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.

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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


Submission Process

2020 submissions are NOW OPEN from June 5 through July 12, 2019. Only submissions from trade publishing companies or divisions will be accepted. Titles must be published in 2019 (some exceptions can be made for books published in November or December 2018, contact us for details).

Read carefully the 2020 Best STEM Books Submissions Call for eligibility and submission guidelines. 

You can submit using the Spreadsheet — Download the 2020 Submission Spreadsheet, fill it out, and email it to The spreadsheet contains five different tabs, one tab for each corresponding Best Of list. Please be sure to enter your title information in the correct sheet(s).

You will receive a confirmation email with next steps when we receive your submission email with the spreadsheet.

NOTE: The Spreadsheet must be completed and emailed by July 12, 2019 but books do not need to be shipped at this time (shipping instructions will come after submissions).

Find the Submission Process of all Best Of lists here.

Email Laura Peraza at with questions about the Best STEM Books list.


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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