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Mom Approved: The 12 Best STEM Books for Kids


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We’re all familiar with the incredible things that books can bring to our little ones: literacy awareness, bonding time, and a perspective of the outside world, among many, many other things. Books also have this wonderful way of exposing kids 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. It’s honestly hard to choose which STEM books are the best for educating young minds 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 overarching idea that they all reinforce: the dreams and interests, even of children, are worth pursuing and supporting.

Here are 12 of our favorite STEM books for every age range.


Liz Lee Heinecke & Kelly Anne Dalton
The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Ecology for Kids

Looking for a STEM book that features hands-on learning for kids? The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Series is our top pick. This series includes five engaging guides that center around a different STEM concept. Each book highlights 25 scientists, shares their famous achievements, and provides a step-by-step, illustrated experiment with each of their stories.

We love Ecology for Kids because it showcases the genius of Eunice Newton Foote, George Washington Carver, and Rachel Carson just to name a few. Kids can explore ecological concepts through age-appropriate experiments like building insect habitats, growing plants, studying animal habitats, and so much more.

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Liz Lee Heinecke & Kelly Anne Dalton
The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Physics for Kids

Physics for Kids is another one of our favorites from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist Series. The experiments in this book rival the cool factor of high school physics course but are simplified in ways that are enlightening for kids and adults alike. Kiddos can make a water rocket and engineer the perfect paper airplane, play with mirror images, use atmospheric pressure to push an egg into a bottle, and crush a mint to create a flash of light. Who wouldn't want to learn more about physics with experiments like that?

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Andrea Beaty & David Roberts
Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beatty can do no wrong when it comes to STEM children's literature—Ada Twist, Scientist 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.

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Jill McDonald
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.

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Oliver Jeffers
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.

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Josh Funk & Sara Palacios
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.

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Jess Keating & Marta Álvarez Miguéns
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.

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Jonathan Litton & Thomas Elliott
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.

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Helaine Becker & Dow Phumiruk
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

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

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Julia Finley Mosca & Daniel Rieley
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.

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Roda Ahmed & Stasia Burrington
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.

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Stephanie Roth Sisson
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.

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This post contains a sponsored inclusion of Quarto, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.