Top 10 Science Books For Kids
Top Ten Science Books For Kids
Understanding science is a key life-skill for anyone these days. I gained great joy from learning about anything scientific as a young child and this selection of books cover the subject in a way that I think will suit kids of all ages.
It is often said that children learn best when they are having fun - I believe that this is true.
Science may seem a total mystery and quite daunting to many of us. But it doesn't have to be like this. If taught with clear explanations and an injection of fun, science can be a subject that holds no fears for those about to start their own wonderful exploration of the world around us.
I have selected these books as my Top 10 Science Books for Kids, for their content and skill at describing their subject and for the great fun and enthusiasm that they pass on to their young reader. The books highlighted here, will I believe, allow kids of all ages to explore the incredible world of science in a fun, informative and interactive way.
Science A Children's Encyclopedia - For Kids Aged 8 to 12
A brilliant read for the young independent reader who is fascinated by the way things work. This comprehensive encyclopedia on science is full of amazing photographs and graphics with extremely well written narrative.
An ideal companion book for the young science enthusiast who wants to know more or simply to have a source of knowledge at hand that will help with their schoolwork.
Published by: DK Children
Written by: Chris Woodford and Steve Parker
What is Science?
As a child, I used to associate the world of science with the image of a man dressed in a white laboratory coat, wearing spectacles, sometimes carrying a clipboard. I think this was because when I was in secondary school, I had a chemistry teacher who used to dress like this for lessons.
There are many definitions that can be used to describe what science is. I like to think of it as being the study of what the world and everything around us is. It's like a huge adventure, with no limits or end - every time we discover something new, it opens up ever more new questions.
The word "science" means knowledge.
Understand Your Muscles and Bones - For Kids aged 8 and above
The Science of Muscles:
How many muscles do you think we have in our bodies - 100? - 200? - more? Well the answer is more than 600.
Do you know how many muscle types we have? The answer is 3. These are known as:
- Smooth Muscles - these are muscles that we can't directly control. They contract and relax to help with things like digestion.
- Hearty Muscle - This is the muscle that makes up the heart and like smooth muscle, we cannot control it.
- Skeletal Muscle - these are muscles that we can control. They work with our bones to make joints move so that we can do things such as walk, kick a ball or pick something up.
A lovely resource for the young child wanting to know more about what it is that makes us work.
Science - Bones and Muscles Video for Kids
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book - for kids aged 8 and above
Rolling up your sleeves and getting to grips with an actual experiment is a great way to your child to the subject of science. With topics such as Boil Ice, Float Water and Measure Gravity, this book shows you how a handful of household products can produce some amazing experiments. Lets face it, there is nothing quite like being able to actually carry out an experiment and see the results for yourself. A great way to engage your child in science to expand their view of the world.
Published by Everything.
Written by Tom Robinson
The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.— John Glenn
The Curious Kid's Science Book - for kids aged 4 to 8 years.
A great resource that will be sure to generate a sense of curiosity in your child. This book will start them on the path to problem solving and being scientific thinkers. The author encourages your child to document their findings and share them with you. You might even learn something new also! But be warned: Your child might be asking you why? a lot more after reading this!
Published by The Innovation Press
Author: Asia Citro
Science In Seconds For Kids aged 8 and above
A great selection of experiments, each of which can be completed in less than ten minutes. Can you make lightning in your room? Can you keep paper dry under water? Can you see colors that aren't there?
Most of these experiments can be completed with things readily available around the home. A wonderful way to engage your child in the subject of science - ideal as a means of turning raining days stuck at home into an exciting and memorable learning day.
Published by Jossey Bass. Author: Jean Potter.
"We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power".— Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher, mathematician.
So what are the various branches of science and how do they relate to each other?
Wow! What a question you might ask?
Well, it is quite a question really - and one with a really complex answer. But science and all it's potential different branches of activity are sometimes difficult to explain or put into some sort of logical order or groupings. It might take me a 1000 or more words to try and explain - but the image attached (sourced from Wikipedia) does a marvelous job of explaining this.
Branches of science
Women In Science
Women In Science: Highlights the achievements of fifty women in the field of science.
A great book that can be read and enjoyed by children and adults alike. Accompanied by stunning illustrations, the books tells the story of these inspiring innovators who gave so much to science from female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists and more.
Published by: Wren and Rook
Written by: Rachel Ignotofsky
"Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method".— Sally Ride, American Astronaut, 1951 to 2012
Clouds(Lets-Read-and Find-Out Science 1)
Do you ever wake up and wonder what the weather will be? This book is targeted at children aged 4 to 8 years. It shows how to look at clouds and to use what they see as a means of telling what the weather outside is likely to be. A wonderful way to turn your childs observations of clouds into what their effect on the weather they are experiencing.
Published by HarperCollins. Author: Anne Rockwell.
Fun home experiments
Published by HooplaKidzsLab, their top ten experiments that you can carry out at home with your child. No special ingredients needed. They can all be performed using everyday houshold items.
Top 10 Kids Science Experiments
"Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic".— Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) English biologist.