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2017 Best STEM Books

Best STEM Books is a joint project of the American Society for Engineering Education, International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, National Science Teachers Association, Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council. The list aims to provide recommendations to educators, librarians, parents, and guardians for the best trade books with STEM content. Learn more here

2017 Best STEM Selection Committee

Sharon A. Brusic (SAB)  Professor, Technology & Engineering Education,  Millersville University Millersville, PA

Peggy Carlisle (PC)  Teacher of the Gifted Pecan Park Elementary School,  Jackson, Mississippi

Suzanne M. Flynn (SMF)  Adjunct Professor,  Lesley University Cambridge College Cambridge, MA

Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue (PSLP)  Chair, Pre-College Engineering Education Division, American Society for Engineering Education Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences, Towson University Towson, Maryland

Diana Lynne Ibarra (DLI)  Shuyuan Science and Sustainability Programs Manager,  The Independent Schools Foundation Academy Hong Kong, China

Carrie Launius (JCL)  Science and STEM Consultant,  NSTA District XI Director Saint Louis, MO

Kathy Renfrew (KR)  Science Specialist,  Vermont Agency of Education,  Barre, Vermont

Thomas Roberts (OTR)  Doctoral Candidate in STEM Education,  University of Kentucky,  Lexington, Kentucky

Christine Anne Royce, Ed.D (CAR)  Professor and Department Chairperson  Department of Teacher Education, Shippensburg University,  Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Juliana Texley (JT) Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

A Global Warming Primer
by Jeffrey Bennett
A Global Warming Primer Ages 11-16
A thought-provoking question and answer format summary of the most . . . more
Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine
by Laurie Wallmark
Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine Illustrated by: April Chu
Ages 4-8
Long before the computer age, Ada Lovelace developed the code . . . more
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
by Diane Stanley
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer Illustrated by: Jessie Hartland
Ages 3-8
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. Long . . . more
Ada’s Ideas
by Fiona Robinson
Ada’s Ideas Ages 6-10
Ada was the world’s first computer programmer—who knew? Ada’s Ideas . . . more
Ben Franklin’s Big Splash
by Barb Rosenstock
Ben Franklin’s Big Splash Illustrated by: S.D. Schindler
Ages 8-11
A delightful tale of a famous American as a young . . . more
Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World
by Jake Andraka
Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World Ages 14-18
An inspirational story for all teens, fifteen year old Jack . . . more
Emmet’s Storm
by Ann Rubino
Emmet’s Storm Illustrated by: Ann Rubino
Ages 9-13
Quirky Emmet’s community has a problem during a huge storm. . . . more
Fearless Flyer
by Heather Lang
Fearless Flyer Illustrated by: Raul Colon
Ages 8-12
Ruth Law, 1916 biplane pilot, improves and redesigns flight equipment, . . . more
Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology, Engineering
by Michael Burgan
Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology, Engineering Ages 10-14
Delve into the field of genetic engineering and discover what’s . . . more
Green City
by Allan Drummond
Green City Ages 4-8
Told from a child’s point of view after a 2007 . . . more
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding
by Linda Liukas
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding Ages 3-8
This fanciful look at the logical processes that underlie coding . . . more
Inventions That Could Have Changed the World…But Didn’t!
by Joe Rhatigan
Inventions That Could Have Changed the World…But Didn’t! Illustrated by: Anthony Owsley
Ages 8-12
A flying car, a bed that can ejects its sleepers, . . . more
Red Madness
by Gail Jarrow
Red Madness Ages 10-15
Pellagra, a mysterious disease, affects millions until a public health . . . more
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb
by Neal Bascomb
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb Ages 12-18
Faced with the German invasion of Norway, nine Norwegian commandos . . . more
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
by Jen Bryant
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille Illustrated by: Boris Kulikov
Ages 3-8
The story of how Louis Braille turned a problem for . . . more
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
by Robert Burleigh
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
Ages 3-8
As a young scientist in the late 1940s, Marie Tharpe . . . more
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great
by Jessie Hartland
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great Ages 12-18
Creative genius, curious innovator, temperamental tinker, imperfect person, yet inspiring . . . more
Super Gear: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up
by Jennifer Swanson
Super Gear: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up Ages 9-13
Stronger – lighter – safer – faster: Innovative improvements through . . . more
Swap!
by Steve Light
Swap! Illustrated by: Steve Light
Ages 4-8
A young fellow dressed as a peg-leg pirate uses ingenious . . . more
The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
by Suzanne Slade
The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford Illustrated by: Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Ages 6-10
Using persistence and curiosity to find answers to questions as . . . more
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
by Gilbert Ford
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
Ages 3-8
Imagine discovering one of the most iconic toys in American . . . more
The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires
The Most Magnificent Thing Illustrated by: Ashley Spires
Ages 3-7
A young girl engages in the engineering and design process . . . more
The Secret Subway
by Shana Corey
The Secret Subway Illustrated by: Red Nose Studio
Ages 3-8
Vividly relevant illustrations accompany the story of Alfred Ely Beach, . . . more
Ticktock Banneker’s Clock
by Shana Keller
Ticktock Banneker’s Clock Illustrated by: David C. Gardner
Ages 7-9
A young Benjamin Banneker perseveres as he explores how a . . . more
Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World
by Rachel Swaby
Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World Ages 10-16
Woman were and continue to be important STEM thinkers in . . . more
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
by Franck Prévot
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees Illustrated by: Aurélia Fronty
Ages 6-10
Strong and fearless, Wangari Maathai engineered both peace and environmental . . . more
Welcome to Mars
by Buzz Aldrin with Marianne Dyson
Welcome to Mars Ages 8-12
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin shares ideas about failures, successes, and designing . . . more
What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?
by Rana DiOrio and Emma D. Dryden
What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur? Illustrated by: Ken Min
Ages 3-8
Innovation and open-minded thinking is the focus of this story, . . . more
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Illustrated by: Don Tate
Ages 7-11
The personal and professional challenges that face a diverse group . . . more
Women of Steel and Stone
by Anna Lewis
Women of Steel and Stone Ages 12-16
The personal and professional challenges that face a diverse group . . . more
Women Who Launched the Computer Age
by Laurie Calkhoven
Women Who Launched the Computer Age Illustrated by: Alyssa Petersen
Ages 6-9
Told from a historical and technological perspective, this factual story . . . more

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