The 50 Best Science Books for Kids 2018

It's great when children develop a love of books at a young age and book choice is very important in developing that love. Give children a boring book to read and they'll quickly lose interest.

But science books specifically written for kids are a sure-fire way to grab their attention and peak their interest quickly.

The umbrella of scientific topics is magical to children: animals, space, technology and experiments are all full of wonder to young children, so why not help them learn about the wonder of science while they're young and see what develops.

Even children's fiction finds it difficult to match the most fascinating stories of nature that are explained through science.

If you don't have time to scroll through all 50 today then below are 3 great choices if you're in a hurry. Or continue reading for a full breakdown of each science book.

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Best choice for inspiring young girls

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Beautifully designed

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Science Year by Year: A Visual History, From Stone Tools to Space

Best overview of science

Continue reading for a detailed breakdown of 50 of the best science books for kids available today:


1. Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!

The ultimate book for the curious kid, the Science Encyclopedia covers just about everything in the physical and life sciences. The explanations are concise and full of great information, plus most of them have beautiful photos or illustrations to help demonstrate the concept.

This is a pretty big book, with 304 pages to flip through. There are even DIY experiments and a collection of weird facts the kids can impress their friends with.

This book is intended for the ages of 8-12, and fits that demographic nicely. The information is easy to follow and paragraphs are broken up by beautiful illustrations to help maintain the reader’s interest.

2. National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More!

This bestseller not only includes interesting facts about 2,500 different animals, it features over 1,000 beautiful photographs taken by professionals for National Geographic.

The book is organized by type of animal and includes a glossary and index. The information about the animals is well organized, and easy for young readers to follow.

While it is easy for kids ages 7 and up to read through, it doesn’t skimp on information. Details about the animal’s diet, lifespan, habitat, and other special features are included in each section.

There are also special “from the field” reports from different National Geographic explorers who do research on the animals in this book.

3. TIME For Kids Big Book of Science Experiments: A step-by-step guide

For the burgeoning scientist, it doesn’t get much better than this book of experiments. The step-by-step instructions in this guide explain how to execute 100 experiments in physical, life, and earth sciences.

These experiments were created by experts in the field and are inquiry based so the kids are driven to answer the question posed to them.

The experiment guides are in full color and include background information on the topic of inquiry, some fun facts, and explains the science behind the experiment. Intended for the ages of 8-12, this book of experiments is a great way to foster an interest in science.

4. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why

For those with preschool aged kids, this book is a great option. Written for kids aged 3-7, this interactive book delivers information, crafts, games, and other activities in a format that both parents and kids can enjoy.

The explanations are simple, and the activities link to concepts in the child’s surroundings so they can relate.

As with most kids’ science books, the layout follows a question-and-answer format to hold interest without introducing abstract concepts.

There are also plenty of colorful pictures throughout the book to help illustrate the information. This book is a great way to get kids interested in science and help them get ready for school.

5. Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky

This is the perfect book for your little stargazer. Its 96 pages include the story of our solar system, space exploration, and how to identify starts and planets in the night sky.

Beautiful color illustrations run throughout the book and the layout is such that the reader won’t get overwhelmed by the information.

There is even a special star wheel that makes it easy for readers to locate constellations and planets. This is a thoroughly entertaining book, and is sure to foster an interest in astronomy.

Even though it is intended for ages 8-13, it is interesting to anyone who wants to know more about our solar system.

6. National Geographic Kids Brain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazing Brain

This is a very interesting book for kids that are curious about how their brain works, or are fascinated by riddles and brain teasers. Included are explanations of the different parts of the brain and how they work, plus bizarre facts straight from a neuroscientist.

There are games, optical illusions and riddles throughout the book that are entertaining for the entire family. All of the information presented is based on solid science, and explained in a way that is easy to understand.

The great thing about this book is that the reader doesn’t necessarily need to have an interest in science to enjoy it.

7. National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals: Dazzling gems of photos and info that will rock your world

For kids who are rock collectors or who have an interest in geology, this is a great book. Along with the identification of different rocks and minerals, there are explanations of how each are formed in geological processes.

The explanations of geological processes are simplified, as is appropriate for the intended age group of 8-12 years.

This is an easy read with plenty of vivid photos to help in the identification process. Some people have even used this book as a teaching aid in science classes or home school.

