Summertime is here and it’s the perfect time of year to explore new STEAM ideas! I’m excited to share with you the top books that should make your summer STEAM reading list. Use these to encourage kids to explore STEAM activities, STEAM inspired fiction, and STEAM non-fiction books. Plan your summer reading time packed with fun science, technology, engineering, art, & math activities and stories!
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Summer STEAM Book List
I’ve split up this summer STEAM book list into three different sections: Activity Books, Fiction Books, & Non-Fiction Books. Because some days you feel like different things! PLUS! Today (7/11/17), you can save $5 off any $15 purchase on books on Amazon with the code PRIMEBOOKS17. So grab these today!! You must be a prime member to qualify…
STEAM Activity Books
The STEAM activity books are definitely my favorite :) Because nothing like digging in and getting hands-on for some summertime fun!
STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Activities for Kids: Gotta start with the best one… My own :) STEAM Kids is an amazing book packed with a year’s worth of projects that will wow the boredom right out of your kids. Fun stuff like color changing playdough, bottle rockets, and rainbow reactions. Grab a print copy on Amazon or pick up a digital ebook here.
100 Backyard Activities That Are the Dirtiest, Coolest, Creepy-Crawliest Ever: Jump in and get dirty with some of the very best backyard exploration activities known to man! Explore bugs, birds, and plants without having to spend a dime on museums in far off cities.
Maker Lab: If you already have STEAM Kids, this is my next favorite STEAM project book. The pictures are gorgeos, the projects engaging, and the learning fun.
From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts: I’m a convert! Changing from STEM to STEAM has been life changing for family and how I see the use of the arts in how our brains create. This book helps you along with changing over to a more STEAM based learning model for your kids.
Art Lab for Kids: Never run out of art ideas! 52 art themed projects perfect for the little creators in your life. There are pages of helpful hints for setting the stage for creativity in your home or school.
Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late: This book is one of my favorites because it reminds us that anytime can be learning time. You can make your kiddo’s next bedtime story a math problem without sacrificing any of the fun.
STEAM Inspired Fiction Books
For those days when you want to sit back and read a good story, check out these STEAM Inspired Fiction Books.
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras): My daughter and I totally LOVE the Zoey and Sassafras series of books. They’re stories about a young scientist and her sidekick cat who go on STEM adventures and are perfect reads for a sprinkle of STEM learning with a strong, smart female role model for young girls dreaming of a future in STE(A)M.
In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey: Travel to far off lands with Christopher, Sophia, and Duke as they meet and learn from good and evil scientist and learn more about time!
The Most Magnificent Thing: Do you ever have an idea, but you’re not quite sure what it will look like in the end? Follow along with a little lady as she sets out the most magnificent thing, even though she isn’t quite sure what it is.
Bartholomew and the Oobleck: I can’t leave off one of Dr. Seuss’s slightly lesser known books and name giver to an awesome chemistry wonder, oobleck. Want to make a batch of the awesome non-Newtonian fluid? Here’s a recipe.
Amber’s Atoms: The First Ten Elements of the Periodic Table: What child wouldn’t want to learn about atoms? Here’s a great introductory book to help your youngest learners with the concepts of elements and the world of an atom.
How Much Is a Million?: Number concepts are tough to grasp, but this books does an amazing job of breaking down huge numbers in a fun way perfect for littles!
Rosie Revere, Engineer: Learning is best done hands on. Rosie Revere helps little engineers as they explore the world in a whole new way!
STEAM Non-Fiction Books
DK findout! Coding: Coding is near and dear to my heart! But how in the world does it all work? This book breaks it down. How do we use code? How do computers use code? Take a look inside the computer and see internet, apps, games, and more!
Leonardo DaVinci and the Pen That Drew the Future: This biography written first-person style in the voice of Leonardo Da Vinci is an entertaining way for children to learn about one of the greats. Be sure to check out the other books in the series about Newton, Einstein, and Darwin.
Plant the Tiny Seed: Bring this beautiful book into your plant learning. The author Christine keeps the attention of the reader as you follow along with the life cycle of a plant and some of the must know facts of flowers, bugs, and, of course, seeds.
Evan Copper Planet Hopper – Journey to Mercury: Take a trip to Mercury! This books is perfect for your young elementary readers. They will learn everything there is to know about Mercury along with their friend, Evan.
The Secret Subway: Can you imaging the doubt that surrounded the idea of drilling miles of tunnels below New York City a century ago? Follow along the engineer, Alfred Beach, as he constructs something unheard of at the beginning of the 1900’s.
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille: The blind love reading too! Young inventor, Louis Braille, created a reading system that is now used worldwide for those who can’t see the communicate and learn with ease.
Book-Inspired STEAM Activities
And be sure to pair your summer reading list with some really cool Book-inspired STEAM Activities!