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A list of best STEM books chosen by STEM educators, co-sponsored by NSTA and CBC since 2017. Click here to see the downloadable lists.

 
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine

By: Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by:
Veronica Miller Jamison
ISBN: 9780316435178
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
A Dream of Flight: Alberto Santos-Dumont’s Race Around the Eiffel Tower

A Dream of Flight

By: Jef Polivka and Rob Polivka
Illustrated by:
Rob Polivka
ISBN: 9780374306618
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
All in a Drop

All in a Drop

By: Lori Alexander
Illustrated by:
Vivien Mildenberger
ISBN: 9781328884206
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Born Just Right

Born Just Right

By: Jordan Reeves and Jen Lee Reeves
ISBN: 9781534428386
Nonfiction, 7-12, Memoir
 
Buzzing with Questions the Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner

Buzzing with Questions the Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner

By: Janice N. Harrington
Illustrated by:
Theodore Taylor III
ISBN: 9781629795584
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
Crayon Man

Crayon Man

By: Natascha Biebow
Illustrated by:
Steven Salerno
ISBN: 9781328866844
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography
 
Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World

Elon Musk

By: Anna Crowley Redding
ISBN: 9781250313621
Nonfiction, Teen, Science
 
First Dinosaur

First Dinosaur

By: Ian Lendler
Illustrated by:
C.M. Butzer
ISBN: 9781534427006
Nonfiction, 7-12 History
 
From an Idea to Lego: The Building Bricks Behind the World’s Largest Toy Company

From an Idea to Lego

By: Lowey Bundy Sichol
Illustrated by:
C.S. Jennings
ISBN: 9781328954930
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Full of Beans Henry Ford Grows a Car

Full of Beans Henry Ford Grows a Car

By: Peggy Thomas
Illustrated by:
Edwin Fotheringham
ISBN: 9781629796390
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World

Guitar Genius

By: Kim Tomsic
Illustrated by:
Brett Helquist
ISBN: 9781452159195
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
How to Become and Accidental Genius

How to Become and Accidental Genius

By: Elizabeth MacLeod & Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by:
Jenn Playford
ISBN: 9781459816763
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future

Instructions Not Included

By: Tami Lewis Brown, Debbie Loren Dunn
Illustrated by:
Chelsea Beck
ISBN: 9781368011051
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Karl’s New Beak: 3-D Printing Builds a Bird a Better Life

Karl’s New Beak

By: Lela Nargi
Illustrated by:
Harriet Popham
ISBN: 9781684460267
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Prairie Boy: Frank Lloyd Wright Turns The Heartland Into A Home

Prairie Boy

By: Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by:
Christopher Silas Neal
ISBN: 9781629794402
nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
Samuel Morse, That’s Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code

Samuel Morse, That’s Who!

By: Tracy Nelson Maurer
Illustrated by:
El Primo Ramón
ISBN: 9781627791304
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Save the Crash-test Dummies

Save the Crash-test Dummies

By: Jennifer Swanson
Illustrated by:
TeMika Grooms
ISBN: 9781682630228
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Saving the Tasmanian Devil

Saving the Tasmanian Devil

By: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ISBN: 9780544991484
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge

Secret Engineer

By: Rachel Dougherty
ISBN: 9781250155320
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

The Electric War

By: Mike Winchell
ISBN: 9781250120168
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
The House That Cleaned Itself: The True Story of Frances Gabe’s (Mostly) Marvelous Invention

The House That Cleaned Itself

By: Laura Dershewitz and Susan Romberg
Illustrated by:
Meghann Rader
ISBN: 9781943147656
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team

Titan and the Wild Boars

By: Susan Hood & Pathana Sornhiran
Illustrated by:
Dow Phumiruk
ISBN: 9780062907721
Nonfiction, 4-6, Action / Adventure
 
Ada Lovelace (The First Names Series)

Ada Lovelace (The First Names Series)

By: Ben Jeapes
Illustrated by:
Nick Ward
ISBN: 9781419740756
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team

All Thirteen

By: Christina Soontornvat
ISBN: 9781536209457
Nonfiction, Teen, Action / Adventure
 
Beastly Bionics: Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature

Beastly Bionics

By: Jennifer Swanson
ISBN: 9781426336737
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM

Changing the Equation

By: Tonya Bolden
ISBN: 9781419707346
Nonfiction, Teen, Diversity
 
Galileo! Galileo!

