As an avid STEM educator and promoter in my work life and as a busy mom of two little girls I want to be able to provide engagement with science on an accessible, everyday level for them.
After spending over 6 months last year commuting to Helsinki every month and working with some of the top educational experts in the world from the University of Helsinki my appreciation for the importance of scientific thinking has become even more apparent.
There are 4 key area we should all as parents be trying to develop for our children include:
- critical thinking
Here I am going to share some of the great books that could be added to that all important Santa list this year .
It is a great idea when building your STEM library to have a combination of fiction and non fiction books, some poetry books, some inspirational books and also some cool science notebooks for journaling too.
Here are some of my favourites for boys and girls.
With Fun & Inspiration,
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
A #1 New York Times Bestseller, A Wall Street Journal Bestseller, A USA Today Bestseller
The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion.
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!
How Big Is A Foot? by Rolf Myller
The King wants to give the Queen something special for her birthday. The Queen has everything, everything except a bed. The trouble is that no one in the Kingdom knows the answer to a very important question: How Big is a Bed? because beds at the time had not yet been invented. The Queen’s birthday is only a few days away. How can they figure out what size the bed should be?
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal–to fly–Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Bean
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?*
The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it’s also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. THE DISAPPEARING SPOON masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery–from the Big Bang through the end of time.
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
Lisa has an important homework assignment -to measure something in several different ways. She has to use standard units like inches and nonstandard units like paper clips to find out height, width, length, weight, volume, temperature, and time. Lisa decides to measure her dog, Penny, and finds out …
Penny’s nose = 1 inch long
Penny’s tail = 1 dog biscuit long
Penny’s paw print = 3 centimeters wide
… and that’s only the beginning! Lisa learns a lot about her dog and about measuring, and even has fun doing it.
This clear and engaging concept book, delivered with a sense of humor, is certain to win over the most reluctant mathematician.
The Solid Truth About The States of Matter with Max Axiom by Agnieszka Bishop
Discover the science behind STATES OF MATTER in this action-packed graphic novel! Follow along with Max Axiom, Super Scientist, as he shrinks to the size of a molecule, travels to outer space, and more! Through comic-book style art, this Super Scientist transforms science topics, like physics and Earth sciences, into superpowered adventures ― a compelling mixture for young scientists and comic book fans.
Inch By Inch by Leo Lionni
This favourite classic picture book introduces children to a winning, winsome inchworm who can measure anything under the sun, from a robin’s tail to a toucan’s beak. When a hungry nightingale threatens to eat him for breakfast unless he can measure her song, the inchworm will have to cleverly solve the dilemma. This is a whimsical and sweet picture book that asks, “Can a song be measured?”
Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Whal
Sonya raises her three chickens from the time they are tiny chicks. She feeds them, shelters them and loves them. Everywhere Sonya goes, her chicks are peeping at her heels. Under her care, the chicks grow into hens and even give Sonya a wonderful gift: an egg! One night, Sonya hears noises coming from the chicken coop and discovers that one of her hens has disappeared. Where did the hen go? What happened to her? When Sonya discovers the answers, she learns some important truths about the interconnectedness of nature and the true joys and sorrows of caring for another
Non – Fiction
Big Science for Little People
Make your child’s first forays into science fun! 52 clever and easy experiments for things that will zip, zoom, and fly, and fizz, bubble, and burst. For children ages 4 to 8.
Introduce future engineers, inventors, naturalists, and artists to the physics and chemistry, biology and ecology behind everyday play. Create chemical reactions, explore gravity and friction, transform states of matter, play with air pressure, and much more through 52 simple experiments that zip and zoom, fly and fizz, bubble and burst. Geek mom Lynn Brunelle has created an interactive guide perfect for both kids and their parents: the projects will engage children, and the informative lessons will help parents when asked the inevitable question, why?
The projects include:
1. The Exploding Lunch Bag: Will you get out of the way before the vinegar and baking soda react with a fizzy burst?
2. Seed Hunt: Seek out whirly, sticky, and smooth seeds for a science-filled outdoor adventure!
3. The Marshmallow Launcher: Harness energy to fling sugary treats in the name of science.
4. And many more!
DK Look I’m A Scientist
Perfect for kids ages 3–6, this activity book will get little ones discovering amazing everyday science as they play their way through 14 exciting experiments found inside.
Look I’m a Scientist is bursting with fun hands-on learning experiences that will get children playing, discovering amazing everyday science, and excited to try the experiments again and again. The 14 activities are easy to prepare, set up, and create, and visual step-by-step instructions and a charming design make it the perfect STEM activity book for parents and their little ones to share. From an iceberg animal rescue to stretchy slime and a science wizard potion, kids can pour it, mix it, feel it, and more, as each sensory-friendly activity becomes an ever-so-exciting science experiment.
National Geographic Kids Weird But True 2019
This bulging compendium is loaded with jaw-dropping, eye-popping, brain-bending facts and bright, bold photography!
Based on the popular National Geographic Weird but True! Series, this new annual pairs the planet’s quirkiest, wackiest facts with the coolest and strangest true stories.
From extraordinary extra-terrestials, esports superstars, animal astronauts, mermaids, unicorns, and franken-foods to the longest novels ever written, the world’s most epic train journeys, and very venomous creatures. Whether it’s gross inventions,crazy castles, ghostly goings-on, bonkers black holes, or peculiar musical instruments, Weird but True! 2019 is filled with the wackiest facts!
Giant’s Science Isaac Newton by Kathleen Krull
Here is a man with an imagination so large that just ?by thinking on it,? he invented calculus and figured out the scientific explanation of gravity. Kathleen Krull presents a portrait of Isaac Newton that will challenge your beliefs about a genius whose amazing discoveries changed the world.
Usborne Look Inside Flip Book Series
Science Notebook for Kids
This Science notebook is extra large (8.5 x 11) inches and has blank pages on the left to draw and lined pages on the right to write notes. 110 pages in total.
This Is Not A Science Book by Clive Gifford
Discover the art of science with this innnovative and ingenious activity book, packed with creative projects and fun drawing challenges. This is Not a Science Book develops science knowledge by stealth, through drawing, sketching, making, and colouring.
From mapping out bones in the body, building amazing spinning rotocopters, and brilliant brain puzzles, to monitoring the movements of the moon, taking a close-up look at creepy-crawlies, plus incredible optical illusions you can make yourself, the stimulating activities will get brains ticking and pens scribbling.
Charming text, plus fascinating illustrations, makes the subject accessible and fun, ensuring that this book will enthrall and entertain curious children for hours. Remember: this is NOT a science book… or is it?