This list aims to provide recommendations to educators, librarians, parents, and guardians for the best children’s books with STEM content.
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.
View titles selected annually at NSTA site as well.
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
2020 submissions are closed. If you want to prepare for next year’s submissions you can review the previous 2020 Best STEM Books Submissions Call for eligibility and submission guidelines.
Email Laura Peraza at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the Best STEM Books list.
Join the Committee! NSTA members interested in joining the Best STEM Books review committee should communicate their interest to the NSTA President-Elect.