2020 STEM Book Roundup

Written & Illustrated by:  See Individual Reviews Below For ages: Elementary & MG Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Women in STEM Activism Environmental Activism Trailblazers Since the end of this…eventful…year is upon us, I decided to make a roundup of some of my favorite books that came out this year in the STEM/Environmental category for…

Climate Change for Babies

Written By: Chris Ferrie & Katherina Petrou Illustrated by: Chris Ferrie For Ages: infants and up Language: English Topics Covered: Environmental Activism, Pint-Sized Professor, Climate Change, Climate Justice, STEM. Summary: Climate Change for Babies begins the conversation to teach about the earth, its atmosphere, and what is currently happening to it. I like the metaphor…

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

Written By: Teresa Robeson Illustrated by: Rebecca Huang For Ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Own Voices, Pint-Sized Professor, Historical Figures, Physics, Perseverance, Trailblazer, Feminism. Summary: This is the story of a scientist that I didn’t learn about in school, but definitely should have! Dubbed the “Queen of Physics” by Newsweek…

The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney

Written by:¬†Alice B. McGinty Illustrated by: Elizabeth Haidle For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Space, Women in Science, Family, Historic Events, Historical Figures, Astronomy.  Summary:  Venetia is a young girl who lives in Britain with her mother and grandfather.  She is fascinated by space and the planets, memorizing facts about them and asking all…

Atlas of Ocean Adventures

Written by:¬†Emily Hawkins Illustrated by:¬†Lucy Letherland For ages:¬†7 years and up Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†STEM, Nature, Natural World, Scientific Thinking, Discovery.¬† Summary:¬†This book is part of a larger set of atlas’ by Quarto as part of their Wide Eyed Editions books, focusing on curiosity and learning. ¬†This is the only book in the series that we’ve…

Celestina the Astronaut Ballerina

Written by: Donald Jacobson Illustrated by: Graham Evans For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Bullying, POC-Centric Narratives, Space, Growing Up, Independent Thought, Self-Esteem, Social-Emotional Learning.  Summary: This rhyming story follows a young girl named Celestina, who dreams of being an astronaut despite everyone telling her to be a ballerina instead.  Celestina is teased by her classmates and…

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Written by:¬†Andrea Beaty¬† Illustrated by:¬†David Roberts For ages:¬†4 years and up Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†STEM, Feminism, Family, Imagination, Creativity, Self-Esteem.¬† Summary:¬†Rosie is a shy child, but she loves to build things at night when she’s alone in her room. ¬†She wasn’t so shy until she made her uncle a special hat to keep the pythons off…

Professor Astro Cat’s Space Rockets

Written by:¬†Dr. Dominic Walliman Illustrated by:¬†Ben Newman For ages:¬†4 years and up Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†STEM, Space, Solar System. Summary:¬†Another stunning installment of the Professor Astro Cat series, this time focusing on rockets and space travel! ¬†These books pair high-quality comic illustration with difficult concepts made easy for young science-lovers. ¬†The book describes several methods of…

Space Kids: An Introduction for Young Explorers

Written by:¬†Steve Parker Illustrated by:¬†Andrea De Santis For ages:¬†4 and up Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†STEM, Space, The Universe.¬† Summary:¬†This book is really cool! ¬†It’s difficult to find books about space for children this young that actually teach them something. ¬†In the Junior Kindergarten classroom Corrie taught in, there was a Space Unit that we struggled to…