Celebrating Science

Celebrating Science Booklist We’ve put together a list of our top recommended children’s books that celebrate science! We have hand-picked the best children’s science books that examine key concepts from biology, chemistry and physics – as well as stories that explore scientific thinking and shine a spotlight on famous (and not-so-famous) scientists.

The DNA Book

This book introduces children ages 7-9 to the amazing science of DNA, genetics, and what makes you you. It’s inside every living plant and animal, from the tiniest seed to the person standing next to you, but how much do you know about DNA? This book gives children an in-depth look at DNA and its […]

The Variety of Life

Our planet is full of life! Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle – but only eight species of bear? This stunning book explores the extraordinary diversity of the natural world and profiles some of its most surprising creatures. A glorious celebration of diversity within the Animal Kingdom by non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies, […]

Scientists

The biggest scientific breakthroughs in history have something in common: super smart people who kept looking for the answers to some of the world’s most interesting questions! The pages of this science book are filled with the stories of famous scientists such as physicists Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking, biologist Marie Curie, palaeontologist Mary […]

Lift-The-Flap Periodic Table

Everything in the Universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements, all of which are listed in the Periodic Table. Lift the flaps in this informative book and discover which elements are crucial to life, which are smelly, explosive or radioactive and lots more. An essential introduction to the building blocks of chemistry, with […]

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets… While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere – she even […]

Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs

A brilliantly original, fast-paced and funny debut novel – perfect for fans of Roald Dahl! When Alice Dent gets a cold, she has no idea how much trouble it’s about to cause. Because this is no ordinary cold: it comes with some seriously weird side-effects. For a start, Alice can’t stop giggling and every animal […]

Gut Garden

A journey into the wonderful world of your microbiome. Within our bodies hides an entire world of organisms called microbes. They digest our food and protect our immune systems, and without them, we would die. Through Katie Brosnan’s personable illustrations, we follow the digestive process from the moment the food enters our mouths to the […]

Bones

What’s so special about animal skeletons? Find out in BONES, an inside look at the animal kingdom. How are animals able to bite, run, jump and fly? What special adaptions have they developed over time? Bones takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the biological history of the animal kingdom, with sections focusing on […]

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

James Patterson has teamed up with the world’s most famous genius to entertain and inspire a generation of children – with the first and only children’s adventure series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. Max Einstein is a typical 12-year-old. She… Goes to college every day Plays speed chess in the park Builds inventions […]

Marie Curie and Her Daughters

marie curie and her daughters

Imagine someone told you that your dream could never come true. What would you do? Meet Marie Curie. Shy and reserved, she loved science more than anything else in the world. But she lived at a time when women couldn’t be scientists. Marie followed her passion and is now remembered for her game-changing discoveries. But […]

Science is Magic

Think Magic Is Just An Illusion? Think again! Discover science – REAL magic at your fingertips. Learn some amazing experiments to wow your friends, find out how magicians use science in their most famous tricks and discover the magic of the world around you. Packed with activities for kids from magic tricks to optical illusions, […]

School’s Cancelled (Anisha, Accidental Detective)

“I’ve been working sooo hard with Milo and Govi to make our super-erupting volcano for the school science fair. I really thought we might win first prize – a trip to the National Space Centre. But now we’re in BIG trouble. One minute we were in the lab practising our science demo, and the next […]

The Speed of Starlight

Designed to present physics in a totally new light, this science book explores the topics of physics, light and sound alongside incredible artwork from surrealist artist Ximo Abadia. Visualise sonar sound, discover the speed of light and understand basic quantum physics with easy to understand, engaging text by acclaimed science writer Colin Stuart. Impressive design […]

Nature’s Light Spectacular

Lightning! Rainbows! Auroras! Discover Earth’s most amazing natural phenomena in this adventure around the globe, including a glow-in-the-dark poster. Follow two intrepid explorers as they witness the Northern Lights, marvel in wonder at glow worm caves, go hunting for double rainbows, and dodge volcanic lightning. A perfect book for young explorers. Turn off the light […]

Secret Science

So you think everyday life is boring?! WHAT?! Hoo-ee, are you wrong! No, seriously. There’s so much EXTRAORDINARY science going on right from the minute you wake up to when you go to sleep. Actually, while you’re asleep, too. Science is a non-stop EVERYWHERE, everything adventure with some incredibly cool stuff going on, too. You’ve […]

The International Space Station

What is the space station and how did it get into space? How do astronauts get there and what do they do once they’re there? How do astronauts eat, sleep, or even breathe, in space? What effect does living in space have on the human body, from making you taller to losing your muscles because […]

Kay’s Marvellous Medicine

The olden days were pretty fun if you liked wearing chainmail or chopping people’s heads off but there was one TINY LITTLE problem back then . . . doctors didn’t have the slightest clue about how our bodies worked. It’s time to find out why Ancient Egyptians thought the brain was just a useless load […]

