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Science Fairs: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. 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 science fairs, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Major Eights 3: The Goo Disaster! to popular sellers like Ivy and Bean What’s the Big Idea? (Book 7).

We hope this list of kids books about science fairs can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The Major Eights 3: The Goo Disaster!
Written by Melody Reed & illustrated by Emilie Pepin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In book three of the Major Eights series, Maggie has to ace her science fair project or she won’t be able to perform with the band at the annual arts banquet! Maggie is thrilled to perform with the Major Eights at the school’s annual arts fund-raising banquet. But when Maggie’s science grade starts slipping (her one difficult subject), her mom refuses to let her play at the banquet unless she can get an A on her science fair project. Can Maggie and the girls find a way to make sure Maggie aces the project?

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The Time Warp Wonder
Written by Franklin W. Dixon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Detective brothers Frank and Joe work to debunk a time travel machine in the eighth book in the interactive Hardy Boys Clue Book series. Bayport Elementary is almost ready for the annual science fair—it’s all down to the final touches. Frank and Joe have collaborated on a detective helmet. It’s the perfect lie detector—just place it on a suspect’s head and the bells and whistles will tell you when they’re lying. But not everyone is as prepared for the big fair. Their good friend Phil has designed a time machine he calls the Time Warp Wonder. He just needs to figure out how it works first… Phil uses Chet’s hamster as a test subject. And the machine really does make the hamster disappear from the cafeteria! It’s just that Phil isn’t sure where the hamster went or how to get him back. Frank and Joe are not so sure the hamster went back in time. They have a feeling their Clue Book will be more help to Chet’s hamster than Phil’s calculations. But the brothers start questioning their instincts when they receive pictures of the hamster in different time periods; dressed as caveman with the dinosaurs, suited up in armor in the middle ages, in a top hat watching Abe Lincoln give a speech. Could Chet’s hamster really be traveling though time? It’s up to the Hardy Boys—and you—to find out!

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The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare
Written by Shannon Hale & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Princess Magnolia is excited. Excited and nervous. She’s going to the Interkingdom Science Fair today to present her poster about seeds and plants, and when she arrives, she sees that her friends are there too! Princess Honeysuckle made a mole habitat, Princess Sneezewort has built a blanket fort, and Tommy Wigtower has a talking volcano that’s saying “EAAAAT!” Wait, what? A surprise goo monster makes this a job for the Princess in Black, and the Princess in Blankets is on the scene to lend a hand. But will two masked heroes be enough to save the science fair? A little scientific problem-solving—and a lot of princess power—will make the sixth entry in the New York Times bestselling series a smash hit.

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My Weirder-est School #1: Dr. Snow Has Got to Go!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

In this first book in the My Weirder-est School series, Ella Mentry School is having a science fair!

Guest scientist Dr. Snow has arrived to help A.J. and his friends conduct their own cool experiments. But what is “the Snowman” really planning? And what does S.T.E.M. even stand for, anyway?

Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids hungry for funny school stories, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

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Heidi Heckelbeck and the Secret Admirer
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Someone has a crush on Heidi Heckelbeck! Can she figure out who it is–with a little help from her Book of Spells?</b> <p/>The Brewster Science Fair is approaching, and Heidi and Stanley are busy working on their project. But when Heidi finds treats in her cubby and her desk, she realizes that she has a secret admirer! Who can it be? Heidi starts to investigate, and she eventually turns to her Book of Spells for help. Will she discover her admirer’s true identity?<br> With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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  • Science Fair Is Freaky! - In book 4 of this hit series, a giant volcano grows up out of the floor of Eerie Elementary!

  • Libby Loves Science - Libby and her friends volunteer to run the science booth at their school fair and have some great ideas, but Libby does not always follow directions precisely. Includes a worksheet for each experiment mentioned.

  • Science Fair Disaster! - Zack has his work cut out for him as he prepares for the Intergalactic Science Fair in the thirteenth Galaxy Zack adventure. <p/>When the Intergalactic Science Fair returns to Nebulon, the pressure is on for Sprockets Academy’s students to uphold their winning streak. Zack is sure he can win. But when his project malfunctions, will he be able to get things under control before disaster erupts? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

  • Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare - It's mayhem at the science fair! A squishy goo monster is a challenge for the Princess in Black -- but luckily some science-loving princesses are on hand to help.

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Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea? (Book 7)
Written by Annie Barrows & illustrated by Sophie Blackall
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

It’s the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe…maybe something different.

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Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair
Written by Kate Messner & illustrated by Heather Ross
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell’s classroom, and they do everything the students do—listening at storytime, painting masterpieces during art class, and keeping their own special journals. But when it’s time for the school science fair, the mice aren’t sure just how to get involved. Lucy wants to time them as they run through a maze, but they want to do an experiment, not be an experiment. Then Zeke comes up with a great idea: since Lucy is training animals for her experiment, maybe he and Fergus can do the same thing! Unfortunately, the only animals available are the students themselves. Can Fergus and Zeke turn the tables and train Lucy in time for the science fair?

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Never Insult a Killer Zucchini
Written by Elana Azose & illustrated by David Clark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

This is one science fair you’ll never forget!

When Mr. Farnsworth, the science-fair judge, declares that he loves zucchinis, the Killer Zucchini is smitten. As the judge makes his way through the exhibits alphabetically—A (antimatter), B (bionic limb), C (cloning)—the Killer Zucchini tries to show his affection. But when Mr. F gets to K and admits he likes to eat zucchini with ranch dressing, the Killer Zucchini gets steamed and attempts to exact his revenge on the snack-loving judge using the other science-fair projects as his means to an end.

Hilarious havoc ensues as the entire science fair is destroyed by his wrath.

Engaging backmatter provides the science behind the science fair entries created by the characters in the story.

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