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When you teach kids Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, you set them up to be problem-solvers for life! Many of the books in this vibrant collection feature biographies of inventors, scientists, artists, and innovators, and tell the stories of how ordinary people looked at the world a little bit differently, and made life-changing discoveries.

Other titles in this collection feature complex ideas presented in an inviting way for elementary-age readers. These books provide thoughtful answers to so many questions, including, “How do we know that the world is round?,” “What is a fractal?,” and, “How did doctors heal soldiers before the invention of modern medicine?”

Click through to learn more about each title and scroll down for a description of each book!

 

Astronaut Training
By ANETA CRUZ
Illustrated by OLIVIA ASERR

When Astrid’s first space mission goes disastrously wrong, she realizes she needs a bit more training than she thought!

The Reason for the Seasons
Written and Illustrated by ELLIE PETERSON

We all know there are four seasons in a year. But HOW do we know? Join intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus on a journey around the world as she explains with humor and wit how we know what causes the seasons.

It’s a Round, Round World!
By ELLIE PETERSON
Illustrated by ELLIE PETERSON

We all know the earth is round. But HOW do we know? Join intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus as she takes readers on a historical journey through time and space.

Buzzing with Questions
THE INQUISITIVE MIND OF CHARLES HENRY TURNER
By JANICE N. HARRINGTON
Illustrated by THEODORE TAYLOR, III

Can spiders learn? How do ants find their way home? Can bugs see color? All of these questions buzzed endlessly in Charles Henry Turner’s mind. As the first Black entomologist, he was fascinated by plants and animals and bugs.

Fearless Flyer
RUTH LAW AND HER FLYING MACHINE
By HEATHER LANG
Illustrated by RAUL COLÓN

A National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Book • Discover a thrilling moment in history when pioneering aviator Ruth Law attempted to do what no other aviator had done before: fly nonstop from Chicago to New York.

Prairie Boy
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TURNS THE HEARTLAND INTO A HOME
By BARB ROSENSTOCK
Illustrated by CHRISTOPHER SILAS NEAL

In this book about Frank Lloyd Wright for kids, young readers will learn all about America’s first world-famous architect.

Grow
By JOANN EARLY MACKEN
Illustrated by STEPHANIE FIZER COLMAN

An ideal birthday or baby gift, Grow is a triumphant celebration of how young animals — and people — grow into unique individuals.

Dorothea’s Eyes
DOROTHEA LANGE PHOTOGRAPHS THE TRUTH
By BARB ROSENSTOCK
Illustrated by GERARD DUBOIS

“An excellent beginner’s resource for biography, U.S. history, and women’s studies.” – Kirkus Reviews. Here is the powerful and inspiring biography of Dorothea Lange, one of the founders of documentary photography.

The Leaf Detective
HOW MARGARET LOWMAN UNCOVERED SECRETS IN THE RAINFOREST
By HEATHER LANG
Illustrated by JANA CHRISTY

Meg Lowman was determined to investigate the marvelous, undiscovered world of the rainforest treetops. Meg’s perseverance and creativity allowed her to achieve this goal, but when this fantastic ecosystem started to disappear, Meg needed to act quickly.

Growing Patterns
FIBONACCI NUMBERS IN NATURE
By SARAH C. CAMPBELL
Photographed by Richard P. Campbell

The biggest mathematical mystery in nature—Fibonacci numbers! Named after a famous mathematician, the number pattern is simple: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13. . . . Each number in the sequence comes from adding the two numbers before it. What’s the mystery? The pattern crops up in the most unexpected places…

Mysterious Patterns
FINDING FRACTALS IN NATURE
By SARAH C. CAMPBELL
Photographed by Richard P. Campbell

Nature’s repeating patterns, better known as fractals, are beautiful, universal, and explain much about how things grow. Fractals can also be quantified mathematically. Here is an elegant introduction to fractals through examples that can be seen in parks, rivers, and our very own backyards.

Wood, Wire, Wings
EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE
By KIRSTEN W. LARSON
Illustrated by TRACY SUBISAK

A NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book • NSTA Best STEM Book list 2021 • This riveting nonfiction picture book biography explores both the failures and successes of self-taught engineer Emma Lilian Todd as she tackles one of the greatest challenges of the early 1900s: designing an airplane.

Born to Swing
LIL HARDIN ARMSTRONG’S LIFE IN JAZZ
By MARA ROCKLIFF
Illustrated by MICHELE WOOD

Here is the story of “Hot Miss Lil” Hardin Armstrong, legendary jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader–and a female pioneer on the music stage.

“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses
HOW JAMES KELLY’S NOSE SAVED THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY
By BETH ANDERSON
Illustrated by JENN HARNEY

NSTA Best STEM Book 2021 List • James “Smelly” Kelly used his super-senses and intelligence to make sure that the New York City subway in the 1930s ran safely throughout his lifetime and beyond.

Blood and Germs
THE CIVIL WAR BATTLE AGAINST WOUNDS AND DISEASE
By GAIL JARROW

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book • An Orbis Pictus Recommended Book • A Chicago Public Library Best Informational Book for Older Readers • A NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book • The science and grisly history of U.S. Civil War medicine, using actual medical cases and first-person accounts by soldiers, doctors, and nurses, is explored in this fascinating nonfiction book for young readers.

Cyrus Field’s Big Dream
THE DARING EFFORT TO LAY THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE
By MARY MORTON COWAN

A NSTA Best STEM Book • Explore the extraordinary achievement of Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: laying a transatlantic telegraph cable to create instant communication between two continents.

Jacob Riis’s Camera
BRINGING LIGHT TO TENEMENT CHILDREN
By ALEXIS O’NEILL
Illustrated by GARY KELLEY

This revealing biography of a pioneering photojournalist and social reformer Jacob Riis shows how he brought to light one of the worst social justice issues plaguing New York City in the late 1800s–the tenement housing crisis–using newly invented flash photography.

Full of Beans
HENRY FORD GROWS A CAR
By PEGGY THOMAS
Illustrated by EDWIN FOTHERINGHAM

A NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book • Famous car-maker and businessman Henry Ford loved beans. And he showed great innovation with his determination to build his most inventive car–one completely made of soybeans.

Girl with Brush and Canvas
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, AMERICAN ARTIST
By CAROLYN MEYER

The life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe is revealed in this biographical novel — from her childhood when she decided to be an artist, through her art education in Chicago and New York, to her eventual rise to fame in the American Southwest.

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash
THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF HIS FIRST INVENTION
By BARB ROSENSTOCK
Illustrated by S.D. SCHINDLER

A National Science Teachers Association, Best STEM Book • Here is the story of Ben Franklin’s first invention, his journey through the scientific method, and the surprising successes that result when you’re willing to make mistakes.

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