, animals, rocks and minerals, and uncover the wonders of working with a microscope. Learn about lenses and lighting and preparing specimens for study. See how to take photographs through a microscope and view intriguing sights. This is a very popular book and contains more complete and sophisticated information than most microscope books. Best for a motivated child from age 10 up. Order this book from Amazon.

 
 

1997, Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone. Sterling Publishing. 

Did you know there are fossils in your toothpaste? Have you ever seen the cells of an onion skin? Discover a whole new world before your eyes by looking into a microscope. Try dozens of experiments using things found around the house, from vegetables to rocks, fish to flowers. See the veins of a leaf and discover the tiny hooks that hold a feather togther. Get to know the parts of your microscope and how lenses work to make an image. For ages 9-12
80 pages, soft cover. Order this book from Amazon.

 
 

1998, hardcover (a soft cover exists, 80 pages) Another book by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone. 

There are many invisible things that, when under a microscope, spring to life! This book includes hands-on science experiments which illustrates microscope basics, wet mounts, smear and squash slides. It then shows a close up look at some things like bone marrow, cartilage, fur and the icky slime on your teeth in the morning. Full color photographs and illustrations. Order this book from Amazon.

 
 

Guide to Microlife
by Kenneth G. Rainis, Bruce J. Russell, soft cover, 288 pages, 1997

Another excellent (but expensive!) book on micro life. It concentrates mostly on aquatic life (protozoans and aquatic microanimals) but also contains sections on bacteria, microfungi and life found in soils and on vegetation. The excellent color microphotographs are the high point in this book even though the text is somewhat technical. (Ages 12 and up). Order this book from Amazon.

 
 
World of the Microscope
by C. Oxlade, Corinne Stockley
Reading level: Ages 7-10
Paperback - 48 pages (December 1989)
The Usborne series books are always good and richly illustrated. We haven't reviewed this book yet but I expect it to be good (and the price is right!) Order this book from Amazon.
 
 
Complete Book of the Microscope
1999 by Kirsteen Rogers (Editor)
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Soft cover - 96 pages 
Another Usborne series publication. The cover image alone makes you want to get one! Fantastic electron microscope photographs of samples like a fly's eye, flu virus and even individual atoms. Also includes project ideas with step by step instructions on how to use your microscope and see everyday objects. Order this book from Amazon.
 
 
Adventures With a Microscope
by Birger Richard Headstrom
Paperback - 232 pages reprint edition (June 1977 reprinted from 1941 edition) Dover, with 142 illustrations. Partial review from Amazon listed below: "This is another popular book and offers a guided tour of the microscopic world, in the form of 59 "adventures" which range from the kitchen to backyard pond or shoreline. More than instructions on how to capture a fly and examine its feet, the adventure includes a discussion of how the fly can walk on the ceiling. The microscope, then, becomes one gateway to rich discoveries in nature study. If there is a problem with this book, it is its age. This is a reprinted version of the 1941 edition. Many of the supplies recommended "for your laboratory table" are no longer easily available, while some are now considered hazardous. The fly mentioned earlier is to be killed with chloroform, for example. There are safer alternatives available, but the reader will have to do some further research. Nonetheless, it's a stimulating book, charmingly illustrated with many line drawings. The language is at times too difficult for younger readers, but a parent/child team of adventurers will find it useful." (Ages 10? and up) Order this book from Amazon.
 
 

A World in a Drop of Water : Exploring With a Microscope
by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia B. Silverstein
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback (September 1998)
Dover

We haven't reviewed this book yet but Alvin Silverstein is an accomplished author of many books in science and health. Recent publication date should make it a good book. Order this book from Amazon.

 
 

How to Know the Protozoa
by Theodore L. Jahn, soft cover, spiral bound, 1979

If you are studying single celled life found in fresh water then you should have this book! It's expensive but worth every penny. When the founder of our company created the three video series "The Protozoans", he relied on this book heavily for research. It includes valuable information and many black and white illustrations of literally hundreds of fresh water protozoa. It only covers the protozoa though. If you want a more general book on fresh water life including small animals, see the next book (below). This book will work with a motivated 12 year old but it is best utilized as a resource book for life science teachers. Order this book from Amazon.