The Usborne Science Encyclopedia

The Usborne Science Encyclopedia (Libarary of Science)You are probably familiar with Usborne Books. Have you seen their Science Encyclopedia? It is a beautiful book that has gotten lots of love around here. It's basically a textbook, but one that is pretty enough and interesting enough to just sit down and read.

This book covers the basic topics of Materials, Mixtures & Compounds, Energy/Forces/Motion, Earth & Space, Light/Sound/Electricity, Plants, Animals, and the Human Body in a friendly way that will appeal to elementary age students. Then, when one of the topics strikes your child's interest, he can visit the websites recommended to go along with the topic or try one of the experiments.

We recently grew our own crystals out of alum, based on an experiment in this book. 

After letting them grow for a few days, we chose the biggest one, and using it as a 'seed crystal', put it in the jar and watched it grow some more.

It was a fun experiment, and though the Usborne Science Encyclopedia seemed a little expensive for this cheap mama, I'm really glad we have it.


  1. Wow, that looks so great! We have the usborne art book and it is so much fun. I can't wait to check this out!

  2. We have the science curriculum from NOEO science and they use the Usborne Science Encyclopedia along with the Usborne Book of Marvels and Mysteries. We have the Physics II version and it also comes with 2 "living books" and an many experiments from the Young Scientist Club. I don't sell their stuff or anything, but it is a really great science program. Just thought I would mention it.

    Science is now my son's favorite subject because of these books!