Text books for IB Biology

This is a short review of the new editions of Biology text books which have been published for the IB Biology course. Never before has there been so much choice but the price of text books is rising faster than the budgets of most school science departments. Choosing the best book is more important now that it was in previous years.

By Andrew Allott
Published by OUP: 06-Feb-2014, approximate price: £36, 44€

This is a really thorough and comprehensive text book covering all aspects of the new 2014 syllabus for both SL and HL. This book has been completely revised and gives great support for the new concept-based approach to learning. There are Nature of Science sections in every topic. The author is extremely well connected in the IB and the book is endorsed by the IB. It would be a great text for able students or a class reference book.

 Biology for the IB Diploma Coursebook Biology for the IB Diploma Coursebook

By Brenda Walpole

Published by Cambridge: 13-Mar-2014, approximate price £35, 43€

This is a second edition updated to cover in full the requirements of the IB syllabus for Biology for first examination in 2016. The text is well spaced and clearly written and the layout on the page makes it easier to read than some other books. This would be a good class text book and would not put off the less academic students or break their backs, as its page format allows it to be thinner than most other IB Biology books.

Pearson Baccalaureate Biology Higher Level 2nd Edition Print and eBook Bundle

by William Ward, Alan Damon, Patricia Tosto and Randy Mcgonegal

Published by Pearson: 5-Sept-2014, approximate price £50, 63€, US80$

Completely revised new edition of the market-leading Biology textbook for HL, written for the new 2014 Science IB Diploma curriculum. Now with an accompanying four-year student access to an enhanced eText, containing simulations, animations, worked solutions, videos and more

Pearson Baccalaureate Biology for the IB Diploma: Standard Level (Mixed media product)

By Patricia Tosto, Alan Damon, Randy Mcgonegal, William Ward

Published by Pearson: 30 Oct-2014, approximate price £50, 63€, $US80

Completely revised new edition of the market-leading Biology textbook for SL, written for the new 2014 Science IB Diploma curriculum. Now with an accompanying four-year student access to an enhanced eText, containing simulations, animations, worked solutions, videos and much more.

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By Camilla C Walck

Published 09-Sep-2014, approximate price £15, €19

This book lots of detail, clear black and white diagrams and nice explanations. The pages look traditional in format and the text is in quite large blocks. It is laudably printed on partly recycled paper which makes the look a bit less glossy than others. There are some chapters where the content is not closely matched with IB Biology some content is missing and extra material is included. It has a very attractive low price.

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Biology for the IB Diploma

By C J Clegg

Will be published by Hodder: 26-Dec-2014, approximate price £40, 50€

The previous edition of this book was an excellent text which explained the biology clearly without constraining the explanations of the biology by linking too closely to the IB guide. The publishers claim to provide clear guidance to the 2014 changes and ensure in-depth study with accessible content, directly mapped to the new syllabus and approach to learning.

By Tracey Greenwood

Published by Biozone: 02-Oct-2014, approximate price £20, 24€

This is a great resource. The book suits the more academic students as it has a high level of biological detail. The new edition has more activities and the content closely matches the new IB guide. There are many novel biology examples and nice explanations followed by comprehension questions. The style is not exactly like IB exams but the biology is clearly explained. Well worth the money.

By Tracey Greenwood

Published 02-Oct-2014 by Biozone, approximate price £6, 8€

This book of model answers is a great help for a busy teacher.

Biology: Science Skills, Maths and Written Communication (IB Diploma)

Published by Collins 3 février 2014, approximate price £10, 14€ (7€ for Kindle edition)

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