Career Book List: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Grades K-2

  1. Westward Ho! An Activity Guide to the Wild West (A Kid's Guide Series) by Laurie Carlson
    Explore what life was like in the old west through a history lesson and activities.
  2. Science Kids: Planet Earth by Deborah Chancellor
    Explaining the science of the earth in an easy to understand manner with topics like: environments, geological forces, weather and climate, and the incredible diversity of life on Earth.
  3. The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets a Computer by Ben Halpert
    Teaching kids computer safety and keeping personal information private.
  4. Science Kids: Maps and Mapping by Deborah Chancellor
    Learn about maps, how they are made, how to use them, and decoding their symbols.
  5. Follow that Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie
    In the interactive book, kids learn how to use a map by following Sally and her friends as they search for different things throughout their town.
  6. There's a Map on my Lap! : All About Maps (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz
    Follow the Cat in the Hat as he teaches kids about different types of maps and how to read them by using their symbols.
  7. The Home Depot Big Book of Tools by Kimberly Weinberger
    Learn all about tools and their different uses.
  8. Who Pooped in the Park? Rocky Mountain National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Elijah Brady Clark
    A family learns to identify animal tracks and what an animal has recently eaten while exploring the Rocky Mountains.
  9. The Littlest Camper Visits Grand Teton National Park by Jennifer Haley
    Join the family as they explore the park, hike, canoe, and camp.
  10. Why Should I Save Energy? by Jen Green and Mike Gordon
    When there is a community-wide blackout, kids learn the importance of energy in our lives and ways to conserve it.
  11. Water (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) by Alexandra Fix
    Learn about water, how it gets to houses from lakes and rivers, where it goes after the drain, and what happens when it is wasted.
  12. The Water Hole by Graeme Base
    Combines a lesson in counting along with a tour of the world as children the importance of water conservation.
  13. The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
    Follow the journey of a single drop of water over the course of a year as it goes through the water cycle.
  14. The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
    Join Ms. Frizzle’s class as they follow a trail of water through the water cycle.
  15. The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
    Ms. Frizzle’s class takes a trip through the Earth’s crust, to the center of the Earth, and through a volcano!
  16. The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
    When the planetarium is closed, the Magic School Bus turns into a spaceship and the class takes a journey through the solar system.

Grades 3-5

  1. The Kids Multicultural Art Book: Art and Craft Experiences from Around the World (Kids Can!) by Alexandra Michaels
    Learn about different world cultures by creating art and artifacts from the activities in this book.
  2. Kids During the Industrial Revolution (Kids Throughout History) by Lisa A. Wroble
    Learn about the Industrial Revolution and the role children played as well as their quality of life during this time.
  3. If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern
    Learn about the daily life of people living during colonial times through the eyes of colonial children.
  4. Kids Around the World Create! The Best Crafts and Activities from Many Lands by Arlette N. Braman
    Generate interest in and respect for cultures all around the world. Craft activities help children learn about ancient and modern cultures.
  5. The Kids Book of the Far North by Ann Love
    Learn about the history and people who occupy the far north region of the world. Organized in topics such as: climate, natural resources, history of settlement, exploration, and traditional and contemporary culture.
  6. Hands-On Archaeology: Real-Life Activities for Kids by John White, Ph.D.
    Written by an experienced archaeologist and anthropologist, this book encourages students to think like a scientist and teaches the fundamentals of archaeology.
  7. My Big Science Book by Simon Mugford
    Provides concepts and experiments that are easy to understand and incorporates relevant topics to engage a child.
  8. Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less by Jean Potter
    Quick, simple projects with easy to follow instructions teach kids. Each experiment comes with an explanation of what should happen and why to help kids learn.
  9. The Magic School Bus Lost and the Science Fair Expedition by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
    While preparing for the Science Fair, Ms. Frizzle’s class goes back in time, meeting famous scientists and witnessing major discoveries.
  10. The Brooklyn Bridge: The Story of the World's Most Famous Bridge and the Remarkable Family that Built it by Elizabeth Mann
    Learn about the construction of what was the world’s longest bridge and the difficulties John Roebling had in making his dream come alive.
  11. Bridges: Amazing Structures to Design, Build, and Test by Carol A. Johmann
    Provides a clear explanation of different types of bridges and how they are designed, constructed, and maintained. Also included are projects related to building bridges and models.
  12. Your Planet Needs You: A Kid's Guide to Going Green (Science of Survival) by Dave Reay and Alan Rowe
    Max and Henry become global warming warriors. Conservation tips for at home, school, in the garden, and the community.
  13. The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying your World by Caroline Arnold
    Divided by themes (maps, land formations, water, and weather), this book clearly explains concepts and provides a project for each topic.
  14. Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta Reimer
    Learn about famous mathematicians throughout history and their contributions to the field.
  15. The Mystery at Jamestown by Carole Marsh
    Learn about archaeology, Indians, and the history of the beginning of our country as you take part in solving this mystery!
  16. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss
    Looking at all of the water on Earth as part of one well, learn about the use and abuse of water and ways to help conserve the essential resource.

Grades 6-8

  1. Steven Caney's Ultimate Building Book by Steven Caney
    Starting with the history of construction, design, and invention, this book goes on to teach kids how things are built and how they can create similar structures themselves.
  2. The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers & Architects by Mario Salvadori
    Learn the basic principles to constructing everyday structures. Perfect for those who wonder why things are built the way they are and why the architecture is successful.
  3. Big Ideas for Growing Mathematicians: Exploring Elementary Math with 20 Ready-to-Go Activities by Ann Kajander
    Presents challenging math concepts and through interesting projects that covers a wide range of content and skills.
  4. The Young Naturalist (Usborne Guide) by Andrew Mitchell
    Learn all about the outdoors, the creatures and plants that inhabit it, and take part in fun experiments and activities to increase your understanding of the world around you.
  5. 99 Jumpstarts for Kids’ Science Research by Peggy Whitley and Susan Williams Goodwin
    Divided into topics sections that include definitions of commonly used terms, potential research topics, and further resources to explore.
  6. Ancient Machines: From Wedges to Waterwheels (Ancient Technology) by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods
    Learn about engineering from a historical perspective by examining ancient structures.
  7. Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Computers by Diane Lindsey Reeves
    Filled with career profiles, resources, volunteer opportunities, activity suggestions, and self-discovery questions and quizzes to help kids learn about career paths in this field.

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