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Best Rocks and Mineral Books


Books about rocks and minerals are a valuable resource in helping children explore the amazing world of geology. And it’s an exciting world: From how volcanoes work to how mountains and canyons are created to how rare gemstones turn into the beauties they are, there’s a lot for kids to explore in the field of earth sciences.

The following books are jam-packed with compelling, colorful content designed to help budding geologists learn the basics of how the planet works and even how to identify (and find!) rocks and minerals in your own backyard. Through easy-to-understand visuals and inspiring activities, these children’s geology books will help kids gain a love for the planet, learn helpful new vocabulary and maybe even have fun getting their hands a little dirty.

Inside “National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals” children ages 8-12 can examine page after page of brilliant images devoted to geological discovery. From discussing what makes a rock to how to categorize and protect our natural resources, this page-turner is an excellent choice for any child interested in the fascinating world of geology. The book includes some help with rock and mineral identification, but mostly, this is a good choice for parents who want good overall discussion of geology and appreciate the sort of top-notch visuals National Geographic provides in its children’s science books.

Best Visuals

My Book of Rocks and Minerals: Things to Find, Collect, and Treasure (Hardcover)

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Did you know that some rocks could be dangerous? That others glow in the dark? From space rocks to crystals, “My Book of Rocks and Minerals: Things to Find, Collect, and Treasure” tells the wondrous stories of a fascinating array of rocks from beginning to end. This colorful book explains the life cycle of some of the world’s toughest substances and gives readers a newfound appreciation for the ground beneath their feet. Recommended for first- through fourth-grade readers.

Best for Preschoolers

Jump into Science: Rocks and Minerals (Hardcover)

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Exploring easy concepts in geology as well as astronomy basics, “Jump Into Science: Rocks and Minerals” is perfect for preschoolers. In storybook form, this book’s main characters take kids through explanations of how rocks form and how we turn them into things we use in our everyday lives. Captivating graphics and real-life photos of recognizable rocks and rock formations from Stonehenge to the pyramids to erupting volcanoes will keep even younger children interested in reading more. Best for preschoolers through early-elementary students, this read can also help them jump-start their elementary science curriculum.

Most Hands-On

Rock Collecting for Kids: An Introduction to Geology (Nature Books for Kids) (Paperback)

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“Rock Collecting for Kids: An Introduction to Geology” is best for learners who like to get their hands dirty. Beautifully illustrated photographs keep children engaged on the subject as they learn the basics of rock and mineral formations. They are then set loose with an eye-catching identification map, a step-by-step guide to locating 75 different types of rocks and minerals for their collections. It also explains how to correctly identify each newfound treasure. Recommended for children ages 6 to 12.

Best Dual Learning

National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals (Paperback)

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Through simple sentence structure along with fun pictures and illustrations, children from kindergarten through third grade can learn the basics of how rocks and minerals are created. The book covers the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, as well as how gemstones are formed. In addition, it also provides engaging content to enhance vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, including jokes based on the material.

Expert Commentary

“Books on rocks and minerals can build the foundation for any child or student to connect with nature and the environment around us each day. With younger children, the more show-and-tell involved with physical rocks as a part of the book and learning, the better. With older children and students, physical touch can still be helpful to the learning process.”

Our Expert Consultant

Jill Goodwin

Jill Goodwin is an environmental scientist and working mother of one. She and her husband, an archaeologist, reside in Florida and have deep expertise around things outside of the house that you and your child may encounter. From taking their daughter to find reptiles and amphibians in the swamps to testing the chemical impact of the top sunscreens, Jill is here to help you find the best for your child.