10 Great Science Books for Kids

I wrote earlier this month about how much I loved coffee table books as a kid, and a couple of people asked me about recommendations for science books that kids will love today. Smithsonian has a great list up right now: 10 books that cover everything from inventors, to failed experiments, to whales.


  1. My all time favorite children’s science book is The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay. It uses fantastic illustrations to break down everyday mechanical items into their components, which are then often operated by woolly mammoths to demonstrate how they work. Weird? Yes. As a kid, I seriously read that book cover to cover tens of times.

    The runner-up for me would be Science Experiments You Can Eat, by Vicki Cobb. It’s a great way to introduce children to chemistry in a time where the only laboratory set they have access to is in the kitchen.

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