+35 Great Science Books For Kids -Adventurous & Mind-blowing

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There are so many lovely children’s books out there, but today I want to highlight Science Books for Kids specifically. These books will encourage children to learn more about the world we live in, animals, human bodies, space, and the way the world works. A perfect introduction to the exciting world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)!

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General Science Books for Kids

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Below you can find a few of my favorite books that cover a wide variety of scientific topics and fields. These are great if you’re not looking for a specific topic and just want to start interesting discussions, stimulate your little one’s mind and get them to start thinking about the world we live in.

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1- Usborne’s See Inside Science – by Alex Frith and Colin King

If you’re looking for a more interactive science book that covers a variety of topics, this is a wonderful option. It has lots of flaps to lift and engage with and covers topics like space, animals, cells, atoms, and chemistry. It really is a great introduction to science!

Recommended Ages: 6-8 years old

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2- Bedtime Book of Impossible Questions – by Isabel Thomas

If you have a curious little one at home, pick up this book which will surely delight them. Full of wonderful and quirky questions, this is a good book to read to your child before bedtime to share new information about the world we live in. It covers questions such as, “Why are bubbles round?”, “Why are plants green?”, “Why does rain smell rainy?” and much more! It is quite wordy, so younger kids may need your help reading it.

Recommended Ages: 7-10 years old

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3- Can You Get Rainbows In Space?by Sheila Kanani

Focused on the theme of colors, this book explores a great variety of scientific questions. This is a fun way for your child to learn more about color and why things are the colors that they are. “Why is blood red?”, “Why is the sky blue?”, and many more colorful questions are answered in this book. It does include a fair amount of text so if you have a younger child you may need to read it with them.

Recommended Ages: 7-12 years old

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4- Knowledge Encyclopedia Science!  – by DK

A big book full of knowledge! This one is perfect for older kids who are keen to learn more about science and want to broaden their scientific horizons. A great teaching tool full of information about life, matter, energy and forces. It is a more complex book, so it may require some guidance from the parents.

Recommended Ages: 9-13 years old

Biology

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Below are a few science books for kids that focus on biology. This includes books about the human body, cells, and life.

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5- Usborne’s Look Inside Your Body – by Louie Stowell

A fun book full of flaps for kids to open and engage with, this book covers the basics of the human body and questions they may have. Have a look at the human skeleton, discover organs, learn about what our brain does, and play around with the 5 senses! If you’re trying to get your little one to learn more about the human body this book covers it all.

Recommended Age: 5-8 years old

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6- Usborne’s What Happens When You Eat? – by Emily Bone

A dive into the human digestive system using bright colors and fun flaps. Similar to “Look Inside Your Body”, this book is fun to look at and contains many facts and lots of information about the human body and how it works. This one however focuses more in detail on the digestive tract, food, vitamins and minerals. Take your child on a fun journey through the stomach and help them understand what happens to our food once it disappears into the mouth!

Recommended Age: 5-8 years old

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7- The Big Story of Being Alive – by Neal Layton

This book dives into three main topics; being cellular, growing, and reproducing. This is a bright, colorful, engaging and informative read. A good option for curious children who want to know more about life and how it comes about!

Recommended Age: 5-7 years old

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8- Brain Detective – by Tim James and Aaron Cushley

Show your little one more about how the human brain works by reading this book. It talks about parts of the brain, senses, and emotions. There is even a section about mental health. It talks about the importance of looking after yourself and the importance of rest. It is not only full of color and fun illustrations but is also full of fun facts and lots of information that are well thought out and presented clearly.

Recommended Ages: 7-12 years old

Nature, Cycles and Earth Science Books for Kids

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If you’re specifically looking for science books for kids that cover evolution, the environment, and more about the planet we live on – have a look below!

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9- First the Egg – by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

What came first, the chicken or the egg? This is a very simple book about transformation and how things grow. This is perfect for babies and toddlers, you can take in the images and simple descriptions of what they are, or as a parent, you have room to expand on the idea of growth. It contains lovely illustrations as well as cutouts!

