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Looking for a list of the best kids books about physics?

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

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, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about physics, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Baby Loves Gravity to popular sellers like On a Beam of Light to some of our favorite hidden gems like Stephen Hawking (Little People, BIG DREAMS).

We hope this list of kids books about physics 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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Top 10 Books About Physics

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If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon
Written by Joyce Lapin & illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Blast off to an extraterrestrial birthday celebration where young partygoers get to romp in a low-gravity playground; discover that candles and balloons behave weirdly in the lunar atmosphere; and learn why the “moon angels” they make in the dust will last for millennia. This cool picture book combines fun and facts to explain the science behind each surprise in terms children can easily grasp.

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On a Beam of Light
Written by Jennifer Berne & illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

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Stephen Hawking (Little People, BIG DREAMS)
Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Matt Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England: Oxford and Cambridge. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. 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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I Love Music: My First Sound Book
Written & illustrated by Marion Billet
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Readers of every age will be enchanted by this charming board book, which is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the musical sounds that bring every picture to life. I Love Music has a button on every spread, which triggers one of six captivating sounds that introduces a familiar instrument to the reader. An incredibly simple but utterly fascinating interactive book with sounds bound to enchant young readers and ignite an early love of music! A delightful and compelling book in the My First Sound Book series that everyone in the family will enjoy reading again and again.

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Our World Is Relative
Written by Julia Sooy & illustrated by Molly Walsh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Size, speed, weight, direction, distance We think of space and time as fixed and measurable. But these measurements—our experience of space and time—they are relative. Our world is relative. With simple, engaging text and vibrant art imbued with light and movement, Our World Is Relative offers a child’s-eye view of time, space, and the vast role that relativity plays in comprehending our world. It’s an introduction to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, perfect for any curious young scientist.

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Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
Written by Teresa Robeson & illustrated by Rebecca Huang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, most girls did not attend school; no one considered them as smart as boys. But her parents felt differently. Giving her a name meaning “Courageous Hero,” they encouraged her love of learning and science. This engaging biography follows Wu Chien Shiung as she battles sexism and racism to become what Newsweek magazine called the “Queen of Physics” for her work on beta decay. Along the way, she earned the admiration of famous scientists like Enrico Fermi and Robert Oppenheimer and became the first woman hired as an instructor by Princeton University, the first woman elected President of the American Physical Society, the first scientist to have an asteroid named after her when she was still alive, and many other honors.

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What Is It Made Of?: Noticing Types of Materials (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Nature's Patterns)
Written by Martha E.H. Rustad & 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.

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Baby Loves Quarks!
Written by Ruth Spiro & 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!

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Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!
Written by Ruth Spiro & 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 flight - from birds, to planes and rockets - 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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Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747
Written & illustrated by Chris Gall
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

For the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747’s first commercial flight, a picture book about the development of the iconic passenger plane and how it changed the history of air travel.

In 1968, the biggest passenger jet the world had ever seen premiered in Everett, Washington. The giant plane was called the Boeing 747, but reporters named it “the Jumbo jet.”

There was only one problem. It couldn’t fly. Yet.

Jumbo details the story of the world’s first wide body passenger jet, which could hold more people than any other plane at the time and played a pivotal role in allowing middle class families to afford overseas travel. Author and illustrator Chris Gall, himself a licensed pilot, shows how an innovative design, hard work by countless people, and ground-breaking engineering put the Jumbo jet in the air.

On January 22, 1970, the Boeing 747 made it’s first transatlantic flight, taking passengers from New York to Paris in seven hours.

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Books About Physics and History

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On a Beam of Light
Written by Jennifer Berne & illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Follows the life of the famous physicist, from his early ideas to his groundbreaking theories.

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Stephen Hawking (Little People, BIG DREAMS)
Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Matt Hunt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England: Oxford and Cambridge. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. 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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Stephen Hawking: My First Stephen Hawking
Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Matt Hunt
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

This board book version of _Stephen Hawking_—from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series—introduces the youngest dreamers to the incredible life of this genius physicist and author.

