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5 books about science

See science differently, and learn some new complex words with these brilliant books.

Packed with loud, noisy, wet and soggy experiments that are guaranteed to give kids an appetite for science. Found out who invented pong-free underpants, which strange scientists ate tadpoles and discover a revolting recipe for green slime. With crazy cartoons, queasy quizzes and a terrible term at Rotten Road School – it’s oozing with info!

Explore science in a fun new way, with a different activity or experiment for every day of the year. Hands-on science to fascinate children, with often surprising results. Will inspire the scientists of the future. Further resources are available online via the Usborne Quicklinks website.
Every aspect of KS2 science is covered including light, sound and friction. All the necessary objects are easily come by and in many cases, children will have something they can use or play with (or eat!) afterwards… A truly exceptional book. –Parents in Touch

Scratch makes it easy to create your own games, animations, music, art or applications. It’s the perfect way to learn programming because it takes away a lot of the complexity. That means you can focus on having great ideas and bringing them to life. With this book as your companion, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design, build and share your own programs
  • Create addictive arcade games, quizzes and word games
  • Make computer-generated art
  • Play your favourite music and compose your own tunes…
  • Use variables, lists, loops, broadcasts and operators to create sophisticated software
  • Avoid common programming pitfalls and bugs
  • Interact with webcam video and the sensors on a PicoBoard

Vivid … an exciting children’s book. –Aquila Magazine
Exciting and educational. –Parent Talk

This exciting, educational childrens book details the real-life stories of scientists throughout history who made discoveries that changed the way we think about the world. Read about Galileo and Marie Curie, who both in very different circumstances risked peril during their research, or about Alexander Fleming, who discovered the power of penicillin by accident. Packed with fascinating details of experiments and equipment, blunders and lucky escapes, Eureka! will appeal to children around the age of 9 and over with an interest in history, science and adventure.


Horrible Science: Evil Inventions is full of the most gruesome gadgets and murderous machines ever created. Readers will love to discover why someone invented the bottom-stabbing bike saddle and why you would need a toilet snorkel! Redesigned in a bold, funky new look for the next generation of Horrible Science fans.


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