Check out the 12 best science books for kids on Epic!
This list is all about serving up seriously fun science, and we’ve got something for kids of all ages. From adorable picture books for toddlers and preschoolers to vibrant illustrated chapter books for older kids, these topics touch on everything from STEM, to awesome science projects and more.
Take a look at our best children’s science books below.
Best Science Books for Kids
Written by: Chris Ferrie
Illustrated by: Lindsay Dale-Scott
Ages: 3 & under
Our first book is “My First 100 Construction Words.” It’s no secret—building and construction are a huge hit with toddlers! So what better way to build vocab and language fundamentals than with a book all about their favorite things?
This vocab-building picture book from best-selling science author Chris Ferrie teaches babies and toddlers basic concepts and essential construction words like “hard hat,” “trowel,” “rigging” and more.
With a simple introduction and colorful illustrations, this is perfect for read-alouds with your budding builder. And it’s proof that it’s never too early to start becoming a construction enthusiast.
Written by: Suzanne Fossey
Illustrated by: Gisela Bohorquez
Ages: 5 & under
Have a relaxing bedtime read-aloud while teaching your little one all about recycling and why it’s important.
Through this gentle rhyming journey of a plastic water bottle, your kid will learn how daily things can be transformed for reuse. It even offers inspiring tips for how to reuse plastic bottles in your home.
By: Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by: David Roberts
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada is bursting with imagination, curiosity and aspirations of her own.
Ada’s full of questions, like “how does the nose know there’s something to smell?” and “why does Dad’s cabbage stew smell bad?” What follows is a rollicking rhyming tale that introduces kids to the scientific method in a way that’s wildly entertaining.
Inspired by famous mathematician Ada Lovelace and chemist Marie Curie, this hugely popular book in Andrea Beaty’s The Questioneers series celebrates STEM, girl power and women of science.
Don’t miss other STEM favorites from #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. You can find other books in the series on Epic, including “Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants” and “Rosie Revere Engineer.”
By: Laura Marsh
Did you know baby foals can walk within minutes of birth? Or that the units of measurement for horses and ponies are … human hands?
“National Geographic Readers: Ponies” showcases the most graceful of Earth’s creatures (and one that’s a big hit among kids)! Its pages are filled with brilliant photographs and fun facts that teach young readers as they entertain. The “National Geographic Kids” series has books on a wealth of topics loved by kids. You can find several of them here on Epic!
By: Jason Chin
From Caldecott honoree Jason Chin comes this accessible, well-researched nonfiction picture book exploring the known universe. Young readers can grasp it’s awesome scale and everything in it, from the very small (“most 8-year olds are about 5 times as tall as this book”) to galaxy clusters and beyond. It even includes extensive supplementary material in the back of the book for kids craving to learn more about what’s going on up there in the night sky.
Chin is known for making even the most complex topics engaging and understandable for readers of all ages. If they enjoy learning about the universe in this book, they might like the video version of his book, “Gravity,” also available on Epic.
Written by: Alli Brydon
Illustrated by: EG Keller
Walt the lobstah’s greatest dream is to win first place in the annual Swell Gahdens contest. But year after year the honor goes to his “chowdah-head” rival Milton. One day, when (“holy whale poop!”) heaps of gahbage show up in their yahds, the two must work together to save their gahdens.
As the title suggests, this cute picture book is a hilarious delight. It’s a silly and entertaining way for your kid to learn about sea life, conservation and the spirit of cooperation—as well as practical tips on how to help preserve our oceans.
Written by: Catherine D. Hughes
Illustrated by: David A. Aguilar
This “National Geographic” series is perfect for kids as young as 4-years old to learn the basics of space.
Beginning with the most familiar concepts like our sun and solar system, this beautiful picture book dives deeper and deeper to even offer details about the bus-sized(!) Hubble telescope. Young children and even older kids will enjoy this colorful intro to the wonders of space, with simple text that makes complex information easy to understand.
If you like this science book, you can find others in this series from Catherine D. Hughes and David Aguilar on Epic, like “National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Ocean.”
By: Honor Head
Ever wonder what a coral reef is made of? Or what microscopic creatures live in the coral (and eventually become its food)? Packed with fascinating facts and bright, colorful photos, this great book takes curious kids on a tour around a coral reef and discover how its inhabitants depend on each other and their environment for survival.
By: Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
This highly educational read gives older kids a natural history of, and detailed information about, the global problem of invasive species, the good and the bad, and how to support our own ecosystems. They’ll find out how invasive species of plants, animals, insects and more threaten local ecosystems in our natural world and the planet’s biodiversity, how they become invasive and what we can do to stop their spread.
By: Douglas Hustad
Meet Jane Goodall, the face of conservationism. This book teaches kids all about how this fascinating figure became a scientist and started working with chimpanzees in Africa, starting with her passion for animals and love of science.
Through her unconventional approach, she observed and discovered their tool-making abilities. As Goodall grew older, she turned her attention to raising awareness about endangered species and inspiring individuals around the globe to take action. Today, Goodall is one of the world’s best-known scientists and activists.
By: Ruth Musgrave
Which shark can jump higher than the height of a giraffe (yes! really?) Satisfy your grade-schooler’s appetite for shark facts with this action-packed book filled with up-close photos and spine-tingling stories. They’ll learn about the truth about shark attacks and efforts being made to protect the shark population. It even comes with an interactive glossary, and tips and anecdotes from real explorers!
For more fun reads on sharks check out our post Fin-tastic Reads for Shark Lovers!
By: Delano Lopez
In this kid-friendly handbook about the solar system, young night-sky gazers can learn all about the planets and their moons, meteors and comets, and more. In addition to a wealth of information, this book is chock full of fun science projects that show kids how to build anything from models of planets and moon phases, to asteroid belts.
This is the perfect resource for kids curious about all things outer space, and bonus! A great inspiration for school or science fair projects.
That’s our list of best science books for kids. Enjoy!