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Children's Fiction with a Connection to Science


Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 1-3 interest
  • Zoey uses science to help a dragon. 

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • Grades 4-7 interest
  • See also: Research 
  • While grieving her friend's death, Suzy becomes obsessed with a rare jellyfish in this novel that explores the wonder of our world.


Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

  • Pub Date: 2008
  • Grades 4-6 interest


Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

  • Pub Date: 2009
  • Grades 4-7 interest


The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 5-7 interest
  • Fern spends the book working on her STEM project while learning about the science behind fracking. 


The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon


The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 4-6 interest 
  • When Clover's best friend Danny gets sick with a mysterious illness, she decides to do her science fair project on his symptoms to figure out what's wrong with him and how to cure him. 


Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • Graphic novel 
  • Grades 5-8 interest
  • See also: Starting Middle School, Competition
  • The art club and the science club compete for a table at the student club showcase. 


Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas

  • Pub Date: 2014
  • Grades 4-7 interest
  • See also: ResearchOutcastsStarting Middle School
  • Nashville was hatched from an egg and looks like part bird, part boy. He wonders why he can't fly and researches birds/flight.


Forest World by Margarita Engle

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 4-7 interest 
  • See also: In Verse, Multiple Narrators, Nature
  • Siblings who have just met explore their forest home in Cuba and talk a lot about evolution and ecology. 


The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner 

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 5 to 7 interest
  • See also: Searching, Only Children 
  • Zig loves science, especially electronics.


Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar

  • Pub Date: 2017
  •  Grades 4 to 6 interest
  • Fidelia, daughter of two scientists, is a scientist and inventor herself.


The Theory of Hummingbirds by Michelle Kadarusman

  • Pub Date: 2017
  • Grades 4-6 interest
  • See also: NatureOnly ChildrenTeachers/Librarians
  • Alba and her friend Levi are really into bird watching, especially hummingbirds. Levi is also interested in A Brief History of Time.


The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller


Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Blakemore

  • Pub Date: 2019
  • Grades 2-4 interest
  • Frankie has to do research about rats and invents a self feeding mechanism for a pet rat.


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