Great Living Books for Elementary and Middle School Science

I love to read real, living books instead of textbooks as often as possible. I have to admit, though, that science is one subject area that I really have a hard time finding living books for. As a compromise, I've found some living books that work, and I've found some textbooks that work. We use a combination of the two.

If you're looking for some living books to use for science, here are a few to get you started. I've tried to note the main area of science that the book applies to. I've also shared a few textbook style curriculums that work well for us. **And keep reading, because at the end of the post, you'll have an opportunity to win your choice of a science curriculum resource!**

Living books for science
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Living Books

Galen and the Gateway to Medicine (age 10+)- the history of science and the study of the human body-biology

Archimedes and the Door of Science (age 10+)- the story of Archimedes and his contributions to math and early science-astronomy; physics

Along Came Galileo (age 10+)- contributions of Galileo to the study of astronomy and physics- astronomy; physics

The Mystery of the Periodic Table (upper elementary+)- a look at and explanation of the elements, along with information about scientists who discovered them-chemistry

The Story Book of Science (upper elementary)- a classic written by a popular scientist of the times; looks at plants, insects, and the natural world and explains things so that kids can understand-nature

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas (elementary)- a look at the life of Gregor Mendel and his story of genetics-biology

Madam How and Lady Why (elementary)- a classic for children; deals with natural and earth science-natural science; earth science

Elementary Geography (primary and elementary)- classic written by Charlotte Mason that tells geography like a story and deals with some topics of earth science-earth science

Parables From Nature (primary and elementary)- children's stories that deal with things seen in nature- natural science

The Burgess Animal Book for Children (primary and elementary)- life science animal stories that give details about the animals and their interactions with environment and each other- life science

The Burgess Bird Book for Children (primary and elementary)- more life science stories, this one focusing on birds, their characters, and environments - life science

The Burgess Seashore Book for Children (primary and elementary)- this one describes coastal environments as the author tells children about areas along the Atlantic coast- life science

By Pond and River (elementary)- explores the habitat of ponds and rivers- natural science

The Secret of Everything (upper elementary)- stories that look at the science behind everyday things- physics

Great Inventors and Their Inventions (upper elementary)- twelve stories of famous inventors and their inventions- physics

Great Astronomers (upper elementary- middle school)- stories of astronomers and their work- astronomy

The Wonder Book of Chemistry (upper elementary)- stories of chemistry basics and description of experiments to aid understanding of chemical science- chemistry

The Story of Inventions (upper elementary)- covers a wide range of inventions and their functions-physics

George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist (upper elementary)- a biography of George Washington Carver and his scientific discoveries- biology; life science

Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science (upper elementary)- a biography of Kepler and his discoveries of astronomy - astronomy


Sometimes it's good to have a well-written textbook that ties together some of the great science that kids are learning from living books. We've found a few that are more interesting and more like reading a living book than a dull, dry text.

Apologia- Apologia's science books for elementary- and high school- read more like a living book than like a textbook. Information is rich and meaty and is presented in a way that holds kids interest.

God's Design for Science Series (Answers in Genesis)- This elementary and middle school curriculum is well-written and easy to read.

Christian Kids Explore Science (Bright Ideas Press)- The Christian Kids Explore Science series is one I've gushed about before. It's easy to read without being too heavy. As a plus, there's also a suggested reading list so you can add some living books and a literature study that corresponds with the science topic being studied.

1 comment

  1. I am so pleased to find this page, I've been searching for suitable science living books and these suggestions are perfect. Thank you for sharing.


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