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6 Must-Read Science Books for Your Young Scientist

So, your child is a science geek! That’s amazing – they’re going to change the world someday! But do you also find them giving you a really tough time when you ask them to read? We can understand – after all, why would they want to spend time in the world of witches, wizards and demi-Gods when they could be spent exploring the wonderful mysteries of the Universe. But what if we could scour the universe for science books that your science-mad child will love? Wouldn’t that be amazing?… We’re going to give a go! 

1. Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day – Jennifer George, Ed Steckley (illustrator)

Ages 5-7

If Rube’s inventions are any indication, “normal” means something very different in the Goldberg household. For Rube, up is down, in is out, and the simplest path to accomplishing an everyday task―like brushing his teeth or getting dressed―is a humorously complicated one. Follow Rube as he sets out on a typical school day, overcomplicating each and every step from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he goes to bed at night.   This book features fourteen inventions, each depicting an interactive sequence whose purpose is to help Rube accomplish mundane daily tasks: a simple way to get ready for school, to make breakfast, to do his homework, and so much more.

2. Animal Architects: Amazing Animals Who Build Their Homes – Julio Antonio Blasco  (Author), Daniel Nassar (Author)

Ages 7-11

From gladiator frogs to chimpanzees, learn about how animals all over the world build their homes. Each spread contains a beautiful, colourful illustration of each animal and its home, plus a unique fold-out information panel, with stats and a simple architectural diagram showcasing the creation of the ‘architect’.

3. Kate the Chemist Series – Kate Biberdorf

Ages 8-11

The Kate the Chemist fiction series features a 10-year-old Kate the Chemist who, along with her friends and little brother Liam, solves problems in her community with the help of science! This series shows children that science truly is everywhere. One of the many great science books out there for children!

4. Super Cool Tech by DK

Ages 8-12

Following on from the original multi-million seller How Cool Stuff Works, this cutting-edge visual guide for children comes packed with top-notch technology for state-of-the-art buildings, record-breaking transport, mind-blowing entertainment devices, and advanced Artificial Intelligence. What’s more, this jam-packed book even looks into fantastic future technologies, including teleportation and invisibility cloaks.

5. Wrinkle in time – Madeleine L’Engle

Age 9-11

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.

6. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Reader’s Edition)- William Kamkwamba  (Author), Bryan Mealer  (Author), Anna Hymas (Illustrator)

Ages 10+

A terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi. His family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family’s life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William’s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy’s brilliant idea can light up the world. 

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Author: Rajni ArunKumar

Ex Architect, Event Manager, Marketeer. Current seeker of new experiences and life truths. Dabbles with occasional writing and photography. Eternal Optimist.

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