Top 10 Best Science Books for 9-year-olds

These super science books are guaranteed to captivate enquiring minds and inspire a love of science in young learners. See below for the best science books for 9-year-olds.

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1. 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.

2. 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...

3. 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!

4. Science Is Awesome!

Lisa Regan

Discover 101 striking scientific facts that are guaranteed to blow kids' minds and get jaws dropping! Find out why bees can't see red; why astronauts never snore; why the Statue of Liberty used to be orange, and so much more. With appealing images and easy-to-follow facts, this book is perfect for generating discussion on all kinds of scientific areas. Humorous and approachable, it's sure to ignite an interest in science and help kids in their lessons at school.

5. What Makes Your Body Work?

Gill Arbuthnott

Explore the amazing human body with this colourful book, packed with engaging text and incredible 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.

6. 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!

7. What Is Evolution?

Louise Spilsbury

Where do we come from? How did we come to be like this? This amusing and vibrant book answers these profound questions and many more, revealing fascinating facts and exploring the totally mind-boggling ways in which animals and plants have evolved over billions of years. It introduces the revolutionary theories of Darwin and Wallace, and describes how the discovery of DNA structure has revolutionised our understanding of life on Earth.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • EVOL 7 years +
    Louise Spilsbury
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £13.99
    • Save £10.00
    Any child who's ever wondered about where we came from and how we came to be will find the answers in the brilliantly illustrated book, What is Evolution?

    Full of fascinating facts (did you know that some crows are so clever they get cars to crack nuts for them at traffic lights?), the book reveals some of the mind-boggling ways in which animals and plants have evolved over billions of years.

    It also provides an introduction to the groundbreaking theories of Darwin and Wallace, as well as describing how the discovery of DNA structure has changed life as we know it.
  • 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.
  • SCIA 7 years +
    Lisa Regan
    7 years +
    • £2.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £5.00
    Bees can't see red; astronauts never snore; the Statue of Liberty used to be orange... this book is packed with 101 scientific facts that will blow any child's mind!

    Appealingly presented with easy-to-follow facts and clear, bright images, this book will make children's jaws drop and is sure to generate discussion around all kinds of fascinating areas of science.

    This humorous and incredible approach to science is sure to ignite an interest in the subject and the things children learn from this fun and lively book are also sure to help them during their lessons at school.
  • 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.