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Top 10 Science Books for Kids

Updated on January 20, 2016

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.

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.


Famous Scientists
Famous Scientists

What is Science?

A a child, I used to associate the world of science with the image of a man in a white laboratory coat, wearing spectacles, perhaps carrying a clipboard. I think this was because 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 end - every time we discover something new, it opens up new questions.

The word "science" means knowledge.

For kids aged 8 and above

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!

Experiments are a great way to introduce kids to the subject. There is nothing quite like being able to actually carry out an experiment and see the results for yourself.

 

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.

For kids aged 8 and above

Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less
Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

Make lightning in your room! Keep paper dry under water! Lose weight by going upstairs! See colors that aren't there! Experience the magic of science with these quick, easy experiments and activities from Jean Potter.

 

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

So what are the various branches of science and how do they relate to each other?

The Scientific Universe: source Wikipedia
The Scientific Universe: source Wikipedia

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.

Clouds - For Children aged 3 and upwards

The author describes each type of cloud formation, explains where it is found in the sky, and tells what kind of weather is associated with it.

Clouds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
Clouds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

Do you ever wake up and wonder what the weather will be?

 

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @esmonaco: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 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 3 years ago

      @ArtWebb: Thank you.

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      ArtWebb 3 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 3 years ago

      @steadytracker lm: Thank you. Your comments are very much appreciated.

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      steadytracker lm 3 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

      @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

      @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

      @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

      @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

      @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

      @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

      @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

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

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @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

      @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

      @tfsherman lm: Ant Farms look such fun.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @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

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      These are super neat!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @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

      @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!

      TonyB

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @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

      @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

      @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 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great resource for kids!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @UKMarkWilliam: Thank you.

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      UKMarkWilliam 4 years ago

      Very nice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      Alana-r 4 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 4 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

      @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

      @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

      @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

      @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!