Books: Math and Science for Young People

Here is a list of books on Math and science that we have enjoyed! If you want to look at our big list of books, see here.

For standard math practice, we have liked the Spectrum books (see here). We also like Math Antics.

For easy reading stories that involve math, we have enjoyed the series Math Matters. We have also enjoyed the Sir Cumference series, which is a bit more difficult.

For science stories, we have liked the Science Solves it series, which similar to Math Matters but not quite as easy.

In terms of biographies, we have liked the books on Jane Goodall, Neil Armstrong, and Albert Einstein from the Ordinary People Who Changed the World Series (see here). We also liked Deborah Heiligman’s book The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos. (see here).

Fiction stories about science that we have enjoyed include Magic School Bus, Andrew Lost, The Fantastic Flying JourneyDoyle and FosseyEinstein Anderson (cf. here), The Unusual Mind of Vincent ShadowFrank Einstein, Nick and TeslaMiss Pickerell, George’s Secret Key books (Lucy and Stephen Hawking), and Astrotwins (Mark Kelly). And some Magic Treehouse books also involve science (see here). There are also some good “How To” books, such as Hazel Richardson‘s How to Live on Mars, How to Build a Time Machine, and Clive Gifford‘s How to Build a Robot. and How to Meet Aliens. Gary Blackwood’s Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers was also a hit. We also liked some of Kendall Haven‘s books, such as e.g. Marvels of Math and Marvels of Science.

For very young readers, further suggestions for learning math and science books through children’s literature can be found in K. L. Braddon, Math Through Children’s Literature. 1993, C. Butzow, Science Through Children’s Literature (1989), C. Butzow, C. More Science Through Children’s Literature. 1998, and C. Butzow, Intermediate Science Through Children’s Literature. 1994.