Top 35 Amazing STEM Books for Kids

Are you looking to add to your kid's summer reading list? Need new educational books for your classroom? Whether you will be reading to little ones, recommending books for teens, or diving into books as an adult, there are a multitude of STEM books on the market to suit any interest. We listed some of our favorite STEM books and book series below for you to read this summer or any time of the year.

First, let us briefly explain what makes a “STEM book”.

 Vivify STEM presents a list of top STEM books, what defines a STEM book, and further resources for STEM reading.

Vivify STEM presents a list of top STEM books, what defines a STEM book, and further resources for STEM reading.

A STEM book does not need to be a textbook (although they obviously can be!) or even touch on all or any technical STEM content. At least one of the following statements must be true for a book to be a STEM book.

  1. Contains and discusses concepts from science, technology, engineering and/or math
  2. Describes the story of a fictitious character who is a STEM professional or STEM enthusiast and details the career or interest in STEM
  3. Offers biographical details of a present or historical STEM professional or enthusiast
  4. Teaches foundational Stage 1 or 2 STEM concepts such as critical thinking and perseverance through failure (See this post for more on Stage 1 STEM)
  5. Describes STEM careers in a nonfiction or fiction text

Note that even seemingly non-STEM books can be used as a springboard for STEM activities. For young children, adding activities relating to books reinforces concepts learned and provides more opportunity to use new STEM vocabulary. Make sure to read through to the bottom of this post for some great additional resources for getting the most out of STEM books.

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 STEM books for elementary school aged children or younger. 

STEM books for elementary school aged children or younger. 

 

Elementary STEM Books

Elementary STEM Book Series

Biographical Elementary STEM Books

 

 STEM books for middle school aged children.

STEM books for middle school aged children.

Fiction STEM Books for Middle Schoolers

  • Girls Who Code series by Reshma Saujani 
  • The Testing* by Joelle Charbonneau –  A post-apocalyptic tale that follows a teen girl whose life hinges on a test. Covers botany, engineering, green technology, orienteering, and more.
  • Dark Life* by Kat Falls – Explores engineering, climatology, echolocation, marine bilogy, and oceanography while following a gripping story of undersea pioneers. Also see Kat Falls’ Rip Tide, and Inhuman 

Non-Fiction STEM Books for Middle Schoolers

 

 STEM books for teens and adults. 

STEM books for teens and adults. 

Fiction STEM Books for Teens

  • Feed* by MT Anderson
  • Ashfall Trilogy* by Mike Mullin – After a super-volcano erupts and disaster ensues, a boy fights to find his family while exploring volcanology, physics, engineering, and food science. 
  • The Martian  and Artemis  by Andy Weir

Non-Fiction STEM Books for Teens

 

 Boost your library with STEM books for all ages! 

Boost your library with STEM books for all ages! 

Additional STEM Book Resources

For more great STEM book selections, check out STEM Read. Many of their book picks (like the ones we have asterisks (*) by above) include videos from the author, extension activities, and free related, standard-aligned lessons for educators like this one for Andrea Beaty’s Rosie Revere Engineer!

For young children, there is also a STEM book monthly subscription box called STEM Reads. Each month’s box has a theme and includes at least two STEM books, notes from the author, related activities, and other goodies. The Astronaut Academy box is out of this world!

 

Hope this fuels your desire to get reading about STEM!

If you have a favorite STEM book not listed here, let us know!

 

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