Top 10 Best Science Books for 11-year-olds

Science can be a difficult subject that challenges learners of all ages! But these engaging books both clear up tricky topics and provide plenty of entertainment. Or, if they're fans of science fiction books then help them to udnerstand the science behind the books they love! See below for the best science books for 11-year-olds.

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1. What Makes Your Body Work?

Gill Arbuthnott

Explore the amazing human body with this colourful book, packed with engaging text and amazing experiments. From your brain down to your toes, this book is bursting with fun facts and wonderful illustrations, detailing how body systems function and collaborate. It explains how blood travels around the body, how we detect heat and cold and so much more, with experiments that include carrying out a taste map of the tongue and finding a pulse.

2. Astronaut Academy

  • £3.99

Steve Martin

Kids can test their astronaut abilities to see if they could flourish in space with this out-of-this-world book. They'll face a variety of challenges and missions, and many of the activities are based around science and maths, great for learning and developing key skills such as hand-eye coordination and basic first aid. Kids will be enthralled by this interstellar book, which includes fun stickers, a board game, press-out figures and even a model space shuttle!

3. Junior Illustrated Science Dictionary

  • £7.99

Sarah Khan

Great for students and parents alike, this science dictionary is bursting with clear, straightforward explanations of key terms and concepts from KS2 and up. It features hundreds of useful examples and illustrations and is the perfect classroom companion.

4. The Story of Planet Earth

  • £9.99

Abigail Wheatley

Combining history and science in a spellbinding way, this book offers a mind-blowing insight into the history of our world, from the Big Bang to the present day. Learn all about the key systems that drive the planet, including geology, climate and life, and how they all interact to keep the Earth going. Discover the frozen Ice Ages, the meteor impact that may have caused the extinction of dinosaurs, and uncover the effects of climate change.

5. 100 Things to Know About Space

  • £3.99

Alex Frith

Perfect for inquisitive minds, this out-of-this-world book will fascinate any child who wants to know the answers to important space questions, like why astronauts need wilderness survival skills and how they can escape from black holes. It's packed with 100 fascinating facts that span space and time, complemented by bright illustrations that are sure to keep aspiring astronauts engrossed.

6. The Way Science Works

  • £8.79

Jayne Parsons

From lightning to robotics, this book brings science to life with amazing experiments and illustrations. From the principles that underpin the world to the theories behind today's fast-changing technology, this book shows science in action with more than 60 hands-on projects and plenty of incredible images that will take readers to the cutting edge of science. Discover heaps of facts about famous scientists, new technology and more.

7. The World in Infographics: The Human Body

  • £6.74

Jon Richards

Discover the world of infographics, an exciting form of data visualisation that uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information in a whole new and highly engaging way. Marvel at the science behind the human anatomy, genetics, diseases, reproduction and our senses - all beautiful illustrated with infographics and graphic organisers. Perfect for visual learners, kids will absorb key information as they pore over this stunning book.

8. Space: A Children's Encyclopedia

  • £14.39


This cosmic compendium covers a wide range of space subjects, perfect for aspiring astronauts. Blast off into the universe to discover what space is like, take a whirl around the sun and explore the moon and stars. Featuring exclusive interviews, space-tacular pictures, eyewitness accounts, mind-boggling facts and so much more, young scientists will be engrossed by this detailed look into outer space.

9. The Way Things Work

  • £9.99

David Macaulay

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the inner workings of machines, gadgets and tools in this insightful book. Explaining the science of everything from the simple lever to the modern micro-processor, this book also covers clocks, watches, jet engines, the internet and more. Many of the explanations are accompanied by clear illustrations, and the witty approach makes even the most complex processes clear and fun. This handy book is great for any budding engineer!

10. This Is Not a Science Book

  • £3.99

Clive Gifford

This ingenious book teaches kids all about science without them even knowing! It's packed with activities that will fill children's minds with useful information, encouraging them to draw, sketch, make and colour. From mapping out bones to optical illusions, kids are sure to be kept informed and entertained, and may even find that they have a head-start in science lessons at school - but don't tell them that...