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22 STEM Books for Kids That’ll Inspire Them to Dream, Create, and Explore

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Whether your kiddos are interested in science, technology, engineering, or math, the one thing that is clear is that STEM is all the rage right now. With movies like Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time bringing our kids’ love for science and fantasy to the next level, we just had to round up our favorite STEM-related books! From coding for kids to learning about space, we have a little something for everyone.

1. A Wrinkle in Time: A Guide to the Universe by Kari Sutherland

Are your sci-fi-loving kids as excited to see A Wrinkle in Time as we are!? While the original novel may be too hard of a read for them right now, they can dive into the fantastical world the film takes place in with this awesome guide to the characters and locations.

Available from Amazon on March 6, $11.04

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2. Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

Get your kids going green with a little help from this educational picture book! Filled with stunning artwork and helpful explanations, these pages are brimming with important lessons about the Earth. Your kids will learn about how the sun keeps the ocean currents moving and how the sun can power all living things — it’s pretty amazing.

Available from Amazon, $7.67

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3. Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King

This middle-grade novel is perfect for introducing your kids to recycling, but with a fun science fiction twist. Obe lives on his family’s farmhouse that was built a hundred years ago — and now it’s being taken over by developers. While adventuring on the land, he discovers a creature, Marvin Gardens, that only eats plastic. Your kiddos will love this enchanting story.

Available from Amazon, $11.89

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4. How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Pearl’s sandcastle keeps getting ruined by puppies (who could be mad at that?). So she teams up with her Robot friend Pascal to solve the problem with code. Combining the fun of building a sandcastle with the discovery of coding, your future engineer will love paging through this story.

Available from Amazon on May 15, $16.99

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5. Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown

Have you ever heard of a numbat or a zorilla? Nope, neither had we. Thanks to this whimsical picture book, both you and your little animal loves can learn about a whole slew of new creatures. Beware: They may start asking for exotic pets after turning these pages!

Available from Amazon, $14.47

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6. Science Stunts: Fun Feats of Physics by Jordan D. Brown

Does your little scientist also love magic? We’ve found the perfect book for them! They’ll be shocked by the way these simple magic tricks can come together with the help of a bit of science. Narrated by the hilarious Dr. Dazzleberry, this is one book that will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Available from Amazon, $12.59

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7. How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora

Your middle schooler will certainly enjoy jumping into an old Buick alongside Leo, his Gram, his 16-year-old cousin, and a gassy dog named Kermit on a cross-country road trip. This fun, comedic book filled with food, family, and fossils will teach kids about death in a way they can grasp. If you’re looking for a good read for your kid — this is it.

Available from Amazon, $8.95

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8. What’s Out There? A Book About Space by Lynn Wilson

Do you have an inquisitive astronaut-wannabe on your hands? This classic Reading Railroad book will teach your child what the sun is made of, what causes the moon to change shape, and all about the planets in just a few pages. This book is simply out of this world.

Available from Amazon, $3.99

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9. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Your kids are never too young to learn about Rosie the Riveter’s legacy — especially when it’s explained through the adorable Rosie Revere! Young Rose is quiet during the day and dreams of being a great engineer at night. You’ll love learning alongside your kiddo about taking chances, making inventions, and coping with failure through this story.

Available from Amazon, $12.08

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10. Baby Code! by Sandra Harning

We all have great aspirations for our babies. If yours happens to be for your tyke to be a professional engineer/genius, we have the perfect book for you. Baby Code! shows little ones how coding is all around them. You and your mini-me are about to get quite the education.

Available from Amazon, $7.99

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11. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

You’ve likely seen the Academy Award-winning film Hidden Figures, but now you can introduce these amazing women to your kiddos as role models. This picture book explores the story of these amazing mathematicians and the barriers they overcame to have extraordinary careers with NASA.

Available from Amazon, $12.75

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12. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

It’s a fact — kids love things that move. Cars, planes, trains — you name it! This fun story features Jack’s vision for the perfect car — including a pool, a fireplace, and much more. The speed demon in your family will be begging you to read If I Built a Car each night before bed time.

Available from Amazon, $6.39

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13. Gravity by Jason Chin

Ever wonder why objects don’t float out of your hand or why your feet are planted safely on the ground? This brilliant book tackles scientific principles in a way that kids can understand — and enjoy!

Available from Amazon, $9.88

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14. Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes

This wildly entertaining series is the perfect way to start your kiddo off with coding. Written by Gene Luen Yang, a high school computer programming teacher, the book is filled with fun puzzles and even subtle connections to Common Core. Your kid won’t even realize how much they’re learning as they read!

Available from Amazon, $8.95

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15. Baby Robot by DK

Get your little one interested in the magic of robotics with this interactive board book! Complete with all kinds of sounds and twinkle lights, this fun story will engage your tyke and keep them entertained for at least an hour (hopefully).

Available from Amazon October 2, $14.99

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16. Science Fair Winners: Junkyard Science by Karen Romano Young

This book is sure to inspire an entirely new generation of recyclers. In addition to the fun extras and humorous asides, your kiddo will discover all kinds of new experiences within these pages. From how to analyze the waste produced by the school’s cafeteria to comparing the cost of rechargeable batteries to one-use batteries, there’s much to be discovered here.

Available from Amazon, $1.80

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17. Science Year by Year: A Visual History by DK

Travel through time with the help of this awesome book. Perfect for the little learner in your life, this book features easy-to-follow illustrated timelines of scientific development. This is sure to keep your kid’s attention throughout the weekend!

Available from Amazon, $17.49

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18. Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

This science-loving girl with a flair for flying through the air is about to win the hearts of you and your kids. Violet is super talented at inventing flying machines from scratch. While she may get teased at school, in this story, she sets out to prove her worth to everyone.

Available from Amazon, $8.76

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19. Spotlight on Coding Club: Girls Who Code by Michelle Schuster

The fourth book in this girl-empowering series will certainly not disappoint you and your family. It is centered around the school talent show, in which the Coding Club will put on an incredible coding display. Not only does this book teach kids about coding, it also touches upon anxiety and friendships. It’s a true winner.

Available from Amazon on October 2, $9.91

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20. Super Cool Tech by DK

Does your child dream about being an inventor? Light up their world with this incredible book from DK. It showcases today’s best innovations and touches on the technology that may be coming down the pipeline. Your little brainiac won’t want to put this book down.

Available from Amazon, $17.49

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21.  How to be a Scientist by Steve Mould

This book is for the child in your life who is forever asking questions. It encourages young readers to embrace those questions, seek out answers, and try out some fun experiments that will entertain the whole family. We can’t wait to get our hands on this one!

Available from Amazon, $8.81

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22. LEGO Women of NASA: Space Heroes by DK

Not only is this awesome book filled with a plethora of LEGO characters, but it’s also filled with educational facts! Your little one will love learning about ladies like Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman through this fun-to-read book.

Available from Amazon, $11.72

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A Wrinkle in Time is now on Digital & Movies Anywhere and Blu-ray.

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