National Science Week is in August, and to encourage all the budding scientists out there, we have collated a list of the best science books to inspire you to experiment, invent and learn.

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

For the children who ask 'Why?'

For the inventors

For the astronomers

For the zoologists

For the experimenters and makers

For the dinosaur experts

For the naturalists

For the environmentalists

For the science history buff

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

Scientist Storytime

STEAM themed picture books

Make a reservation

To reserve a book, select the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation. Titles with an asterisk (*) are also available from our eBook collection.

More recommended reading

Enjoy more Science stories read by our favourite authors, illustrators and media personalities with Story Box Library. Watch on any device using your library membership. 

Visit the Children’s Storytimes and Activities page for all our regular children’s programs. See our Literacy and reading resources for families page to find the best reading recommendations, literacy advice and programs for your child.