Science Picture Books

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Picture books can be a great way to capture children's interest in science. Use the list below to select engaging and age-appropriate science picture books for your classroom or child and explore some helpful science review courses that will help bring these topics to life.

Popular Science Picture Books

You can increase a child's interest in science-related topics by offering book choices that include pictures. Reading is a visual experience to begin with, but incorporating images with the text helps children visualize what they're learning and reading. These types of books also promote interest in STEM-related topics. Below are lists of popular science picture books categorized by grade-levels.

Preschool - 5th Grade

  • A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick
  • All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon
  • Being a Scientist by Natalie Lunis & Nancy White
  • Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Print by Millicent E. Selsam
  • Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins
  • First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine Hughes & Robin Terry
  • I Fall Down by Vicki Cobb
  • Me and My Senses by Joan Sweeney
  • The Invisible ABCs: Exploring the World of Microbes by Rodney P. Anderson
  • The Magic School Bus Taking Flight: A Book about Flight by Joanna Cole
  • What is Science? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Encourage students to learn more about science by utilizing the resources below:

Middle School

  • Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time! A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century by Christopher Sloan
  • Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature by Dora Lee
  • Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope by Stephen Kramer
  • Human Body Factory by Dan Green
  • The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O'Connell & Donna M. Jackson
  • The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species by Peter Lourie
  • Tornado! The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms by Judith Bloom Fradin & Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • What's Eating You?: Parasites - The Inside Story by Nicola Davies

The courses listed below provide a fun and interactive review of science-related topics for middle school students:

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