MAD SCIENCE! BOOKS

Topic Books about Science for Children in KS2

Darwin's Tree of Life

by Michael Bright

This beautifully illustrated book starts from the dawn of life and shows the order in which plants and animals evolved, the different branches of 'The Tree of Life', and how plants and animals have changed over time in many amazingly different ways.

Little People, Big Dreams: Steven Hawking

by Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the brilliant physicist's life.

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You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey

People are nature. From the water we drink to the trees we climb, we are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways. With simple, poetic text, and exquisite artwork, You Are Stardust introduces kids to these connections - sparking their imaginations and starting conversations.

Seeing Science by Iris Gottlieb

With quirky illustrations that explain the strange-but-true world of science, Seeing Science offers a ride through the mysteries of the universe. Explore amongst other things, naked mole rats,  the human heart, the Uncertainty Principle and how glaciers are like Snickers bars. Science really is beautiful!

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Atomic Adventure

by Ben Newman

In this brilliant follow up to Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space, the trusty feline returns to take the reader on a journey through the incredible world of physics. Learn about energy, power and the building blocks of you, me and the universe in this all new adventure!

This Book Thinks You're a Scientist by Harriet Russell 

Explore seven scientific areas: force and motion, electricity and magnetism, earth and space, light, matter, sound and mathematics. Each spread centres on an open-ended question or activity, with space on the page for the child to write, draw or interact with the book. 

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What is Evolution?

by Louise Spilsbury

Looking at both the history of life and the scientific breakthroughs, this book gives an overview of the theory of evolution. It takes an in-depth look at the work of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Russel Wallace as well as topics such as genetic modification and artificial selection.

100 Scientists Who Made History by Andrea Mills 

From brainy biologists to magnificent mathematicians, discover 100 remarkable scientists who shaped our world. From Aristotle and Rosalind Franklin, to Stephen Hawking and Brian Cox, get the low down on the people whose thirst for knowledge has shaped the way we live.

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If... by David J. Smith

'If the Sun were the size of a grapefruit, Earth would be the size of a grain of salt. Even the largest planet, Jupiter, would be only as big as a large pea.' Some things are so big or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. Explore these hard-to-imagine objects and events and compare them to things we can instantly see, feel and touch.

Cool Physics

by Sarah Hutton 

Cool Physics is a playful, enjoyable guide to the world of physics, from Archimedes saying 'Eureka!' (probably not in the bath) to the Higgs Boson. Aimed at older children, it covers everything you need to know about some of the most complex scientific ideas in an accessible and fun way.

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Who Was Isaac Newton?

by Janet Pascal 

Get to know Isaac Newton - his personal life, discoveries and impact on the scientific community. Explore some of Newton's important theories in modern science, including gravity and the laws of motion.

The Element in the Room

by Mike Barfield

Packed-full with beautiful and quirky illustrations, this is a unique and novel introduction to the elements in the periodic table that will excite all young readers as they join Sherlock Ohms on his investigations to solve the mystery of how absolutely everything came to exist!

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Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes

by Dara O Briain

So you think everyday life is boring?! WHAT?! Hoo-ee, are you wrong!

Secret Science takes you on a journey from the comfort of your favourite chair to the incredible science behind your everyday life and on into the future!

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My First Book of Quantum Physics by Sheddad Kaid-Salah Ferrón and Eduard Altarriba

How can atoms exist in two places at once? And just how can a cat be dead and alive at the same time? Find out more with this entertaining illustrated guide to the fascinating, mysterious world of quantum physics.

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Women in Science

by Lisa Westberg Peters

A gloriously illustrated celebration of trailblazing women. Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, from both the ancient and modern worlds.

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A Beginner's Guide to the Periodic Table by Gill Arbuthnott 

By linking each of the 92 elements to a story, science analogy or fascinating fact, this book is a unique first reference to the periodic table. Packed full of eye-catching illustrations and fantastic explanatory diagrams, prepare to be amazed by the most wacky and informative introductory to the elements!

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein 

by Jennifer Berne

Travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Teachers and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.

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Science is Magic by Steve Mould

Learn how to perform tricks and illusions using simple science experiments in this children's activity book for kids aged 7-9. Join science presenter Steve Mould to find out the secrets behind amazing magic tricks. Learn how to bend water with a balloon, make a glass beaker disappear in oil, and wow your friends with levitating tinsel!

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Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

by Nicola Davies

With charming illustrations by Emily Sutton, this friendly, clever book succeeds in conveying the complex science of micro-organisms simply and clearly, and opens up an exciting new avenue for young non-fiction.

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The Science Book

by DK

Exploring more than 80 of the world's most scientific theories and big ideas across the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, and maths, this book offers a fascinating look at the history of science.

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