Are you looking for gift ideas for young readers, ages 6 – 10? Look no further. We have compiled a list of books that received great reviews from parents and teachers alike. These can be great conversation starters or provide teamwork ideas. There are books that cover general STEM topics as well as books that can be applied to this season’s MOON MISSION℠.
We hope they will at least spark an interest in STEM topics including science, architecture, and engineering, as well as inspire young students to be creative and come up with their own inventions.
Above all, we hope these books show how much fun it can be to invent and how rewarding it is to take risks in spite of set-backs.
Perfect Square, by Michael Hall – How many ways can you transform an ordinary square of construction paper? Readers learn to compose and rearrange ordinary shapes into other objects. Give your Team a STEM challenge: creating sculptures from a square of construction paper.
What To Do With a Box, by Jane Yolen and Chris Sheban – Let a child’s imagination run wild with creative box creations that serve a variety of playful purposes. Ask the Team to come up with its own, and then post the final creations on social media!
Awesome STEM Experiments for Kids, by Chrystal Chatterton – Hands-on experiments teach kids how to apply the scientific method. This book combines fun experiments with the hows and whys behind them.
The Night Sky, by Michael Driscoll – This book includes a Star Wheel Guide to the constellations and glow-in-the-dark stickers of the solar system. Children will learn about achievements of scientists, space exploration, myths, and how to navigate the night sky.
11 Experiments That Failed, by Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter – A book that cleverly and with humor introduces the scientific method. Encourage your Team to conduct their own zany experiments and have them report back what happened.
In these books, Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty, children learn the basics of doing what they love by using what they have on hand. Their talents lead to problems at first but then turn them into heroes. The emphasis on perseverance and problem-solving are valuable lessons for all of us.
What Do You Do With a Chance?, What Do You Do With an Idea?, and What Do You Do With a Problem?, by Kobi Yamada – These inspirational books teach us to learn how to make our world a better place, starting with ideas that turn into actions and solutions.
There’s No Place like Space!: All About Our Solar System, by Tish Rabe – It’s never too early to start learning about the planets. Younger children will enjoy this one along with their older brothers and sisters. Fans of Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat get to learn about interesting astronomy trivia. Early readers will love the rhymed couplets and illustrations.
The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires – An inventive girl with her dog learns about the importance of making mistakes, perseverance, and creativity, while she builds her invention.
Book reviews were pulled from Amazon.com.
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