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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

Let's Go Rock Collecting

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

The Pebble in My Pocket

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

The Rock Factory: A Story About The Rock Cycle

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

The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth

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

Everybody Needs a Rock

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

7A Rock Can BeLaura Purdie SalasBuggy And Buddy
8A Rock is LivelyDiana Hutts AstonBuggy And Buddy
9Annals of the Former WorldJohn McPheeio9
10Art – Pet Rocks 
Inventors Of Tomorrow
11Closing Circle 
Inventors Of Tomorrow
12Craft: Terrarium 
Inventors Of Tomorrow
13Deserts Carolhurst
14EarthDouglas PalmerGoodreads
15Earthdance Carolhurst
16Earthquakes Carolhurst
17Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the PlanetOliver Mortonio9
18Eyewitness Books: AGU
19Field Guide To The Rocks And Minerals Of The WorldDavid C. CookGoodreads
20Follow the Water from Brook to OceanArthur DorrosGoodreads
21Heartland Carolhurst
22Hill of FireThomas P. LewisAGU
23How Mountains Are MadeKathleen Weidner ZoehfeldGoodreads
24Icebergs & Glaciers Carolhurst
25If Rocks Could SingLeslie McGuirkBuggy And Buddy
26If You Are a Hunter of Fossils Carolhurst
27If You Find a RockPeggy ChristianBuggy And Buddy
28Learning About RocksSly BarloweGoodreads
29Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on EarthAndrew H. Knollio9
30Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial AncestorsLynne Margulis and Dorion Saganio9
31Mojave Carolhurst
32Mountains Carolhurst
33National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and MineralsSteve TomecekBuggy And Buddy
34Oceans Carolhurst
35Opening Circle 
Inventors Of Tomorrow
36Oxygen: The Molecule that Made the WorldNick Laneio9
37Planet EarthJonathan WeinerAGU
38Rhoda’s Rock HuntMolly Beth GriffinBuggy And Buddy
39Rock Sifting 
Inventors Of Tomorrow
40Rocks in His Head Carolhurst
41Rocks, Fossils, & ArrowheadsLaura EvertBuggy And Buddy
42Snack Demo – Starburst Rock Cycle 
Inventors Of Tomorrow
43Soil Exploration 
Inventors Of Tomorrow
44Storms Carolhurst
45Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth Carolhurst
46The Medea Hypothesis — Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?Peter Wardio9
47The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep HistoryJan Zalasiewiczio9
48Volcano Carolhurst
49When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All TimeMichael Bentonio9
50Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of HistoryStephen Jay Gouldio9
51Written in Stone: The Hidden Secrets of Fossils and the Story of Life on EarthBrian Switekio9

6 Best Geology Children’s Book Sources/Lists

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 …