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Book list for science-filled summer reading!

Add inspiring books with science and engineering themes to your summer reading lists. We have lots of favorites and great suggestions to get you started!

Colorful books representing summer reading and the book list of science and engineering stories

We are big fans of doing hands-on science and engineering with kids of all ages, both in and out of the classroom. During the pandemic, our VP of STEM Education chronicled her family's adventures doing 30 different STEM activities. Next week, we'll be shifting to summer fun and engaging "science at home" themes for a "Summer of STEM," something like summer camp — but flexible, free, and full of STEM activities you can do at home or in a library, school, or out-of-school setting.

Science- and Engineering-themed Stories and Books

To supplement the weekly summer-themed content we will be featuring, we wanted to also give you a bunch of suggestions for science-themed books. We are always up for a classic Eric Carle book, an A to Z Mystery, or a trip somewhere with the Magic Treehouse crew, but as parents, we love to also read books with our kids that have science-based themes or focus on creative thinking, innovation, and engineering. Luckily, there are lots and lots of books with engaging STEM content at all reading levels. Remember, a book doesn't have to be an encyclopedia to carry an undercurrent that says STEM matters and, equally important, STEM is for everyone!

Right alongside your summer STEM activities and arts and crafts projects, we hope you and your kids do plenty of reading together or independently! We encourage you to check your local library and sign your kids up for summer reading programs and review recommended book lists for your kids' age range, reading level, or interest areas. To widen your net as you look for books this summer, we've compiled a list of suggested books that might be perfect for your kids or your family. (We know that with libraries closed it can be harder to browse for books right now.) Some of our favorites are listed below.

Science Buddies' STEM Books

Science Buddies' books bring the fun of our online content to your kids in unplugged book form. These books feature exciting science and engineering activities that kids can do in a short amount of time.

Storybooks and Picture Books

The list below contains a wide range of books with science and engineering themes, from picture and storybooks to chapter books, graphic novels, longer books for middle readers, reference books, and books about scientists, engineers, and science history. You can use this list for suggestions to check out from the library. All links are affiliate links for Amazon.com. As a nonprofit, affiliate links are helpful as we work to keep our resources free and accessible for all students.

Note: books below have been grouped into categories to make it easier to scan the list. Grade levels, especially, may vary from the notations below. Please check publisher information or with a local librarian for additional guidance. You know your children and their reading needs and abilities best!

The following covers represent a few of the books listed on this page!

Most Magnificent Thing cover Papa's Mechanical Fish cover Made by Maxine cover Nick and Tesla cover Shark Lady cover book cover Going Places book cover Iggy Peck cover An Egg is Quiet cover Ada Twist cover A Nest Is Noisy cover Jada Jones cover The Magic and Mystery of Trees cover Rosie Revere cover Over and Under the Pond cover Save the Bees cover Big Book of Blue cover Big Book of Birds cover Girl Who Thought in Pictures cover The Street Beneath My Feet cover Ada Lace 1 cover book cover book cover Frank Einstein Book 1 cover Girls think of Everything cover Not a Stick cover Women in Science cover Zoe and Sassafras book 1 cover Mae Stars book cover Boy Who Drew Birds cover Not a Box cover What Can I Be cover Survive cover Super soaker cover Friar who Grew Peas cover Pop cover

Grades 1-5 / Chapter Book Series

Grades 3-6 / Series and Standalone Titles

Middle Readers and Up

Stories about Scientists (and Events) from History


Reference Books

Summer of STEM

Science Buddies' Summer of STEM is underway! Each week, we are featuring a fun summer science theme with activities, videos, and book recommendations all summer long. Be sure and check in each week for even more great books that tie in with the weekly themes!

Also, don't miss our collection of 5 creative activities to encourage kids to imagine and create their own stories and our 12 Science Kits for Summer Science Experiments and Discovery recommendations.

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