Science and fiction: a book for every science topic

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We love it when a topic ignites a spark of curiosity in children and when they want to find out everything they can about it. Luckily, there are lots of fiction titles which cover every topic you could ever want! 

With this in mind, we’ve taken all of the core science topics children cover in the primary curriculum and have found two books per topic which your little scientist can enjoy. 

Year 1 and Year 2

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole


Jack and the Beanstalk by Mara Alperin

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole


Animals (including humans)

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne 

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell


Everyday materials

The Three Little Pigs by Mara Alperin

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Picnic by David and Ronda Armitage

The Magic Garden by Lemniscates

Seasonal changes

One Year with Kipper by Mick Inkpen

The Magic Garden by Lemniscates 


Living things and their habitats

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Year 3 and Year 4


The Owl Tree by Jenny Nimmo

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter


Animals (including humans)

The Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers



The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth by Meredith Hooper

Stone Girl Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis by Laurence Anholt


The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson


Forces and magnets

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Matilda by Roald Dahl


Living things and their habitats

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

The Last Wild by Piers Torday


States of matter

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney



Horrid Henry Rocks by Francesca Simon

Jake and Jasmine to the Rescue by Karen Harlow



The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

Year 5 and Year 6

All living things and their habitats

Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard

Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies 


Animals (including humans)

The Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman


Properties and changes of materials

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo 

The Weathermonger by Peter Dickinson


The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

Earth and space

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge



The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


Evolution and inheritance

One Smart Fish by Christopher Wormell

The Misadventures of Charles Darwin by Isabel Thomas

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba



Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll



The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


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Article by Emma Hall

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