Teach Science to Kids with these Fun Chapter Books
Chapter books are a great way to both teach and reinforce understanding of concepts in the sciences. And they're a great way to get some learning into a nightly bedtime reading routine. These books can be a great way to supplement either a public school or homeschool science curriculum. They cover a large number of scientific concepts. The Magic School Bus series and Andrew Lost are good for all elementary ages. The other books are appropriate for later grades in elementary school and for middle school kids.
The following is a list of chapter books that teach scientific concepts through fun and entertaining stories. These books are aimed at elementary and middle school aged students.
Magic School Bus Chapter Books
The Magic School Bus book series has many great books that use fun stories to teach science. There is a series of chapter books that are appropriate for all elementary school grades. The books cover germs, magnetism, space, bats, bones, sharks and more. In addition to a fun story, the books teach a lot of science.
Stephen and Lucy Hawking Books
Physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy have written some adventure stories for children. They are based around a character named George. The books are probably best for 3rd grade to 8th grade readers. But younger kids who enjoy science may also enjoy them. In these books, kids will be exposed to scientific concepts about physics, space and the universe. The books in the series are:
- George's Secret Key to the Universe
- George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt
- George and the Unbreakable Code
- George and the Big Bang
- George and the Blue Moon
Andrew Lost by J. C. Greenburg is a series of chapter books that is appropriate for all elementary school ages. The books follow the adventures of a young scientist named Andrew, his cousin Judy and his robot Thudd. The books are a fun (and a bit gross) introduction to many basic concepts in science. Andrew's adventures take him to the ocean, the ice age, the garbage and many other places. The books should be read in order, starting with #1 On the Dog. The books have a list of fun facts at the end.
Unfortunately there are only three of these books written by Russell Stannard. And they aren't available digitally. These books are best for ages 10 and up. If you have a younger child who's fascinate by physics, they may enjoy the series.
- The Time and Space of Uncle Albert
- Black Holes and Uncle Albert
- Uncle Albert and Quantum Quest
One Minute Mysteries
This isn't actually a chapter book. It has 65 short stories with a science mystery. The book is listed for grades 4 and up but if a younger child knows a lot of science they may be able to solve many of the mysteries. Each mystery takes about one minute to read. There is also a book with math mysteries by the same authors.