When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England: Oxford and Cambridge. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating scientist, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

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I Am Albert Einstein book
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Who Was Isaac Newton? book
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  1. I Am Albert Einstein - Presents the life of the world-renowned German scientist, describing how his life-long curiosity and ability to question accepted theories led him to develop his famous theory of relatvitiy and win the Noble Prize for Physics.

  2. Who Was Isaac Newton? - Isaac Newton was always a loner, preferring to spend his time contemplating the mysteries of the universe. When the plague broke out in London in 1665 he was forced to return home from college. It was during this period of so much death, that Newton gave life to some of the most important theories in modern science, including gravity and the laws of motion.

Books About Physics and Chemistry

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What Is It Made Of?: Noticing Types of Materials (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Nature's Patterns)
Written by Martha E.H. Rustad & 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.

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Baby Loves Quarks!
Written by Ruth Spiro & 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!

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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 book
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I am Marie Curie (Ordinary People Change the World) book
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What's the Matter in Mr. Whiskers' Room? book
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Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars book
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  1. Little Guides to Great Lives: Marie Curie - 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.

  2. 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.

  3. What's the Matter in Mr. Whiskers' Room? - “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.

  4. 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.

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Books About Physics and Astronomy

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If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon
Written by Joyce Lapin & illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Blast off to an extraterrestrial birthday celebration where young partygoers get to romp in a low-gravity playground; discover that candles and balloons behave weirdly in the lunar atmosphere; and learn why the “moon angels” they make in the dust will last for millennia. This cool picture book combines fun and facts to explain the science behind each surprise in terms children can easily grasp.

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Who Was Galileo?
Written by Patricia Brennan Demuth and Who HQ & illustrated by John O'Brien
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Like Michelangelo, Galileo is another Renaissance great known just by his first name—a name that is synonymous with scientific achievement. Born in Pisa, Italy, in the sixteenth century, Galileo contributed to the era’s great rebirth of knowledge. He invented a telescope to observe the heavens. From there, not even the sky was the limit! He turned long-held notions about the universe topsy turvy with his support of a sun-centric solar system. Patricia Brennan Demuth offers a sympathetic portrait of a brilliant man who lived in a time when speaking scientific truth to those in power was still a dangerous proposition.

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Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry
Written by Neil deGrasse Tyson & illustrated by Gregory Mone
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s #1 New York Times best-selling guide to the cosmos, adapted for young readers.

From the basics of physics to big questions about the nature of space and time, celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the mysteries of the cosmos into bite-sized pieces. Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry describes the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe clearly―and with Tyson’s characteristic wit, there’s a lot of fun thrown in, too.

This adaptation by Gregory Mone includes full-color photos, infographics, and extra explanations to make even the trickiest concepts accessible. Building on the wonder inspired by outer space, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry introduces an exciting field and the principles of scientific inquiry to young readers.

Honorable Mentions
Little Guides to Great Lives: Stephen Hawking book
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Astronomy (Baby's Big World) book
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  1. Little Guides to Great Lives: Stephen Hawking - Stephen Hawking was one of the world’s most famous scientists. His ground-breaking research into black holes and the Big Bang has helped to explain the beginnings of our universe and his book A Brief History of Time has sold over 10 million copies. Diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease when he was a young man, Stephen was inspired to achieve his goals as fast as possible. Through incredible determination and skill, he became a legendary scientist, a best-selling author, and the man that changed the way we think about the universe.

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Books About Physics and Girls And Women

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Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
Written by Teresa Robeson & illustrated by Rebecca Huang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, most girls did not attend school; no one considered them as smart as boys. But her parents felt differently. Giving her a name meaning “Courageous Hero,” they encouraged her love of learning and science. This engaging biography follows Wu Chien Shiung as she battles sexism and racism to become what Newsweek magazine called the “Queen of Physics” for her work on beta decay. Along the way, she earned the admiration of famous scientists like Enrico Fermi and Robert Oppenheimer and became the first woman hired as an instructor by Princeton University, the first woman elected President of the American Physical Society, the first scientist to have an asteroid named after her when she was still alive, and many other honors.

