Books About Electricity for Kids

We take our nighttime lights for granted. We rarely think about what our lives would be like without lights at night. We'd have to go back to using candles and kerosene lanterns to light our homes and businesses. Thankfully, we have electricity that provides the energy we use for light bulbs. Electricity provides energy for much more, too! We have electric furnaces and air conditions. We have electric coffee pots, mixers, and numerous other kitchen appliances. We have lots of items for entertainment, too, that use electricity like our TVs and CD players. Let's not forget computers! We wouldn't have computers or the Internet without electricity. What is electricity and how does it get to our home so we can use it?

Switch On, Switch Off

Switch On, Switch Off
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We move a switch up and a light goes on. We move the switch down and the light goes off. I imagine when electric lights were new, it had to look like magic. These days we all take electricity for granted. We don't think about what happens when we move that light switch up and down. This book is a good introduction to electricity and how it gets to our homes. Children will learn how electricity is produced and transmitted to homes and other places where it's needed. They will also learn about how generators, light bulbs and electrical plugs work. The discussions of the concepts are done in simple enough terms for children to understand and the labeled drawings do an excellent job of illustrating the concepts.

Ages 4 to 8

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Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip

Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip
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When an electrical storm causes a blackout, Ms. Frizzle takes the class on the Magic School Bus to find out why the power went out. The bus shrinks down small enough to go through the town's power lines. The kids learn how electricity is generated in power plants, how transformers work, how electricity makes heat and light, and more. Kids will even learn a little about how a TV works.

Ages 7 to 10

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Shocking World of Electricity With Max Axiom, Super Scientist

Shocking World of Electricity With Max Axiom
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Kids who enjoy comic books will like this book's approach to explaining electricity. It is written in the format of a graphic novel, complete with a super hero, Max Axiom. Max might not be the kind of a super hero we are used to seeing, but he is a super science teacher. In this superhero "adventure," Max Axiom explains the science of electricity in terms that are easy for kids to understand. The book covers how energy is converted into electricity, how electricity is distributed, how electricity impacts our lives and more. Included are a glossary and a list of Internet sites for more information.

Ages 8 to 14

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DK Eyewitness Books: Electricity

DK Eyewitness Books: Electricity
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This book teaches kids more than how electricity is generated and distributed. It covers how how batteries work to create the electricity we use for flashlights and other battery-operated items. It also covers the way electricity works to transmit voices and images and to get silicon chips functioning. In addition to these uses of electricity - and much more - the book also discusses electricity in nature: what causes lightening, how electricity moves our muscles, how light rays received by our eyes are turned into electrical signals that are then transmitted to our brains through our nerves. Like all DK Eyewitness books, this one is packed with information and great photos and illustrations.

Ages 8 to 17

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Benjamin Franklin's Adventures with Electricity

Benjamin Franklin's Adventures with Electricity
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Few people are unaware of Ben Franklin's kite experiment. But what exactly was that experiment and what did he find out? This book provides those answers without being too technical. Kids will be able to follow easily the the discussion of Franklin's experiment in which he proved that lightening was electricity. They'll also learn about the connections Franklin made between lightening and static electricity, as well as his discoveries on which materials conducted electricity and which didn't.

Ages 8 and up

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