The world of STEM isn’t just about doing, it’s about reading and learning. March 1 is Read Across America day and in honor of this fantastic event, we asked a few of our staff to tell us what their favorite books are for budding scientists and STEM learners.
“ Love anything by Andrea Beaty. She has a fantastic series of books for younger children like this one; Iggy Peck – Architect. My son,who loved to create buildings out of pancakes related well to Iggy, who uses any available material to create. With fun illustrations and catchy rhymes, these books work well with kids ages 4 – 6 years old.” — Traci McGillicuddy, Volunteer Program Coordinator
“Although not technically a children’s book, the colorful illustrations and easy to read format make it a great gift book for a pre-teen to teen girl, or as reference book for younger children. The author highlights women, some well know, others not, who have made significant contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.“ — Laahiri Chalasani, Education and Program Manager
“I like this book because it can show kids that Math can be Fun! and it can help children understand that not everyone follows the same path in life. The illustrations are eye-catching for the littlest readers and would be ideal for ages 5 to 8.” — Scott Dietrick, STEM Educator
“Like Traci, I’m also a huge fan of Andrea Beaty books, with Rose Revere, Engineer, being my favorite. I love how she ties Rosie the Riveter into the story and teaches kids that failure actually leads to success. The series is geared for children ages 4 – 8.” — Samantha Stephenson, Budding Bookworms STEM Educator
“One of my kids favorite science books is a wonderful combination of Fact and Fiction. George and his friend Annie travel through the universe on a fun, funny Physics adventure. With lots of pages of special science facts and essays inserted throughout the book, it is like an older kid’s version of the Magic Tree House Books. It is recommended for ages 8– 13.” — Melanie Read, Membership Manager