Top 10 Best Science Books for Kids

From creepy crawlies to the conundrums of chemistry, children have a world of science to explore. These engrossing science books for kids, ordered by target age, reveal all sorts of fascinating phenomena with vibrant illustrations and heaps of fun facts.

1. First Encyclopedia of Science

Rachel Firth | 5+

All major topics are covered in this brilliant bumper book. Why do things float? What happens to the food you eat? Find out the answers to these and many more curious questions in this comprehensive compendium. Kids can discover all sorts of fascinating facts in an exciting, interactive way, with simple text, incredible photographs and pictures, science activities and website recommendations.

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2. See Inside: Planet Earth

Alex Frith | 5+

Delve deep into the Earth's science and geography and discover the hidden secrets of life on our planet. This vibrant title includes double-page spreads on mountains, deserts, oceans, the atmosphere and icy landscapes, and is bursting with over fifty flaps to lift and tons of intriguing information. The book also explains how climate change is affecting our planet and what can be done to reduce its effects.

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365 Science Activities

Minna Lacey | 5+

Explore the world of science in a fun new way with a different activity or experiment for every day of the year! This hands-on science book will engross children as they discover often surprising results, and is sure to inspire the scientists of the future.

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The Way Things Work

David Macaulay | 7+

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!

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Destination: Space

Christoph Englert | 7+

Aspiring astronauts will be captivated by this space-tacular book. Blast off into our local solar system and galaxies far, far away as you discover the science behind stars, planets, meteors and comets. This book also includes a detailed look at the history of the universe.

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What Is Evolution?

Louise Spilsbury | 7+

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.

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7. Robert Winston: Science Experiments

Robert Winston | 7+

In this brilliant book, the hugely popular Professor Robert Winston presents a range of exciting science experiments which kids can try at home. From creating balloon rockets and glow-in-the-dark jelly, to making a metal detector and turning water pink, children will love these experiments, which are sure to inspire a lifelong interest in science.

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8. Astronaut Academy

Steve Martin | 7+

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!

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9. What Makes Your Body Work?

Gill Arbuthnott | 9+

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.

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10. This Is Not a Science Book

Clive Gifford | 9+

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...

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  • AAHIA 5 years +
    Alex Frith
    5 years +
    • £7.99
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    Delve deep into the mysteries of Earth's geography to reveal the hidden secrets of life on our planet. This title includes double page spreads on mountains, deserts, the oceans, the atmosphere and icy landscapes such as Antarctica, each one bursting with flaps to lift to reveal scientific and natural history information. It also contains a feature on how climate change is affecting our planet, and what can be done to reduce its effects. It contains over fifty sturdy embedded flaps.
  • AAYZW 5 years +
    Rachel Firth
    5 years +
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    This is an excellent reference for school projects. All major topics are explored. It includes free downloadable pictures. Why do things float? What happens to the food you eat? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this lively book that introduces young readers to the wonders of science. It comes with simple text, amazing photographs and illustrations, fun science activities and exciting recommended Web sites.
  • The Way Things Work - Hardback - 9780241227930 - David Macaulay
    TWTW 7 years +
    David Macaulay
    7 years +
    • £9.49
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    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!
  • DSTS 7 years +
    Christoph Englert
    7 years +
    • £4.99
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    Do you have an astronaut of the future in your household? They'll be excited to blast off into space with the cadets in this out-of-this world book!

    Fully illustrated, the book looks at the local solar system and into galaxies that are far beyond. Fully accessible, the book explains the science behind the stars, planets, meteors and comets in our sky. It also provides a detailed look at the history of the universe.
  • WMBW 9 years +
    Gill Arbuthnott
    9 years +
    • £3.99
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    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
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    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...
  • APNBA 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Explore science in a fun new way, with a different activity or experiment for every day of the year. Hands-on science to fascinate children, with often surprising results. Will inspire the scientists of the future. Further resources are available online via the Usborne Quicklinks website.
  • EVOL 7 years +
    Louise Spilsbury
    7 years +
    • £3.99
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    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.
  • Astronaut Academy - Paperback - 9781782403937 - Steve Martin
    ASAC 8 years +
    Steve Martin
    8 years +
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    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.
  • EPT2 7 years +
    Robert Winston
    7 years +
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    Readers aged 9 and over will love these exciting experiments devised by Professor Robert Winston, presenter of the popular television series The Human Body.

    Science Experiments has projects for all abilities, from creating balloon rockets and glow-in-the dark jelly to making a metal detector. Clear step-by-step instructions and well-written text make this book a treat to dip into.