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
- Let's Read and Find Out science books (like Why do leaves change color?, What is the world made of?, or Ducks Don't Get Wet) - these are wonderful science-based picture books that cover a wide variety of topics. Great books for young readers who love science.
- Magic School Bus books (like Inside the Human Body or Lost in the Solar System) - if your kids are fans of The Magic School Bus tv series, they'll probably really enjoy these books. There are great picture books and also some really good chapter books. (And if you want science experiments in a box, we've really enjoyed the Magic School Bus science kits - Journey into the Human Body, Chemistry Lab, and Secrets of Space.)
- Rookie Read-About Science series (like Solids, Liquids & Gases and Simple Machines) - wonderful first readers style books for science loving kids.
- The New Way Things Work is a fabulous book for older elementary kids - all about physics. It's got a great narrative about mammoths all the way through and pages and pages of interesting information about different machines and physics topics. This is a huge favorite in our house.
- Christian Liberty Nature Readers is a great series of books about animals (book 5 is about the human body).
- It Couldn't Just Happen - for Christian families who are looking for books about creation vs. evolution. My daughter is reading this book this year and really enjoying it.
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!