Kids and science go hand-in-hand like test tubes and experiments. But how do you introduce toddlers, elementary-age kids and teens to the world of STEM? Simple — slip some science books for kids into their personal library lineup!
Below are 11 of the best STEM books for kids of all ages on the market today. Find them online or borrow them, and have fun watching your children or students discover just how fascinating science can be.
1. “Gory Details” by Erica Engelhaupt
The title alone gets kids interested in diving right into this book, which is appropriate for middle and high school students. The author brings the realities of everyday (and some unusual) science to life in fun, witty and illustrative ways. Don’t be surprised if this becomes a dog-eared favorite in your classroom or household!
2. “Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Kids don’t always realize the science behind the food they eat. Help them understand how food goes from seed to plate with this wonderful book perfect for elementary schoolers. It serves up the story of two little “farmers” and their crops. If you’ve been looking for a reading circle or bedtime book that will prompt children to get curious about what they eat, this is the perfect fit.
3. “Rocket Science for Babies” by Chris Ferrie
Yep, even toddlers can learn about science if it’s presented in the right way. Chris Ferrie helps daycare teachers and parents introduce concepts like flight to growing minds. Consider using this book as a starting point if you’re teaching STEM to a tot under four years old.
4. “Marie Curie and Her Daughters” by Imogen and Isabel Greenberg
Children in late elementary and middle school will appreciate this beautifully written book that gives them insight into one of the most extraordinary scientists of the modern era. Consider reading this alongside your child or student. You’ll discover tidbits you never knew about one of the world’s most remarkable inventors.
5. “National Geographic Big Book of Space” by Catherine D. Hughes
Kids between ages four and eight tend to absorb information like crazy. Encourage their interest with this big book from National Geographic. It’s chock-full of information on everything from planets to moons. Don’t be surprised if it sets off a desire for more books related to space and space exploration.
6. “Can We Save the Tiger?” by Martin Jenkins
Children have a natural penchant for animals, which means they likely realize that many creatures, including the tiger, are teetering on the brink of extinction. Treat your late-elementary-age student to this book. It’s conscientious and fact-based, allowing your child to have serious conversations about the human responsibility for stewarding our planet’s animals.
7. “A Nest Is Noisy” by Dianna Hutts Aston
Most kiddos are familiar with birds’ nests, but they might not be as well-acquainted with the wide range of nests among other creatures. This incredibly illustrated work will open their hearts and eyes to the variety of nests in the world. It’s a perfect birthday or holiday gift for the budding elementary-age STEM kid in your life.
8. “How Science Works” by DK
This book is meant for the older set, including teens and college students. Its contents drill down into the nitty-gritty of tons of scientific principles. Consequently, if you have someone in your life who’s bound for a STEM career like engineering or medicine, it could make a fabulous everyday resource. Besides, it’s just plain interesting. You might want to see if your older child will lend it to you!
9. “Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder” by Jason Chin
Oceanography, marine biology and similar science fields hold tremendous appeal for many older preteens. Though this work focuses on coral reefs, it can spark a desire to know more about what lies beneath the world’s seas.
10. “One Day on Our Blue Planet…In the Rainforest” by Ella Bailey
Want to bump up your older toddler’s excitement about the natural world? Introduce your little one to the rainforest in this fun, breezy book jam-packed with informative facts. Kids absolutely adore “day in the life”-style books that put them into the action.
11. “This Book is Not Rubbish” by Isabel Thomas
One of the greatest problems of our time is figuring out what to do with all the trash we produce each day. “This Book is Not Rubbish” provides tons of ways for little readers to make smarter choices with recycling and reusing waste. It’s an eye-opener for readers of all ages, including moms, dads, grandparents, babysitters and teachers.
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