Booklists | January 17, 2024

7 STEM Books to Unlock Your Child’s Inner Scientist


Equip young readers with the tools to problem-solve and engineer their own futures with these seven STEM books for children.

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As lifelong learners, we are always experimenting and trying new things. At times, we make predictions or encounter unexpected obstacles that require us to look at life from a new lens. With the proper set of tools – including books! – we can navigate these challenges and achieve success while learning along the way.

When children read, they gain the building blocks foundational to a life full of potential. STEM books can ignite innovation and inspire big dreams. By reading about STEM before or alongside classroom learning, children can solidify their understanding of scientific topics and nurture their ability to think outside the box.

When children read about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics on BookSmart, they can grow their knowledge and kindle their creative flames, allowing them to test out their futures. These seven STEM books encourage young readers to build their mental toolbox and engineer their own experiments.

Plants Are Everywhere

Plants Are Everywhere by Ritu Desai

Published by Pratham Books

Ages 0-5

Plants grow everywhere — on high mountains, on arid lands, and even under the sea. And each habitat has unique adaptations that are needed.

► Discover the secrets of plants here.

7 Days Till Ice Cream

7 Days till Ice Cream (Makers Make it Work: Coding) by Bernardo Feliciano

Published by Kane Press (Astra Publishing House)

Ages 6-8

It’s Sunday—ice cream day! But sometimes the ice cream truck turns down a different street. Can Jerron, A.J., and Cha crack the ice cream man’s code? They want him to come their way!

► Crack the code with Jerron, A.J., and Cha here.

We Need The Amazon Rain Forest

We Need the Amazon Rain Forest by Robert E. Wells

Published by Albert Whitman and Co.

Ages 0-8

Even though rainforests take up less than 10 percent of Earth’s land, they are home to more than half the world’s plants and animals. In this adventure, readers climb aboard a riverboat and tour the Amazon with a local guide. Observe howler monkeys, harpy eagles, and other wildlife as you discover how the planet’s largest tropical rainforest became endangered and why it’s up to us to protect it.

► Explore the wonders of the rainforest here.

STEAM-Powered Careers: Engineering

STEAM-Powered Careers: Engineering by Dijanna Figueroa and Darin Gray

Published by Room to Read

Ages 6-12

Engineers are problem-solvers. Join Cora and her friend, Bonnie the Butterfly, as they build something that helps them see the neighborhood from high above. 

► Help Cora and Bonnie construct a solution here.

► Leer en español aquí.

Beeji's Story: Earth's Surface (First Look Science)

Beeji’s Story: Earth’s Surface (First Look Science) by Anushka Kalro, Rajasee Ray, Sankhalina Nath, and Shubhangi Goel

Published by Tulika Publishers

Ages 6-8

Super-seed Beeji is off on a super-ride! Zooming over icy lands and hot deserts, swooshing down a river… She’s a tough little seed who loves adventure but is happy to be back on soft soil. This is a Beeji-eye view of different landforms.

► Adventure the earth with Beeji here.

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Hello Numbers! What Can You Do?: An Adventure Beyond Counting

Hello Numbers! What Can You Do?: An Adventure Beyond Counting by Edmund Harriss and Houston Hughes

Published by The Experiment

Ages 0-5

Learning meets wonder when you invite numbers to come play in your imagination!

► Embark on a counting journey here..

A Shade of GREEN

A Shade of GREEN by Rya Jetha

Published by Pratham Books

Ages 6-8

The air in the city is grey and polluted. Nayantara and Aliza feel suffocated. They dream of leaves that work day and night to produce oxygen and clean energy. Can they invent a leaf that does all that?

► Invent with Nayantara and Aliza here

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