It’s everywhere. In our homes, schools, offices, on the train, in our cars—even inside our bodies! Electricity: Circuits, Static, and Electromagnets with Hands-On Science Activities explores the science of electricity and the technology we’ve developed to harness the energy to power our lives. By diving into the topics of static electricity, currents, circuits, electromagnetism, motors, and ways we might produce and use electricity in the future, kids ages 8 to 12 gain a full view of how electricity works and why it’s so important to human society.


Another winning title from Nomad Press. Electricity will certainly energize any young reader. Included are a Timeline of key events from the 600s BCE to the present followed by a quick background on electricity.

Six chapters cover everything you need to know:

  1. Static Electricity
  2. Currents
  3. Circuits
  4. Electromagnetism
  5. Motors and Generators
  6. Earth-Friendly Electricity

Geared toward the 8-12 year old, each chapter has hands-on make it yourself directions for a variety of fun stuff.. How about building your own flashlight, or creating a vinegar battery? More than a dozen others will keep the budding scientist busy for hours.

Another plus is a WORDS to KNOW box that you find in each chapter instead of being buried in the back pages. Once you have completed the book, test your knowledge of the words with a GLOSSARY QUIZ.

Illustrations, photos, and mini-cartoons balance the text. Electricity is a book kids will come back to again and again. So much to learn and do!

You can find more about ELECTRICITY — CIRCUITS, STATIC, AND ELECTROMAGNETS at NOMAD PRESS. There you will find a Classroom Guide and Free Printables. Order your own paperback, hardback or Kindle version through AMAZON.


Carmella Van Vleet is a former teacher and the author of Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build YourselfSeven Wonders, several titles in the Explore Your World Series, How to Avoid School SnafusWriting Club, and Writing Club II. She lives in Lewis Center, Ohio.



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  1. My grandkids know more about electricity than I do. I could use this book! Great share!

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