Great Reads for STEM Kids

by STEM Scouts

STEM reads for kids

It’s that time of year again! School is starting back up around the country. Get your kids ready to tackle their reading logs with engaging STEM books. Your kids (and you) will find inspiration and education with these great reads recommended by the National Science Teachers Association.


STEM reads for kids

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Laurie Wallmark, April Chu

Grades 1-4

This inspirational story of Ada Byron Lovelace tells the story of a young woman who applies mathematics, creative thinking and science to create the world’s first computer program.


STEM reads for kids

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash

Barb Rosenstock, S.D. Schindler

Grades 3-7


Even as a child, Benjamin Franklin was an innovator. Ben’s Big Splash is the story of a young boy’s journey through the scientific method on his way to inventing swim fins.


STEM reads for kids

Secret Coders

Gene Luen Yank, Mike Holmes

Grades  4-8


From Gene Luen Yank, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and computer programming teacher, comes a graphic novel series that teaches coding skills as part of a wild and entertaining story of the mysterious Stately Academy.


STEM reads for kids

Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding

Linda Liukas

Grades 1-4


Ruby is determined to solve any puzzle as she explores the world around her. With friends she meets along the way, she invites kids to explore computational thinking and the basic concepts of coding and programming.


Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet

Buzz Aldrin, Marianna Dyson

Grades 3-7


Can humans live on Mars? How will you get there? What would a normal day look like? Apollo astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, challenges kids to think about space exploration and a future home on Mars.


STEM reads for kids

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

Elizabeth Rusch, Oliver Dominguez

Grades 2-5


Thomas Edison may be better known, but Nikola Tesla takes the spotlight in this story of a man who revolutionized modern electrical engineering.


STEM reads for kids

Boy Scouts ® NOVA Book

Grades 1+


The Boy Scouts of America NOVA program encourages Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers to learn about STEM. The Boy Scouts ® NOVA guidebook has guidelines and information for achievements in the program that include fun STEM activities.

It’s available for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.


Does your child love reading about science, math and technology? STEM Scouts gives kids the opportunity to explore science with fun interactive activities led by real-life STEM professionals. Find a lab near you!

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