All children learn differently. Some learn through listening, seeing, or experiencing an academic topic. Most times, children learn the best with hands-on, minds-on experiences. Science, technology, engineering, and math experiences can be introduced or extended with a good book.
Here is the most comprehensive STEM Books for Children list.
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If I’ve left out your favorite STEM Book, leave me a comment below and I’ll add it in!
The Ultimate Guide to STEM Books for Children
STEM books for children can connect with your child’s current academic program and provide enrichment to the current curriculum. These STEM books are great for teachers, home-schooling families, and parents.
Sometimes, reluctant learners may “get” a concept when it is told through a story, rather than through a classroom lecture. Books can also challenge gifted learners to expand the depth and breadth of their content area knowledge.
I suggested pairing a book with a craft or hands-on activity to get the most out of your STEM experience.
Whatever the reason you choose to read to your children, it is SO important for vocabulary development and adult interactions. Not only that, but I believe that all children should have access to a good book! Consider purchasing a STEM book and donating it to a local school or daycare facility in your area.
I am a licensed, certified K-12 Reading Teacher, with my Masters, National Board Certification, and 5+ years of classroom teaching experience. I own almost half of the books in this list and have checked the others out from the library to read with my own children. As all children are all different, make sure to click on the image of the book to read the full description and age recommendation to see if the book would be right for your child.
Science Books for Children
Explore the planets, connect with nature, and peer into a microscopic organism. With these science books, you can have all sorts of adventures! Click on the picture to read more about the book.
For even more Science Book ideas, click on the book, scroll down and look at the books in the “Frequently Bought Together” and “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” area.
Technology Books for Children
Technology is consistently changing and printed material does not seem to catch up as quickly. My favorite stories to read with children are books that compare then and now. These stories help children see how technological advances have helped to make life better, do jobs faster, and change the way we live and work.
Engineering Books for Children
Engineers want to figure out how and why things work the way they do. They solve problems in our everyday lives, often coming up with multiple solutions and selected the best possible option. This collection of books encourages children to build, construct, design, and create using everyday objects and simple machines. Click on the picture to read more about the book.
For even more Engineering Book ideas, click on the book, scroll down and look at the books in the “Frequently Bought Together” and “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” area.
For even more Technology Book ideas, click on the book, scroll down and look at the books in the “Frequently Bought Together” and “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” area.
Math Books for Children:
From learning to count, measuring, fractions, multiplication and everything in between, this collection of math books is sure to help your young learner get excited about everything MATH! Click on the picture to read more about the book.
For even more Math Book ideas, click on the book, scroll down and look at the books in the “Frequently Bought Together” and “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” area.
Hands-On Play and Learning STEM Ideas for Parents and Teachers of Preschoolers
STEAM: Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment is the traditional STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math + Art. This ebook is packed with creative ways to integrate STEM disciplines into everyday fun and learning for preschoolers. This ebook is for you if you have a child or teach children around three-to-five years old and you are looking for ideas to integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics into every day play and learning.
The ebook includes 30+ Hands On Minds On activities to complement and enrich preschool learning. Read the 5 Star Reviews here.
What to do Now?
- Make a list of the books you want to share with your child.
- Check a few STEM books for children out from the library,
- Stop by the local thrift stores and used books – start gathering a collection for your home library.
- Purchase your absolute favorites as gifts to give a child.
- Donate a STEM book to a local school or daycare facility.
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Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says
Great recommendations! Anything in MathStart series by Stuart Murphy is great.
Allison - The House of Hendrix says
Love this list. Using it for my Christmas shopping.
Jennifer Fischer says
What an awesome list — totally perfect for Christmas shopping and for my library list.
What a great list! Thanks for sharing at STEM Saturday!
Do you have a lexile levels list handy for your STEM book list? Thank you!
Amanda Boyarshinov says
No, but I am working on creating a printable list. Will include the Lexile levels!
daphne sequeira says
Your list is simply brilliant. Thanks for all your hard work making it easy for mums like us to buy the best for our kids.
You might want to also look into “Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse” for MG and YA readers interested in #STEM and #STEAM. I just ran across an actual half-book preview at http://www.leograybooks.com and it should definitely be added to everyone’s radar for 2019! The author’s currently offering a 35% discount for all of us educators! 🙂