Children's Books about Rocks
If You Find a Rock is suggested for lower elementary aged children but my 3 and 4.5 year old really enjoy the book. What I appreciate about the book are the use of real images and the idea that a rock is and can be much more than a simple hard object. This book is sure to ignite a child's interest in rocks. A great book for the start of a unit.
Rocks, Fossils & Arrowheads (Take Along Guides) is one of a series of books that has added a lot to our home library. My boys love reading about life sciences and nature. This book, with it's wonderful images (although I do prefer real images), is the perfect companion for them. The books works well with 4-9 year olds giving lots of information. Older children may want a bit more information. The best part about this book is the encouragement it gives children to go out into nature, observe, draw and write. A great book for your child's reference library.
The cover of Rocks & Fossils (Usborne Nature Trail) had me at first glance. Immediately, I was fascinated with the fossils. I craved more and figured my children would feel the same way. Like most Usborne books there is loads of information, such as how rocks were formed, included within the pages, which can be too much for the younger child. The photos are beautiful and inviting to the eye.
Rocks in His Head is a great book for many reasons. Although not your standard “let's learn about rocks” type of book, it allows the child to experience the passion of rock collecting through the story of the author's father. On many levels, this book is a great one to add to your classroom collection because it teaches about staying true to your interests, following your passions, and just might hook the child into the unique world of rock collecting.
We adored A Seed Is Sleepy by the same author. So we thought we'd give A Rock Is Lively a try. There is something about these illustrations that I love. They're calming and soothing. The format and design of this book is beautiful. The information, both visually and with words, is presented gently to the reader without compromising its effectiveness in delivery. With the help of this book, teaching children about rocks can be intriguing instead of boring.
Hill Of Fire is a true story based in Mexico about a farmer who finds a volcano erupting in his field. Children are enamored with this book. There is a lot of learning to be had after reading this book. Children will want to know more about volcanoes, and will be amazed at how a volcano can grow and become so powerful. The book is easy to read and will capture the attention of your children with its story telling.
How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World brings to life a childhood goal of most of us: digging to the other side of the earth. This book includes a lot of scientific information but keeps the child engaged with the illustrations. The contents will send your child's imagination on a journey that will undoubtedly stay with him for many years to come.
The Big Rock is a great addition to your child's reference library for learning about rocks and minerals. The book is factually accurate and great for learning about the rock cycle. The illustrations are nice but not extraordinary. The important point is that the book will result in lots of questions from your child and build a sense of wonder about why things are the way they are in the world. The age range is 7-10 years old but my 3 and 4 year old boys enjoyed it.
The Rock Factory: The Story About the Rock Cycle is a great introduction to rocks for lower elementary aged children. With that said, my son is 4.5 and enjoyed this book. The content includes information on the formation of rocks with an explanation of the rock cycle is told from the point of view of a piece of carbon that eventually becomes a diamond. I'd recommend for a unit on rocks and to place in your reference area of a classroom.
National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals is a must have for your classroom or home. The images are real and well down. There is a ton of great information for children to absorb, to question, and to research further. We love National Geographic's learning guides, and own many of them across a variety of topics.
Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough (Amazing Science) is a simple yet effective book about rocks. The book appeals to a wide age range, and can be worked into a preschool or lower elementary unit study. The perfect book to introduce rocks to a young child and to leave him wanting more.
I found this adorable book on the Cape one summer. I couldn't resist One Grain of Sand: Journey of a Rock. I loved the layout, the rhythm of the words, and the illustrations. This book tells the story of a rock in a way that captures a child's attention. I like to use props when I read this book or go outside soon after reading it. Young children are concrete. To see and to hold or to climb (a boulder) solidifies the journey of the rock. Plus integrating physical science is always a bonus.
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth is one of my sons' absolute favorite books. Truthfully, I was not the biggest fan of the Magic School Bus series, but I had to surrender because my sons' learn a lot from these books. The writers make learning happen whether we adults like it or not. So, yes, the Magic School Bus and Ms. Frizzle's class goes on an adventure inside the earth. I take away something every time I read the book as do my children.
Let's Go Rock Collecting is an easy book that your child is sure to love. The illustrations are actually paintings, and, although quite simple in their presentation, are inviting to a child. The pages include real images too, which, as you know, I particular like for a child's learning. In simple language, much like the illustrations, the book takes the reader on a journey around the world with two young rock collectors. Your child will have fun, will learn a great deal about rocks, and will surely want to begin his own rock collection immediately.