Guidance: Primary Science Topic Books
What are the Science booklists for?
Both teachers and parents use these Science book recommendation lists, whether it’s to support learning in the classroom or for interest and enjoyment at home. Schools can also purchase the full book packs from Peters to make sure they have quality books to enhance their Science and Maths curriculum offering.
What are the best Science books for children?
Science is a popular topic among many children, who find it fascinating to learn about scientific discoveries and explore the awe and wonder found in the natural world. Primary school children are often drawn to delve into the exciting details of scientific phenomena and the ongoing discussions and mysteries that continue to captivate scientists and researchers today, and high-quality books can provide an excellent window into world of science.
Illumanatomy is an excellent choice of science book for children in KS2 and it uses different coloured lenses to enable readers to see the different layers of the human body, revealing how the body’s systems work together. For children wanting to learn about colour and light, Can You Get Rainbows in Space? is a fascinating book that explains what colour is and how we see it, before taking us on a journey of big questions. We also recommend Meet the Microbes, which is a captivating insight into the tiny creatures that live under our noses and have a massive impact on our lives despite only being visible through a powerful microscope.
One of our very favourite science books here at BooksForTopics HQ is Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space. Fictional guide Professor Astro Cat walks his readers through some of the key questions that children might have about the universe, and many more that they’ve probably never even thought about before. This is a beautifully designed non-fiction book with illustrations by an artist whose use of bold shapes and retro colours draws readers right in to enjoy soaking up the information. Another favourite inspiring science book is I Ate Sunshine For Breakfast, an illustrated compendium that celebrates the plants you didn’t even know you used, from your toothpaste to your car tyres to the name of your great-great-aunt.
What are good Science books for children who like fiction?
There’s plenty of superb science-based fiction available for children, too.
Our favourite authors of science-themed fiction include Serena Patel, Andrea Beaty, Konnie Huq and Christopher Edge.
Children in KS2 looking for a fun, science-themed story series should try Anisha, Accidental Detective with its STEM-loving heroine, or Cookie!, which sees easy, relatable humour combined with integrated line-doodles and a passion for all things science. We also recommend Christopher Edge’s The Jamie Drake Equation for a blast of space science, Max Einstein for a fun story themed around scientific laws of relativity and motion, and Malorie Blackman’s Pig Heart Boy for older children ready to get stuck into the ethics of medical science.
Younger children looking for an entry point into Scientific concepts through picturebooks might enjoy Amy Gets Eaten, which is a gruesome yet hilarious book about a piece of sweetcorn, explaining what happens in our bodies when we eat food. The book won the EYFS category in the BooksForTopics Books of the Year award. For younger readers, we also recommend Rosa Explores Life Cycles for a simple introduction to growth and reproduction, and A Super Sticky Mistake for a story about a prolific inventor who accidentally discovers super glue through a process of trial and error.
Each of the books mentioned above features among our Science Topic booklists.
Which Science reading lists are available?
The Science curriculum booklists are based on different areas of the primary Science curriculum and we are regularly adding new lists to the available selection. You’ll recognise the most popular Science topics – like our list of Human Body Books for Children or Space Topic Books for KS2 – and you’ll also find more thematic lists to support broader scientific understanding, such as the Celebrating Science or the list of children’s books about Computing.
If you’re in search of children’s books that align with specific biology topics, try our lists of stories about growing plants and animal books for children to texts about digestion and eating and Life Cycle stories for children. You’ll discover a wide range of carefully chosen book suggestions to enhance understanding of living things, growth and change.
Young learners with an interest in physics might like our KS2 booklist about Light and Sound or its KS1 equivalent list of children’s books about light and dark. Space is always a popular topic in primary science, so be sure to blast off into our lists of space books for children.
Our science booklists also encompass wider themes of material properties including rocks and soils booklists, books about the water cycle and stories about weather and seasonal change.
Where can I purchase the books on the BooksForTopics Science booklists?