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Books About Light & Sound

Do you teach the Next Generation Science Standards? I recently created a Sound & Light unit to use with my first graders this year! For the first time, I’m actually excited to teach Science! And these books about light & sound are the perfect complement!

{You can read more about the Sound & Light here!}

books about light and sound for 1st graders and elementary students | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Of course, it helps to have great books to go along with the unit, right?

Here’s a peek at the perfect books about light for first graders. And, of course, great options for teaching about sound too! Click on any of the pictures and it’ll take you right to the book.

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Light and Sound Books

what is a scientist book for children | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

What Is a Scientist?

It’s important that every child understands that they are a Scientist! This book is a great way to kick start your classroom learning!

look listen taste touch and smell book | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses (The Amazing Body)

This is a great book to review the five senses! and kick off your discussions on Light and Sound!

what are sound waves book about sound for kids | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

What Are Sound Waves? (Light & Sound Waves Close-Up)

I learned A TON while creating this unit and these books were just right for kids {and teachers!}

sounds all around for children book | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Sounds All Around (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

This is a very comprehensive book on Sound! Kid friendly illustrations, too!

books to teach kids about sound | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Sound: Loud, Soft, High, and Low (Amazing Science) 

This just may be my favorite sound book {along with the Light one!} It is absolutely perfect for young learners and it includes experiments for kids to take their learning even further!

Best Books About Light for K-2nd Grade

all about light book for children | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

All About Light (Rookie Read-About Science: Physical Science: Previous Editions)

Can you ever go wrong with a Rookie Reader? Simple language for complex ideas! Love the picture dictionary in the back, too! This is one of my go-to books about light.

childrens books about light | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

What Are Light Waves? (Light & Sound Waves Close-Up)

This is a fabulous book for learning all you need to know about light waves!

light is all around us book | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Light Is All Around Us (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

I am so grateful for the authors out there who can make really challenging concepts so simple to understand through words and illustrations! I love both of Wendy Pfeffer’s books for this unit!

light shadows mirrors and rainbows book for elementary kids | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Light: Shadows, Mirrors, and Rainbows (Amazing Science)

This book on light is just right for first graders!

oscar and the moth review for teaching about light | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Oscar and the Moth: A Book About Light and Dark (Start with Science)

Every child loves their shadow! And I’ve recently discovered that I love Oscar! Oscar is a very curious cat who helps students understand scientific concepts! A great children’s book about light!

sending messages with light and sound book | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

Sending Messages with Light and Sound (First Step Nonfiction ― Light and Sound)

As you start to learn more about sound and light, students soon discover that the two ideas are related…and they can communicate using what they know! This is a perfect light and sound book to help with that idea!

And it wouldn’t be a Science unit if we didn’t have the Frizz helping us, right?

the magic school bus dvd series | Lucky Learning with Molly Lynch

The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series

I purchased the entire Magic School Bus DVD set because they are just perfect for Indoor Recess! But the two episodes that are just right for Sound and Light are Magic School Bus: Inside the Haunted House and Magic School Bus: Gets a Bright Idea.

Wrapping up the unit is the perfect time for these videos because students will have a strong idea of what’s happening after they’ve had a chance to explore on their own! 

Additional Light and Sound Resources

Want to read more about Sound and Light? Check out this blog post about teaching light and sound with experiments!

Have a book that I missed? Tell me in the comments!


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