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Best STEM Books is a joint project of the American Society for Engineering Education, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council. This list of 31 books aims to provide recommendations to educators, librarians, parents, and guardians for the best children’s books with STEM content.
Reviewers appointed by NSTA, ITEEA, SEPA, and ASEE read and evaluate the submitted books. Their selections are published in list appearing in NSTA Reports and ITEEA’s Children’s Technology and Engineering magazine and are promoted through membership networks and at partner conferences.
What is STEM?
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is an integrated and creative approach to discovering and applying knowledge about our world to solve problems which utilizes one, or more of the content areas. Trade books that deliver background and model the practices of STEM provide context and inspiration to readers.
The selection committee will evaluate submission based on its adherence to the following criteria:
- Models innovation
- Illustrates authentic problems
- Assimilates new ideas
- Invites divergent thinking
- Explores multiple solutions
- Integrates STEM disciplines
- Shows progressive change or improvement
- Content accuracy–appropriate to age and audience
Publishers: How to Submit
The submission period for the 2018 list is closed. Come back Spring 2018 to learn about the submission period for the 2019 list.
You can always prepare for next year by looking at the 2018 guidelines and criteria as reference:
Review Submission Guidelines
Please contact Laura Peraza with any questions about submitting your titles.
For full instructions on how to submit to all of our CBC BEST lists, click here.