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2021 Best STEM Books List

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NSTA and CBC Announce the 2021 List of Top STEM Books for K-12 Students

Arlington, VA (December 14, 2020)— The National Science Teaching Association today announced its fifth annual list of Best STEM Books K-12. This list—selected by volunteer educators and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council—provides recommendations about the best trade books with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content available for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

“This amazing list of STEM books includes titles that will bring wide-eyed wonder to our youngest readers and spark deep and intellectual discussions with students in upper grades,” said Dr. Elizabeth Allan, NSTA President. “We are thrilled to spotlight these inspirational books that reinforce reading comprehension skills while helping students making sense of STEM content.” 

Members of the book review panel, made up of STEM educators and literacy professionals appointed by NSTA, selected 19 books for the list from approximately 292 submissions. The panel based their decision on their extensive knowledge and looked for the very best STEM books that they believed would inspire K-12 students. The list of winning titles includes topics that range from the Boeing 747 to biomimicry. 

The Best K-12 Books is a joint venture between NSTA and the Children’s Book Council. In addition to the NSTA and CBC websites, the list will appear in the March issues of NSTA’s elementary, middle level, and high school journals for teachers. 


About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 40,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

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