While it doesn’t go into too much depth, there is a lot of good information in this book.

8. The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You!

Written by an actual high school science teacher, this book features tried-and-true experiments that help kids understand the world around them.

Covering topics from biology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy, these experiments use household items that are easy to find.

While this book is intended for kids aged 7-12, some experiments do require supervision. This can be a great way to get involved and inspire curiosity in your kids.

Like most science books geared toward kids, there is a question and answer format to help catch and focus their energy into the projects. This book is a great way to keep kids actively learning, even when away from school.

9. National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away

Extreme weather is fascinating to a lot of people, especially kids. While it is scary to think about how dangerous it can be, one can’t help but wonder what drives such powerful events. For those who are interested in weather and extreme geological events, this is a great book.

Explanations of conditions that create hurricanes, tornadoes, and other events are explained in a way that is easy to understand.

Also featured are some experiences shared by real-life tornado chaser Tim Samaras. The book is filled with interesting facts and stunning photographs of severe weather conditions that readers of all ages can enjoy and learn from.

10. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space

It can be a challenge to find a science book that is appropriate for preschool age kids, but this is a great option for little ones who are interested in all things space related.

The explanations are simple and presented in a way that is easy for beginning readers to understand and read out loud.

The book itself is organized in a way that gradually introduces concepts, starting with Earth. It goes on to explore the rest of the universe and beyond with beautiful, colorful illustrations to hold interest.

At 128 pages long, this book is just the right size to present good information without being overwhelming to the young learner.

11. My First Human Body Book

Anatomy and physiology can be a tough subject to break into as a child. It’s full of complex systems to understand, unfamiliar words, and it’s just difficult to explain.

This book is perfect for laying the groundwork for the eventual learning and understanding of the complicated systems that comprise the human body.

Along with information, there are fun coloring projects that illustrate the digestive, nervous, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and immune systems.

The kids also learn about DNA, which is a difficult concept to explain.This book has been used as teaching aids in preschools and at home with success.

12. Ultimate Oceanpedia: The Most Complete Ocean Reference Ever

As far as kids’ books go, this one lives up to its name. Sure, it isn’t as comprehensive as a university level marine biology textbook, but it covers some serious ground.

With 272 pages of interesting facts, photos, and diagrams, this book is sure to please any kid interested in ocean life. It goes even further than marine biology. Explanations of events like tsunamis, storms and the impact oceans have on our climate are also included.

All of the information on the life, science, and ecosystem of the oceans is vetted by experts in the field. Last but not least, there is emphasis on the dangers posed by pollution, overfishing, and other destructive behaviors.

13. My First Book About the Brain

This fun, informative coloring book explains the workings of the brain with 25 illustrations the kids can color. Each illustration explains important functions carried out by the brain.

This book explains how the brain controls bodily functions, makes it possible for us to see, hear, smell, and feel, and so much more.

The brain is difficult for adults to understand, let alone children, which is probably why this book won the Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in 2014.

While it is meant for children ages 8-14, it has been used as study aids by college students and adults who are fascinated by the workings of the brain.

14. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of How

National Geographic has already published an excellent book addressing the “why’s” of life, and has followed with one for the “how’s” as with the First Big Book of Why, this book is intended for preschool aged kids.

With simple, concise explanations and over 100 photos, this book is easy to follow.

The format follows the question and answer layout that has been successful with this age group. This way, the reader is encourage to ask more questions, thus continuing the learning process.

Topics include animals, human bodies, and machines to name a few. Books like these are a great way to foster curious minds.

15. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean

Another hit from National Geographic is this ocean reference book for little kids. This 128 page book covers familiar animals like dolphins and penguins, plus it introduces several lesser-known marine animals.

Along with each animal profile are photos of National Geographic quality, plus facts about the animal.

This book is appropriate for the intended audience, so don’t expect a comprehensive book about all aspects of marine biology. It is, however, a hit with kids who are interested in ocean life and even adults enjoy it.

This is a great bedtime read, or downtime book, and can also be used as a teaching aid.

16. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park

This book of experiments is a great way to foster curious minds at home. The 52 experiments that are featured in this book have different themes in physics, chemistry, and biology.

All of the experiments can be done in your own backyard. While these experiments are safe, it is always best to supervise young children.

The activities are fun for individuals, but even better for play groups. Supplies are easy to find, and most are regular household items. Instructions are laid out in a way that is easy to follow while doing the activity.