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Women in Physics | A Science Book For Kids!
Written by Genius Games
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Can one girl’s questions change the world? The Science Wide Open series invites your child into the breathtaking world of science!

Women in Physics follows a conversation between an inquisitive young girl, who wonders why things move the way that they do, and a scientifically astute narrator, whose answers are crafted to be both accurate and approachable to a young mind. In this way, learning the basics of physics becomes a natural outcome of enjoying the story.

Concepts covered in the Women in Physics book include: Matter, Mass, Force, Gravity, Atoms, Elements, X-rays, Radioactivity, Observation, Research, Hypotheses, Experiments, …and more!

Science Wide Open also tells the stories of influential female scientists throughout history by weaving together the questions of this spunky young protagonist with the underrepresented but true stories of these women of science!

Scientists profiled include Emilie du Chatelet, Laura Bassi, Marie Curie, Irene Joliot-Curie, and Chien-Shiung Wu.

The Science Wide Open series has been peer reviewed by a team of over 17 PhDs and science educators, along with hundreds of parents!

“You have somehow hit a fine balance between age-appropriateness and factual correctness in both the art and the text.” - Bruce Ravel, BA, MS and PhD in Physics

“As a Biology teacher I appreciate the science, and as a dad of girls ages 6 and 3, I love its simplicity. The illustrations grab attention and the content is manageable.” - Sean O’Neill, H.S. biology instructor and parent of two young girls

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Katherine Johnson (You Should Meet)
Written by Thea Feldman & illustrated by Alyssa Petersen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Get to know the woman who made many of NASA’s early missions possible in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people “you should meet!” Meet Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who worked at NASA in the early 1950s until retiring in 1986. Katherine’s unparalleled calculations (done by hand) helped plan the trajectories for NASA’s Mercury and Apollo missions (including the Apollo 11 moon landing). She is said to be one of the greatest American minds of all time. A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus inspiring careers for math lovers. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so much fun!

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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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Pocket Bios: Marie Curie book
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Pocket Bios: Marie Curie - 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.

Books About Physics and Science And Nature

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Our World Is Relative
Written by Julia Sooy & illustrated by Molly Walsh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Size, speed, weight, direction, distance We think of space and time as fixed and measurable. But these measurements—our experience of space and time—they are relative. Our world is relative. With simple, engaging text and vibrant art imbued with light and movement, Our World Is Relative offers a child’s-eye view of time, space, and the vast role that relativity plays in comprehending our world. It’s an introduction to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, perfect for any curious young scientist.

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My First Book of Quantum Physics
Written by Kaid-Sala Ferron Sheddad & illustrated by Eduard Altarriba
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Everything around us – trees, buildings, food, light, water, air and even ourselves – is composed of minute particles, smaller than a nanometer (a billionth of a meter). Quantum physics is the science of these particles and without it none of our electronic devices, from smartphones to computers and microwave ovens, would exist.

But quantum physics also pushes us to the very boundaries of what we know about science, reality and the structure of the universe. The world of quantum physics is an amazing place, where quantum particles can do weird and wonderful things, acting totally unlike the objects we experience in day-to-day life. 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.

Topics include: quanta, light, waves and particles, mass, photons, atoms, molecules, spectra, wave-particle duality, matter and antimatter, Schrödinger’s cat, the Uncertainty Principle, probability waves, quantum entanglement, radioactivity and quarks.

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Who Was Stephen Hawking?
Written by Who HQ and Who HQ & illustrated by Gregory Copeland
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Learn more about the renowned British scientist, professor, and author who spent his entire career trying to answer the question: “Where did the universe come from?”

