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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DK

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

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

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...

  • AAUXF 7 years +
    Abigail Wheatley
    7 years +
    • £9.99
    This book offers a mind-blowing look at the history of the creation of the world, from the Big Bang to the present day. Its each chapter explores the key systems that drive the planet, including geology, climate and life, and how they all interact to keep the planet going. It covers key events in Earth's history such as the Ice Ages and the meteor impact that may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, ending with a discussion on climate change.
  • ABFGS 7 years +
    Jayne Parsons
    7 years +
    • £8.79
    • RRP £10.99
    • Save £2.20
    From lightning bolts to robotics, bring science to life with incredible experiments. From the principles that explain the world to the theories behind today's fast changing technology, help your child discover science in action. Test the theories together with more than 60 hands-on projects and explore amazing images which take you to the cutting-edge of scientific developments. This book is packed with facts about famous scientists, new technology and more.
  • AANAW 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £14.39
    • RRP £17.99
    • Save £3.60
    This title offers everything you ever wanted to know about space. Take your child on a journey to space and beyond, they'll learn what space is and take a whirl around the sun, moon and stars. Packed with out-of-this-world pictures from space, kids will explore our universe as never before. Exclusive interviews, eyewitness accounts, incredible facts and more will teach them everything they need to know. It's an incredible look at the universe in which we live - perfect for space enthusiasts and budding astronomers.
  • TKAS 9 years +
    Alex Frith
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    If you have an inquisitive child who is fascinated by space and wants to know the answers to the important questions like why astronauts need wilderness survival skills and how they can escape a black hole, this out-of-this-world book is perfect.

    Packed with 100 fascinating facts that span across space, the book features bright illustrations to add extra appeal and will keep any budding astronauts happily engrossed.
  • WMBW 9 years +
    Gill Arbuthnott
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £9.00
    This vibrantly illustrated book will teach children aged 9 and over all about the science of the body with its friendly text and interactive experiments.

    From the brain to the toes - and everything in-between - it's bursting with fun facts and amazing illustrations that will explain to children how body systems function and work together. From how we can tell if things or hot or cold to how blood travels around, it answers many questions about human biology.

    Among the experiments children can carry out are making a taste map of their tongue, a smell test of different things and finding a pulse. This book is brilliant for any budding scientists.
  • TNSB 9 years +
    Clive Gifford
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    This is Not a Science Book teaches children all about science without them even knowing!

    Packed full of activities that will fill the brain with useful information, the book develops science knowledge by encouraging kids to draw, sketch, make and colour.

    From mapping out the bones in the body to brain puzzles and even optical illusions, the activities are sure to inform and entertain those aged 7 and over. They could even help them with their science lessons at school, but don't tell them that...
  • Astronaut Academy - Paperback - 9781782403937 - Steve Martin
    ASAC 8 years +
    Steve Martin
    8 years +
    • £3.49
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.50
    Does your child have what it takes to become an astronaut and succeed on a mission to Mars? This book gives them the chance to test themselves and find out everything there is to know about space travel.

    Once enrolled at the academy, children will face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks that astronauts may have to complete in space. These activities - many of which are based around science and maths - include those that improve hand-eye coordination, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket and learning basic first aid.

    There's also a Space Goodies section including stickers, a poster, a board game, press-out figures and a model space shuttle.
  • AQBWW 7 years +
    Jon Richards
    7 years +
    • £6.74
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £2.25
    Welcome to the world of infographics! This exciting form of data visualisation uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information to kids in a whole new way. Marvel at the science behind the human anatomy, genetics, diseases, reproduction and our senses - all visualised in beautifully designed infographics and graphic organisers.
  • The Way Things Work - Hardback - 9780241227930 - David Macaulay
    TWTW 7 years +
    David Macaulay
    7 years +
    • £9.49
    • RRP £19.99
    • Save £10.50
    Ever wondered how machines work? This revised edition of David Macaulay's How Things Work will show you everything you need to know about their inner workings.

    Explaining the science behind the technologies of everything from the simple lever to the modern micro-processor, the book also covers clocks, watches, jet engines and the internet. Many of the explanations are accompanied by clear illustrations and the humorous approach makes even the most complicated processes clear.

    Fun, fascinating and accessible, this is a handy book for any engineer of the future!
  • AHTWM 7 years +
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £7.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £2.00
    This science dictionary is ideal for students and parents alike.

    It's full of clear, straightforward explanations of the key terms and concepts from KS2 and up, with hundreds of useful examples and illustrations.