Best STEM Books K–12
Books Published in 2023
Best STEM Books winners explore problems and possible solutions in the scientific world and, where applicable, in the lives of the protagonists. Instead of focusing on specific content, the Best STEM Books emphasize real-world issues that cross disciplinary boundaries.
We have chosen titles that provoke readers to examine the “thinking stance” of characters—not simply to look at actions and results.
By: Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Madison Safer
Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books
Discover how pigments and dyes come from items in the natural world including plants, mineral resources, and animal resources.
By: Jan Lower, illustrated by Susan Reagan
Explore the remarkable journey of Edith Clarke from a math-loving child to America’s first female electrical engineer. Her ingenious calculator helped to electrify America, bringing lights and telephones across the country.
By: Darshana Khiani, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
Based on a true story, the incredible journey of the Thai soccer team exemplifies engineering ingenuity and determination as they create a floating field, despite the challenges they face.
By: Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez
Holiday House / Neal Porter Books
This book is on the life of the legendary Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina that went to space.
By: Steven Johnson
Advances in medicine, technology, and science and the resultant impact that each has on extending a human’s lifespan is explored in this young reader’s version of the book.
By: Priya Narayanan, illustrated by Satwik Gade
Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers
The biography of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s exploration of number theory and mathematical concepts.
By: Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Terry Kole
Engineering and problem-solving strategies were the winning combination that won a historical battle during the Revolutionary War.
By: Stephen Swinburne, illustrated by Geraldo Valério
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Engaging from the very first moment! The author exemplifies divergent thinking by portraying mathematical concepts using such non standard measurement as giraffes.
By: e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Keisha Morris
Royal Fireworks Press
This is an inspiring story for young readers that shows how using imagination and perseverance, a girl can build almost anything she dreams.
Hidden Systems: Water, Electricity, the Internet, and the Secrets Behind the Systems We Use Every Day
By: Dan Nott
Random House Graphic / Random House Children's Books
This captivating nonfiction graphic novel explores some of our society’s essential systems: ones we might use regularly but rarely think of. It explains complex subjects in a simple but elegant way, thoughtfully looking at these systems’ past, present, and future.
By: Michael J. Rosen; Kathryn D. Sullivan
MIT Kids Press / Candlewick Press
Wonder what it is like to walk in space in a 280 pound space suit? Learn what astronauts do to prepare to walk and live on the Shuttle.
By: Don Tate, illustrated by Cherise Harris
Examine a timeline of video games and learn how Jerry impacted the way people play games today.
By: Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Sarah Green
Penguin Young Readers / G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR
An everyday problem captured the engineering mind of Josephine! She was determined to improve her life and save her nails!
By: Shan Woo Liu, illustrated by Lisa Wee
Tilbury House Publishers
This tale dives into the inventive, ingenuitive mind and STEM process that created the mask in response to the plague of 1910, over a century before the modern pandemic.
By: Dave Eggers, illustrated by Júlia Sardà
Humorously told, see how through ingenuity Mrs. Miller is able to survive with many challenges in her life.
By: Debbie Dadey, illustrated by Juliana Oakley
National Geographic Kids Books
This biography of Dr. Kariko shows the process, the vision, the hardship, and the perseverance that she has gone through in the development of the Covid vaccine.
By: Lindsey Fitzharris and Adrian Teal
Capstone / Capstone Editions
Discover some of the world’s deadliest diseases, some of their disturbing remedies, and their brilliant breakthroughs.
By: Janice N. Harrington, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group / First Second
This is a lyrical biography of Charles S. Parker; one of the first African American Botanists.
By: Christine Iverson, illustrated by Luciano Lozano
Discover how Santiago brought together his abilities as an artist and a doctor to identify neuronal patterns and become the Father of Neuroscience.
By: Elise Matich
Sew Sisters tells a unique story about one member of the NASA team that crafted thermal blankets to help protect the outside of the space shuttles and the astronauts onboard.
By: Matt Ralphs, illustrated by Rui Ricardo
This book takes readers on a journey through time, learning about important vehicles and how they have changed our world. It includes “Facts and Stats” accompanied by gorgeous illustrations to help tell the story of these influential inventions.