Books have a long-standing high profile position in science education. It is hard to pin down precisely whether they have any significant educational impact. What is discernible is that they have impact ascribed to them, with scientists frequently referring to the inspirational power of the popular science books (and science fiction) they read as children. Books for adults are also often cited in terms of the public understanding of science and/or political support for science funding.
Overviews of the histories and ideologies of popular science aimed at adults are available elsewhere, so this entry will focus on some of the history and diversity of science books for young people. Most of the examples sit within the 7–11 years age range, largely because this is the age that children’s popular science books are produced for. What might be defined as a children’s science book will always be reasonably open as we might unpack any of the terms children’s, science, or book. Indeed, the...
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