Or rather, kid books.
About, oh, six weeks ago, I bought this:
Basher Scicence Series of books, and aimed for, oh, eight year olds? Thereabouts.
It was intended for me. I'm still working at teaching myself chemistry, and thought maybe a children's book would lay out the periodic table in a way that, finally, made sense to me.
I think I'm going to start treating the periodic table as a sort of map - a picture of stuff, so to speak, rather than an actual chart put into sensible grids. It's the damned electron shells. I keep trying to UNDERSTAND them, and really, I've learned from algebra, I need to give up on understanding and just memorize the damn stuff.
But then a fun thing happened. The Goober got hold of the book. And since it had illustrations and cartoons in it, she decided it was HER book, and insisted I read it to her. For a couple weeks, every night we would take a group/column from the periodic table and read about them. I have no idea how much of it she really understood, but I feel we're probably one step closer to a particle accelerator in the basement.
With all this in mind, I got a couple other Basher science books and let the kid pick which one she wanted to read, first.
I feel like I'm dealing with a miniature version of my own brain. Which is both very cool, and kind of intimidating.