If you’re learning about the states of matter, here are a few States of Matter Books for Kids you don’t want to miss.
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States of Matter Books for Kids
These first few books cover all three states of matter.
These two Rookie Readers are great for beginning readers. I love Rookie Reader nonficiton books because they are simple and have fantastic images.
What is the World Made Of? by Kathleen Wiedner Zoehfeld – Let’s Read and Find Out is another nonfiction series I’ve enjoyed as a read aloud over and over. It’s a wonderful book that covers all three states of matter. I’ve used this book for years in the classroom and at home. If you’re only going to use one book for this unit, this would be the one.
What’s the Matter in Mr. Whiskers’ Room? by Michael Elsohn Ross – a fiction book about the 3 states of matter that reminds me a great deal of The Magic School Bus series. Experiments are included in the book, too.
These books are specifically designed for one of the states of matter: solid, liquid, or gas.
I’ve enjoyed Weekly Reader for YEARS! These readers are no exception. They have simple text with amazing photos, and diagrams. In this Weekly Reader science series, you’ll find three books: States of Matter: Solids, States of Matter: Liquids, and States of Matter: Gases all by Jim Mezzanotte
Another series for the states of matter are the What is? books by Jennifer Boothroyd. In this series, there is What is a Solid?, What is a Liquid?, and What is a Gas? And while this series may appear a little “baby-ish” with big text, there’s more information in these books that meets the eye! Some great info is included in these little book!
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss – Kids may enjoy listening to this fictional story about a king and his “Oobleck” problem before they use the “Eww, Slime!” activity of making Oobleck in my States of Matter Unit. Since Oobleck has the properties of both a solid and a liquid, it’s super fun to explore with learners!
If you’re looking for more hands-on activities these two books include quite a lot.
- Touch It!: Materials, Matter and You by Adrienne Mason – more about the characteristics and properties of solids, even beyond the states of matter subject area
- Change It!: Solids, Liquids, Gases and You by Adrienne Mason – even more experiments and hands-on fun kids will LOVE!
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