A World of Discovery

A stunning collection of the world’s most important discoveries for all the family to enjoy. In the stylish miscellany, print-maker James Brown travels through the past and present, showing the amazing breakthroughs in science and technology that have changed our lives for ever. Discover fascinating facts and figures about space travel, the human body, time, […]

Geology

Explore the wonders of Earth and see how geology is all around us, from natures materials that are used to build roads and buildings to the minerals found in your mobile phone and drinks can. Witness a volcanic eruption, find out if there is water on Mars, unearth a dinosaur and meet the geologists and […]

Atomic Adventure

Class is in session, and the subject is physics. Your teacher? Why, he’s the smartest cat in the galaxy! In this brilliant follow up to Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, our trusty feline returns to take you on a journey through the incredible world of physics. Learn about energy, power and the building blocks […]

The Spacesuit

There is a competition to make the spacesuit for the first moon landing! Ellie, an ordinary woman, is asked to lead a team of seamstresses. ­­­No one believes they can win but they are determined to try… Based on the true story of a team of seamstresses who strived to help put man on the […]

Amazing Animal Homes

Get ready to meet some fascinating animals and find out all about their incredible homes in this beautiful and informative non-fiction picture book written by wildlife expert and BBC presenter Chris Packham. Just like us, animals need a place to call home. From a beaver’s dam and a honey bee’s hive to a red ovenbird’s […]

The Big Book of Blooms

What does a venus fly trap eat? How strong is a giant water lily? Does a cactus flower? The newest addition to Yuval Zommer’s bestselling series answers these questions and more as it introduces young children to all kinds of colourful, carnivorous, weird and wonderful flowering plants from around the world. It opens with introductory […]

Meet the Microbes

With fun, playful text by expert Dr Emily Grossman and bright, characterful illustrations help your kids to discover just how vital microbes are to life on earth. These tiny organisms – that can only be seen under a microscope – are absolutely EVERYWHERE. In fact, they’re even living inside our bodies, travelling through outer space […]

What do Scientists Do All Day?

What do scientists do all day? Find out in this beautifully illustrated book that features more than 100 scientists at work. Little ones can explore 14 different colourful scenes, turning the page after each to learn about eight special scientists you will find there. Spot the scientists and learn about the jobs they do in […]

How to Build a City

From solar panels to sewers and from trams to tower blocks; follow our step-by-step guide and watch the city transform from a cluster of houses to a mega metropolis..

David Attenborough

Little David grew up in Leicester on the campus of a university, where his father was a professor. As a child, he spent hours in the science library , collating his own specimens and creating a mini animal museum. When he was old enough to go to university, he studied science and zoology – but […]

Kaleidoscope of Creatures

Why are animals so amazingly colourful? Find out in this kaleidoscopic look at the technicolour world of animals. Meet animals of every colour of the rainbow and find out why they are the colours and patterns they are . Discover the reason why some animals are stripy and others are spotty. Why do some creatures […]

Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science

From nonfiction stars Diane Stanley and Jessie Hartland comes a beautifully illustrated biography of Ada Lovelace, who is known as the first computer programmer. Two hundred years ago, a daughter was born to the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his mathematical wife, Annabella. Like her father, Ada had a vivid imagination and a creative gift […]

A Cat’s Guide to the Night Sky

If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? There’s a whole universe staring back at you. In the company of Felicity the cat discover the phases of the moon, the constellations and how to spot the Northern Lights and the Milky Way. This beautiful, fun book will introduce […]

Ada Twist Scientist

Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters and have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their passions. Determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favourites. Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada […]

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

Everything is made from something – but the way we make things, from the materials we use to the science and technology involved, is changing fast. Nano offers a fascinating narrative introduction to this cutting-edge area of STEM, better known by the name “nanotechnology”. With words by Dr Jess Wade – a highly skilled physicist […]

Gut-Wrenching Gravity

A quirky, colourful guide to the horrible, shocking and disgusting aspects of the science of forces and a fantastic way to inspire children in science learning. Learn about all the disgusting and dreadful aspects of gravity. From blackouts caused by g-forces to toilet-troubles in space, this book is full of yucky, painful and fascinating facts. […]

Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System

This mind-blowing book invites readers to join BBC presenter and renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE) on an epic journey through the Solar System – visiting planets, moons, asteroids and satellites, and travelling to places where no human has been before. Along the way, kids can discover how we could live on Mars, learn […]

Cookie!

