10 STEM Books for Budding Scientists

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Encourage your students to pursue big dreams in an exciting way!

By reading engaging stories of inquisitive kids and important historical figures, children get excited about becoming engineers, inventors, scientists, and mathematicians!

Moreover, they feel celebrated for their natural curiosity and for asking questions.

Check out these 10 inspiring, diverse, STEM-related books to get your students thinking like scientists. 

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If I Built a House

By Chris Van Dusen

Celebrates imagination. ✔

Perfect for budding inventors. ✔

Considers engineering aspects like function and form. ✔

Best for ages 3-6. 


Ada Twist, Scientist

By Andrea Beaty

Illustrated by David Roberts

Representation for black girls in STEM. ✔

Fun to read rhymes. ✔

Honors real scientists Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie. ✔

Best for ages 5-7.


By Deborah Heiligman

Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Presents math like a game. ✔

Amazing story of a young mathematician. ✔

Engaging and informative.✔

Best for ages 5-8. 


By Diane Stanley

Story of the first computer programmer. ✔

Fascinating and inspiring. ✔

Best for ages 5-9. 

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James and the Giant Peach

My Life with the Chimpanzees

By Jane Goodall

Packed with exciting adventures and chimpanzee facts. ✔

Inspires animal lovers. ✔

Teaches kindness for animals and for the earth. ✔

Clear and simple writing. ✔

Best for ages 8-12. 


By Jeannine Atkins

Stories of three real, female scientists in their youth. ✔

Told in sets of poems. ✔

Shows how anyone can make an important discovery. ✔

Best for ages 9-12. 

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition

By Margot Lee Shetterly

Historical non-fiction for kids. ✔

Highlights groundbreaking achievements. ✔

New York Times bestseller. ✔

Made easy to read for a younger audience. ✔

Best for ages 9-12. 

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Big Questions from Little People

By Stacy McAnulty

A girl struck by lightning acquires genius math skills. ✔

Explores the challenges of fitting in. ✔

A fun angle of math. ✔

Shows how to gracefully handle friendships and betrayals. ✔

Best for ages 11-13. 

The One and Only Ivan

Girls Who Code

By Reshma Saujani

Encourages girls to make a positive impact. ✔

Introduces computer science. ✔

Short interviews with outstanding women. ✔

Best for ages 11-13. 


By Tae Keller

Deals with the tough subject of mental health. ✔

Use of the scientific process for an egg drop competition. ✔

Uplifting exploration of hope. ✔

Best for ages 12-14. 

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