Fun STEM Books to Encourage Summer Learning

Summer means free time to play and explore.  Here are a few STEM based books to keep your kids reading and learning this summer.  Special thanks to The Innovation Press for recommending these books and sending a copy over to us to check out.  All opinions in this post are ours.

Zoey and Sassafras

Zoey and Sassafras:  Dragons and Marshmallows

With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.

In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late?

Age Range: 5 – 9 years; Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4

Why we LOVE this book:

  • Zoey is an adorable lead character
  • The scientific method is woven into the story
  • Can be read aloud with parents to alone by the child
  • Encourages girls to pursue STEM with a female main character
  • High-interest story that both girls and boys will enjoy

The Curious Kid's Science Book

The Curious Kid’s Science Book

What happens if you water plants with juice?
Where can you find bacteria in your house?
Is slug slime as strong as a glue stick?

How would your child find the answers to these questions? In The Curious Kid’s Science Book, your child will learn to design his or her own science investigations to determine the answers! Children will learn to ask their own scientific questions, discover value in failed experiments, and — most importantly — have a blast with science. The 100+ hands-on activities in the book use household items to playfully teach important science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Each creative activity includes age-appropriate explanations and (when possible) real life applications of the concepts covered. Adding science to your at-home schedule will make a positive impact on your child’s learning. Just one experiment a week will help build children’s confidence and excitement about the sciences, boost success in the classroom, and give them the tools to design and execute their own science fair projects.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years; Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Why We LOVE this book:

  • Encourage thought and curiosity in the area of science
  • Encourages kids to make predictions about the outcome
  • Easy experiments with items you have around the house
  • Helps kids develop critical thinking skills
  • Fun projects the whole family can do together