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Top 10 Physics Books for Kids

Updated on January 8, 2016

Top Ten Physics Books for Kids of all ages

Understanding Physics should be an everyday skill for everyone, after all its affects are all around us. I know that as a child, I was somewhat put off by the mere mention of the word physics. Yet as soon as I was shown a little of what it meant, I was totally captivated.

I have selected these Top 10 Physics books for kids for their content, readability and suitability for children of all ages. I believe that they will help inspire your child to be curious and explore. hope that you enjoy them too.

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What is Physics

What's Physics All About?
What's Physics All About?

What is Physics shows what physics is, how it works and why it is vital to everyday life. Emphasis on fun with great explanations.

 

What is Physics all about?

A short description of Physics would be, it is the study of matter and energy. But a more descriptive definition might be, it is the study of how matter and energy relate to each other, and how they affect each other over time and through space. Now, I don't know about you - but when I was told this as young school child, the words just washed over me and I was left feeling that I still didn't really understand. I much preferred it, and understood it better when a science teacher took me to one side and described it as: Did you ever wonder how the universe began? Would you like to know what it is made of? Have you ever thought of what rules make it behave as it does? - Well this is what Physics is trying to work out.

Just three simple little questions, but they somehow turned a subject that I found mystifying, into something much more understandable.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

— Albert Einstein

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What is Light

Just what is light? We take it so much for granted, yet without it we live in a very different environment.

The Story of Electricity

Today we take electricity so much for granted. But it hasn't always been this way...

The Story of Electricity: With 20 Easy-to-Perform Experiments (Dover Children's Science Books)
The Story of Electricity: With 20 Easy-to-Perform Experiments (Dover Children's Science Books)

Easy-to-follow instructions for performing 20 famous experiments that led to major discoveries in electricity and magnetism over the past 2,500 years.

 

Physics Experiments for Children

Physics Experiments for Children (Dover Children's Science Books)
Physics Experiments for Children (Dover Children's Science Books)

103 projects demonstrate composition of objects, how substances are affected by various forms of energy — heat, light, sound, electricity, mechanical energy, more. How a thermometer measures heat, how an electric bulb emits light, how shadows are formed, how to make a periscope, how to make a rainbow.

 

How to Make a Bottle Rocket - Experiment video

What is Electricity and Magnetism

Electricity and Magnetism, probably a young persons most favourite thing to experiment with. How many of us have played with - and been fascinated by magnets.

Levers - simple machines

What is a lever? What does it do for us?

A lever is probably one of the simplest mechanical devices there is. But to be effective, a lever needs a pivot or fulcrum. This book explains all...

Everything Kids

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You!
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You!

Science has never been so easy - or so much fun! With The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments.

For children aged 8 and above.

 
Janice VanCleave's Super Science Challenges: Hands-On Inquiry Projects for Schools, Science Fairs, or Just Plain Fun!
Janice VanCleave's Super Science Challenges: Hands-On Inquiry Projects for Schools, Science Fairs, or Just Plain Fun!

This fun-filled resource will help you discover how to answer these questions and more, and in the process, come up with your own great science projects

 

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit. - Your comments are always very welcome.

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      Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

      Have bookmarked this for my son. I'm going to see if he beats me on the quizzes. Nice lens!

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      Your lenses are a great resource for parents and teachers. Are you by any chance a teacher?

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      Very interesting. I'll bookmark this page when I'm looking for books this summer for a physics program. Common Core is placing a biiiiiig emphasis on the sciences in schools right now, so this if very useful.

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      Very interesting. I'll bookmark this page when I'm looking for books this summer for a physics program. Common Core is placing a biiiiiig emphasis on the sciences in schools right now, so this if very useful.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @aesta1: A good teacher can make such a valuable contribution to any child's education.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish I had a very good Physics teacher. I am interested in it now. I would have enjoyed it then.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Bercton1: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      Bercton1 3 years ago

      Interesting and good educational book for the kids!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @FrancesWrites: Your'e very welcome - thank you.

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      FrancesWrites 3 years ago

      There seems to be so much more engaging and accessible content compared with when I was at school. Thanks for sorting out and sharing this selection bejeezers!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @happy-birthday: Thank you

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Very nice lens!!! I love the physic books that you shared!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @David Stone1: And the world can be such a wondrous place...

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Physics can be presented in really attractive or really boring way - it is all up to the teacher. If a kid gets a teacher who is not very handy, doesn't do experiments, can't connect dry equations with real life situations or is plain lazy, we can always help the kid with some cool books. Thanks for this lovely selection.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      All I can say is, I wish they'd taught more about physics, macro and quantum, when I was in school. This is great for kids. It extends their wonder.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thank you - always appreciated.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Physics is such a fascinating subject.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some great stuff in here. My son loves this stuff.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @KTPT13: Mine too...

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      KTPT13 4 years ago

      Physics was one of my favorite courses as a kid.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just checking in to see what's new here and discovered your quizzes which I was feeling pretty good about until I missed the boat in name that physicist....may many be encouraged to learn these principles! :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Cool, I love this lens.

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      tok2gman 4 years ago

      @tok2gman: It should have been: "lens". My apologies for the typo.

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      When I was a kid, I read a book on physics by none other than Isaac Asimov (Science Fiction Writer). It demystified physics for me. I feel that the material that you are advocating would go even further to that end.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @tok2gman: Thank you - your visit is very much appreciated.

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      tok2gman 4 years ago

      Informative lans. Thank you.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @renewedfaith2day: Thank you. I remember reading Isaac Asimov novels as a youngster too - they were incredible.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @John Dyhouse: Thank you for your comment. I think that science is more of a must have knowledge than ever these days.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      As a scientist, I have to like this page for helping youngsters enjoy (and understand) physics. So sad to see some who think that science is irrelevant to a modern world

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      BrandonCase 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting this lens :)

      More science and reason for youth

      Is the salvation of our future :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Fran Tollett: Thank you. Its so important to make the subject accessible and fun.

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      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      This is the lens I have been looking for to help my 3rd grader with some hands on science concepts! Thank you. This has been much more helpful than his teacher LOL

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @TACTCI LM: Thank you for your visit and comments - always appreciated.

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      What an awesome collection of physics books you have consolidated and put together for us. Thanks!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @smoothielover lm: I whole-heartedly agree with your comment - thank you.

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      smoothielover lm 4 years ago

      Professor Brian Cox is doing a great job in the UK of bringing physics to the masses. He's still quite young, used to be a musician and the kids (and adults) think he's cool! We need people like him to make these subjects cool! :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @jvcronje: Thank you for you visit and comments. I agree that starting to learn about Physics early in life, opens a whole new world of possibilities that can last a lifetime.

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      jvcronje 4 years ago

      Have been fascinated by physics all my life, even though I didn't make a profession from it. I think getting kids involved in physics will open up the wonder of creation for them and this will only have benefits - like getting them away from computer games and stuff like that!

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I didn't like physics in elementary school but find it pretty interesting later and considering how useful is in every day life it is underrated in my opinion. I guess it depends on the teacher how it is presented. Thanks for lovely selection of books.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @tonybonura: Thank you. Its always good to take the fear out of a subject.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I agree with what Ms Tipi said about your lens. Just the word "physics" scares the "bejeezers" out of a lot of people. I say you are performing a great public service with this lens a couple of others of yours. Merry Christmas.

      TonyB

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now that is a convincing opening line in your intro and introducing physics as common and everyday in our world will take away the fear of it being too hard but just a way of life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey, great lens.. Am sure it's going to be extremely helpful.. Wish I could have these books when I was a child, would have scored full marks in this subject.. :D