Best STEM

Best STEM

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 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.

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2021 submissions are open June 1 – July 2, 2020.

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WINNING TITLES

Previous years

View titles selected annually at NSTA site as well.

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Selection Process

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

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Submission Process

2021 submissions are open June 1 – July 2, 2020. Only submissions from trade publishing companies or divisions will be accepted. Titles must be published in 2020. For full guidelines, eligibility, fees, and instructions please check out our submissions page

Email Laura Peraza at laura.peraza@cbcbooks.org with questions about the Best STEM Books list.

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PUBLISHERS: Learn more about other Best Of Lists here or about the benefits of membership here.

Join the Committee! NSTA members interested in joining the Best STEM Books review committee should communicate their interest to the NSTA President-Elect.


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