Homeschool Science Corner ~ Science Encyclopedias

Here's a fantastic list of science encyclopedias from the early years up to middle school | Homeschool Science Corner at Elemental BloggingI see A LOT of different science encyclopedias in my line of work.

In fact, “a lot” doesn’t cover the volume of children’s scientific reference books I have been through.

I’ve seen the awesome, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I do enjoy leafing through these resources and sharing them with my own children, so I can’t complain!

Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorites – sorted by age and discipline – to make things easier for you :-).

Here it goes…

Early Years

My recommendation for the preschool and early elementary years is more of a series than an encyclopedia:

  • The Let’s Read and Find Out Series (Note – Love, love, love these books! Did I mention that I love these books? Seriously, they are divided into levels, so they make fantastic read-alouds for preschool/early elementary students. On top of that the science is solid. Gotta say it again, I love these books!!

I do also suggest that you let your preschoolers leaf through some of the more visual encyclopedias suggested below.

Elementary Years

Here are my suggestions for first grade through fifth grade:

General Science


Earth Science




*A quick note on the Basher Science series – I’m a relative newcomer to this series, but so far it seems like an engaging way to share science with your students. Although I have not run across any yet, I have heard that this series has some questionable phrasing. Generally, I recommend these as read-alouds for the younger crowd so that you can edit on the fly if necessary.

Middle School Years

Here are my suggestions for fifth grade through eighth grade:

General Science


Earth Science




A Final Word

I trust that you will find these lists useful as you seek to formulate your plan for homeschool science this next year. If you have any suggestions that I didn’t include on the list or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Before you go, I must disclose that none of the above links are affiliate link, as I don’t have time to put all of those together. Instead, I write programs that use almost every single one of these.

So, if you like these lists, be sure to head on over to Elemental Science to see how these books can be coupled with experiments and notebooking for a complete homeschool science program!

by Paige Hudson


  1. Can you tell me if the required spine for Biology Logic Stage must be the 2006 edition? There is a newer “3rd edition” I’m not sure which one to purchase. Thank you!

    • I am referring to the Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia. Your link in the article shows 3rd edition. The Elemental Science website link shows the 2006 edition.

      Thanks & Sorry for not including the title in my first post.

    • Lauren,

      They are virtually the same book on the inside, so either one is fine.


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