When you teach kids Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), you set them up to be problem-solvers for life! Many of the books in this vibrant collection feature biographies of inventors, scientists, artists, and innovators, and tell the stories of how ordinary people looked at the world a little bit differently and made life-changing discoveries.
Other titles in this collection feature complex ideas presented in an inviting way for elementary and middle school-age readers. These books provide thoughtful answers to so many questions, including, “How do we know that the world is round?,” “What is a fractal?,” and, “How did doctors heal soldiers before the invention of modern medicine?”
When Astrid’s first space mission goes disastrously wrong, she realizes she needs a bit more training than she thought!
Nine kittens go on an exciting boating adventure that’s a (funny) catastrophe in this playful picture book that demonstrates the key math concept of patterns.
We all know there are four seasons in a year. But HOW do we know? Join intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus on a journey around the world as she explains with humor and wit how we know what causes the seasons.
We all know the earth is round. But HOW do we know? Join intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus as she takes readers on a historical journey through time and space.
Can spiders learn? How do ants find their way home? Can bugs see color? All of these questions buzzed endlessly in Charles Henry Turner’s mind. As the first Black entomologist, he was fascinated by plants and animals and bugs.
Twelve fascinating real-life stories of creatures around the globe who reclaimed their habitat during the COVID-19 quarantine show animal lovers and aspiring citizen scientists how to help wildlife by fighting habitat loss.
An ideal birthday or baby gift, Grow is a triumphant celebration of how young animals—and people—grow into unique individuals.
The biggest mathematical mystery in nature—Fibonacci numbers! Named after a famous mathematician, the number pattern is simple: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13. . . . Each number in the sequence comes from adding the two numbers before it. What’s the mystery? The pattern crops up in the most unexpected places…
Nature’s repeating patterns, better known as fractals, are beautiful, universal, and explain much about how things grow. Fractals can also be quantified mathematically. Here is an elegant introduction to fractals through examples that can be seen in parks, rivers, and our very own backyards.
What is infinity? Explore this fascinating and complex math concept and its purpose in our world in this picture book that both demystifies and explains.
The inspirational story of Mary Sherman, the world’s first female rocket scientist, who overcame gender barriers and many failures to succeed.
Here is the little-known history of Otto Lilienthal, a daring man whose more than 2,000 successful flights inspired the Wright Brothers and other aviation pioneers.
A National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Book. Discover a thrilling moment in history when pioneering aviator Ruth Law attempted to do what no other aviator had done before: fly nonstop from Chicago to New York.
In this book about Frank Lloyd Wright for kids, young readers will learn all about America’s first world-famous architect.
High-flying history is brought to life in this suspenseful story of an unknown and daring pilot named Jack Knight, who in 1921 flew his biplane straight into a blizzard over America’s heartland and saved the US Air Mail Service in the process.
“An excellent beginner’s resource for biography, U.S. history, and women’s studies.” – Kirkus Reviews. Here is the powerful and inspiring biography of Dorothea Lange, one of the founders of documentary photography.
Meg Lowman was determined to investigate the marvelous, undiscovered world of the rainforest treetops. Meg’s perseverance and creativity allowed her to achieve this goal, but when this fantastic ecosystem started to disappear, Meg needed to act quickly.
This riveting nonfiction picture book biography explores both the failures and successes of self-taught engineer Emma Lilian Todd as she tackles one of the greatest challenges of the early 1900s: designing an airplane.
Here is the story of “Hot Miss Lil” Hardin Armstrong, legendary jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader–and a female pioneer on the music stage.
James “Smelly” Kelly used his super-senses and intelligence to make sure that the New York City subway in the 1930s ran safely throughout his lifetime and beyond.
Explore the extraordinary achievement of Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: laying a transatlantic telegraph cable to create instant communication between two continents.
This revealing biography of a pioneering photojournalist and social reformer Jacob Riis shows how he brought to light one of the worst social justice issues plaguing New York City in the late 1800s–the tenement housing crisis–using newly invented flash photography.
Famous car-maker and businessman Henry Ford loved beans. And he showed great innovation with his determination to build his most inventive car–one completely made of soybeans.
The life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe is revealed in this biographical novel — from her childhood when she decided to be an artist, through her art education in Chicago and New York, to her eventual rise to fame in the American Southwest.
Here is the story of Ben Franklin’s first invention, his journey through the scientific method, and the surprising successes that result when you’re willing to make mistakes.
Books from our Favorite STEM/STEAM Series:
Medical Fiascoes Series: Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield, American Murderer: The Parasite that Haunted the South, and Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease by Gail Jarrow
The Medical Fiascoes series examines important moments in nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century America when medical blunders, ignorance, and inexperience led to suffering and death. With a focus on the individuals at the center of each medical disaster—patients, physicians, scientists—each book reveals the true story behind the heartbreaking events. Yet from these tragedies came advancements in knowledge, paving the way for life-saving treatments, cures, and prevention.
Each read-aloud book in the Mouse Math series focuses on a single, basic math concept and features adorable mice, Albert and Wanda, who live in a People House. Entertaining fiction stories capture kids’ imaginations as the mice learn about numbers, shapes, sizes and more. Over 3 million copies sold worldwide!
Eureka! The Biography of an Idea: Camera by Laura Driscoll, illustrated by Hector Borlasca, Glasses by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by John Joven, Light Bulb by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illustrated by Stephanie Dehennin, and Bicycle by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Aaron Cushley
EUREKA! Great things happen when science crosses history! Discover the all-true stories of your favorite inventions with this new multicultural STEM series that takes readers on a journey through time and around the world. A perfect choice for kids ages 4–8 who love to figure out how things work!
These playful picture books demonstrate key math concepts such as fractions, addition, and subtraction in stories featuring the Arithmechicks, 10 math-loving chicks.