23 STEM Books to Make Science and Engineering Fun for Kids
Pink Floyd might have said "Hey, teachers, leave them kids alone"; but we are going to take artistic liberty for a moment, and add "with the STEM books!" to the end of that sentence.
If you have young brains at home, there's nothing better than STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — books to fuel their passion for knowing more.
These books are filled with brilliant ideas, new projects, and STEM disciplines that all kids can benefit from. Moreover, they teach in a matter that makes learning mathematics and physics incredibly fun. From this list, you can choose according to your kids' interests and help them to improve their abilities.
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Let's discover the world of cool scientific concepts and engineering with these books that are written for kids.
1. Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving
Kids can practice problem-solving and improve their mathematical skills with this book. Also, they'll surely enjoy the beautiful illustrations.
It can be difficult to find the required patterns for solving a problem; however, this book that uses Salvador Dali's paintings to engage the kids will make that process easy for sure.
The solutions are listed at the end of the book with brief explanations, but let's just say that they won't need them at all!
2. Secret Coders
Your school life would be much cooler if you had robot birds in school, that's for sure. Stately Academy is one such school where your kids will face many mysteries.
The young explorers will challenge their brains while trying to solve numerous puzzles and mysteries.
The book also has basic programming instructions with fun illustrations.
3. Albert Einstein & Relativity for Kids: His Life & Ideas with 21 Activities & Thought Experiments
It's impossible not to mention Einstein when talking about science. Kids definitely have a lot to learn from his life story. This book presents the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about his life and thoughts. Moreover, while doing the activities listed, the little scientists will participate in the world of physics from a young age.
4. Bill Nye The Science Guy's Big Blast Of Science
Bill Nye is known for his popularizing of science to kids. His way of teaching is incredibly fun, and so is his book. Big Blast of Science makes children think of the questions scientists are still working on. They'll learn how to think like scientists.
5. Iggy Peck, Architect (The Questioneers)
For young architects, New York Times bestselling picture book Iggy Peck, Architect is an inspirational source. It will boost their creativity and make them think about the know-how behind the construction of buildings. And it will do all these with the help of apples!
6. Nick & Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery with Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, & Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself
Join the adventures of Nick and Tesla, and learn about science and electronics during your journeys.
Your children will be pondering about mysteries and will solve the problems presented with the help of science and technology. For each story, you will find instructions and blueprints.
7. Human Anatomy in Full Color (Dover Children's Science Books)
Being curious about how things work is simply human nature. Kids are a prime example of that. With this book, you can teach them how each part of the body works together like a machine with pictures.
The skeleton, muscles, and skin... Your children will get to know the human body like a true little scientist, and ace biology tests in the future.
8. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
Your kids will learn about the lives of women innovators and take inspiration from them. Learning about the great women that came before them will definitely urge them to aim for the stars.
Women have invented hundreds of ingenious innovations, and with this book, your kids will learn about what inspired them and made them think big.
9. The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People & Technology That Changed the World, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
From the clothing industry to communication systems, you can find everything about the Industrial Revolution in this book. It is important for kids to read and learn about it since it is crucial for their understanding of our current world.
Moreover, this book has 21 hands-on activities that will make them more invested in their reading material.
10. Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build * Invent * Create * Discover
This book includes 28 kid-safe projects, and it talks in the language of kids. They'll want to put on their lab coats in no time. Each project teaches something new about science in the most fun way possible.
11. Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It
Your kids will learn about how our brains work with the help of fun assignments. The book is easily accessible to kids, and early readers can learn new words and concepts while reading it to themselves.
12. Step-by-Step Science Experiments in Energy (Janice Vancleave's First-Place Science Fair Projects)
Kids will participate in the world of engineering thanks to these science experiments. There are 22 experiments concerning energy, and doing them will enable them to become familiar with such concepts with hands-on experience.
13. If I Built a Car
If your child likes to draw automobiles or planes, they'll enjoy reading this inspirational book just the same.
In the story, Jack wants to improve his dad's car and makes some changes to make it better. Isn't this what all engineers do? If your children are always thinking of ways to better their surroundings, Jack's story will empower them greatly.
14. How Machines Work: Zoo Break!
This is the fun story of two animals who are trying to escape the zoo by building some simple machines. It allows the readers to learn how and why machines work. It is an easy and engaging book for children between ages 7-10.
15. How a House Is Built
This engineering book explains how a home is built for the little architects in your house. It teaches the terminology of constructing a building. They won't have any problems with understanding the concepts thanks to the clear and fun illustrations.
16. Robotics: DISCOVER THE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE with 20 PROJECTS (Build It Yourself)
Everyone is obsessed with robots, and little children even more so! Young inventors can learn about the way robotic systems work thanks to this book. Moreover, it also features step-by-step instructions to build robot models. It will be a fun introduction to the robotics world.
17. The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry
Atoms and molecules: They might not see them, but they'll surely love learning about them. They will be fascinated and will want to read more thanks to the amazing visuals.
18. Mae Among the Stars
"If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.”
Children love space, and the inspirational story of Mae Jemison, the first American woman to go to space, will definitely tickle their curiosity.
Mae's intelligence and curiosity will definitely inspire them to shoot for the stars. If your kid is a dreamer, this book will be the best bedtime story for him/her.
19. Twinderella, A Fractioned Fairy Tale
In this clever little story, Cinderella has a twin sister named Twinderella. As you'd expect, this doubles the magic and the fun! This interesting take on a classic fairy tale with the added bonus of teaching kids about fractions is just an amazing idea. Moreover, it will make your children laugh out loud, that's for sure.
20. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
This book is almost a guideline for little kids, that teaches them about the planet they live in. They will understand the complexity of the world through easy examples. They will think about the profound questions the writer asks them.
Beautiful visuals accompany the beautiful messages of the book. Here is an excerpt from it: "It looks big, Earth. But there are lots of us on here, so be kind. There is enough for everyone."
21. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos
Carl Sagan is loved by many all around the world, and this story introduces him to a new generation of dreamers and little scientists. If your little kids can't sleep without watching stars, little Carl's story will be their best bedtime friend. If your children are curious about the world that surrounds them, they'll definitely love the journey of Carl.
And once they get older, they can watch Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and get to know Carl Sagan once again.
22. Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody (Baby University)
Goodnight Lab is a good book to start your baby's journey into science. It is a spin on a classic with a great story and writing. It will make you giggle for sure!
23. How to Code a Sandcastle
This funny story comes from the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, with the intention of introducing kids to computer coding concepts.
Join Pearl and her robot friend Pascal on a journey to build a sandcastle using coding. They use fundamental computer coding systems, and your children will learn the basic coding vocabulary thanks to it.
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