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