Recommended Ages: 1-3 years old

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10- Moth – An Evolution Story – by Isabel Thomas

“Which moths are disguised? Which moths will survive?” A book aimed to teach children about natural selection and evolution through the story of a Peppered Moth. This is an accessible book which will open up discussion about evolution, how the world changes and how creatures have to adapt to it to survive. The illustrations are stunning and powerful, and the language is easy to follow too!

Recommended Ages: 4-8 years old

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11- Spring After Spring – by Stephanie Roth Sisson

“In Nature, Nothing exists alone”. This is a biographical book that shares the story of Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and environmentalist. The story starts with a young Rachel in love with the sounds of nature, when she gets older she stops hearing these sounds and wants to know why. The book talks about pollution, and how polluting the environment impacts animals and life around us. It follows Rachel as she takes action and fights for the environment. After reading this I would encourage you to take your kids out into nature and listen, how many different sounds can they hear?

Recommended Ages: 4-8 years old

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12- The Earth Book – by Hannah Alice

Have you ever thought about how amazing our world is? Find out more about our wonderful planet Earth, and learn more about biomes, the environment, and human and animal life. This book includes see-through pages and diagrams to help explain the content better making it a fun learning tool. This is a good book to read together with your child!

Recommended Ages: 5-8 years old

Astronomy and Space

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Do you have a little budding astronaut at home? Check out these space books below, and if you want to see even more cool space books you can click here.

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13- Pop-Up Peekaboo! Space – by DK

Aimed towards very little ones, this is a great introduction to space, planets, and stars. This is a pop-up book making it a really fun experience for your child. Make Space come to life!

Recommended Ages: 1-3 years old

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14- Meet the Planets – by Caryl Hart

This book is a perfect way to introduce the planets in our solar system. It contains cute illustrations and fun rhyming descriptions that contain information about each planet! It feels like each planet has its own personality, making it a fun read.

Recommended Ages: 3-5 years old

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15- Usborne’s See Inside the Universe – by Alex Frith

If your child loves space, they are going to love this book! It contains many flaps to open full of information and fun illustrations, making reading this book a fun and interactive experience. Usborne rarely misses, we love their flap books!

Recommended Ages: 6-9 years old

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16- The Mysteries of the Universe – by Will Gater (DK)

If your child has already grasped the basics of space and planets and wants to learn more, this book is a great choice. It contains large and enchanting photographs with explanations of different components of the universe. This book will help your child learn more about the volcanoes of Venus, the Martian Valleys, and swirling clouds in an easy and digestible way.

Recommended Ages: 6-8 years old

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17- Cosmic Diary of our Incredible Universe – by Tim Peake

If you’re looking for an engaging book for slightly older kids and tweens, this is a fabulous option. Written in a diary format, follow along by reading the diary entries which explain fun facts about the universe, how it was created, and the many planets in the universe.

Recommended Age: 8-11 years old

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18- Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry – by Neil deGrasse Tyson

This book is excellent for older kids who are already interested and want to learn more in-depth about astrophysics and space. Neil deGrasse Tyson does a great job explaining complex topics in a way that is more digestible for younger minds. Although this book still does contain big concepts and some complex language, so it’s a good book to read together with your child. Tyson covers topics like how the universe was created (the Big Bang), dark matter, dark energy and much more. It will definitely spark scientific questions and conversations!

Recommended Age: 10-14 years old

Chemistry

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If your child has taken a keen interest in chemistry, have a look at the books below! Make sure to check out the “Series” and “Experiments” sections towards the end of the article for more chemistry-related books.

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19- Organic Chemistry for Babies– by Chris Ferrie and Cara Florence

This is part of a wonderful series called “Baby University”, a series of accessible books that introduce basic scientific concepts. This book focuses on organic chemistry and introduces vocabulary and concepts such as molecules and atoms. This book contains lots of interesting shapes for toddlers to observe.

