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Top 10 Science Books For Kids

Updated on October 23, 2017
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Ben worked in the UK utility Industry for 30 years. During this time he held many varied posts within the Metering Side of the business.

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 Childrens Encyclopedia
Science A Childrens Encyclopedia

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

Famous Scientists
Famous Scientists | Source

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.

Muscles and Bones Published by Usborne. Written by Rebecca Treays
Muscles and Bones Published by Usborne. Written by Rebecca Treays

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 Kids Science Book
The Curious Kids Science Book

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
Science In Seconds

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

The Scientific Universe: source Wikipedia
The Scientific Universe: source Wikipedia
Women In Science
Women In 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 Book for kids
Clouds Book for kids

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.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @esmonaco: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      This was a great lens, our grandson just love experiments, we have a book called Cool Science Experiments for Kids, and enjoy doing them togeher. I liked your quizes. Thanks

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @ArtWebb: Thank you.

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      ArtWebb 4 years ago

      Reading this took me years back. In my corner with one ore more (science) books, from the day I could read. Thanks for a nice lens.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Its important for kids to get involved with science as young as possible; while thier minds are open and willing to leanr everything about the world around them. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list.

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      Jemjoseph 4 years ago

      The science experiments in some of these books seem like a great way to keep kids creatively occupied while learning something new, especially over the long summer vacation.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @anonymous: Thank you. Its always good to end the day with a smile.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well, I sure am glad I stopped back in for a look see....I'm feeling just a little smarter after scoring 100% on the quizzes I noticed you had added here....yup, i'll smile myself to sleep tonight! :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Excellent lenses dedicated to helping kids learn about science.

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      surfingtheweb 4 years ago

      Looks like great reads for kids!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @takkhisa: That is very much appreciated,

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these top 10 science books for kids! I would like to read them too :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @BritFlorida: Thank you.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I'm bookmarking this - my seven year old granddaughter can't read enough about science!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @IMKZRNU2: Thank you.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love science and have raised my kids to love it too. Very nice lens!

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      AdriatiX 4 years ago

      I always liked to read about science and I started with this sort of books.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @ryokomayuka: Not a bad score - a little revision and it could be 100%

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      Got one out of two on the quiz.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @Fran Tollett: There are a couple of good books on gravity and motion available through Amazon The ISBN no's are 0516258443 and 1404803483. which are ideal for the younger reader.

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      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      Do you have any books you would recommend for concepts like friction, gravity and force?

      Great choice of books. I will have to get a few to help my boy learn to love science :-)

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      Great book list! Thanks for sharing.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      These books make science fun for kids.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @jvcronje: I agree. Removing the mystique and the fear of science is key.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @azamkhan760: Thank you.

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      jvcronje 4 years ago

      Excellent! Science is so wonderful, one should get our kids interested at a very low age!

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      azamkhan760 4 years ago

      great lens keep sharing.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @myspace9: Thank you for your visit

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Nice lens, have nice and great day.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @tfsherman lm: Ant Farms look such fun.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @paulgrossman: Thank you for your visit - very much appreciated

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for these titles! Have to think about getting an ant farm.

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      paulgrossman 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens....That's a nice assortment of books for kids! Lots to choose from! Thank you for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      These are super neat!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @SecondSally: Thank you - if we can interest kids in science while they are young, it takes away all fear of the subject in later years.

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      SecondSally 4 years ago

      Hey, I aced your quiz! Kids have such a natural love of science and we really should do all we can to nurture it while they're young. Besides, the home activities are usually a lot of fun!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @tonybonura: You are right - off to put quizzes on here right now....

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      What!?! No quizzes? What kind of Science lesson is this? :-) Merry Christmas!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @tedwritesstuff24: Thank you - happy holidays.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      Love showing kids the world of science. Great lens.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @myspace9: Thank you.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Great collection and wonderful lens.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      @applejacking: Thank you for your visit. Science is such a fascinating subject.

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      applejacking 4 years ago

      Andy, my little brother will so glad with your books collection

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great resource for kids!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @UKMarkWilliam: Thank you.

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      UKMarkWilliam 5 years ago

      Very nice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful selection! I'll definitely consider buying some of those for my kid :)

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      My ten year old boy would love this books, he is very into this kind of stuff. Great lens and thanks for sharing!

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      Speed-Racer 5 years ago

      Great info! My daughter loves the Basher Science series but we will look in to these as well.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @sentanta lm: Hi, I have great selection of Space Books on my lense Top 10 Space Books for kids. Thanks for the visit.

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      sentanta lm 5 years ago

      I was hoping to find a list like this after my son asked 1,001 questions about the Curiosity Rover. Do you know of any good books on outer space or on astronomy?

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @iijuan12: Thank you. They are great fun to build also.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      I do really like the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @jazziyarbrough: Thank you for your visit. There are so many facets to science that it can a little bewildering at times knowing were to start.

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the great information. I would have never known what book to choose for a great understanding of science for a kid, now I do.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Great suggestions for children. I believe the Life Books at 5 years old had influence on my decision to go into nursing. You may be helping to inlfuence a childs future.

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      Loola 5 years ago

      I love Science, really great lens!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      @mrducksmrnot: A great thought. I will look to add one.

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Great lens and lot's of wonderful books. Just a thought, you could add a homemade crystal radio for the older children and adults. They a fun to make and work.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Great collection of science books for children :)

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Science is the toughest subject to get my daughters interested in.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A must have library for kids who are lovers of science and if they aren't already, these books will certainly grab their interest in exploring the wonders of science!...*

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Great information! Children need to be exposed to as many new things as possible especially in science.

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      TMimzy 5 years ago

      Great idea for the lens. Congratiulations!