Stephen Hawking was born exactly three hundred years after the death of the scientist Galileo, so maybe it was written in the stars that he would become a famous scientist in his own right. Although he was diagnosed with a neurological disease at age 21, Stephen did not let the illness define his life. Known for his groundbreaking work in physics, and identified by his wheelchair and computerized voice system, Stephen continued his research until his death in 2018. He is best known for his black hole theories and his best-selling book A Brief History of Time. Stephen Hawking is an example of a person who had a great mind, but an even greater spirit.

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Waves: Physical Science for Kids book
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Who Was Albert Einstein? book
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Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion book
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Move It!: Motion, Forces and You book
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  1. Waves: Physical Science for Kids - Waves: Physical Science for Kids from the Picture Book Science series gets kids excited about science! Have you ever floated on waves in the ocean? Have you ever stood in a human wave at a baseball game? Waves are all around us! You can find waves in a field of wheat, in a dangling string, in a slinky, and in flags that are blowing in the breeze. There are even invisible waves! Sunlight and sound move in waves, and cell phones and microwaves use waves to transmit voices and to cook food. You can hear your mom say, “Hello,” on the cell phone because of waves. Waves: Physical Science for Kids is a fun, illustrated introduction to the concept of waves and energy and their presence in our world. In this nonfiction picture book, elementary school children learn to spot all the different kinds of waves they encounter in daily life by finding real-world science connections. Simple vocabulary, detailed illustrations, easy science experiments, and a glossary all support exciting learning for kids ages 5 to 8. Perfect for beginner readers or as a read aloud nonfiction picture book! Part of a set of four books in a series called Picture Book Science that tackles different kinds of physical science (waves, forces, energy, and matter), Waves: Physical Science for Kids pairs beautiful illustrations with simple observations and explanations. Quick STEM activities such as floating a ball in a tub of water help readers cross the bridge from conceptual to experiential learning and provide a foundation of knowledge that will prove invaluable as kids progress in their science education. Perfect for children who love to ask, “Why?” about the world around them, Waves satisfies curiosity while encouraging student-led learning. Picture Book Science presents real-world examples of physical science and engineering topics kids find fascinating! These nonfiction picture books consist of engaging narratives paired with brightly colored, whimsical illustrations drawn by an accomplished scientist. With these books, readers ages 5 to 8 are encouraged to expand their definitions of the words “force,” “matter,” “energy,” and “wave.” Elementary-aged children are equipped to recognize basic science concepts and identify the different ways they are demonstrated in real life, while being impressed with the idea that science is a constant part of our lives and not limited to classrooms and laboratories. Titles in the series include: Waves; Forces; Matter; and Energy.

  2. Who Was Albert Einstein? - Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here’s the story of Albert Einstein’s life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.

  3. Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion - In this graphic novel, witness Isaac Newton develop the laws of motion and the law of universal gravitation. World-changing events unfold before your eyes in this amazing tale of invention! Dramatic illustrations and fast-paced text provide a “you-are-there” experience. With extensive back matter, including a bibliography, extended reading list, glossary, and further Internet sources, young readers will gobble up this action-packed comic book about one of history’s greatest discoveries.

  4. Move It!: Motion, Forces and You - Developed with the cooperation of a science consultant, this book in the Primary Physical Science series is a tool to teach the physical sciences to young children. Move It! follows science curricula and is loaded with surprising facts and hands-on activities designed to hold young readers’ interest and tap into their fascination with the everyday world. Move It! explores the physics of why and how things move.

Books About Physics and Technology

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Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747
Written & illustrated by Chris Gall
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

For the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747’s first commercial flight, a picture book about the development of the iconic passenger plane and how it changed the history of air travel.

In 1968, the biggest passenger jet the world had ever seen premiered in Everett, Washington. The giant plane was called the Boeing 747, but reporters named it “the Jumbo jet.”

There was only one problem. It couldn’t fly. Yet.

