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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 Baby Medical School: Bacteria and Antibiotics 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.

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Mario and the Hole in the Sky
Written by Elizabeth Rusch & illustrated by Teresa Martinez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The true story of how Mexican-American scientist Mario Molina helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s and went on to become a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His inspiring story gives hope in the fight against global warming. Full color.

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Marie Curie
Written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara & 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!

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Baby Biochemist: Enzymes
Written by Cara Florance
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.

Cause a chain reaction of learning in any child by introducing them to the world of enzymatics! Kids will learn through adorably drawn characters just how much work enzymes do to keep us running. Packed with great information and fun, these super helpers are sure to keep any budding scientist turning page after page.

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Baby Medical School: Bacteria and Antibiotics
Written by Cara Florance and Jon Florance
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The popular Baby University series has now expanded into Baby Medical School!

Bacteria are very small living things.
Some bacteria are good and some bacteria are bad.
Luckily, we have a family of medicine called Antibiotics that can get rid of bad bacteria.

Let’s find out how it all works!

Turn getting sick from something scary into an engaging learning experience! In this installment of the new Baby Medical School series, Cara and Jon Florance break down how and why we get sick with the help of merry microbes and big-eyed bacteria. Kids will love following the adventures of bacteria and antibiotics in their bodies!

Written by experts, the whimsical artwork and humorous text is perfect for enlightening the next generation of geniuses and creating a love for science they will carry for a lifetime!

Empower your kid with knowledge so they can understand their bodies with courage and curiosity!

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ABCs of Biochemistry
Written by Cara Florance
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

The bestselling Baby University series is bringing little geniuses a whole new division of scientific topics, covered by leading medical expert Cara Florance.

Help kids get into those lab coats a little earlier with the ABCs of Biochemistry! Packed with researched information and adorable art, any child is sure to be swept away into this new world of amino acids, enzymes, and everything in between. Super Scientist Cara Florance has crafted a book that is easy to read and impossible to put down―for parents and children alike!

What Is It Made Of?: Noticing Types of Materials (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Nature's Patterns) book
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Baby Biochemist: Proteins book
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Baby Biochemist: DNA book
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Baby Loves Quarks! book
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  • What Is It Made Of?: Noticing Types of Materials (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Nature's Patterns) - 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.

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  • Baby Biochemist: DNA - Leading medical expert Cara Florance gives kids the tools they need to learn about the ultimate instructor in the body: DNA

  • Baby Loves Quarks! - 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!

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Amber's Atoms: The First Ten Elements of the Periodic Table
Written by E. M. Robinson & 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.

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Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Marie Curie. Famous physicist, chemist, and… superhero?

What if superheroes didn’t have supernatural powers but instead were humans with amazing brain power? What if superheroes were scientists?

Super Evil Nemesis is determined to stop Marie Curie and the spread of knowledge. When he sends one of his craftiest minions on a mission to try all the tricks he knows, Marie Curie must use her brains and will to fight against all the obstacles that come her way. But is it enough?

Can she prevent Super Evil Nemesis from taking over the world? Does she have the power to become one of the most influential scientists in history? Only time will tell…

This first book in the My Super Science Heroes series uses a fictionalized storytelling approach to teach readers about Curie’s amazing achievements, and is sure to empower them to become superheroes themselves!

Includes a scientific glossary and detailed information on Marie Curie’s scientific accomplishments.

Published in partnership with the Marie Curie Alumni Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promote research and curiosity and to enhance research and professional collaboration.

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Marie Curie and the Power of Persistence
Written by Karla Valenti & illustrated by Annalisa Beghelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What if superheroes didn’t have supernatural powers, but were humans with amazing brain power? What if our superheroes were scientists? This first book in the My Super Science Heroes series is about Marie Curie and her power of persistence. Using a fictionalized storytelling approach, readers will learn about Marie Curie’s achievements and will feel empowered to become science superheroes themselves.

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Little Guides to Great Lives: Marie Curie
Written by Isabel Thomas & illustrated by Anke Weckmann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

Marie Curie was a brilliant scientist who coined the term ‘radioactivity’, discovered polonium and radium, and helped develop treatments for cancer. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but her dedication to physics ultimately caused her death from radiation.

