23 Inspiring Science Books for Kids in Elementary School

Fire up their curiosity.

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Many of the world’s renowned scientists started life as a curious young child who thought big thoughts, asked big questions and explored their world in new and interesting ways. Share this collection of intriguing science books for kids and who knows? You may just inspire the next great scientist of our era.

Plus…check out our collection of 25 STEM books, too!

Science Book Series

The colorful books in the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Series are perfect curiosity-sparkers for kids in grades PreK-3: 

1. Little Kids First Big Book of the Rainforest by Moira Rose Donohue

2. Little Kids First Big Book of Birds and Bugs by Catherine D. Hughes

3. Little Kids First BIg Book of Why 2 by Jill Esbaum

Other titles in the series include Animals, Space, Ocean, How, Who and more. 

The National Geographic Kids Everything Series provide amazing graphics and more complex text for kids in grades 3-6:

4. Everything Predators: All the Photos, Facts and Fun You Can Sink Your Teeth Into by Blake Hoena


5. Everything Weather: Facts, Photos and Fun That Will Blow You Away by Kathy Furgang

6. Everything Reptiles: Snap Up All the Photos, Facts, and Fun by Blake Hoena

Other titles in this series include Dolphins, Pets, Big Cats, Insects, Space, and more. 

The Baby Professor Series tackles topics across the curriculum, but their science books are particularly engaging for elementary students:   

7.  My Little Brain! Explaining the Human Brain for Kids

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 8. Astronomy for Kids: Planets, Stars and Constellations

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9. Bones in the Human Body! Anatomy Book for Kids

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Scientist Biographies

Read these inspiring stories about famous scientists who started out as curious kids just like your students:

10. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca 1-4

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11. The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca

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12. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne  K-3

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13. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson 1-3

14. Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne 2-5

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Science Experiment Collections

Here are three of the latest fun-filled collections of science experiments for kids. Suitable for students in grades K-2 with a little guidance, and students in grades 3-5 on their own:

15. Awesome Science Experiments for Kids by Crystal Chatterton  

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16. The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments ages 5-12 by Jamie Harrington, Holly Homer, and Rachel Miller

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17. Pop, Sizzle, Boom!: 101 Science Experiments for the Mad Scientist in Every Kid by Amy Oyler ages 5-12

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The Ultimate Collection has large colorful pictures and tons of interesting facts in an easy-to-read format for students in K-3:

18. Ultimate Oceanpedia: The Most Complete Ocean Reference Ever by Christina Wilsdon 

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19. Ultimate Dinopedia by Don Lessem

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20. Ultimate Bodypedia: An Amazing Inside-Out Tour of the Human Body by Patricia Daniels 

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The NatGeoKids Encyclopedias have amazing images and more complex text and higher level concepts for kid in grades 3-5:

21. Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More! By National Geographic Kids 

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22. Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond by David A. Aguilar 

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23. Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps and More! By Lucy Spelman 

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