The best children’s books about physics

Andi Diehn Author Of Forces: Physical Science for Kids
By Andi Diehn

The Books I Picked & Why

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

By Jess Wade, Melissa Castrillón

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

Why this book?

Quantum physics is mind-blowing. Everything in the world is made of subatomic particles that don’t behave like we’d expect them too! This book breaks down complicated concepts with well-organized chunks of texts and very cool illustrations that all help us make sense of the parts of the world that are too tiny to see.


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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

By Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

Why this book?

You can’t talk physics without talking Einstein! This beautiful book explores Einstein’s curiosity and drive to know more, which began when he was young. His journey from nonverbal child to brilliant scientist is fascinating and inspiring for all kinds of readers.


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Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids: 40 Fun Science Projects and Why They Work

By Erica L. Colón

Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids: 40 Fun Science Projects and Why They Work

Why this book?

What’s the best way to learn science? Experiments! Hands-on learning is a great way for kids to figure out how things work. This collection of science projects allows kids to follow their curiosity and gain foundational learning while having a blast! Many can be done independently, some need a bit of adult supervision.


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Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

By Teresa Robeson, Rebecca Huang

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

Why this book?

A book that encompasses both the study of science and the role of women in the world, this beautiful picture book explores the life of Wu Chien Shiung, a Chinese American scientist who worked in particle and nuclear physics during a time when women weren’t encouraged to have scientific careers.


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My First Book of Quantum Physics

By Kaid-Sala Ferrón Sheddad, Eduard Altarriba

My First Book of Quantum Physics

Why this book?

Fun and super clear graphics combined with straightforward discussions of complex topics make this book a hit. The writing is more expository than narrative, which will appeal to kids who love fact books and encyclopedias. Another one that both adults and kids can learn a ton from!


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