The 15 Best STEM Books for Kids

Oh hey, it’s me again. Your resident children’s book nerd. I know I don’t have to re-emphasize the incredible things that books can bring to your little ones – literacy awareness, bonding time, a perspective of the outside world, among many, many other things.

Books also have this wonderful way of exposing young children to people and concepts that can be a little larger than life, like science. With the recent emphasis on STEM in our society, the influx of STEM-related children’s books is also on the rise. Lucky us, because they are all amazing. STEM books highlight so many other things than just science, technology, and math –  they get into ideas of perseverance, creativity, and pushing through naysayers and societal struggles (like sexism and racism).

The best part of STEM books is maybe the idea that each one reinforces – dreams and interests, even of children, are worth pursuing and supporting.

Here are 15 of our favorite STEM books for every age range.

 

Babies & Toddlers

Baby 101: Architecture for Babies

Looking to spice up your little one's block building? Inspire their architectural designs with this accessible take on the complexity of engineering and art.

Little Scientist Board Book Set

The littlest books for the littlest hands offer a little glimpse of the greatest minds we've known.

Goodnight Lab

A quirky scientific take on your child's favorite bedtime story.

Hello, World! Solar System

This one ended up being a favorite for my then 1-year-old and I loved that he was getting an age-appropriate take on something that I continue to be fascinated by.

 

Preschool

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

With a little boy who loves sharks, I started to look into books that featured this fascinating animal. I fell in love with the story of Eugenie Clark who defied, not only sexism, but also the common fears related to diving deep to study these ferocious and graceful animals.

Mae Among the Stars

The story of Mae Jamison, the first African-American to travel in space, is one that both adults and children will love. Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, coupled with her parents' support, will inspire everyone to reach for the stars.

How to Code a Sandcastle

This charming story of using coding concepts to manage the struggles of beach sandcastle building is brought to you by the creators of the phenomenal program, Girls Who Code.

Twinderella

This adorable take on the classic tale of Cinderella takes a fractioned twist as Cinderella and her twin sister start splitting up the chores but only meet one prince.

Here We Are

Getting your youngest readers interested in the complexity of the world is easy with this book – simple words and stunning illustrations draw everyone in to the beauty of our earth and its people.

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

For every little child who looks at the stars and wonders what is out there comes the story of Carl Sagan – a little boy who looked at the stars and never stopped wondering.

 

Elementary

Rosie Revere, Ada Twist & Iggy Peck

Andrea Beatty can do no wrong when it comes to STEM children's literature – this trio is a must-have for parents who want to stock their shelves with stories of creation, problem-solving, and staying true to who you are despite struggle and outside noise.

The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague

Raye Montague's story is one for everyone. The true story of a little girl with a dream who persisted through sexism and racial inequality is one that will give young children a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of others.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the most incredible minds of modern science, and the fact that she has Autism simply added to her unique abilities to connect and relate to animals. What that resulted in is groundbreaking breakthroughs in farm science around the world.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Katherine Johnson's story has recently become popular due to the standout film, Hidden Figures. Her story is much deeper than that and so relatable for little kids who love number, problem-solving, and figuring things out.

I Am Neil Armstrong

The entire Ordinary People who Change the World is fantastic, and the story of Neil Armstrong does not disappoint. The lessons learned from Armstrong's humility, hard work, and perseverance is one for all of us.

 

What awesome STEM books stocking your kids’ shelves did we miss? 

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