This book is the perfect solution to summer boredom, plus it keeps the kids learning year round.

17. First Human Body Encyclopedia

For kids who have a keen interest in human biology, a coloring book that goes over the basic concepts might not cut it. For these budding doctors and biologists, you’ll need something more comprehensive.

This book is definitely a more comprehensive guide to the workings of the human body than the coloring books or material intended for preschoolers.

This reference covers the human skeleton, muscles, circulatory system, digestive tract, and much more. There are prompted activities in each section to help reinforce what was just learned, plus quiz questions to help remember important facts.

While this book is easy to follow, it is definitely meant for the more serious learner.

18. Engineering: Feats and Failures

For the mini engineering buff, this is a fun and interesting read. This book covers some amazing engineering feats like the Hoover Dam and some failures like the Titanic and Hindenberg.

While these feats and failures are interesting, this book doesn’t stop there.

There are engineering facts that explains how these marvelous feats worked or failed, along with photos and illustrations. This book is also great for engaging readers with mathematical problems that help explain the engineering concepts.

This is definitely not just a picture book, the information presented will keep curious minds busy.

19. Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from the Pantry

Composed by the same author that wrote Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, this collection experiments use kitchen items for indoor activities.

This book can be used as a teaching aid for science classes, or as a companion for the outdoor book for bad weather days. The experiments explore concepts in biology, physics, and chemistry using cheap pantry supplies that most of us have on hand.

The activities are great for individuals or groups, and the instructions are easy to follow. There are experiments everyone can enjoy in this collection. With this book of experiments, there is no reason to be bored!

20. Ask a Science Teacher: 250 Answers to Questions You’ve Always Had About How Everyday Stuff Really Works

A unique concept among kids’ science books, this is a collection of 250 of science teacher Larry Scheckel’s favorite questions. This science teacher loves to figure out and explain how things come to be and function, and over the years he has heard all kinds of questions from his students.

Covering topics like human biology, geology, chemistry, zoology, and more, this book is laid out in a question and answer form that goes into detailed explanations.

This is definitely a comprehensive book, at 368 pages just full of information. While this may not be ideal for smaller children, it is fantastic for the more serious learner.

21. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

This is a must-read for all the kids out there; a book that is hoping to stop the stereotype suggesting only boys can excel in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

A fun read with extraordinary illustrations. Women in Science introduces its young readers as well as their parents to the pioneers like the well-known chemist Marie Curie and the recently-recognized African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson, who did the calculations for Apollo 11.

Classified to be for children age 9-11, this book might interest even somewhat older readers as they discover of how many important names they were unaware.

22. Why is Snot Green?: And other extremely important questions (and answers) from the Science Museum

Young children are naturally very curious and always have thousands of questions to which most parents can only answer with - ‘Because.’ Thankfully, this book is written by an expert ‘explainer’ from the Science Museum in London, and he has all of the answers well-prepared!

Cleverly divided into five sections, children can now easily find simple yet scientifically correct answers to questions about space, Earth, animals, humans and the future. In 304 pages, everything is covered.

This is intended for children age 9-11 but reviews show that even younger boys and girls, starting at around the age of 7, love to know the science behind the color of their snot!

23. How Things Work

A great book for future engineers; with 16 pages and over 90 flaps explaining the hidden secrets of various machines, devices and inventions.

How Things Work also includes links to web pages where children can learn further through different animations, games and experiments, spending additional hours entertaining themselves.

Children as young as 4 years old find this book fascinating (true, flaps do play a major part in this!). It is safe to assume that with this book, the little ones will very soon know more about the home gadgets than their older siblings or even parents.

24. Get Coding! Learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and Build a Website, App, and Game

There is no denying that computer science, and with it coding, is going to form a major part of your child’s future life. Probably more than any other science branch. Get Coding! helps to introduce your youngster to the various coding languages in a simple and accessible way.

Although not super thin, this book is far from thick and un-digestible. At around 200 pages full of well-written clear instructions, children from the age of 9 can easily follow the rules of coding.

Get Coding! is possibly the best gift you can give to a child inhabiting the digital world that is the 21st century West.

25. George’s Marvellous Experiments

A brilliant idea to give to children impressed with Roald Dahl’s George's Marvellous Medicine!

