The following is a list of great science books series for preschoolers and elementary age children. There are several books in each series, so it's easy to build up a collection covering many different science topics. Many of these books should be available at your local library. They can easily be bought used from amazon.com or library book sales, so you can build a large collection without spending a fortune.
It is important to introduce children to a wide range of topics in the sciences. The science books listed here cover biology, chemistry, physics, geology, anatomy, astronomy, robotics and more.
Basher Science Series
The Basher science series of books cover numerous topics. The format of these books is a lot of fun for kids. Each concept is presented as a character who tells about itself. All of the concepts are explained in approximately 3 to 4 paragraphs. These books are very comprehensive. They covers all the basics of the topics covered. They are an excellent way for young children to build a broad science vocabulary. The books are appropriate for 6 to 12 year olds.
Topics covered are human body, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, rocks and minerals, planet Earth and the periodic table. Basher also has math and grammar books.
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The Cat in the Hat Learning Library
The Cat in the Hat Learning Library is a series of introductory science books for preschoolers and early elementary age children. The science concepts are explained in rhyme, which makes them very attractive to young kids. These books do a very good job covering basic science vocabulary.
Topics covered include human body (Inside Your Outside), weather, staying healthy, African wildlife, sea life (Wish for a Fish), space, pond life (Would You Rather Be a Pollywog?), plants (Oh, Say Can You Seed?), insects, birds, butterflies, dinosaurs, deserts, mammals, ocean life (A Whale of a Tale), trees, North and South poles (Ice is Nice), rainforests and reptiles.
Best Books of Series
The Best Books of series is appropriate for preschool to approximately 3rd grade children. These books are about 30 pages long and provide a good basic overview of each topics. The science topics are:
- Fossils, Rocks and Minerals
- The Moon
- Polar Animals
- Speed Machines
- Whales and Dolphins
- Wolves and Wild Dogs
Dk First Reference
This is another good science book series for younger children in the preschool to early elementary age range. These are encyclopedias with a page or two devoted to each concept.
- First Earth Encyclopedia
- First Space Encyclopedia
- First Science Encyclopedia
- First Nature Encyclopedia
- First Animal Encyclopedia
- First Human Body Encyclopedia
- First Dinosaur Encyclopedia
DK Eyewitness Books Science Series
The DK Eyewitness books series includes science books. This series is most appropriate for older elementary and middle school kids. Topics covered include chemistry, robots, electricity, forensic science, great scientists, early humans, Earth, space, stars and planets, jungles, weather, ecology, oceans, plants, human body, hurricanes and volcanoes.
Magic Treehouse Research Guides
Some books in the Magic Treehouse Research Guide series cover science topics. These books are good for approximately 6 to 10 year olds. These are chapter books, so they go into some depth on each topic. Science topics covered are:
- Dolphins and Sharks
- Rain Forests
- Polar Bears and the Arctic
- Snakes and Other Reptiles
- Sabertooths and the Ice Age
- Penguins and Antartica
Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus series has a huge number of books, including a series of chapter books and level 2 readers. The Magic School Bus books are appropriate for approximate ages 5 to 10. The level 2 readers are appropriate for ages 3 to 6.
This series is great for kids because the science concepts are taught in a humorous story format. This makes the books very entertaining. The Magic School Bus covers topics that usually aren't presented in any other series aimed at kids in this age group. Examples of this are:
- The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
- The Magic School Bus And The Electric Field Trip
- The Magic School Bus At The Waterworks
- The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book #6: The Giant Germ
- The Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book #12: Amazing Magnetism
- The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge
Learn Things Web (author) from California on September 16, 2011:
The Basher books are great but probably the only ones you won't get cheaply. Watch amazon.com though. I just bought a bunch of these books for $3.60 each. They are usually in the $9-$10 range.
thebookmom from Nebraska on September 15, 2011:
What a great and useful hub. We love the magic tree house and magic school bus series, but I can't wait to try the basher series, we are focusing on science this year so this was really helpful. Thanks for sharing!