Galileo! Galileo!

By: Holly Trechter and Jane Donovan
Illustrated by:
Holly Trechter and Jane Donovan
ISBN: 9781939360083
Nonfiction, 7-12, History
 
Gnu and Shrew

Gnu and Shrew

By: Danny Schnitzlein
Illustrated by:
Anca Sandu
ISBN: 9781682631461
Fiction, 4-6, Action / Adventure
 
Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747

Jumbo

By: Chris Gall
Illustrated by:
Chris Gall
ISBN: 9781250155801
Nonfiction, 4-6, History
 
Machines in Motion: The Amazing History of Transportation

Machines in Motion

By: Tom Jackson
Illustrated by:
Chris Mould
ISBN: 9781547603374
Nonfiction, 7-12, History
 
Machines That Think!: Big Ideas That Changed the World #2

Machines That Think!

By: Don Brown
ISBN: 9781419740985
Nonfiction, Teen, Science
 
Marie’s Ocean: Marie Tharp Maps the Mountains Under the Sea

Marie’s Ocean

By: Josie James
Illustrated by:
Josie James
ISBN: 9781250214737
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Mission to the Bottom of the Sea

Mission to the Bottom of the Sea

By: Jan Leyssens
Illustrated by:
Joachim Sneyers
ISBN: 9781605375311
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Newton and Curie: The Science Squirrels

Newton and Curie

By: Daniel Kirk
ISBN: 9781419737480
Fiction, 4-6, Science
 
Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics

Numbers in Motion

By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by:
Yevgenia Nayberg
ISBN: 9781939547637
Nonfiction, 7-12, Math
 
Smelly Kelly and His Super Senses: How James Kelly’s Nose Saved the New York City Subway

Smelly Kelly and His Super Senses

By: Beth Anderson
Illustrated by:
Jenn Harney
ISBN: 9781684373994
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Spaceman (Adaptation for Young Readers): The True Story of a Young Boy’s Journey to Becoming an Astronaut

Spaceman (Adaptation for Young Readers)

By: Mike Massimino
ISBN: 9780593120866
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
Who Gives a Poop?: Surprising Science from One End to the Other

Who Gives a Poop?

By: Heather L. Montgomery
Illustrated by:
Iris Gottlieb
ISBN: 9781547603473
Nonfiction, 7-12, Health
 
Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

Wood, Wire, Wings

By: Kirsten Larson
Illustrated by:
Tracy Subisak
ISBN: 9781629799384
Nonfiction, 7-12, History
 
Work It, Girl:  Blast Off Into Space Like Mae Jemison

Work It, Girl

By: Caroline Moss
Illustrated by:
Sinem Erkas
ISBN: 9780711245150
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
The Polio Pioneer

The Polio Pioneer

By: Linda Elovitz Marshall
Illustrated by:
Lisa Anchin
ISBN: 9780525646518
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Amara and the Bats

Amara and the Bats

By: Emma Reynolds
Illustrated by:
Emma Reynolds
ISBN: 9781534469013
Nonfiction, 4-6, Animals
 
Artificial Intelligence (STEAM & Me Series)

Artificial Intelligence (STEAM & Me Series)

By: Dinah Williams
ISBN: 9781946260871
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Benoit Mandelbrot: Reshaping the World

Benoit Mandelbrot

By: Robert Black
ISBN: 9780898246865
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
Bicycle: Eureka! The Biography of an Idea

Bicycle

By: Lori Haskins Houran
Illustrated by:
Aaron Cushley
ISBN: 9781635923940
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Bones Unearthed (Creepy and True #3)

Bones Unearthed (Creepy and True #3)

By: Kerrie Logan Hollihan
ISBN: 9781419755354
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Building Zaha: The Story of Architect Zaha Hadid

Building Zaha

By: Victoria Tentler-Krylov
Illustrated by:
Victoria Tentler-Krylov
ISBN: 9781338282832
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

Classified

By: Traci Sorell
Illustrated by:
Natasha Donovan
ISBN: 9781541579149
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars

Code Breaker, Spy Hunter

By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by:
Brooke Smart
ISBN: 9781419739637
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood’s Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife

Cougar Crossing

By: Meeg Pincus
Illustrated by:
Alexander Vidal
ISBN: 9781534461857
Nonfiction, 4-6, Animals
 
Eat Bugs!: Project Startup #1

Eat Bugs!

