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Chemistry: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about chemistry?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to chemistry. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about chemistry.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about chemistry, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like What Is It Made Of?: Noticing Types of Materials (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Nature’s Patterns) to popular sellers like The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! to some of our favorite hidden gems like Marie Curie.

We hope this list of kids books about chemistry can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Marie Curie book
Marie Curie
Written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Frau Isa
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Meet Marie, the Nobel Prize winning scientist! New in board book format in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the life of Marie Curie, from her childhood in Poland to conducting pioneering research on radioactivity and going on to become the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

What Is It Made Of?: Noticing Types of Materials (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Nature's Patterns) book
What Is It Made Of?: Noticing Types of Materials (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Nature's Patterns)
Written by Martha E.H. Rustad and illustrated by Christine M. Schneider
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Could window panes be made out of wood? Or a shirt out of glass? Go on a treasure hunt with Ms. Sampson’s class as they search for different kinds of materials―cloth, rock, glass, metal, and more. They’ll record the look and feel of everyday objects and learn what properties each type of material has.

Baby Loves Quarks! book
Baby Loves Quarks!
Written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this book explores the basics of particle physics and chemistry - quarks, protons, neutrons, atoms and molecules - and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Amber's Atoms: The First Ten Elements of the Periodic Table book
Amber's Atoms: The First Ten Elements of the Periodic Table
Written by E. M. Robinson and illustrated by Susan McAliley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The best picture book to introduce science to children of all ages who love puppies. With rhyming riddles and artful illustrations, it inspires little tykes through teenagers to learn about the elements and the world of atoms. Even parents enjoy learning something new.

Halley Harper, Science Girl Extraordinaire: The Friendship Experiment book
Halley Harper, Science Girl Extraordinaire: The Friendship Experiment
Written and illustrated by Tracy Borgmeyer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the second book of the Halley Harper series, Halley believes science is magic, just like her friendship with Gracelyn. Until one day they can no longer be together. How will she be able to go back to Camp Eureka without her best friend and partner in science?At camp, Halley has to confront a new mean girl and try to survive a magic chemistry show that proves to be explosive. To make matters worse, Halley loses her diary where she wrote her inner most thoughts about her friends and the secret treasure of Camp Eureka. Can she save her friendship and locate her diary before it falls into the wrong hands?

  1. The Elements Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table - 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the periodic table, and this visual guide for children shows and explains every chemical element in dazzling detail. Kids can go on a visual tour of the 118 chemical elements of the periodic table, from argon to zinc, in this one awesome volume packed with incredible images and fascinating facts. Cataloged by type, each element’s properties and atomic structure is explained. More than 1,000 full-color photographs showcase the natural forms of each element, as well as a wide range of unexpected everyday objects in which it is found, to make them relevant to a child’s world. How does a motorcycle utilize nitrogen? Which element can absorb harmful chemicals in water? Which famous landmark is made of copper? From hydrogen to sodium to nickel, kids will learn fun facts and be amazed. Supporting STEM education initiatives and designed in DK’s signature visual style, The Elements Book brings the periodic table to life.

  2. Chemistry: The Atom and Elements - The exciting topic of Chemistry is explored, covering the atom—protons, neutrons, electrons, nucleus—as well as the basics of the periodic table, elements and atomic number. This is followed by an examination of individual elements, such as Lithium, Helium, Carbon, Sodium, Neon and Oxygen. Sound it out sections aid young readers in pronunciation and elementary definitions allow basic understanding of complex topics. Learn the vocabulary of a genius at a young age!

  3. Who Was Marie Curie? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) - FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was forbidden to attend the male-only University of Warsaw, so she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study physics and mathematics. There she met a professor named Pierre Curie, and the two soon married, forming one of the most famous scientific partnerships in history. Together they discovered two elements and won a Nobel Prize in 1903.

  4. I am Marie Curie (Ordinary People Change the World) - The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, physicist and chemist Marie Curie is the 19th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series about heroes. This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

What's the Matter in Mr. Whiskers' Room? book
What's the Matter in Mr. Whiskers' Room?
Written by Michael Elsohn Ross and illustrated by Paul Meisel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

“Oh, to be a kid in Mr. Whiskers’ primary science classes! The next best thing is doing hands-on explorations at school or at home with this guide.” — Kirkus Reviews Mr. Whiskers, the teacher, has that wild look in his eyes again. That’s the look that means, Get ready for hands-on science! This time the subject matter is . . . matter. Using seven science stations, Mr. Whiskers encourages his kids to use all their senses to make observations and draw conclusions. Everyone’s a scientist in Mr. Whiskers’ class, where hands-on mini-experiments lead to Big Ideas — and promote an ongoing passion for independent, open-ended discovery. Back matter includes supplemental activities.

The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! book
The Periodic Table: Elements with Style!
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

Basher Science: The Periodic Table, Elements with Style! created and illustrated by Simon Basher, Written by Adrian Dingle: The Periodic Table introduces budding chemists to the world of the elements as it’s never been seen before. Designed to resemble popular networking Web sites, the pages of this book feature “homepages” for each of the chemical elements — complete with witty and informative profiles written by the elements themselves, plus a personally chosen picture.

Organic Chemistry for Babies book
Organic Chemistry for Babies
Written by Chris Ferrie and illustrated by Cara Florance and Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by an expert, Organic Chemistry for Babiesis a colorfully simple introduction to the structure of organic, carbon-containing compounds and materials. Babies (and grownups!) be one step ahead of pre-med students. Co-written by Cara Florance, who has a PhD in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry with work experience in astrobiololgy and radiation decontamination. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it’s never too early to become a scientist! Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind.

DK Biography: Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life book
DK Biography: Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life
Written and illustrated by DK Publishing
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-17

DK Biography: Marie Curie tells the story of the discoverer of radium, from her childhood in Warsaw, to her experiments with radioactivity in Paris, to her recognition as one of the preeminent scientists of her time. Filled with archival photographs and amazing fact boxes, this groundbreaking series introduces young readers to some of history’s most interesting and influential characters. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Marie Curie book
Marie Curie
Written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Boris Kulikov
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Marie Curie, the woman who coined the term radioactivity, won not just one Nobel Prize but two?in physics and chemistry, both supposedly girl-phobic sciences.

  1. The Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home - Did you know that without the “lead” in your pencil, there would be no life on Earth? Just about everything in the universe is made from only 92 elements – and from aluminum to zinc, many of them are hiding in your very own home! This funny and fascinating guide is bursting with brilliant facts about the atomic ingredients that make up everything around us. Join scientific sleuth Sherlock Ohms as he investigates the elements, and help his enquiries with explosive experiments.

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