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How to be a Scientist by Steve Mould


A bold and playful approach to science that makes the subject relevant to kids and encourages them to discover it in the real world with more than 40 fun questions, science games, and real-life scenarios.

Why does mold grow? Why is the sea salty? What makes day and night?

Kids can have all these questions-and more-answered in How to be a Scientist, as they learn how to think like a scientist and look at the world to figure out how science works. More than 40 simple activities have undetermined answers, encouraging curious young readers to find new ways to test ideas, and fun questions, games, and real-life scenarios make scientific concepts fun and relevant. The stories of the great scientists and their discoveries-and failures-are told in an entertaining way to provide even further inspiration for little budding scientists.

Supporting STEM education initiatives, How to be a Scientist will inspire kids to ask questions, do activities, and discover amazing facts.



Keira, my 5 year old, has been showing a huge interest in science and am experiments lately and obviously that is something I am encouraging. When I discovered Steve Mould’s How to be a Scientist, I was super excited as someone who values both science and critical thinking.

I don’t know about you, but I spend far too much time trying to convince people that not everything you read on the internet is true. No, a naturally occurring nuclear fission reactor is not proof that aliens colonised earth, a slice of onion in your sock at night isn’t going to cure septicemia, and vaccines are not a conspiracy to create an infertile population. I would have a lot more time on my hands if people learned ask questions before accepting something as true.




I love that this book not only introduces scientific facts but it also offers plenty of simple experiments to help children fully grasp the concepts and also helps young scientists learn to ask the right questions and illustrates the importance of digging deeper.

I love that this book really emphasises the importance of making observations, which is something I know her kindergarten teachers are already working on teaching her class.




There is just enough information on each topic to grab interest without getting overwhelming which definitely helps younger readers stay engaged.

The bright illustrations are also really engaging and help make science seem even more exciting for young readers of all age from preschoolers through to elementary school aged children.  A great science book for at home and/or in the classroom.




kathy downey

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Thanks for the review,this sounds like a fun book !