STEM Friday

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Books


Baby’s First Book of Birds & Colors

Baby’s First Book of Birds & Colors
by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: From the eastern bluebird and blue jay to the scarlet tanager and northern cardinal, little ones will discover the natural world and learn the names and colors of birds in their natural habitats in this board book. The color word appears large and bold, and each bird is labeled by name, as are flowers, fruits, and foliage.

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The Wolves Return

The Wolves Return
by Celia Godkin (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: In 1995-96 twenty-three grey wolves were released in Yellowstone National Park where, due to over-hunting, there had been no wolves at all for almost seventy years. This reintroduction project was an overwhelming success. Over twenty years later we can still see the changes the grey wolves brought to Yellowstone National Park. Now that the elk graze higher ground, seedlings are growing tall, rivers are getting deeper as beavers return, and a lively pond ecosystem is developing. This true story offers an important lesson about the difference one creature can make in creating a healthy, thriving world.

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Hero Law Enforcement Dogs

Hero Law Enforcement Dogs
by Jennifer Boothroyd (Author)

Booktalk: What kind of dog works with the police? Sniffs for explosives? Keeps us safe when we travel? Law enforcement dogs! K-9 law enforcement dogs play an important role in communities everywhere. These furry friends can learn how to sniff out evidence and catch criminals. Find out what these four-legged officers do to help keep us safe!

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The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring : The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation Hardcover
by Gilbert Ford (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous.

With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket—it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history.

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If You Were the Moon

If You Were the Moon
by Laura Purdie Salas (Author) and Jaime Kim (Illustrator)

Booktalk: What would you do if you were the moon? Do you think you would rest quietly in the night sky? Oh, no. The moon does so much more than you might imagine! It spins like a twilight ballerina, plays tug-of-war with the ocean, and lights a pathway for baby sea turtles. Discover the many other roles the moon plays . . .

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Hover near your mother.

Scientists believe the moon formed 4.5 billion years ago when a meteorite the size of Mars collided with the newly formed Earth. Rock from Earth and the meteorite splashed into space, and the moon was born.

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Laura is one of my former students!

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Out of School and Into Nature

Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story
by Suzanne Slade (Author) and Jessica Lanan (Illustrator)

Booktalk: This picture book biography examines the life and career of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854-1930), who defied social conventions and pursued the study of science.

From the time she was a young girl, Anna Comstock was fascinated by the natural world. She loved exploring outdoors, examining wildlife and learning nature’s secrets. From watching the teamwork of marching ants to following the constellations in the sky, Anna observed it all. And her interest only increased as she grew older and went to college at Cornell University. There she continued her studies, pushing back against those social conventions that implied science was a man’s pursuit. Eventually Anna became known as a nature expert, pioneering a movement to encourage schools to conduct science and nature classes for children outdoors, thereby increasing students’ interest in nature. In following her passion, this remarkable woman blazed a trail for female scientists today.

Snippet: The more she learned, the more she wanted to share her discoveries.

So she began to draw.

Slowly. Carefully.

Her bugs looked to so real they almost crawled right off the paper!

Amazed by her art, a professor started using her pictures during his lectures.

Farmers studied her detailed sketches to identify hungry bugs stealing their crops.

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Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper

Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper
by Anastasia Suen (Author) and Ryan O’Rourke (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Snappy rhymes invite young readers to watch workers dig, pour, pound, and bolt a skyscraper into existence. Simple yet satisfying sidebars provide further information about each step in the construction process. Perfect for preschoolers and all those who dig diggers.

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