Episode 89: STEM Books for All Ages

July 19, 2023

In episode 89 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

STEM Books for Kids (All Ages)

Looking for STEM books for kids? Inspired by the Imagining The Future initiative, Megan and Allison look at books that combine STEM themes with great stories, as well as tips for incorporating STEM books in home libraries. Plus, Allison has tips for reading routines for older kids and Megan shares a moment that shows why taking stories off the page and into everyday life is worth it.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Truth Detective’ by Tim Harford (middle primary, uppper primary) 

‘The Last Love Note’ by Emma Grey (adult) 

‘This is Love’ by Zanni Louise and Sasha Haddad (early childhood)

‘This Time it’s Real’ by Ann Liang (young adult)


 ‘Romancing the Stars’ – a Book Links event | Thursday 23rd March | Brisbane 

STEM Books for kids of all ages

Imagining The Future stories are part of the Future You program, an initiative of the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith. Read more about the program here

Jackie Child on Tech themed picture books here and here.

Jackie Child on books to inspire coding and robotics.

Cristy Burne on 21 Books for Kids who like Science and for Kids who Don’t Like Science Yet.

STEM Books

‘Brobot’ by James Foley (lower primary, middle primary)

‘Our Little Inventor’ by Sher Rill Ng (early childhood) 

‘Something Wonderful’ by Raewyn Caisley. Illustrated by Karen Blair (early childhood, lower primary) 

‘Doll-e 1.0’ by Shanda Mcloskey (lower primary)

‘Can I Build Another Me’ by Shinsuke Yoshitake (lower primary) 

‘Can I Build Another Me?’ follows a child’s hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought as he decides to make a clone of himself – and starts to ponder what makes him Him. Is it the scar on his knee or his sticky palms? Is it his love of acorns or the way he winks? The more he thinks about it, the more complicated it becomes.

‘It’s My Rubber Band’ by Shinsuke Yoshitake (lower primary) 

‘It Might be an Apple’ by Shinsuke Yoshitake (lower primary) 

This book is not only huge fun, but it also encourages a questioning, challenging approach to the world around us.

‘Superpower’ by Philip Bunting (lower primary, middle primary)

‘Do Not Lick This Book’ by Idan Ben Barack (lower primary, middle primary)

‘Rosie Revere Engineer’ by Andrea Beaty (lower primary, middle primary)

‘Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers’ by Andrea Beaty (lower primary, middle primary) 

‘Ada Twist Scientist’ by Andrea Beaty (lower primary, middle primary)

‘Ada Twists Big Book for Stellar Scientists’ by Andrea Beaty (lower primary, middle primary) 

‘Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters’ (and others in this chapter book series) (middle primary) by Andrea Beaty

‘Girl Geeks’ by Alex Miles (middle primary) 

Get your geek on with this girl gang as they design, make, game, hack, code and more!

‘Quarks Academy’ by Catherine Pelosi (middle primary) 

‘Whodunnit, Eddie Woo?’ series by various authors (middle primary) 

‘Aussie Stem Stars’ series by various authors (middle primary)  

Aussie STEM Stars is an inspiring children’s series that celebrates Australia’s experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

‘Mr Shaha’s Recipies for Wonder’ by Alom Shaha (middle primary)

‘Mr Shaha’s Marvellos Machines’ by Alon Shaha (middle primary)

‘The Wild Robot’ by Peter Brown (middle primary, upper primary) 

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide. By turns funny, moving, surprising and dramatic, this is a novel that is as thought-provoking as it is enchanting.

‘See You in the Cosmos’ by Jack Cheng (middle primary, upper primary)

Quick tips

‘The Fairy Dancers: the complete collection’ by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini (lower primary) 

Fairy Dancers themed bedroom
Miffy themed bedroom
Frida Kahlo themed bedroom
Harry Potter Tween bedroom


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