SciMom-recommended books for children

SciMom-Approved Science Books for Kids

This book is the top of my list because my son received it when he was 3 as a birthday gift. Meant to be a reference book, we read it from cover to cover. He is now 10 and this book has been on his nightstand ever since. If you have a child who loves bugs, this is the book to have. While these have a reading level recommendation of ages 9 & up, many younger children will enjoy these books being read to them. 

 As a chemist, I’d gotten the Chemistry book for my child at about that age. He loved it, brought it school, showed it to his cousins, and apparently sold several of these series to friends. I like the way the material is presented in a clear manner. When teaching my university freshman chemistry students, I have recommended the Basher Chemistry book as a study aid. Recommended for 8/10 and up. 

This book goes through your family’s companion, showing all the parts and discussing what they do. Both my children enjoyed learning with this book. Recommended for ages 8 and up. 

Nonfiction companions to the popular series, Mary Pope Osborne and other authors give the facts behind the popular mystical series settings. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 

I was a little wary of recommending these books. My children loved both the show and the books, and we had the full series for awhile. There’s a bit more magic in the science for my liking, but if the goal is to engage kids, these may do the trick. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Science Experiment Books for Kids Kids of all ages like to experiment. We have had several science experiment type books. Here are books I have actually worked out of with my own children, with various levels of supervision depending on their ages. This book has 501 demos and experiments categorized by field: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology/geography, and physics. Most demos only require common household items.

This book is chemistry specific. It comes with some reagents and tools, but the remaining are common or easily attainable household items. We have spent a lot of time doing the experiments and talking about the principles behind them.

We’ve had one or two of these kits and the kids went through every single demo in them.

Science Magazines for Kids

Want to get new science material every month? The following magazines are great science-related magazines for kids.

Wild Animal Baby from the National Wildlife Federation.
This heavy-papered publication arrives 10 times per year and is aimed at ages 2 to 4. If you don’t let a child play with it on their own, you can read it to your under 2 year old and they will enjoy it as well. This magazine is mainly an introduction to different animals. The heavy paper make these collectible and we were able to pass years of issues down to another family.

Big Backyard from the National Wildlife Federation. 
This traditional glossy magazine is aimed at ages 4 to 7. My children also enjoyed this magazine when they were in the target age range. Again, this is mainly about animals, but has a few other sciences thrown in.

Click by Carus Publishing Group. Ages 3-6. 
We received this for the suggested years my children were 3 to 6. Providing a lot of fun information on science, this should keep your kids engaged.

Muse by Carus Publishing Group. Ages 9+.
Because of trying to reduce the amount of paper coming into our home, we stopped subscribing to periodicals. However, with the quality of publications by the Carus Publishing Group (including magazines not solely focused on science), I have no qualms endorsing Muse.

This list is courtesy of Adrienne Roehrich, Double X Science Chemistry Editor
Follow Adrienne on Twitter: @fiainros

See also this post from Alice Bell, who did her PhD work on kids' science books. She offers a list of five books that, she says, "reflect the diversity and sub-genres of the form." 

Other recommendations from the Twitterverse
The Space Child's Mother Goose, which looks intriguing and fun
Muse magazine. My sons used to take this magazine and enjoyed it very much.

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