Chemistry is a subject that can and should be fun. Here is a selection of recently published books that kids will learn from and enjoy too.
1. Cool Chemistry Concoctions: 50 Formulas that Fizz, Foam, Splatter & Ooze by Joe Rhatigan and Veronika Gunter (2007)
A book packed full of experiments using items that can be found in the home. The book laid out in an easily understood format and explains what you need', what you do', why it works' and experiments are accompanied by fun cartoon illustrations. A few experiments may need the supervision of an adult as expressed in the book but concepts are explained and easily understood. Suitable for kids of ages 8 to 14 years.
2. The Periodic Table: Elements with Style by Adrian Dingle (2007)
A wonderful publication, this is how science should be taught. An accurate and informative book that takes the reader through the periodic table via the groups of elements explaining the qualities of each element and group. Fun and easy to understand, kids will love to learn about the elements through this book. Suitable for Kids from 8 years and up.
3. Cold Light: Creatures, Discoveries, and Inventions That Glow by Anita Sitarsk (Hardback 2007)
A great book that introduces kids to the idea of cold light', a term in natural chemistry where light is produced but no energy is wasted in heat. Topics covered include LED's (light emitting diodes), Firefly's and deep sea creatures. An educational and fun book that covers a fascinating topic is written in a way that is easily understood by kids but adults will find it difficult to put it down too. Suitable for Kids from 9 to 12 years.
4. Secret Science: 25 Science Experiments Your Teacher Doesn't Know About (Paperback) by Steve Spangler (2007)
Kids with love this book, even more so perhaps because of title. The simple and easy to understand text guides children through 25 different science experiments. Learn how to extract iron from a dollar bill, find metal in breakfast cereal or make water disappear. Unique and interesting experiments that use everyday household items. Suitable for kids from 8 and up.
5. The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Science (Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries) by Corinne Stockley , Chris Oxlade ,Jane Wertheim and Kirsteen Rogers (Revised Edition 2007)
Does what it says on the tin and much more. This edition is more of a condensed science course than a dictionary. Provides clear explanations of concepts in science with great, detailed illustrations. An absolute gem if you are just starting out and will continue to be an invaluable resource in the future. Suitable from ages 8 and up.