In the original Roald Dahl’s story of George's Marvellous Medicine, there is a disheartening warning for all the young readers: “Do not try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous." But with the new book, George’s Marvellous Experiments, there are now plenty of perfectly safe experiments for the young scientists. They can even create their own volcano!

Although all the experiments listed are developed with kids in mind, for some endeavors adult supervision is required. These are clearly marked in the book.

26. Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space

Written by the physicist Dominic Walliman, who built a career explaining science to children via books and social media, this book takes the young astronauts on a beautifully illustrated journey through space!

Many children are fascinated by space but don’t know where to get easy-to-understand answers. Luckily, this book contains all the important information in an accessible language that is sure to only awake deeper interest! And with the writer having strong presence and lots of content online, they can easily continue their learning journey with just a couple of clicks.

Perfect for children of 7-10 years of age, although even younger (and older!) explorers can enjoy the magnificent artwork.

27. See Inside Weather & Climate

This book covers a very significant but often ignored topic (at least in children’s books) – the weather.

See Inside Weather & Climate helps with developing awareness of the importance of climate. It does so in a fun yet educational way, with many flaps and easy-to-follow information on topics like hurricanes and global warming.

This is a very short book aimed at children up to the age 8, but filled with knowledge they will be able to use for life. Moreover, many parents and grandparents will find themselves learning new things about climate events that unfortunately happen more and more often. 

28. See Inside Rubbish and Recycling

Another book in the See Inside collection that deals with a topic important for the 2018: recycling and rubbish.

This very informative book helps show the importance of recycling to young children and adults alike. With many colourful illustrations and flaps, it easily holds children’s attention while teaching them the important vocabulary regarding the topic.

It is again intended for very young children, around the age of 5 and maybe a bit above. By addressing the youngest, it aims to build a new generation of ecologically-minded individuals that are going to grow up aware of how much good they can do if they simply separate their recyclables. 

29. Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum

Many books on this list deal in detail with humans and animals, but are leaving out the amazing world of plants. Botanicum brings the plant life back into the focus with its easy-to-understand text and breath-taking illustrations.

This is book is written by a highly-regarded academic from the Oxford University, yet it is written in a way that everyone can use it – from 3rd grade primary school kids to those taking botany classes in high school.

For the extremely curious, it even offers a list of further suggested readings. This can also be a massive help for students.

30. The Big Book of Bugs

Most children go through the phase when they are interested in everything that most of us consider, well – icky. Such as bugs.

The Big Book of Bugs is an amazing gift for when the child is in that stage. Using great illustrations, the book teaches children (and the brave parents) about various different types of bugs and their interesting characteristics.

The book also answers many of the questions that children might pose, such as “Why do earthworms wriggle?” And while the answers are not as scientific as in some other children’s books, they are perfect for the very young children up to the age of 5 or 6.

31. Exploring the World of Medicine: A fascinating and comprehensive guide for children and parents

Biology, chemistry and physics all come together in the practice of medicine, which is why medicine can be so intriguing to inspiring scientists. This book provides an introduction of how medicine works and what do doctors actually do when you visit the hospital.

Aside for being an interesting read for young scientists, this is a great way to prepare the child if a family member, a friend or themselves have to visit the hospital. Knowledge is the best tool against fear.

This book is written in a clear and simple way with lots of colourful illustrations, suitable for children from the age of 6 and beyond.

32. Electrical Wizard: Candlewick Biographies: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

To move away from encyclopaedia-type books, this is a fun and accessible biography of one of the most amazing minds that ever existed in science: Nikola Tesla.

With the story of Nikola Tesla, children will familiarise themselves with the concept of electricity. However, instead of only learning about science, they will also get to know that there are people behind all the discoveries and inventions – and, thus, that they themselves can become scientists!

This easy read, intended for children 8-12, is a great early start on the topic that will follow students all throughout their schooling.

33. DK Eyewitness Books: Electricity

For children who want to know more about the history of electricity, from the first discoveries to modern days, this book provides a comprehensible overview.

DK Eyewitness Books is a well-known series that guarantees success with young readers. They can explore specific areas of interest by skipping to certain topics or they can read from cover to cover to get a deeper understanding of why today we can read late at night with a small bedside lamp on our nightstand.

Accompanied with plenty of pictures, this is the perfect book for when the child first shows interest in the science behind their iPhone charger.

34. Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes

Young children want to touch just about anything they can get their hand on – and most often they want to know how it tastes.

This fantastic book for young children, age 4-8, shows how we can get sick if we don’t pay attention to what we touch and eat. Sometimes, we even need to get a vaccine so that we can stay strong and healthy.

However, Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes is great because it also makes a point not to go to the other extreme and become a germaphobe: some germs are good! We need yeast, after all, to make all that yummy pizza!

35. Science Year by Year: A Visual History, From Stone Tools to Space Travel

This is a great and instructive book, giving a historical overview of major scientific developments. As such, it is useful for science-hungry kids and school children in need of a quick refresher as well as adults preparing for a pub quiz on a rare night out.

Science Year by Year is equipped with an abundance of great photos and quick commentaries which works well to keep the attention of the young ones. Nevertheless, it also giving some more in-depth information about the most crucial advances in science.

Verdict: your child will love it and you might even catch yourself stealing it from time to time.

36. Matter: Physical Science for Kids (Picture Book Science)

While most of us know physics as something beyond complicated, Physical Science for Kids series works wonders to explain physical concepts in simplest terms possible so that even the 4-year-olds can understand.

This is an amazing book with great drawings and really, really understandable examples. It will not only be fun for kids but also for parents as they discover physics is not the enemy they remember from high-school.

Using books such as this one to expose very young childen to physics is a good step towards building a curious individual that won’t be scared of abstract thinking once in school!

37. Forces: Physical Science for Kids (Picture Book Science)

This is yet another book in the amazing new series called Physical Science for Kids. It is aimed at children from the age of four onwards, explaining to them some of the physical forces though entertaining everyday examples and simple language.

To add to the fun, there are also some great age-appropriate experiments so that children can see and feel for themselves how forces work in their life.

Finally, as in other books in the series, the text is accompanied by colorful illustrations that keep the kids’ eyes glued to the pages - well, at least until they run-off to conduct some of the experiments.

38. Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow (Amazing Science)

This book explores how forces, movement, speed and inertial relate to the concept of motion – and, YES, all of this in very, very simple terms.

Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow uses colourful illustrations to explain the idea of motion to very young children, and children love it! Motion is a part of their everyday life and the books makes sure to use examples such as catching the bus and spinning on a swing to make a point.

This book is aimed at children 5-10 years old and can be used in classroom as well as home. Since explanations are quite short, it is good to read it with the child.

39. George's Secret Key to the Universe

This book is a treat, written by the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy as the first part of a children’s books series.

What makes this book super interesting is that it combines a well-constructed plot with developed characters as well as factual knowledge about the universe. This combination is sure to win children over and foster interest in physics - particularly in space.

Hawkings’ book is great to involve arts-oriented kids in physics and help them find the physicist in themselves. Because, with science, is mostly about becoming curious in the topic – once you develop an interest, you will gladly study until you understand.

40. George and the Big Bang (George's Secret Key)

This is another book in the series that the famous physicist Stephen Hawking created with his daughter Lucy, promoting interest in physics in children.

Hawking explains the Big Bang so that his young audience, age 8-12, can easily follow. It is amazing to see one of the most brilliant minds working for the kids, combining the facts with an actual storyline to make it not only educational but also engaging.

Adults are just as likely to enjoy the Big Bang Theory being presented in very simple terms, yet knowing that they can trust the academic authority that is Professor Hawking. Great for reading together as a part of your quality time.

41. Roll, Slope, and Slide: A Book About Ramps

Another great picture book teaching physics to the youngest - in this case about ramps, a part of the ‘simple machines’ unit in school.

Aside from teachers using this as a lesson tool, this book is a perfect past-time for children interested in skateboarding and similar activities. It can be very useful for entertaining them on a rainy day when they can’t go to the park.

Aimed at children 5-10, the illustrations are very colorful, fun and friendly, and the explanations are simple. Moreover, examples used in the book are not only taken from kids’ everyday lives but from their hobbies, which makes it all the more fun.

42. National Geographic Readers: Robots

National Geographic is a famous and much-trusted source of information about science; perfect for children who, once introduced to NG, can go on researching without parents needing to supervise whether the information is academically sound.

With Robotics, National Geographic provides a great introduction to the topic, awaking interest with their colourful photography as well as simple text. After reading this, children will definitely want to look for more information on robots!

