The best books to engage kids in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

Why am I passionate about this?

As a Sr. Mechanical Engineer, STEM advocate, TEDx international speaker and international best-selling author of children's books, I have a deep expertise and passion for inspiring young minds in the world of science, technology, engineering, and math. Through my books, including What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z and the STEM Crew Kids Adventures series, I aim to introduce kids to diverse STEM careers and empower them to pursue their dreams fearlessly. My background in engineering and dedication to youth mentorship drives me to promote STEM education and underrepresented voices. I believe in the power of books to spark curiosity and open doors to endless possibilities for future innovators and problem-solvers.

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What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z

By Tiffani Teachey,

Book cover of What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z

What is my book about?

What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z is an inspiring and easy-to-read alphabet picture book that teaches our next generation about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers.

This book provides colorful illustrations of six diverse children representing various STEM careers (i.e. astronauts, doctors, scientists, and engineers, etc), helping children (5 to 8 years old) see themselves in one of the STEM careers, and motivates them to shape their future through STEM!

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Lamar and Maya Build A Robot

Tiffani Teachey Why did I love this book?

If you're looking for a fantastic book to engage kids in STEM, Lamar and Maya Build a Robot is the perfect pick!

Picture recommending this book to a friend, you'd rave about its celebration of teamwork and robotics. Personally, I loved this book because it beautifully teaches kids about collaboration, problem-solving, and perseverance in a fun and exciting way.

As I read through Lamar and Maya's journey, I learned the importance of working together and following instructions while exploring the world of robotics. It made me feel inspired and reminded me of the joy of friendship and the power of imagination.

This book is an excellent resource for young readers, and they'll be captivated by the story while unknowingly absorbing valuable STEM concepts. Grab this gem for the little ones!

Book cover of Andrew Learns about Engineers: Career Book for Kids

Tiffani Teachey Why did I love this book?

Andrew Learns about Engineers is a captivating STEM children's book that sparks curiosity in young minds. Through Andrew's imaginative journey, kids discover the importance of engineers in shaping our world.

This easy-to-read book features diverse images of engineering pioneers like Garrett Morgan and Katherine Johnson, fostering inclusivity. It's an ideal resource for introducing kids to the profession and celebrating engineers' contributions. With phonetic assistance and a reader glossary, it's accessible to early readers.

The book's free learning activities and supplemental lesson plan make it a valuable addition to classrooms. Andrew Learns about Engineers is a must-have to inspire children's interest in STEM and help them envision a career in engineering.

Book cover of Love + Math

Tiffani Teachey Why did I love this book?

Love + Math is a delightful math book that transforms kids' perception of math from boring to enjoyable.

With engaging examples and colorful illustrations, it shows how math is present in everyday life, making it relatable and fun. This book helps kids see the beauty of math and replaces "I hate math" with "I love math."

It's a fantastic resource to instill a positive attitude towards math and encourage young minds to embrace the subject's possibilities. Get ready to witness a delightful transformation as kids discover the joy of math all around them!

Book cover of Diversed In Stem: When We Believe, We Achieve

Tiffani Teachey Why did I love this book?

This book is an inspiring and easy-to-read children's book that encourages self-belief and diverse representation in STEM careers.

Through illustrations and stories, it showcases 10 children from different backgrounds, demonstrating that anyone can visualize themselves in a successful STEM path. The book emphasizes collaboration among children from diverse backgrounds for collective success. Its empowering message instills hope and motivation, teaching young readers that possibilities are limitless with self-belief.

Diversed In STEM is a must-read to nurture young minds' passion for STEM and foster an inclusive and bright future in the field.

By Richard S T Gilliam,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Diversed In Stem as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

When we believe, We Achieve!

“Diversed In STEM” Premium is an inspiring and easy to read children’s book. This book contains new STEM coloring pages from each amazing character. Along with affirmations from each character showing their believe in thyself.

This book teaches children about different possible STEM Careers. And with the help of illustrations and stories, your child will learn that no matter what background you are from you can visualize yourself in a particular STEM Career. This book portrays the life of 10 different children with diverse backgrounds and qualities. As well as a teacher who helps teach…

Book cover of Ask Uncle Neil: Why is my hair curly?

Tiffani Teachey Why did I love this book?

Ask Uncle Neil: Why is my hair curly? is an empowering and motivational book that introduces young readers to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Anthony, the curious protagonist, explores the science behind his curly hair with the help of his Uncle Neil. Written by engineer Neil Thompson, the book encourages children of all races to embrace their curiosity and consider careers in STEM fields.

It instills the belief that with determination, there are no limits to what they can achieve. This inspiring book is a must-have for young minds eager to embark on a journey of discovery and possibility in the world of STEAM. 

By Neil Thompson, Cathy Bolio (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Ask Uncle Neil as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 4, 5, 6, and 7.

What is this book about?

If an empowering book for young children is what you are looking for, you have found it in the book Ask Uncle Neil: why is my hair curly?

With this book, you will meet Anthony, a young boy who has his mother, Jessica, exasperated, as they are running late. While getting ready, Anthony starts to wonder why his hair is different than that of his classmates. From there, Anthony speaks with his Uncle Neil, who uses science to answer Anthony’s question.

Using hair as the vehicle, “Ask Uncle Neil: why is my hair curly?” encourages children to explore careers in…

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By Mark Doherty,

Book cover of Creativity, Teaching, and Natural Inspiration

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Why am I passionate about this?

I am a highly experienced outdoorsman, musician, songwriter, and backcountry guide who chose teaching as a day job. As a writer, however, I am a promoter of creative and literary nonfiction, especially nonfiction that features a thematic thread, whether it be philosophical, conservation, historical, or even unique experiential. The thread I used for thirty years of teaching high school and honors English was the thread of Conservation, as exemplified by authors like Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Edward O. Wilson, Al Gore, Henry David Thoreau, as well as many other more contemporary authors.

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What is my book about?

I have woven numerous delightful and descriptive true life stories, many from my adventures as an outdoorsman and singer songwriter, into my life as a high school English teacher. I think you'll find this work both entertaining as well as informative, and I hope you enjoy the often lighthearted repartee and dialogue that enhances the stories and experiences.

When I started teaching in the early 1990s, I brought into the classroom with me my passions for nature, folk music, and creativity. This book holds something new and engaging with every chapter and can be enjoyed by all sorts of readers, particularly those who enjoy nonfiction that employs wit, wisdom, humor, and even some down-to-earth philosophy.

Creativity, Teaching, and Natural Inspiration

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