Recommended Age: 1-4 years old

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20- Usborne’s Lift-The-Flap Periodic Table– by Alice James

A colorful and very interactive book that aims to teach kids more about chemistry and the periodic table of elements. Great for kids who are into chemistry and want to understand more about elements! As always, the flaps make it a really fun read.

Recommended Ages: 5-9 years old

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21- Illustrated Encyclopedia of Elements– by Lisa Congdon

This is another book that looks at the periodic table of elements, however, this one has lovely explanations of individual elements. It contains bright illustrations and explains how elements are used in our world today. This one is better for older children looking to learn about elements in more detail.

Recommended Ages: 8-13 years old

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22- The Disappearing Spoon– by Sam Keane

This book tells the history of the periodic table and how different elements play a part in our world. This is definitely for more mature children, as the first section of the book touches upon some darker history (chemical weapons). However, it is a very interesting read nonetheless and tells many historical tales about the periodic table. Make sure to get the young readers’ version and not the adult version!

Recommended Ages: 10+ years old

Physics

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Dive into the world of physics with the help of the science books for kids below!

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23- Quantum Physics for Babies– by Chris Ferrie

Part of Chris Ferrie’s “Baby University”, this book sets out to introduce basic physics vocabulary and concepts to the very youngest of readers. Learn about energy and atoms alongside your little one. It may seem silly for babies to learn about such complex topics at such a young age, but the books really help the adults in the children’s life to understand these topics who can then relay these ideas to their kids.

Recommended Ages: 1-4

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24- On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein– by Jennifer Berne

This is a children’s book that follows the story of Albert Einstein, it’s simple to understand and has sweet illustrations. It does a great job of celebrating being unique and thinking differently!

Recommended Ages: 3-7

 

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25- Usborne’s Physics for Beginners – by Stobbart, Firth, and Lacey

This book brings to life the wonderful world of physics. It explains concepts from a basic level with concise explanations and colorful illustrations. This is a great book for older kids who have a keen interest in physics and want to learn and understand more!

Recommended Ages: 9-14

Mathematics and Engineering

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26- Crash Boom! A Math’s Tale– by Chris Chatterton

This is an endearing story of a small, determined elephant who really wants to build a tower of blocks as tall as him. Follow Elephant as he problem-solves and explores. Great for young kids and toddlers who are learning how to count. A unique book that mixes illustration as well as photography, and also promotes the use of open-ended toys such as wooden blocks.

Recommended Ages: 2-6 years old

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27- Rosie Revere, Engineer – by Andrea Beaty

This book has a wonderful strong female lead, Rosie Revere, who seems quiet during the day, but during the night she creates many gizmos and gadgets! Let this book inspire your little ones to follow their dreams, create and persevere.

Recommended Ages: 5-7 years old

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28- Math Art + Drawing Games for Kids – by Karyn Tripp

If you’re looking for a creative way to practice and introduce mathematical concepts to kids in an engaging way, look no further! Perfect for kids who learn best through a visual and hands-on approach, this book contains loads of artistic projects and crafts that teach them about geometry, symmetry, numbers, and graphs. It even has crafts inspired by famous artists and a super interesting section on cultural math art, highlighting how art and math are used in different cultures around the world. It’s a great way to show just how interconnected math and art really is!

Recommended Ages: 7-12 years old

Activity Science Books for Kids

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If you’re looking for science books for kids that are a bit more hands-on, have a look below to see some of my favorite experiment books! It’s a great way to help kids understand more about different scientific concepts.

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29- Usborne’s 365 Science Activities

This is a visually vibrant and colorful activities book, full of photos, drawings and diagrams. It’s a great option if you need ideas for general science crafts and aren’t sure where to start. It contains experiments such as optical illusions, growing crystals, testing for acids using cabbages and making bird feeders to learn more about wildlife. It covers a wide variety of sciences and has a good choice of different kinds of experiments.