Aimed at kids age 6-9, this is the perfect first book on Robotics. It can be a stand-alone or paired with Building Your Own Robots to give kids a chance to explore further by creating their own robot.

43. Building Your Own Robots: Design and Build Your First Robot! (Dummies Junior)

This book is the perfect guide for children to start building their first robot – Because what child doesn’t want to build a robot, honestly?

With Design and Build Your First Robot, children will learn the very basics of robotics and create a simple and cheap little machine. It is a great way to get foundation knowledge that the child can then expand on with more in-depth books and more complicated instructions.

Although this book is in the ‘for dummies’ series, it actually inspires everyone to try out their hand in a discipline that many see as too difficult and reserved only for geniuses; with this book, any child (and parent) is smart enough to build a robot.

44. Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere is another bestseller book by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, who rose to fame with Iggy Peck, Architect.

What makes this book great is that it tells a story of a project that does not go completely like the young engineer intended – she considers it a failure. However, as her aunt teaches Rosie, for any budding scientist it is important to learn that, most of the time, first attempts will not be huge successes. Rather, they will show what you need to improve next time. The only true failure is quitting.

This book, aimed at children 5-7, offers a very important life lesson through an exciting story with fun drawings – definitely a worthy read.

45. Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists

Ada Twist comes from the pens of the authors Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, whose books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect were the New York Times bestsellers.

Ada Twist is a story of a young African-American scientist who will take the readers on a fun yet educational journey, introducing them to her favourite areas of science such as astronomy, chemistry and botany as well as teaching them the scientific method.

This is a great story which empowers young African-American girls, while also breaking gender and race prejudice (or stopping them from forming in the first place) in other readers.

46. DK Eyewitness Books: Robot

Another robotics book on this list since robotics is hugely popular with young children living in the high-tech 21st century.

DK Eyewitness Books is a classic choice for young scientists, engineers and generally curious kids. In this book, DK provides a more detailed overview of robotics from the earliest stages when each machine could only do a single task, to today’s state-of-art robots.

A great follow-up for children who want to know more after reading the National Geographic Readers: Robots. DK Eyewitness Books: Robot is a bit more serious book than the NG, and it is aimed at children 9-12.

47. Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

For anyone interested in chemistry and physics, this book cannot be recommended enough. At 5 stars based on 870 reviews on Amazon, this is the king amongst kids’ science books.

Coupled with some very nice visuals, Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe offers concise but detailed explanation about concepts necessary to understand the science of atoms. Later it explores all of the atoms known to mankind.

This is an amazing companion for everyone studying chemistry in school as it offers more accessible information than most schoolbooks, while simultaneously being an exciting read. It might even change students’ attitude towards chemistry.

48. The Bacteria Book: The Big World of Really Tiny Microbes

The Big World of Really Tiny Microbes is a great read for curious kids as well as science students, age 6-9. It explains, with the help of lots of illustration, how bacteria reproduce, why anti-biotics sometimes don’t work, and where bacteria can be found, both in the world and specifically in the human body.

The author of this book is a University of Oxford physicist and a comedian regularly publishing funny science videos on YouTube. This can be very useful to children who now spend much more time online than reading books.

Introducing them to Steve Mould will ensure they spend at least a portion of their online time learning from a respectable and academically-sound source while also having fun.

49. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

This book is not another version of Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, but a completely different list of female inventors! It features names like Sarah O. Mather who invented the underwater lamp and telescope.

While this book is aimed at children 10-12 years old, it can definitely be read by those a couple of years older. It has pages full of text regarding women about whom most of us did not know anything before, yet women we should definitely be aware of.

The visual aspect of this book does leave quite a bit to be desired but for older children interested in content rather than pretty pictures, this a perfect gift.

50. Science Around the House: Simple Projects Using Household Recyclables

Finally, another book full of projects because inspiring scientists do need to practice their skills. However, this book makes sure that the projects are affordable for the parents, using household recyclables.

Science Around the House offers a range of experiments that can easily be done. However, more than that, it also offers explanations of the scientific principles behind each experiment, telling children what will they prove with it.

It is highly educational through practice rather than through just listing facts that kids should memorise. Trying things out for themselves, is the best way for children to understand the workings of the world.

Aimed at children 8-11, the projects are creative and fun, but fully safe.