STEM picture books introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math. Not only that, some of these picture books actually teach the STEM concepts which is big fun within a story.
8 Fascinating STEM Picture Books
I Lost My Sock! A Matching Mystery by P.J. Roberts, illustrated by Elio
Help Fox and Ox find Fox’s missing sock. Fox tries to describe his sock exactly — it’s blue, it has dots, big dots. Ox gets carried away looking for the sock. Help the friends sort and match in this fun, light-hearted story about patterns, shapes, comparing & contrasting, and object identification. And you’ll never guess where Fox finds his sock!
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
How do you make fractions interesting? Well, it involves four animal friends including an OCD hippo who can’t stop breaking the cookies in half, three cookies, and a lot of hysteria! This is a fantastic STEM math picture book with cartoon-like illustrations written for beginning readers.
Charlotte The Scientist Is Squished by Camille Andros, illustrated by Brianne Farley
What a charming STEM story! Charlotte is squished in her very big family so she practices the scientific method to solve her squished problem. She asks questions, hypothesizes and experiments. And decides to move to outer space. There, she observes that she misses being squished. Using the scientific method again, Charlotte discovers the perfect solution that lets her be near her family but not as squished as before.
Princesses of Bread (Tantan Math Stories) by She Shil Kim, illustrated by Eun Hwa Jung
The Queen of Bread becomes ill, requesting that her daughters take over the Kindom’s bread making. But the princess have no idea how much of each ingredients to use. Until their Fairy Godmother shows them a recipe with precise measurements. Using a ruler, a measuring cup, and a scale helps the daughters save the Kingdom’s export of bread production. Use this lovely STEM picture book folktale to teach kids about measuring tools — then play with them yourselves.
How to Avoid the Fearsome Cat (Tantan Math Stories) by Yoon Jeong Choi, illustrated by Hyun Kyeong Shim
Worried about the Fearsome Cat, the mice vote on what to do, sorting themselves into two lines. As they debate and decide, the mice use different types of graphing to determine what type of thing will help warn them of the cat’s arrival. In the end, these clever mice give a wrapped bell to the old lady puts it right on her handsome cat. Now whenever they hear the jingle, jingle, the mice rush to safety. Engaging follow up questions will help children see how the mice used graphs to make decisions.
Gus’s Garage by Leo Timmers
Calling all tinkerers!! (Is that a word?) Gus’s friends visit him with their various problems. Rico needs a bigger seat on his scooter, Gina needs a warmer neck in her car (she’s a giraffe), Miss P. needs refrigeration, and so on. So Gus uses the materials in his full garage to build solutions for his friends! Gorgeous illustrations & inspiring inventions for STEM inventors.
Peg & Cat The Lemonade Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson PBS Kids
Peg is so excited to sell lemonade for marbles. (She loves marbles.) She and Cat learn all about pricing so people will buy, bartering to get what they need, and always problem-solving. Talk about a fun lemonade stand adventure, even if it doesn’t make any money! Great for entrepreneurs and budding mathematicians.
Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers 40+ Things to Invent, Draw, and Make by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
This is an excellent, engaging activity book based on the fantastic STEM Rosie Revere, Engineer picture book. Colorful illustrations and a cool layout will entice readers to try, fail, and learn in this new STEM activity book for budding engineers like Rosie. Learn about simple machines, build a marble run, solve engineering challenges, design a stuffed animal carrier for your bike, learn about inventors who failed a lot, and so much more.