Jumbo details the story of the world’s first wide body passenger jet, which could hold more people than any other plane at the time and played a pivotal role in allowing middle class families to afford overseas travel. Author and illustrator Chris Gall, himself a licensed pilot, shows how an innovative design, hard work by countless people, and ground-breaking engineering put the Jumbo jet in the air.

On January 22, 1970, the Boeing 747 made it’s first transatlantic flight, taking passengers from New York to Paris in seven hours.

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Destination: Space
Written by Dr Christoph Englert & illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Hop on board the space shuttle and get ready for the ride of your life as you explore deep space with your five fellow space cadets. This journey of discovery takes you through our local solar system and beyond, to galaxies far and wide. With every encounter, learn more about the science behind the stars, planets, meteors and comets in our sky, and the history of our universe.

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What's the Matter with the Three Little Pigs?
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe & illustrated by Jomike Tejido
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

What’s the matter with the three little pigs? They’re being tormented by a hungry wolf! And no matter what kind of matter they use to build their homes, it doesn’t matter. The STEM-savvy, rhyme-loving wolf in this fractured fairy tale always seems to spoil the day. A glossary and critical thinking questions support the story’s physics content.

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Roll, Slope, and Slide: A Book About Ramps book
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Let's Make a Rainbow!: Seeing the Science of Light Refraction with Optical Physics book
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Move on Up That Beanstalk, Jack! book
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Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist book
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  1. Roll, Slope, and Slide: A Book About Ramps - Skateboards, roller coasters, and playground slides, all of these are ramps. From award-winning author Michael Dahl, this nonfiction picture book provides an introduction to one of the most important machines humans rely on. With fun facts and bright illustrations, find out how people use ramps every day.

  2. Let's Make a Rainbow!: Seeing the Science of Light Refraction with Optical Physics - Equip the next generation of scientists with a brand new series from Chris Ferrie, the #1 science author for kids! Rainbows are beautiful! As Red Kangaroo admires one arching across the sky, she wonders where rainbows come from―luckily, Dr. Chris has the answer! With just two ingredients and three simple steps, Red Kangaroo learns all about the science behind these wonderful, colorful sights! Chris Ferrie offers a kid-friendly introduction to light refraction and optical physics in this installment of his new Everyday Science Academy series. Written by an expert, with real-world and practical examples, young readers will have a firm grasp of scientific and mathematical concepts to help answer many of their “why” questions. Perfect for elementary-aged children and supports the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards.

  3. Move on Up That Beanstalk, Jack! - When times are tough, you pull yourself up and push yourself to the top … of a beanstalk … where you might get schooled in forces and motion by a STEM-loving giant named Dennis. At least that’s what happens to Jack in this delicious twist on a classic fairy tale, supported by critical thinking questions and a glossary of key physics terms.

  4. Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist - Famed for his supposed encounter with a falling apple that inspired his theory of gravity, Isaac Newton (1642–1727) grew from a quiet and curious boy into one of the most influential scientists of all time. Newton’s Rainbow tells the story of young Isaac―always reading, questioning, observing, and inventing―and how he eventually made his way to Cambridge University, where he studied the work of earlier scientists and began building on their accomplishments. This colorful picture book biography celebrates Newton’s discoveries that illuminated the mysteries of gravity, motion, and even rainbows, discoveries that gave mankind a new understanding of the natural world, discoveries that changed science forever.

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Books About Physics and First Concepts

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Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!
Written by Ruth Spiro & 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 flight - from birds, to planes and rockets - 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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Baby Loves Thermodynamics!
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

“The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schreodinger’s Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower.”—

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Baby Loves Quantum Physics!
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book engages readers in a game of hide-and-seek with Schrodinger’s famous feline. Can cat be awake and asleep at the same time? 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!

With tongue firmly in cheek, the Baby Loves Science series introduces highly intellectual science concepts to the littlest learners.

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Quantum Information for Babies book
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I Heard a Sound book
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ABC's of Physics book
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Bird Builds a Nest book
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  1. Quantum Information for Babies - Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! Written by an expert, Quantum Information for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to one of the fastest-growing areas of technology research. Babies (and grownups!) will learn all about qubits, information systems, and more. 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 quantum physicist! Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind.

