Favorite Science Books for Kids

I have lots of great suggestions for read aloud books for kids but I realized I haven't shared many of our favorite nonfiction books. And, with a kid who actually prefers piles of books about animals and other science topics, it only makes sense that I should share our favorite science books for kids.

science books for kids - I have lots of great suggestions for read aloud books for kids but I realized I haven't shared many of our favorite nonfiction books. And, with a kid who actually prefers piles of books about animals and other science topics, it only makes sense that I should share our favorite science books for kids.

Science books for kids

Like many moms, I started reading aloud to my daughter when she was very small. Board books and picture books were scattered all over the house. As she got older, we started reading longer books and listening to piles of audio books. And then, as she started to choose books to read herself, she was drawn to shelves of nonfiction - especially books about animals.

While she still loves read alouds and audio books, when she chooses to read something on her own, it's generally from the nonfiction section of the library - something that surprised me since I'd much rather curl up with a good novel. But, over the years, I'm learning to adapt and we've discovered some wonderful authors and books to feed that nonfiction love.

Science is her very favorite topic to read about so these are some of our favorite science books for kids. I've divided the list into a few different categories for easier searching.

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Favorite Science Books and Series

Favorite Science Experiment Books

  • Janice Van Cleave is a must-have author (Chemistry for Every Kid and Earth Science for Every Kid are just two of the many titles available) if you want the best science experiment books at your finger tips. She has books on so many science topics - filled with great experiments, explanations, and even the resources to turn those experiments into science-fair projects.
  • The Usborne Book of Science Activities (volumes one, two, and three) are great first books for science experiments. In the fun Usborne style with good illustrations and clear instructions, these 3 books cover a good variety of science topics.
  • Adventures with Atoms & Molecules (book one & book two) are not fancy books but they are great experiment books that will really help your kids understand basic chemistry.
  • Fizz, Bubble & Flash is another fun chemistry book - lots of good reading and experiments for kids.
  • Geology Rocks is a good resource for earth science - it's a fun book that covers a good variety of topics with interesting reading and fun projects.
  • Physics Experiments for Children is another older book (some projects call for things that aren't readily available today) but it's still a solid resource for physics topics.

Favorite Science Authors & Encyclopedias

  • The Usborne First Encyclopedias (Space, Human Body, and Our World) are great introductory books for young readers - with lots of engaging pictures.
  • DK Eyewitness books (like Universe or Great Scientists) are visually stunning books - there is probably an Eyewitness book for whatever topic you are studying.
  • Seymour Simon's books (like Weather and Volcanoes) are beautiful picture books filled with amazing photographs. Even if the text is too much for younger children, they will still appreciate the pictures.
  • The Usborne Science Encyclopedia is a great resource for budding scientists. Covering many scientific topics, it's a must-have encyclopedia.
  • DK Science: A Visual Encyclopedia is another beautiful encyclopedia. It doesn't cover as many topics as the Usborne encyclopedia but it's still a great resource.
  • Simon Basher's science books are lots of fun (like Astronomy and Rocks & Minerals). The comic-style illustrations are fun for kids but they are also filled with lots of great scientific information.

I’m sure we’ll add more new favorite science books for kids as TJ gets older. I’d love to hear your suggestions for great science authors – leave me a comment!

Tonia L

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