Exploring the Elements Sara Gillingham with words by Isabel Thomas

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Science meets design in this comprehensive introduction to the chemical elements that make up our universe

This artful and accessible guide to the periodic table — the ultimate reference tool for scientists worldwide — names all 118 chemical elements and helps young readers understand the remarkable ways we have learned to use them. Graphically stunning layouts feature each element's letter symbol and atomic number, exploring its attributes, characteristics, uses, and interesting stories behind its discovery. Complete with a comprehensive introduction, conclusion, and glossary, this is the perfect introduction to chemistry for inquisitive minds.

Ages 8-14


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 203 x 229 mm (8 x 9 in)
  • Pages: 224 pp
  • Illustrations: 224 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838661601

Award-winning art director and designer Sara Gillingham created Alpha Bravo Charlie, Boats Are Busy, Seeing Stars and Animals in the Sky with Phaidon. She lives in British Columbia.

Science writer and children's author Isabel Thomas is a winner of the AAAS/Subaru Children's Book Prize and has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, the ASE Science Book of the Year, and the Blue Peter Book Awards.

Starred Review: "Could make a chemist out of anyone." —Kirkus Reviews

"A stylish guide to the periodic table... Jolts of vivid color, sharp design and lively explanatory text will help readers ages 7-13 wrap their minds around the characteristics of the foundational chemical elements, the forms they take and the uses we make of them." —Wall Street Journal

"I was blown away by its accessible, innovative design... (Not to mention that the removable jacket cover hides the coolest version of the periodic table!)... Whether your teen reads it straight through or pages through it on periodic whims, you're going to have a hard time removing this from your coffee table." —What to Read to your Kids

"A comprehensive guide to the periodic table." —My Baba

"In this colourful compendium, Isabel Thomas takes us on a journey through (or rather, down, diagonally and across) the periodic table." —BBC Science Focus