Science Books for Little Kids

Updated: Sep 2


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What do kids learn in early elementary science? Well, a lot of what is covered in elementary school science involves the natural world, the water cycle, the butterfly life cycle, matter, forces, energy, the weather, what is science, what scientists do, and more.


Why not give your child a head start on science? Boost their knowledge and confidence in science by reading picture books that entertain them, inspire them, and teach them about things they will no doubt come across at school. These picture books not only come in attractive book covers but they are packed with tons of age-appropriate scientific information. Reading science-related books may help encourage kids to view science from a different perspective.


In this post, you will find a list of science books for young readers that will teach them about each of the subjects previously mentioned and more. They are excellent science picture books for young age groups, such as kindergarten and first grade, and great science books for second graders!



Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle

by Emily Kate Moon

Reading Age: 4-8 years

Reading Level: preschool - 3rd grade



Children will be taken on a fun adventure through the water cycle. They will meet Drop, who is water and she will tell you all about what she does and where she's been. It is a fun and thorough explanation of the water cycle. Both my 4-year-old and 8-year-old enjoy this book. It is non-stop giggles from the first page to the last.



Forces: Physical Science for Kids

by Andi Diehn

Reading Age: 5-9 years

Reading Level: Kindergarten - 3rd grade



Forces: Physical Science For Kids, encourages children to observe and think about the different forces they encounter every day. It does so using simple vocabulary and detailed illustrations. In addition, the book contains easy science experiments and a glossary that help support learning. With this science book, children will appreciate how science is a part of our day-to-day life. Even from a very young age, Force: Physical Science For Kids will help develop a child's understanding of physical science.





Energy: Physical Science for Kids

by Andi Diehn

Reading Age: 5-9 years

Reading Level: Kindergarten - 3rd grade



Energy: Physical Science for Kids is a non-fiction picture book in which kids will discover different forms of energy, such as heat, light, and chemical energy, and how they keep the world working and moving.




Matter: Physical Science for Kids

by Andi Diehn


Reading Age: 5-9 years

Reading Level: Kindergarten - 3rd grade



In Matter: Physical Science for Kids, kids will learn about matter, what's matter, what does not matter, and the different states of matter.





The Book of Brilliant Bugs

by Jess French



Reading Age: 6-8 years

Reading Level: 1st grade - 3rd grade


This beautifully illustrated book teaches young kids about all the main bugs, what these amazing little creatures do for our planet, and how we can help them. Readers are taken on an amazing journey highlighting the fascinating world of our creepy-crawler friends.




Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

by Jess Keating



Reading Age: 3-8 years

Reading Level: 1st grade - 4th grade



The true story of Eugenie Clark, a fearless ocean scientist. It is named one of the best science picture books for children, Shark Lady is a must for both teachers and parents alike!



The Magic and Mystery of Trees

by Jen Green


Reading Age: 7-9 years

Reading Level: 2nd grade - 4th grade


An amazing natural science children's book about trees. Did you know they can warn each other of predators? Discover how trees communicate, record their past, and much more. You will be surprised how much there is to learn about trees.



Butterflies for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to the Butterfly Life Cycle and Beautiful Species to Discover

by Lauren Davidson

Reading Age: 6-9 years

Reading Level: 1st grade - 2nd grade



The book Butterflies for Kids answers all questions about butterflies with facts, photos, and illustrations. Kids will learn about the butterfly life cycle, their behavior, and butterfly migration.


After reading this book, why not start your own butterfly garden and watch the butterfly life cycle from home?






All About Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids

by Huda Harajli MA

Reading Age: 2-5years



In this book, children will learn all about the four seasons, how clouds form, why it rains, rainbows, and more. A fantastic introduction to weather science!


The Leaf Detective

by Heather Lang


Reading Age: 7- 10years

Reading Level: 2nd grade - 5th grade


A picture book biography that reads like an adventure book! Learn about the true story of the scientist determined to discover the world of the rainforest treetops, Meg Lowman. The Leaf Detective captures the magic of the forest treetops in its clearly written informative text.




What Is Science?

by Rebecca Kai Dotlich


Reading Age: 5-7 years

Reading Level: preschool - 2nd grade



Using simple words and kid-friendly illustrations, What Is Science is a perfect introduction to science. It promotes curiosity and the scientific mindset.




Look Inside Your Body

by Stowell, Louie


Reading Age: 2-6 years

Reading Level: preschool - K



A lift-flap board book that teaches young children about the human body. When lifting the flaps, they will reveal interesting facts about the human body.




Goodnight Lab

by Chris Ferrie



Reading Age: 5 years and up

Reading Level: preschool- k


A Goodnight Lab is a scientific parody book for toddlers. If your child loved Goodnight Moon, they will love this one too. A Goodnight Lab takes place in a, you guessed it, science laboratory. Children will be entertained while having a fun glimpse of what it is like inside a laboratory. I used this book as an introduction to the "where scientists work" section of our homeschool science curriculum.



Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys

by David A. Adler


Reading Age: 4 - 8 years

Reading Level: preschool- 3rd grade


Kids will be surprised at how many simple machines they come across with every day. They will learn all about simple machines and how they make work easier. In this book, David A. Adler outlines the different types of simple machines and how we use them every day.

Perfect for budding engineers!











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