With school going full steam ahead, parents and children may start to hear more about S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M. The emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math is an effort to encourage youth to develop their skills, and therefore prowess, in these vital and fundamental areas. While this may seem daunting, working on these skills can be simple and—more importantly—fun! Check out some of these great books that develop children’s S.T.E.A.M. skills at your public library.
1 | Space Walk: Lift-the-Flap Adventures
by Salina Yoon (Ages 0–3)
Go on a spacewalk with your child and learn about different planets with this lift-the-flap adventure.
2 | Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building
by Christy Hale (Ages 3–8)
Play, imagination and architecture combine as children build their interpretations of real structures. Rhyming text and information on the structures and architects make this accessible for young builders.
3 | Step Gently Out poem
by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Lieder (Ages 3–7)
With detailed photographs, readers can explore the small creatures around them in this poetic story.
4 | Night Light
by Nicholas Blechman (Ages 3–6)
At night, count the lights. In the light see the vehicle. This charmingly crafted book combines counting and transportation in a fun and interactive way with clever hints to help children with their guesses.
5 | The LEGO Adventure Book: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
by Megan Rothrock (Ages 8+)
With instructions included for numerous projects, this LEGO book will help your child build a variety of projects and spark their imaginations to explore new ways of building and creating.
6 | Technology
by Clive Gifford (Ages 8–12)
This browse-able book features a myriad of high-interest images in the exploration of technologies, including their inner workings and the progression to today’s devices.
7 | Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects
by Kathy Ceceri; illustrated by Sam Carbaugh (Ages 9+)
Through reading and do-it-yourself projects, readers can learn about the history, technologies and progress in the field of robotics.
8 | The Duct Tape Book: 25 Projects to Make with Duct Tape
by Jolie Dobson (Ages 9+)
By turning duct tape into a variety of projects, tweens and teens can flex their creativity, ingenuity, artistry and math skills to produce a usable end product.
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