Wednesday 31 May 2017

How To Be A Scientist Book Review

Science, when you think about this subject you will conjure images of lab coats and boring experiments involving test tubes. Steve Mould, TV science presenter and comedian wants to challenge this concept with his newly released book How To Be A Scientist.


This is a book filled with fun activities, amazing facts, plenty of questions and opportunities to figure things out. It's aimed at children aged between 7 and 11 as it covers core Key stage 2 topics which include : natural world, human body, chemistry, physics, earth and space.


I'm not sure about the kids but I was immediately drawn in by the brightly coloured front cover, it's definitely eye catching and it invites children to come and explore, to DO, SEE, ASK and DISCOVER.

Before you begin turning the pages Steve explains that many projects can be done using items from your home or by simply looking outdoors but there are a few tools you'll need to really get the most out of the 37 different hands on projects that are suggested throughout the book.


We all know the equipment is useful but what else makes a scientist, well it's all in the attitude. Be creative, be curious, explore, share and above all else pay attention. These top tips at the beginning I believe actually benefit children for every day life not just for the subject of science!

What I like in this book is the layout. It's bold, it's fun and ultimately engaging. There are step by step instructions for all projects which are illustrated wonderfully. This makes it easier to follow for both the children and parents if they are called in to help.


The book is broken down into six sections, I mentioned these topics earlier. Every section gets kids looking, thinking and expanding their minds. The 'Now Try' additions on certain pages encourage children to continue to use what they've just learnt and it reinforces that knowledge as well.

And it isn't just science included within this book. With facts about some memorable scientists such as Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, there's a history lesson or two thrown in for good measure, adding to an already jam packed


How To Be A Scientist gets children thinking outside of the box, it makes them re-evaluate, not just accepting that something happens but gets them wondering just why it happened and how. An inspiring book that will hopefully create more budding scientists.


  1. I love books about science and this one looks brilliant! Anything that encourages children to ask questions and wonder about the world is great, mine are still a bit young for this but it's one to keep in mind. #readwithme

  2. This sounds like great fun. My daughter always thinks she doesn't do much science at school, so she would probably enjoy this.

  3. I love this book. It's a bit old for my grandchildren atm but definitely one to remember

  4. We love science kits at home and this looks like a fab book for when my sighted is a bit older! #readwithmw

  5. I looked forward to these sorts of books and experiments with BookBairn when she is older! #readwithme

  6. This looks great. I love the encouraging way it is focussed

  7. This sounds like a wonderful book for budding scientists. #readwithme

  8. I love the sound of this book. Our 7 year old loves science and anything that gets her experimenting is a win in my book! Thanks for hosting #readwithme


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