Cork Science Festival suggested reading list

Cork Science Festival put out a call to researchers, scientists,educators, friends, families and most importantly parents to recommend some good reading for Science Week, below is what came back, this list is by no means exhaustive !. If you have any good books to add let us know at

Age 3-6 (suitable for storytime reading at the library)

  • Octonuats series (e.g. The Octonauts explore the Great Big Ocean)
  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
  • The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
  • The Snail and the Whale, by Julia Donaldson
  • Baby Loves Quarks! (Baby Loves Science) by Ruth Spiro
  • My very first space book, Usborne Books
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
  • Mr Men Trip to the Moon by Adam Hargreaves and Roger Hargreaves
  • Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

Age 6-9

  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty  
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty  
  • Marissa the Science Fairy (Rainbow Magic series)
  • Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
  • How the World Works by Christiane Dorion and Beverley Young’s (pop-up book)
  • Lift-the-flap computers and coding, Usborne Books
  • Lift-the-flap questions and answers about your body, Osborne Books
  • Ada Lovelace Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada
  • I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change The World) by Brad Meltzer
  • 11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill
  • I Wonder by Annaka Harris
  • Rhonda’s Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin
  • Mad Margaret Experiments with the Scientific Method by Eric Braun

Age 8-12

  • The Gooey, Chewy, Rumble, Plop book Steve Alton/Mick Sharratt 
  • What’s the Point of Being Green? by Jacqui Bailey
  • What Goes On In My Head, by Robert Winston
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  • What Mr Darwin Saw, by Mick Manning
  • Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do (Usborne Activities)
  • Can You Feel the Force?: Putting the fizz back into physics, by Richard Hammond
  • What Makes You, YOU? By Gill Arbuthnott
  • The Itch series by Simon Mayo
  • The Frank Einstein series by Jon Scieszka
  • The George series by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
  • The Story of Science, Usborne Books

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