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The Best Children’s Geology Books

“What are the best Children’s books about Geology?” We looked at 51 of the top Kids Geology books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 6 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Geology ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 40+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 6 Best Children’s Books About Geology



6 .) Let’s Go Rock Collecting written by Roma Gans

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Goodreads

Describes the formation and characteristics of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and how to recognize and collect them.



5 .) The Pebble in My Pocket written by Meredith Hoooper

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Carolhurst

The history of a pebble is followed from its time in a volcano to the primordial forests; from there it is stepped on by dinosaurs, dragged by glaciers and picked up by cavepeople.



4 .) The Rock Factory: A Story About The Rock Cycle written by Jacqui Bailey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Goodreads

Examines how rock is made and how it got the way it is today. Children will follow a little rock’s journey from the core of the Earth into the hands of a very lucky little boy.



3 .) Volcanoes written by Franklyn Mansfield Branley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Carolhurst
  • Goodreads

Explains how volcanoes are formed and how they affect the earth when they erupt.



2 .) The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth written by Joanna Cole

Lists It Appears On:

  • AGU
  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Carolhurst

On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms Frizzle’s class learn at first hand about different kinds of rocks and the formation of the earth.



1 .) Everybody Needs a Rock written by Bird Baylor and Peter Parnall

Lists It Appears On:

  • AGU
  • Buggy And Buddy
  • Carolhurst

Describes the qualities to consider in selecting the perfect rock for play and pleasure.




The 40+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Geology



# Books Authors Lists
7 A Rock Can Be Laura Purdie Salas Buggy And Buddy
8 A Rock is Lively Diana Hutts Aston Buggy And Buddy
9 Annals of the Former World John McPhee io9
10 Art – Pet Rocks
Inventors Of Tomorrow
11 Closing Circle
Inventors Of Tomorrow
12 Craft: Terrarium
Inventors Of Tomorrow
13 Deserts Carolhurst
14 Earth Douglas Palmer Goodreads
15 Earthdance Carolhurst
16 Earthquakes Carolhurst
17 Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet Oliver Morton io9
18 Eyewitness Books: AGU
19 Field Guide To The Rocks And Minerals Of The World David C. Cook Goodreads
20 Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean Arthur Dorros Goodreads
21 Heartland Carolhurst
22 Hill of Fire Thomas P. Lewis AGU
23 How Mountains Are Made Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld Goodreads
24 Icebergs & Glaciers Carolhurst
25 If Rocks Could Sing Leslie McGuirk Buggy And Buddy
26 If You Are a Hunter of Fossils Carolhurst
27 If You Find a Rock Peggy Christian Buggy And Buddy
28 Learning About Rocks Sly Barlowe Goodreads
29 Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth Andrew H. Knoll io9
30 Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors Lynne Margulis and Dorion Sagan io9
31 Mojave Carolhurst
32 Mountains Carolhurst
33 National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals Steve Tomecek Buggy And Buddy
34 Oceans Carolhurst
35 Opening Circle
Inventors Of Tomorrow
36 Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the World Nick Lane io9
37 Planet Earth Jonathan Weiner AGU
38 Rhoda’s Rock Hunt Molly Beth Griffin Buggy And Buddy
39 Rock Sifting
Inventors Of Tomorrow
40 Rocks in His Head Carolhurst
41 Rocks, Fossils, & Arrowheads Laura Evert Buggy And Buddy
42 Snack Demo – Starburst Rock Cycle
Inventors Of Tomorrow
43 Soil Exploration
Inventors Of Tomorrow
44 Storms Carolhurst
45 Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth Carolhurst
46 The Medea Hypothesis — Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive? Peter Ward io9
47 The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep History Jan Zalasiewicz io9
48 Volcano Carolhurst
49 When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time Michael Benton io9
50 Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History Stephen Jay Gould io9
51 Written in Stone: The Hidden Secrets of Fossils and the Story of Life on Earth Brian Switek io9


6 Best Geology Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
AGU Childhood bookshelves: Geology reading for kids
Buggy And Buddy 12+ Children’s Books about Rocks
Carolhurst Featured Subject: Geology in Children’s Literature
Goodreads Popular Kids Science Geology Books
Inventors Of Tomorrow Geology for Kids – Learn About Rocks
io9 The 10 Books You Absolutely Must Read to Understand the History of …
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