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60 STEM Titles for 3-6 Year Olds

15 Mar

We often are asked by parents for “science books for preschoolers” and after a reference interview, we find that they are looking to teach their kids a variety of science concepts at a young age and finding books that are academic enough to satisfy the parents can be difficult. I created the list below filled with nonfiction titles, but also picture book titles that introduce some basic science concepts, but are still developmentally appropriate for a very young audience. I created a math list previously on this site (14 Picture Books to Introduce Math Concepts), so stop by that list for math titles (you won’t find them repeated here). These are just a few, there are more than I could ever put into a list, but find a few of these as a jumping off point! Enjoy!

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  1. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  2. Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros
  3. Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns
  4. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields
  5. What Is a Scientist? by Barbara Lehn


  1. Best In Snow by April Pulley Sayre
  2. Calendar by Myra Cohn Livingston
  3. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
  4. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  5. Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
  6. Our Seasons by Grace Lin and Ranida T. McKneally
  7. Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
  8. Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
  9. Water is Water by Miranda Paul
  10. The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins


  1. A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
  2. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  3. DK First Animal Encyclopedia
  4. First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  5. I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton 
  6. Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer
  7. Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Collins Berkes
  8. A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston
  9. Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
  10. Who Am I? by Steve Jenkins

Human Body

  1. Bones by Steve Jenkins
  2. The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell
  3. DK First Human Body Encyclopedia
  4. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  5. I Hear a Pickle (And Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora
  6. Inside Your Outside! By Tish Rabe
  7. The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole
  8. Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney
  9. My Five Senses by Aliki
  10. Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

Outer Space

  1. If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty
  2. Little Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes
  3. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
  4. The Sun Is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch
  5. Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! By Margaret Mayo


  1. Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer
  2. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
  3. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  4. In a Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
  5. Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
  6. Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
  7. A Rock Is Lively by  Dianna Hutts Aston
  8. A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
  9. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  10. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner


  1. 11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill
  2. Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall
  3. Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
  4. Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale
  5. Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  6. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
  7. Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
  8. Monkey with A Tool Belt and The Noisy Problem by Chris Monroe
  9. Robots, Robots Everywhere! by Sue Fliess
  10. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

#blogbookaday: Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished

14 Mar

30375754.jpgSummary:  “Charlotte is a serious scientist. She solves important problems by following the scientific method. She has all the right equipment: protective glasses, a lab coat, a clipboard, and a magnifying glass. What she doesn’t have is space. She has so many brothers and sisters (she is a rabbit, after all) that she is too squished to work on her experiments! Can she use science to solve her problem? This funny, satisfying story is a playful introduction to the scientific method and perfect for sparking an interest in STEM subjects.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Charlotte takes being a scientist seriously, so when her brothers and sisters continually get in her way, she uses the scientific method to test some hypotheses and learns more than she expected to in the process. I loved that this STEM-focused story featured a female scientist and made the scientific method applicable to the world around kids. The illustrations are absolutely adorable with Charlotte and her family is a varying array of bunny colors, plus the use of colored pencil makes the illustrations fit an elementary age audience – they’re fun, brightly colored and do a great job of taking the story to the next level!

Personal Reaction: I have a feeling I’ll be gifting this story to a lot of little girls I know that like to ask questions – it’s the perfect book to encourage a love of science (and asking questions), plus would make a great introduction to elementary school classrooms when talking about the scientific method – maybe before working on science fair projects. I love that Charlotte has a problem and tests out multiple solutions before finding something that works – hard work and ingenuity are a must for all scientists!

Title: Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished
Author: Camille Andros
Illustrator: Brianne Farley
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

14 Picture Books to Introduce Math Concepts

8 Mar

We are often asked at our library for science and math books for young children and while we keep a few workbook style options that families can copy pages from for practice, I much prefer being able to use a great story to introduce math concepts to young children and then create opportunities to explore these concepts in the real world. For instance, measuring ingredients for cooking, matching clean socks out of the dryer, finding shapes on a walk around the block. I want kids to learn without necessarily knowing that they’re learning, without using flashcards and drilling math worksheets, but to learn that math is used in everyday life! Enjoy just a few selections of math-focused picture books that can encourage children to learn about math in a fun, stress-free environment!


  1. 20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris (counting)
  2. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (measurement)
  3. Feast for Ten by Cathryn Falwell (counting)
  4. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni (measurement)
  5. Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh (shapes)
  6. A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy (sorting)
  7. Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris (patterns)
  8. Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley (measurement)
  9. Perfect Square by Michael Hall (shapes) 
  10. Quack and Count by Keith Baker (addition) 
  11. Round Is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong (shapes)
  12. Shape by Shape by Suse Macdonald (shapes)
  13. Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland (subtraction)
  14. Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen (measurement)

Mathical Book Prize Announced!

2 Mar

Mathical-H-Logo_Books2“The Mathical Book Prize aims to inspire a love of mathematics in the everyday world in children of all ages. Each year’s winners and honor books join a selective and ever-growing list of new and previously published fiction and non-fiction titles for youth.

These titles are as varied as the intersection between literature and mathematics — that is to say, they encompass picture books, novels, poetry collections, puzzle books, biographies, and more!

The Mathical selection panel is drawn from librarians, teachers, mathematicians, early childhood experts, and others. The jury selects winners in five grade-level categories: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.” (Mathical website)

I love this concept of combining math and reading together! What I like is that they don’t just hand out prizes, you really have to earn it. This year there is no prize for a 6-8 grade title or a 9-12 grade title and I appreciate the honesty of the selection panel for not just picking a mediocre title, but really looking for high-quality material. Check out the 2018 winners:


Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke (PreK)


Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s by Judy Cox (K-2)


A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman (3-5)

#blogbookaday: Quiet!

28 Feb

30725045.jpgSummary:  “Ssh! Listen. What’s that noise? What can we hear when we’re really, really quiet? A toddler enjoys the range of sounds they hear as their busy day comes to an end, from the bustle and chat of dinner time, to the quiet hush of their father’s voice at bedtime. The text and sensory clues to be found in this enchanting, inclusive picture book allow us to experience our home through its many noises. Auditory landmarks help all children to become familiar with daily routines, and can be particularly important to those who are blind or partially sighted.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This was an interesting look at every day life from a young child’s perspective. We follow the child through the house as they point out all the sounds their house makes. What I really enjoyed in this book is that there is no gender given to the child and really could be a boy or girl, the family focus is on the dad and baby brother, but you don’t see an additional parent and that there is no race or ethnicity specified leaving it open to interpretation. The illustrations are engaging and most kids will be familiar with many of the items that make noise on the page and might be willing to do some listening of their own.

Personal Reaction: I was surprised to see that in the review they mentioned how auditory landmarks are helpful to people with vision impairments or blindness as you don’t often see picture books that point out how helpful they could be to an undeserved group of people. I don’t think most people pay attention to all the little sounds that make up their day and they might pause after reading this book to recognize all of those sounds. My only concern about the book (and it may not be an issue at all) is that they show the father blow drying the child’s hair with a blow dryer and my immediate thought was, “Do you regularly blow dry naturally curly (what appears to me), textured hair?” That being said, because I honestly don’t know, again, this may be a non-issue, but one that I wanted to bring up.

Title: Quiet!
Author: Kate Alizadeh
Illustrator: Kate Alizadeh
Publisher: Child’s Play International
Publication Date: July 1, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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