For a fresh look at today’s elementary and middle-school science topics, this nine volume series delivers with more than 3,000 articles across more than 2,300 pages, and hundreds of photographs, illustrations, maps, and diagrams.

Arranged into such pertinent topics as Animals, Earth, Human Beings, Matter & Energy, Plants, Space, and Technology, the titles can easily be shelved as a set or individually. Organization within the individual titles is alphabetical.

This series meets the Common Core State Standards for Grade 4-8 for the use of informational texts and research skills.

An effective resource for STEM instruction and student reference for in- and out-of-classroom assignments.

  • Hands-on experiments for science fairs and fun learning.
  • QR codes that link to videos and complementary information.
  • Content created by science experts.
  • Terms, definitions, inventions, notable scientific people, and more in easy-to-understand language.

"Highly Recommended"- Library Media Connection, October 2014

"The quality that one has come to expect from World Book is evident in this encyclopedia on all things science. Using sharp design, clear layout, and valid sources, these volumes cover a broad survey of elementary and early middle school level science topics. Simply and clearly written, each article has a captioned illustration, color photograph, drawing, or diagram. Entries include terms, definitions, inventions, notable scientific people, and corporations. There is no master index, but each volume has its own index. A QR code is included with many of the entries to provide videos, etc. Some of the text can be found in the online version of World Book Kids, but this print version has additional material plus detailed activities and experiments. What the print version lacks in interactivity, it gains in simplicity. For collections that need an updated science reference print source, this is the one to get." -Anna Hartle, English Teacher/Librarian, Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio

What fun! Seven huge topics related to science (animals, human beings, plants, space, earth, matter and energy, and technology) are addressed in nine volumes. The articles are brief, but are meant to whet the appetites of middle-school-aged children and encourage them to dig deeper. Students encounter “Other articles to read include:” at the conclusion of each entry. These related articles can be found within the same volume, and can be tapped before other research tools are sought out. Full-color photographs, maps, illustrations, and diagrams accompany the entries. Along with being set off in ruled boxes, the large font and use of white space make for a very attractive and appealing presentation. Related science activities and experiments occur throughout. For example, “Energy from a lemon” is a three page activity that follows the “Battery” article in the Technology volume. An experiment entitled, “Taking your pulse” follows the “Heart” entry in the Human Beings A-L volume. These special pages also include a QR code that links to a video which would clarify the activity or experiment. World Book has produced another marvelous set that offers so much material and can promote a lot of learning. Students, parents, and teachers will appreciate it immensely when preparing for a Science Fair! To promote maximum circulation, this reviewer recommends shelving each volume according to subject, rather than in the reference section. Highly recommended for all public and school libraries serving students in grades four through eight. Ages 10-14. - Jean Elvekrog, Catholic Library World, June 2014