Best Science Books for Kids!

Do you have a little budding scientist in your family? Or just a curious child who loves to learn? Then this article is for you! We have compiled a list of some of the best science activity books for kids, from basic experiments done with household items to specific concentrations like engineering, physics, and chemistry. If your child loves science or doing fun activities while also learning, they will be excited to jump right into any of these books! We especially hope these books inspire young girls to show more interest in math and science, especially if they are hesitant to do so because they are known as “boy” subjects. We want to end that stigma and show little girls everywhere that they are smart, capable, and can do anything they set their minds to! If your little girl shows interest in science, these science books for kids will help her flourish and reach her full potential! 


1. Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work by Crystal Chatterton is a fan favorite among young scientists! With over 100 fun and educational experiments for kids ages 5 to 10, this book is a must-have for kids interested in science experiments. These experiments revolve around the subjects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and will help your child nurture their critical thinking skills. Some of the awesome activities in this book include making rockets, sundials, and creating batteries from lemons!

2. The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! was written by high school science teacher Tom Robinson to get kids excited about science! This book covers basic concepts for kids to understand in subjects like biology, chemistry, physics, technology, engineering, and even outer space! This book is geared toward slightly older children from ages 8 to 12.


3. 101 Great Science Experiments: A Step-by-Step Guide by Neil Ardley. This book is packed full of classic science experiments kids have loved doing for decades. With this book, your child will learn about biology, chemistry, and physics with easy and safe step-by-step instructions. They will learn about color and how to create a rainbow, light, and how to bend it, and senses, how they work, and experiments such as how to see sound.


4. Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids: 40 Fun Science Projects and Why They Work by Erica l. Colón Ph.D. This book is for all the little physicists out there. Within its pages, you will find colorful pictures and easy to understand instructions for your child to make some amazing physics experiments with common household items! They will learn what makes birds fly, how lightbulbs work, static electricity, creating energy with rubber bands, and much, much more! 


5. The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Chemistry for Kids: Homemade Science Experiments and Activities Inspired by Awesome Chemists, Past and Present by Liz Lee Heinecke is an amazing resource for all kids ages 7 to 13 who are interested in chemistry! Have fun while learning with these exciting hands-on experiments made right in the kitchen! Kids will learn how to carbonate a drink and how to make soap, among many other things! If your child is inspired by amazing women in science, like Marie Curie, this is the book for them! 


6. Curlee Girlee’s Got Talent by Atara Twersky. Take a break between all these experiments, sit back, and enjoy the second book in the Curlee Girlee series, Curlee Girlee’s Got Talent! Little scientists will love Curlee Girlee’s continued story and will be inspired by her creative thinking and scientific experiment. In this colorful and adorable book, Curlee Girlee is back again, and this time she needs to figure out what to do for the school talent show. After many failed attempts to figure out what her true talent is, Curlee Girlee discovers she has a true knack for science! This is an incredible, fun, and inspiring read for all young scientists! 

7. Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids) by Christina Schul. Do you have a young engineer in your life, a child who never puts down the Legos or just loves to build? If so, then this book will be perfect for them! With over 50 engineering-inspired experiments for ages 5 to 10, future engineers will have hours of fun while also learning! They’ll learn to do incredible things like build towers out of toothpicks and catapults with spoons and popsicle sticks. 


8. Smithsonian 10-Minute Science Experiments: 50+ Quick, Easy and Awesome Projects for Kids by Steve Spangler. This amazing book was written by bestselling author Steve Spangler, and all the experiments in it have been approved by scientists at the Smithsonian Institute. Kids ages 8 to 10 will learn the basics of physics, chemistry, and engineering! This book is an amazing resource for kids who are curious about science and will help them develop their knowledge and love for the subject! All experiments should take ten minutes or less, so it is great for busy kids and parents who still want to have fun and learn! 


9. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park by Liz Lee Heinecke. This one is for the science-loving kids who also love the outdoors! Learn about physics, chemistry, and biology in your own backyard, at the playground, or anywhere else with these easy and inexpensive experiments! Kids ages 7 to 12 will learn about all things in nature, from germination to earthworms and other backyard critters, to much more! 


10. My Awesome Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: Track and Identify Your Treasures by Gary Lewis. If you have a child who always seems to come home with a pocket full of “cool” rocks they found while outside, this book will help them nurture their love for rocks and geology by teaching them the science behind them! With this book, your child can learn about over 150 rocks and minerals that will turn any backyard into a treasure trove and science lab! After reading this book, kids will be able to pick up rocks and identify what type they are! This book also features a section where your child can keep notes on the types of rocks they discover on their adventures. 


11. Awesome Robotics Projects for Kids: 20 Original STEAM Robots and Circuits to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids) by Bob Katovich. Tons of kids love robots! But does your child truly want to know how they work and how to build one? This book is perfect for young engineers and scientists who want to understand the fascinating world of robotics. Kids ages 5 to 10 will learn about all aspects of STEAM and how they relate to robots, and will eventually learn how to build one! There are twenty different designs for robots that can be built at home in this book and chapters dedicated specifically to the different functions of robots and how they can help us in our daily lives.  


12. Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House by Liz Lee Heinecke will help kids of all ages learn about physics, chemistry, and biology right from their kitchen! These fun experiments revolve around food and how we can learn science from it. Learn how to make rock candy, which we also featured in our article 7 Awesome and Easy Science Experiments for Gifted Students, how to create a marshmallow slingshot, how to make milk change colors, and why yeast causes balloons to inflate! 

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