5 Books on an Explosive Subject

Both enthralling and terrifying, volcanoes are the topic of choice here lately. Here is a list of five of our favorite volcano and Earth science books for young kids, but first…

My first ever attempt at editing a video- we made a baking soda and vinegar volcano, of course! Hey, everyone's done one of these, but that's because it's awesome.

Volcano Books for Preschoolers – First Graders

When you are four, or even six, some of the volcano books available are really scary because they focus on the danger and drama of volcanic activity.  Factual, yet less-scarey resources can be hard to come by.  Since my boys have been fascinated by this amazing force of nature lately, here's are some books we've enjoyed without keeping them up at night.

A Project Guide to Volcanoes (Earth Science Projects for Kids) by Claire O'Neil

Packed with interesting experiments your young volcanologist can perform (with your help.)  We found this at the library and the author has project books available about many other Earth science topics as well.



Why Why Why Does the Earth Spin Around? by Belinda Gallagher

A simple yet factual book covering a variety of natural forces.  My six year old really liked this one.  I think it fulfilled his need to stash away interesting facts for later recitation at random times.


Ask Dr. K. Fisher About Planet Earth, by Claire Llewellyn

Written in a “Dear Abby” format, I was surprised how well my sons liked this book.  The letters from animals sparked their imaginations so they were excited to hear the science facts that Dr. K. Fisher would write in response.


Hill Of Fire, by Thomas P. Lewis

A story about a village that evacuates an area when a volcano is about to explode.  The fact that everyone is safe in the end helped my boys understand how we try to prepare for disasters.


Volcanoes, An Internet Referenced  Usborne Beginners Nature Book

Like the other Usborne books I've read, I find this little book to be well laid out, with clear and interesting pictures.  This book is short enough to read before bed, but has internet resources listed in the back for more in depth volcano reading.