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British Science Week booklist

British Science Week takes place every March. This year's theme is Connections.

We've put together a list of books to help your young scientist's learn more, or get them interested in something new!

girl with microscope

Connections with ourselves:

My First Body Book

By Matthew Oldham, illustrated by Tony Neal

Find out what's inside your body and how it all works. An introduction to muscles and how we move, our brain and senses, eating, growing up and more.

Connections to our homes:


Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

By Chase Brauchie, illustrated by Carly Browness

Learn together about an important process we all take for granted, how we get our electricity!

Lunchbox: The Story of your Food

By Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti

A look at some everyday foods – bread, cheese, tomatoes, fruit, where they come from and the processes that bring them from the field, the cow, the tree ... to your lunchbox!

Connections to the environment:

George Saves the World by Lunchtime

By Dr Jo Readman, illustrated by Ley Honor Roberts

George is determined to save the world by lunchtime. Grandpa suggests they start by recycling his yoghurt pot, putting his banana peel in the compost pile, and hanging the washing to dry in the sun.

The Whale Who Ate Plastic

By Stephanie O’Connor

A thought-provoking picture book following a hungry whale who loves to eat. Not knowing that plastic is not food, he eats plastic and feels very poorly. A gentle introduction to plastic in the ocean, and what we can all do to help address these important challenges.

10 Things I Can Do To Help My World

By Melanie Walsh

Ten things that everyone can do to help conserve their world. Many, such as turning off the television, walking to school and turning off lights, are about conserving energy. Others, are about nature and conservation.

Connections to the world around us:

Once Upon a Raindrop: The Story of Water

By James Carter, illustrated by Nomoco

Do you know why the moon's so dry and yet our world is wet? Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of water and discover the story of H20 from its very beginning.

The Street Beneath my Feet

By Charlotte Gullain, illustrated by Yuval Zommer

This double-sided foldout book takes you on a journey deep underground. One side shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside.

Connections to animals:

Inside Animals

By Barbara Taylor, illustrated by Margaux Carpentier

In this book, there are cross-sections that show how skeletons, organs, nerves, and muscles fit together inside creatures from across the globe. Each creature has its own unique body to help it survive and thrive in the wild.

Built by Animals

By Christiane Dorion, illustrated by Yeji Yun

Built by Animals introduces us to the creatures who have inspired the materials and techniques that are used by humans in the building world today. Meet over 26 animals behind the most amazing building tech.