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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

From an Idea to Lego

By: Lowey Bundy Sichol
Illustrated by:
C.S. Jennings
ISBN: 9781328954930
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
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

Guitar Genius

By: Kim Tomsic
Illustrated by:
Brett Helquist
ISBN: 9781452159195
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography
 
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
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