My favorite science lab in college was geology. I had no clue how much I would enjoy it and still remember facts about sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks that I learned decades ago. Grab a rock and enjoy these books about rocks for children.
Informational Books About Rocks
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We are talking big rocks in this pick. How to Make a Mountain: in Just 9 Simple Steps and Only 100 Million Years! by Amy Huntington walks us through the steps of mountain making. But, you have to be very patient because it takes a really long time.
Time to head to a fantastical garden in Rock by Rock: The Fantastical Garden of Nek Chand by Jennifer Bradbury. In the busy city of Chandigarh, India, a man creates a magical hidden garden in the jungle. His creations are created from rocks and castaway items such as bangles, broken dishes, and cloth remnants. He used all of the items to create a magical place.
But, his secret place is eventually discovered by workers. Luckily, city leaders chose to keep the garden vs destroying it. So, many people got to visit and enjoy it. Eventually, it was slated to be torn down. However, the community rallied and protested to allow the garden to grow. Backmatter included show photos from the real Rock Garden including information about refugees.
In A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze: A Rock Cycle Adventure by Carla Mae Jansen learn about how sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks are formed and how that cycle repeats over and over again. It’s fun, playful, and educational read.
Rocks are lively. They are mixed up. They are galactic. A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston showcases all the things rocks are in this fascinating book full of information and labeled rock images.
National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Zoehfeld brings us stunning photographs of different rocks and minerals in beginning reader format.
Hands-On Science Geology by Lola M. Schaefer is an interactive and informative book. Push down on a rock while you count to 20 and pretend millions and millions of years have passed, turn the page, and now you have a metamorphic rock. As lava spews from a volcano you are invited to wave your hand like a fan to cool things off to create pumice. You get the idea! Lots of engaging learning fun.
Fun Stories Featuring Rocks
What Can You Do With a Rock? by Pat Zietlow Miller is about creativity and possibility. If you have a rock, what can you do? Well, you can skip it or build with it or even tell a story about it.
I adore books that remind us that text and illustrations go hand in hand. The Mole and the Hole by Brayden Kowalczuk is the story of a mole who just wants to get out of the underground. Why do the rocks above make things so difficult? Mole doesn’t bother them. Or, does Mole bother them with its digging? Look at the illustrations and study the rocks. What can you infer? Imagine if rocks had personalities. How would they respond to Mole?
We are all connected generation after generation to the land. Journey with a grandmother and grandchildren in Where Wonder Grows by Xelena González to discover the wonders through looking and wondering.
Rick the Rock of Room 214 by Julie Falatko is a fun read-aloud about class rock looking for a little adventure. When Rick does make it outside, he finds it’s not quite what he imagined though. Make sure to rub your hand on the rock on the cover!
Skunk & Badger and Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake is a chapter book with lots of pictures. Badger is a geologist and has important rock work to do. Then, along comes an unwanted roommate- Skunk. This odd couple truly is better with each other. Get ready to build your vocabulary with this one too. It is a treat to listen to as an audiobook.
Printable List About Rock Books
Grab a printable book list of the books shared above. It’s great to take to the library with you.
Enjoy reading and learning with these rock books for kids.