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Usborne science books include flap books and sticker books that explain key concepts in a fun and interactive way, and encyclopedias and illustrated dictionaries that support homework at every level.

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Lift-the-Flap Periodic Table is a funny and fascinating introduction to the 118 smelly, explosive and radioactive elements that are crucial to life, while See Inside Energy has over 65 flaps to lift to find out what energy is and how it affects our planet.

Lift-the-flap periodic table

Lift-the-flap periodic table

Everything in the Universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements, all of which are listed in the Periodic Table. Lift the flaps in this informative book and discover which elements are crucial to life, which are smelly, explosive or radioactive and lots more. An essential introduction to the building blocks of chemistry, with over 125 flaps.

£9.99

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Author Alice James explains how she turned every element into a character in Lift-the-Flap Periodic Table.

See inside energy

See inside energy

We all need energy for our lives – and lots of it. Find out what energy is, how it affects our planet and the exciting new inventions scientists are creating to make energy in the future, in this fascinating introduction to an important topic. With over 65 flaps to lift and links to specially selected websites to find out more.

£9.99

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Year of Engineering

Usborne Publishing is an official partner of the 2018 Year of Engineering, a UK Government initiative to get more young people interested in engineering.

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100 Things to Know

These books are packed with fascinating facts – from how to grow a burger in a lab to why astronauts learn wilderness survival skills – displayed in bright infographic-style illustrations and supported by internet links to find out more.

I was surprised to learn so much from this book.. it doesn’t shy away from discussing some of the big questions that we don’t know the answers to just yet Royal Society Young People's Book Prize judges on 100 Things to Know About Space

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100 Things to Know About Space author Alex Frith reveals some of the amazing things he learnt while writing the book – including how Pluto was originally believed to be the 18th planet!

Download The Usborne Mini Astronaut's Handbook on ebook for free – a funny and fascinating sampler for The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook.

Become a coding expert

Coding for beginners using Python

Coding for beginners using Python

A beginner’s guide to coding using Python, one of the most popular computer languages. Step-by-step instructions show how to get started and write a simple program. New commands are introduced with examples and colourful pictures so by the end of the book, readers can code games, drawings and more. Includes extra help and downloads online.

£12.99

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Usborne Quicklinks

Find out more at Usborne Quicklinks, where our science books have links to websites to practise your coding, see how magnets work and more.

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Science experiments activity sheets 

These free downloadable activity sheets are both taken from 50 Science things to make and do.

Seeing DNA

Watch DNA emerge in front of your eyes – using just an onion and simple kitchen products.

Seeing DNA

Meringue science

Why are meringues so foamy and light? Find out in this experiment – and get a tasty treat after!

Meringue science

Usborne Science Encyclopedia with QR links

The Usborne Science Encyclopedia covers topics from gravity, flight and floating to genes and DNA. QR links for each topic take you instantly to video clips and other multimedia content. 

Usborne science encyclopedia with QR links

Usborne science encyclopedia with QR links

A comprehensive science reference book covering key topics from gravity, flight and floating to genes and DNA, with clearly written explanations and superb photographs and illustrations. QR codes for each topic provide instant access via a mobile phone or tablet to over 180 video clips of experiments, animals in their habitats and animated lessons that enhance the information in the book. Includes links to an additional 1000 recommended websites for further study and homework help via the Usborne Quicklinks website. With a glossary of 1,500 scientific terms, as well as key dates and biographies of scientists and inventors, and 140 simple experiments for children to try at home. An exciting reference book that will stimulate children’s curiosity and inspire the scientists of the future.

£16.99

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A superb reference book, likely to encourage much happy browsing as well as to provide solid information to support school work. Lovereading4kids.co.uk review of the Usborne Science Encyclopedia
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