By: Laura D'Asaro, Rose Wang, and Heather Alexander
Illustrated by:
Vanessa Flores
ISBN: 9780593096178
Fiction, 7-12, Science
 
Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time

Einstein

By: Torben Kuhlmann
Illustrated by:
Torben Kuhlmann
ISBN: 9780735844445
Fiction, 7-12, Animals
 
From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves

From Here to There

By: Vivian Kirkfield
Illustrated by:
Gilbert Ford
ISBN: 9781328560919
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Glasses: Eureka! The Biography of an Idea

Glasses

By: Lori Haskins Houran
Illustrated by:
John Joven
ISBN: 9781635924251
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem

The Great Stink

By: Colleen Paeff
Illustrated by:
Nancy Carpenter
ISBN: 9781534449299
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Lady Bird Johnson, That’s Who!

Lady Bird Johnson, That’s Who!

By: Tracy Nelson Maurer
Illustrated by:
Ginnie Hsu
ISBN: 9781250240361
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest

The Leaf Detective

By: Heather Lang
Illustrated by:
Jana Christy
ISBN: 9781684371778
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
A Life Electric: The Story of Nikola Tesla

A Life Electric

By: Azadeh Westergaard
Illustrated by:
Júlia Sardà
ISBN: 9780593114605
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Light Bulb: Eureka! The Biography of an Idea

Light Bulb

By: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Illustrated by:
Stephanie Dehennin
ISBN: 9781635923964
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!

Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!

By: Art Coulson
Illustrated by:
Madelyn Goodnight
ISBN: 9781623542030
Fiction, 4-6, Math
 
Luna’s Yum Yum Dim Sum

Luna’s Yum Yum Dim Sum

By: Natasha Yim
Illustrated by:
Violet Kim
ISBN: 9781623541309
Fiction, 4-6, Math
 
Maxine Greatest Garden Ever

Maxine Greatest Garden Ever

By: Ruth Spiro
Illustrated by:
Holly Hatam
ISBN: 9780399186301
Fiction, 4-6, Science
 
Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature

Mimic Makers

By: Kristen Nordstrom
Illustrated by:
Paul Boston
ISBN: 9781580899475
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries: Ten Interactive Adventures in Mathematical Wonderland

Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries

By: Eugenia Cheng
Illustrated by:
Aleksandra Artymowska
ISBN: 9781536217100
Nonfiction, 7-12, How-to / Activity
 
Race to the Bottom of the Earth: Surviving Antarctica

Race to the Bottom of the Earth

By: Rebecca E. F. Barone
ISBN: 9781250257802
Nonfiction, 7-12, Action / Adventure
 
Scene Of The Crime: Tracking Down Criminals with Forensic Science

Scene Of The Crime

By: HP Newquist
ISBN: 9780451476463
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Secrets of the Sea: The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist

Secrets of the Sea

By: Evan Griffith
Illustrated by:
Joanie Stone
ISBN: 9780358244325
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
A Shot in the Arm!: Big Ideas That Changed the World #3

A Shot in the Arm!

By: Don Brown
ISBN: 9781419750014
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Someone Builds the Dream

Someone Builds the Dream

By: Lisa Wheeler
ISBN: 9781984814333
Fiction, 4-6, Science
 
The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe

The Stuff Between the Stars

By: Sandra Nickel
Illustrated by:
Aimée Sicuro
ISBN: 9781419736261
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
 
Thank You, Dr. Salk!: The Scientist Who Beat Polio and Healed the World

Thank You, Dr. Salk!

By: Dean Robbins
Illustrated by:
Mike Dutton
ISBN: 9780374313913
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Uma Wimple Charts Her House

Uma Wimple Charts Her House

By: Reif Larsen and Ben Gibson
ISBN: 9780593181188
Fiction, 4-6, Concepts
 
Upstream, Downstream: Exploring Watershed Connections

Upstream, Downstream

By: Rowena Rae
ISBN: 9781459823921
Fiction, 7-12, Science
 
What Is Nintendo?

What Is Nintendo?

By: Gina Shaw and Who HQ
Illustrated by:
Andrew Thomson
ISBN: 9780593093795
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Wonder Women of Science: Twelve Geniuses Who Are Currently Rocking Science, Technology, and the World

Wonder Women of Science

By: Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue
Illustrated by:
Sally Wern Comport
ISBN: 9781536207347
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
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