Cookie’s life is basically over. Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive […]

Manfish

Once upon a time in France, a baby was born under the summer sun. His parents named him Jacques. As he grew, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. In fact, he longed to become a manfish. Jacques Cousteau grew up […]

The Science of Goo

Get to grips with the glorious world of goop and gunk, from pus, snot, and mucus to mud, snail slime, and sticky plants, in this compendium of gunk. If you’ve ever wondered how much snot you make, or how spider silk is made, this is the book for you. Full of strange but true science, […]

illumanatomy

An anatomy lesson like no other! Look inside the human body with the magic three-color lens and x-ray from head to toe to discover how your body works. Use the red lens to reveal the skeleton , the green to see the muscles working and x-ray your organs with the blue lens to find out […]

Brain Fizzing Facts

Why is your elbow called your funny bone? How could you escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw? Which animal can breathe through its bottom? And how do these things all link together? This brilliant book will have eyebrows raised and jaws dropping as it uncovers the amazing scientific explanations behind all sorts of questions […]

A Super Sticky Mistake

This sticky mess. This ooey goo. It’s like a glue but much stronger. . . maybe it’s not just sticky stuff. Learn about Harry Coover, a prolific inventor, as he discovers super glue! When Harry was trying to develop a new kind of plastic, he accidentally created a super sticky substance. He then realized that […]

A Scientist Like Me

Electrifying illustrations and an empowering story combine to introduce young readers to the world of science, observation and problem-solving. There’s NOTHING that Ruben doesn’t find fascinating. Why do leaves change colour? What makes ice cream melt? On a trip to the beach with his mum, he discovers how the world works and the brilliant scientists […]

Izzy Gizmo

Izzy Gizmo, a girl who LOVED to invent , carried her tool bag wherever she went in case she discovered a thing to be mended, or a gadget to tweak to make to make it more splendid. Izabelle Gizmo just loves to invent, but her inventions never seem to work the way she wants them […]

Our World

Our world is a spectacular place, full of curiosity and wonder. Why not take a closer look… Prepare to explore five fascinating habitats. Read about weird and wonderful plants, from the prickly cactus to the carnivorous Venus flytrap; discover the amazing adaptations that animals have made to survive in some of the harshest places on […]

Aargh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You!

Quog and Oort are on their way to Kevin’s birthday party. Unfortunately, their spaceship has crashed. Pick up this book to lend them a hand! An interstellar exploration of hands and what’s inside them, from the award-winning creators of the internationally successful Do Not Lick This Book.

Marvellous Machines

In this eye-catching book, readers can explore the hidden inner workings of machines and inventions, from mundane objects such as toasters and bicycles to cutting edge technologies such as pill-sized medical robots and super-fast maglev trains. Readers use the see-through magic lens to reveal how things work and the elements hidden within machines – everything […]

Animal Babies

A colourful and gentle introduction to the concept of animal babies for young children. All animals have babies, but not all babies are the same! From big babies to little babies, babies that look like their parents to ones that don’t, this beautiful picture book is a perfect introduction to different kinds of animal babies, […]

How Your Body Works

Lift the flaps to uncover the amazing inner workings of your very own body – from your bones, blood and brain to the bacteria in your belly button. Discover what happens when you eat, how your senses work, what your heart and lungs do and lots more fascinating facts. With links to specially selected websites […]

Rosalind Franklin

Little Rosalind was born in London to a Jewish family who valued education and public service, and as she grew up her huge intellectual abilities were drawn into the study of science. Having studied physics and chemistry at Cambridge University, Rosalind moved to Paris to perfect her life’s work in X-ray crystallography. She then moved […]

Curiosity

A stylishly illustrated non-fiction book about the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity. Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. Markus Motum’s stylish illustrations and diagrams […]

What are Germs?

What are germs? How do they spread? And how do medicines help? Curious young children can take a closer look at those mischievous, microscopic bacteria and viruses in this fascinating introduction to germs and hygiene, with 30 flaps to lift and tips on hand-washing and staying healthy. Written with advice from Public Health England.

Bug Collector

After George visits the Museum of Wildlife with Grandad, all he can think about is bugs! The very next day he goes out hunting, but he soon finds there are no more insects left in the garden, and the ones he has captured in jars don’t look very happy… George is about to learn exactly […]

Meet the Planets

Zoooooooom! We’re off on an exciting space adventure in our rocket to meet all the planets of the solar system. Join in with the rhymes and spot all the smiley-faced, friendly planets, from shimmering Saturn to mighty Mars. Little ones will have a blast (and be back in time for bed!) in this striking, read-aloud, […]

Me…Jane

In his characteristic heartwarming and minimalistic style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of a young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of ‘a life living with and helping all animals,’ until one day she finds that her […]

Shark Lady

This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady. One of the best science picture books for children, Shark Lady is a must for both teachers and parents alike! An Amazon Best Book of the Month Named a Best Children’s Book of […]

Counting on Katherine

Meet Katherine Johnson, the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger. Counting on Katherine is a beautiful biography, sure to inspire young readers. Winner of the information book category of the UKLA Book Awards […]

Groundbreaking Scientists

A celebration of the lives and achievements of inspirational black people through history who made a difference Black Stories Matter: Groundbreaking Scientists explores the important contributions that black people have made to the field of science throughout history, as well as today. From astronomer and inventor Benjamin Banneker to agricultural science pioneer Dr Segenet Kelemu […]