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30- The Dad Lab – 50 Awesome Science Projects – by Sergei Urban

This book is full of fun science crafts created by science influencer Sergei Urban. It’s meant for the parent to read, so it’s not super colorful, but it’s very easy to understand and contains fun science facts about each project. It also clearly and concisely explains the science behind each experiment so you can easily relay this knowledge to your children! Check out more of his fun experiments on Instagram.

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31- Real Chemistry Experiments – by Edward P. Zovinka

If you want to focus on chemistry activities in particular this is a great book to have a look at. It contains more than 40 activities for children to learn more about chemistry. It’s full of photos, easy to use, and typically uses materials that you would already have lying around at home.

Science Book Series

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If you’re looking to buy a set of books as opposed to one single book, have a look at the series recommended below.

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32- Ada Twist Scientist (The Questioneers) – by Andrea Beaty

This book is part of The Questioneers series that encourages and inspires young children to get involved and interested in the STEM world. It has lovely illustrations and has a rhythm and rhyme to it, making it a fun and engaging read. The main character, Ada Twist, is super inquisitive and is always asking questions. This encourages curiosity and searching for answers!

Other books in the series include:

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Izzy Peck, Architect

Recommended Ages: 5-8 years old

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33- Ada Lace Book Series – by Emily Calandrelli (from Emily’s Wonderlab)

If your child is interested in story-driven fiction, this series is about a little girl scientist who solves mysteries with the help of cool gadgets, friends and science. It’s a chapter book series aimed at kids aged 6-9 written by Emily Calandrelli, who is an MIT engineer and TV Science Host. You can see her on Emily’s Wonderlab where she conducts science experiments for kids!

Recommended Ages: 6-9 years old

 

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34- Science Wide Open “Women In” Series – by Mary Wissinger

A great set of basic books that answer simple scientific questions asked by a curious girl. They have books on physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and even medicine.

Recommended Age: 4-10 years old

 

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35- The Magic School Bus Series

This is an oldie but a goodie! Dive into the world of the Magic School Bus and accompany the kids on different adventures. Follow them as they explore the solar system, inside the earth, or on the ocean floor. This is geared towards kids who are just starting to get into reading by themselves.

Recommended Age: 5-8 years old

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36- Baby University – by Chris Ferrie

Ferrie has a series of Science board books for babies. If you’re looking for a series of science books for very young babies and toddlers look no further. Chris Ferrie has created a series of science board books called Baby University. There are more than 30 books, and some of his most famous ones are “General Relativity for Babies”, “Quantum Physics for Babies”, and also the ABCs of Mathematics and other books. These are great if you want to start introducing scientific vocabulary from a very young age.

Recommended Age: 1-4 years old

 

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37- Baby Loves Science Board Book Series – by Ruth Spiro

Similar to Baby University this series provides a lovely STEM foundation for your very little ones. Full of color, simple sentences, and very adorable. They have books about coding, thermo-dynamics, and even aerospace engineering!

Recommended Age: 1-4 years old

Science Yoto Cards

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If you’re looking to educate your little ones about science in a different way, Yoto could be a fun option. Yoto is an audio player for kids that comes with lots of different cards they can insert and play stories, songs, and much more. Click here to read more about the Yoto. Below are some cards that you can buy to get your little one to learn more about science through listening!

Science Books for Kids – To Nurture their curiosity and love for science

Science is the cornerstone of our world, and introducing children to it through engaging books is a powerful way to nurture their curiosity. These books do more than impart facts; they inspire children to question, experiment, explore, and discover.

In our ever-changing world, cultivating a child’s interest in science is an investment in their future. If it happens to be their passion, they can become the future scientists, engineers, and problem solvers who will shape our world. Only if they wish, but it is good to expose them to a variety of subjects so they can see what it sparks in them. These books are a good place to start.

Science books for kids aren’t just educational tools; they’re the keys to a journey of discovery. Let’s spark our children’s curiosity, fuel their love for science, and empower them to become innovators who will drive progress and solve our future challenges.

I hope you will have found our selection useful!

Happy reading!

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Updated on: April 11, 2024

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