Cindy/ August 9, 2018/ Youth Services

For all who enjoyed Sam Kean’s 2010 The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements you will be pleased to learn a Young Readers Edition is now available. For the budding scientist, historian, or even someone who is having a difficult time understanding the table ( illustrations and side comments help clarify some aspects of the Periodic Table), you will want to recommend this book to them. The book introduces the scientists who discovered and organized the table and the elements themselves, but also includes stories (often humorously told) of how the elements have helped shaped human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts and medicine.

Speaking of elements, DK has issued a 2018 edition of “Elements,” which delves even deeper into the properties and histories of the elements of the periodic table and their discoverers. In DK fashion, the book is richly illustrated and uses text that is very accessible to young readers.


If you’re interested in learning more about the periodic table of elements, you might like these…

The Periodic Table by Simon Basher and Adrian Dingle

The Periodic Table introduces budding chemists to the world of the elements as it’s never been seen before. Designed to resemble popular networking Web sites, the pages of this book feature “homepages” for each of the chemical elements — complete with witty and informative profiles written by the elements themselves, plus a personally chosen picture.

The Elements by Eyewitness

The elements in the periodic table are the ingredients that make up our world. Explore elements such as carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, and learn why they are essential to our survival. See how precious gold protects astronauts in space, and why the metal mercury can be both a solid and a liquid. Find out about man-made elements, which the smartest chemists are busy figuring out how to use. Learn about scores of other elements, including silver, the alkaline earth metals, the nitrogen elements, and the noble gases, such as helium and krypton.

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