From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way. Launching with Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, and Amelia Earhart, Little Guides to Great Lives tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with full-color illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

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Halley Harper, Science Girl Extraordinaire: The Friendship Experiment
Written & 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?

The Elements Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table book
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Chemistry: The Atom and Elements book
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Who Was Marie Curie? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) book
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I am Marie Curie (Ordinary People Change the World) book
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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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What's the Matter in Mr. Whiskers' Room?
Written by Michael Elsohn Ross & 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.

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The Periodic Table: Elements with Style!
Written by Simon Basher and Adrian Dingle
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.

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Gene Machines
Written by Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

Enjoy Your Cells is a new series of children’s books from the acclaimed creative partnership of scientist/author Fran Balkwill and illustrator Mic Rolph. Once again, they use their unique brand of simple but scientifically accurate commentary and exuberantly colorful graphics to take young readers on an entertaining exploration of the amazing, hidden world of cells, proteins, and DNA. It’s over ten years since Fran and Mic invented a new way of getting science across to children. Think what extraordinary advances have been made in biology in that time—and how often those discoveries made headlines. Stem cells, cloning, embryo transfer, emerging infections, vaccine development—here in these books are the basic facts behind the public debates. With these books, children will learn to enjoy their cells and current affairs at the same time. And they’re getting information that has been written and reviewed by working scientists, so it’s completely correct and up-to-date. Readers aged 7 and up will appreciate the stories’ lively language and with help, even younger children will enjoy and learn from the jokes and illustrationsno expert required! This series is a must for all elementary school students and those who care about educating them to be well-informed in a world of increasingly complex health-related and environmental issues.

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Organic Chemistry for Babies
Written by Chris Ferrie & 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.

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Marie Curie
Written & illustrated by Demi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Celebrated author and artist Demi beautifully portrays the life and story of Marie Curie, the revolutionary scientist and winner of two Nobel Prizes. Maria Salomea Sklodowaska was born on November 7, 1867. Her family called her Manya, but the world would remember her by another name: Marie Curie, one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. In a time when few women attended college, Marie earned degrees in physics and mathematics and went on to discover two elements: radium and polonium. She also invented a new word along the way: radioactive. This book celebrates her momentous achievements while also educating its readers about her scientific accomplishments and their implications.

Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars book
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DK Biography: Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life book
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Marie Curie book
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The Element in the Room: Investigating the Atomic Ingredients that Make Up Your Home book
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  • Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars - A 2020 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12! **With an introduction from Neil DeGrasse Tyson about the importance of kid-like curiosity, this lyrical picture book biography on the beloved astrophysicist and host of Cosmos is the perfect gift for young astronomers and fans of all ages.** Neil deGrasse Tyson was born curious. And the secrets of a billion galaxies lay there—waiting for him to explore its cosmic mysteries. He just had to look up. Up beyond the city lights, up at the shining stars, up through the Milky Way, and past the veil of the night sky. Follow young Neil’s journey as he discovers the wonders of space, the thrill of science, and the joy in sharing the beauty of our amazing universe. Read his favorite mind-blowing facts and learn what mysteries are left to solve. From On a Beam of Light author Jennifer Berne and debut paper illustrator Lorraine Nam comes the inspiring true tale of Neil’s life and how he became a world-famous astrophysicist. The future of discovery lays with you. Look up with Neil and begin your own journey into the cosmos.

  • DK Biography: Marie Curie: A Photographic Story of a Life - 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 - 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.

  • 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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Pocket Bios: Marie Curie
Written & illustrated by Al Berenger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography of influential physicist and chemist Marie Curie. Marie Curie, the first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize and only person to win it in two different scientific fields, was a physicist and chemist. As she conducted pioneering research, Marie Curie coined the term “radioactivity,” developed some of the first techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes. She also discovered two elements: polonium and radium, and developed mobile X-ray units for use in field hospitals during World War I. In 1934, at the age of sixty-six, she died of complications from long-term exposure to radiation. Pocket Bios are full of personality, introducing readers to fascinating figures from history with simple storytelling and cheerful illustrations. Titles include men and women from history, exploration, the sciences, the arts, the ancient world, and more.

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