We love science, and these are some of our favorite books for exploring one of our favorite subjects!

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My Favorite Science Book

Explanatorium of Science – We just started going through this book, but I already love it!  It seems to provide a great overview of most scientific concepts, but with just short blurbs of text that keep my kids (now 8 and 6) engaged.  Lots of pictures.  There seem to be a lot of demonstrations/experiments that we can do at home, at least, so far there are.  There are also pictures and descriptive text for lots of other experiments that are not safe for us to do at home.  So far, we haven’t supplemented too much. We do have a couple of other books of at-home science experiments that we’ll probably pull from.
Update to add: we’ve now finished the book, and I still love it. This is an awesome start to a well-rounded science education!

Science Experiment Books:

Awesome Science Experiments for Kids – This one has experiments loosely organized by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, with a heavy emphasis on science.  I like that there are just a ton of different sorts of experiments, using common household materials and tools. No need to raid your nearest high school science classroom to do these.  I LOVE the explanations.  I’m not, in general, a terribly curious person, and (especially as a kid) had very narrow areas of interest. So whenever something is outside one of those interests, I have a hazy – at best – idea of how it works.  These explanations are short, to the point, and fill in enough detail to satisfy my kids and refresh my memory, but without being difficult to understand or too long.

The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book – This one is a lot thinner. Topics are arranged in biology, chemistry, physics, the planet earth, and the human body.  With only 6-8 experiments in each category, it’s not nearly as exhaustive as the other book. It does have different activities, and they complement each other well.

Specific Science Topics

A Kid’s Herb Book: I will admit to also being an herbalist, so I naturally want to introduce my kids to the world of herbs. This book is excellent. It only covers 16 common and very safe herbs, but has recipes, dosage recommendations, stories, crafts, songs, and how to grow and harvest them. I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who is interested in any sort of natural healing or plants.

My First Coding Book is a favorite of my son’s. It’s nice and sturdy, with thick pages (not quite board-book thick, but close), so could likely be used with an interested preschooler. However, my son is currently 8 and still loves it.

It’s NOT the Stork! An important part of my kids’ education is learning about their own bodies and how they work. This is the first book in the series and is appropriate for kids aged four and up. It goes over anatomy, how babies are born, different kinds of families, safe and unsafe touching, friendships, growing up, and so much more. It uses lots of hand-drawn pictures, comics, and short blurbs of text with a large font. It’s perfect to read with your smaller children, or perhaps just leave it out for an older child to peruse on their own. My kids love exploring the book both ways.

Backyard Ballistics is quite possibly my eight-year-old son’s favorite book. My husband and I love it because it actually goes into the how and why everything works. There are safety notes, but this is definitely a book to explore *with* your kids, as it includes instructions for making such things as potato cannons, match rockets, and a Cincinnati Fire Kite. However, with proper supervision, this is an excellent addition to a curious and adventurous person’s bookshelf.