Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Books To Get Kids Into Science

I was never much of a fan of science as a child. I don't know where the idea came from, but I was fairly convinced it was boring - I may even have thought of it as a 'boys' subject. But following my daughter's natural interest in science has made me realise what I was missing out on as a child (and kick myself for not following my GCSE Science teacher's advice to continue studying it!)

Now, as a novice to the world of exciting science, I've turned for guidance to something far more familiar to me - books! Here are a few books we have that helped me to feed Eleanor's interest in science, and get interested myself!


Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts - This is a great book for preschoolers or younger school-age kids who are just getting into science. Featuring the inquisitive Ada, it gets to the heart of what science is all about: asking questions and trying to find the answer. I love how it also gently encourages parents to support their children's natural curiosity too!

The Usborne Look Inside series - Eleanor absolutely loved the three books pictured when she got them for her 4th birthday. She would pore over them for ages! Packed full of facts delivered in a child-friendly way, the illustrations are colourful and interesting and each book has dozens of flaps to lift. And what small child doesn't love flaps?!

LEGO Women of NASA: Space Heroes by Hannah Dolan - This book is part of the DK Books early readers selection, and it's at Level 1 (Learning to Read). We only got it recently so it's a little basic for Eleanor but would be great for a child just starting to read. I love how it shows all the different sciences involved in space exploration, and how it champions the role of women too. And it has Lego! What more could you want?

Al's Awesome Science: Egg-speriments! by Jane Clarke and James Brown - We won this in a Toppsta giveaway at around the same time as the Lego book, and Eleanor found it so much fun that she read it in an evening! This book is a good way into science for a child who loves stories, as it's a regular chapter book but with science as the main plot driver and with suggestions for experiments throughout the book. This led us to some rather messy egg-speriments of our own! Eleanor also enjoyed the jokes about eggy puke and stinky feet ... kids are gross.

Explore, Experiment and Discover The World Of Science by Anna Claybourne - Another one that Eleanor pores over regularly, this book is full of scientific ideas and principles explained in a child-friendly way with suggestions for experiments linked to each topic. If, like me, the idea of messy or complicated experiments terrifies you, then fear not - many of the experiments are really simple and take very little prep or hunting for odd equipment. 

12 Awesome Women Of Science You've Never Heard Of by Samantha Gouldson - Eleanor recently received this as a gift and while it's a little advanced for her yet, I'm looking forward to her discovering it properly in a year or two. I read it myself and, while I had heard of a couple of the scientists (don't be too impressed, it's only because I follow the 'A Mighty Girl' Facebook page) I still learnt an awful lot and it was a very easy read too. It talks about a really good mix of scientists from different eras, backgrounds and disciplines too. Great for older children who are ready to start exploring science in a more in-depth way.

So those are my tips - have you come across any great science books for children? If so do let me know, I'll probably end up buying them for my little geek!

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12 comments:

  1. I wasn't a massive science fan either, my eldest is the complete opposite! What a brilliantly wide selection of books!! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. It's really good to see how many kids are embracing science now, I wish I had as a child!

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  2. We love Ada twist and the usborne look inside the body. #kltr

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    1. The body one was my daughter's favourite, she doesn't look at them as much now but my 2 year old enjoys the flaps!!

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  3. These look a great selection. My youngest is very keen on science, particularly astronomy. He reads space related books way beyond his age #readwithme

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    1. Ah well done him! Space is a very good way into the subject I think!

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  4. My daughter is 12 and in Year 7 at a grammar school. She says she doesn't like and doesn't understand science, although her teacher says she is actually doing very well. I think it's because they didn't do much science at her primary school. It's a shame she didn't have books like this when she was younger. I will have to look for some for her age to see if I can get her enthused about it!

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    1. Oh that's a shame, my daughter loves doing science at primary school! I hope you find some good books for her, inI sure there are plenty out there.

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  5. Ada Twist is a firm favourite of mine! #readwithme

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  6. Thanks for this. My daughter is 7 and currently wants to be a scientist and I want to encourage her.

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  7. What a great selection of books I like that there are several books about women scientists in there too. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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  8. I like the look of the human body book. I always find those ones so interesting, whether it's a kids version or adults, I love non fiction books on the body. Thanks for linking up to KLTR.

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