  2. I Heard a Sound - Learn the science of sound with easy experiments and examples from everyday life. Crickets, clarinets, and vocal chords. All vibrate. All make sound. Here is science learning at its best: kid-friendly text, fun illustrations, and easy hands-on experiments. Readers can: • See how sound can pass through a string • Use four straws to hear high and low sounds • Attach a balloon to a cardboard tube to show how vocal chords work • Use wax paper to see sound vibrate • Learn how SOUND WAVES work And much more! A glossary is included in the back of the book.

  3. ABC's of Physics - This alphabetical installment of the Baby University series is the perfect introduction for even the youngest physicists! A is for Atom B is for Black Hole C is for Charge From atom to zero-point energy, The ABCs of Physics is a colorfully simple introduction for babies—and grownups—to a new physics concept for every letter of the alphabet. Written by an expert, each page in this physics primer features multiple levels of text so the book grows along with your little scientist.

  4. Bird Builds a Nest - It’s time for Bird to build her nest! Follow her as she pulls a worm out of the ground, lifts some twigs that are just the right size, and pushes the twigs into place. Uh-oh! One of the twigs falls to the ground! But after a day of hard work, Bird’s nest is ready and waiting. Can you guess what it’s waiting for? Using simple, clear language and beautiful illustrations, this engaging story is the perfect introduction to physical forces for very young readers. A final spread with some simple questions promotes discussion with parents, teachers, or caregivers and encourages readers to think about the concepts introduced. A gentle, sweetly illustrated concept book takes on physical forces as young children learn about pushing and pulling.

Books About Physics and Vocabulary

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Quantum Physics for Babies (0-3)
Written & illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Ages 0 to 3 years Quantum Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie is a colourfully simple introduction to the principle that gives quantum physics its name. Baby will find out that energy is “quantized” and the weird world of atoms never comes to a standstill. It is never too early to become a quantum physicist! This is the first in a series of books designed to stimulate your baby and introduce them to the world of science. Also coming in May are:  Newtonian Physics for Babies  General Relativity for Babies  Rocket Science for Babies

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Nuclear Physics 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, Nuclear Physics for Babiesis a colorfully simple introduction to the study of protons, neutrons, quarks and gluons. Babies (and grownups!) how all the particles in that tiny space are held together. 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 atongue-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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Baby Loves Gravity
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the ups and downs of gravity. When baby drops food from a high chair, why does it fall? 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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Optical Physics for Babies book
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Newtonian Physics for Babies book
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General Relativity for Babies book
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Quantum Entanglement for Babies book
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  1. Optical Physics for Babies - Finally, a scientific series that treats babies like the geniuses they are! Written by an expert, Optical Physics for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to optical physics. Babies (and grownups) will discover how light is refracted and reflected and even how rainbows are made!It only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind.

  2. Newtonian Physics for Babies - Ages 0 to 3 years Newtonian Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie introduces Newton’s three laws of motion. Although centuries old, Newton’s laws are still used today to predict the motion of objects at the human scale. With Newton’s laws, we can do simple things like predict where a thrown ball will land all the way to complicated things like landing a man on the moon. And now baby will know them too! This is the first in a series of books designed to stimulate your baby and introduce them to the world of science. Also coming in May are:  General Relativity for Babies  Rocket Science for Babies  Quantum Physics for Babies

  3. General Relativity for Babies - Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius! This accessible introduction to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity will teach babies (and adults) about mass, spacetime, and black holes. With Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind.

  4. Quantum Entanglement for Babies - Finally, a scientific series that treats babies like the geniuses they are! Written by an expert, Quantum Entanglement for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the phenomenon of quantum entanglement. Babies (and grownups) will learn all about the weird world of quantum particles. It is never too early to become a physicist!It only takes a small spark to ignite a child’s mind.

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