This year's National Science Week took place from 10 to 18 August 2019. To encourage all the budding scientists out there, we have collated a list of the best new science books to inspire you to experiment, invent and learn.

Enjoy exploring the world around you, learn about great scientists, get messy with slime, dive underwater, or answer the unanswerable with these great non-fiction reads for primary school-aged children. 

For the children who ask 'Why?'

A to Z of science: a visual dictionary for curious scientists by Basher
DK children's encyclopedia: the book that explains everything
Questions and answers about weather  by Katie Daynes
The everyday journeys of ordinary things: from phones to food and from post to poop... the ways the world works by Libby Deutsch
National Geographic Little kids first big book of science by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Ask a scientist: professor Robert Winston answers 100 big questions from kids around the world! by Robert Winston

For the inventors

The zoom, fly, bolt, blast steam handbook: build 18 innovative projects with brain power by Lance Akiyama
What do machines do all day? by Jo Nelson
Leonardo's science workshop: invent, create, and make STEAM projects like a genius by Heidi Olinger  

For the naturalists

The wonder of trees by Nicola Davies
Rock spotter by Dan Green
Seeds move! by Robin Page

For the astronomers

The book of space rockets by Neil Clark
Why does the Earth need the moon? by Dr. Devin Dennie
When the stars come out by Nicola Edwards
The race to space by Clive Gifford
Odd science: spectacular space by James Olstein
Science for exploring outer space by Mark Thompson

For the experimenters and makers

Super slime! Make the perfect slime every time with 30 fantastic recipes by Susan Akass
Science you can eat: putting what we eat under the microscope by Stefan Gates
Kitchen science lab for kids: 52 mouth-watering recipes, and the everyday science that makes them taste amazing by Liz Lee
Science is magic: amaze your friends with spectacular science experiments by Steve Mould
Science lab: fantastic activities for young scientists by Robert Winston

For the dinosaur experts

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric life by Chris Barker
Dinosaurs: travel through millions of years to see the birth and death of the dinosaurs by Liz Gogerly
Lifesize dinosaurs by Sophy Henn
Mammals, birds and other vertebrates by Clare Hibbert

For the environmentalists

The Usborne book of planet Earth by Megan Cullis
What a waste: rubbish, recycling, and protecting our planet by Jess French
Climate change by Izzi Howell
A planet full of plastic and how you can help by Neal Layton
If polar bears disappeared by Lily Williams

For the zoologists

The ultimate animal counting book by Jennifer Cossins
Fanatical about frogs by Owen Davey
The butterfly house: step inside to discover over 100 species of nature's most beautiful insects by Katy Flint
The sea book: meet the marvellous creatures living in our oceans by Charlotte Milner
Helen Ahpornsiri's beneath the water by Lily Murray
Odd science: incredible creatures by James Olstein
Meet the minibeasts by Sarah Ridley

For the science history buff

Finally, to learn from the influencers of the past, check out the following titles.

Stand up for the future: a celebration of inspirational young Australians
Super scientists: 40 inspiring icons by Anne Blanchard
Stories for boys who dare to be different 2: further true tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons by Ben Brooks
Darwin: An exceptional voyage by Fabien Grolleau
Brilliant ideas from wonderful women by Aitziber Lopez
Fantastically great women who worked wonders by Kate Pankhurst
Ten women who changed science, and the world by Catherine Whitlock

More recommended reading

To view booklists on a variety of subjects, visit Booklists from our librarians.

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