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21 STEM Books That Will Ignite Your Child’s Imagination in 2021

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It’s a new year and, naturally, it’s time for parents and teachers to find new books for their children. Even if 2021 turns out to be more of the same, thankfully, new STEM books never disappoint.

This amazing list of STEM reads highlights 21 books that are being published from January to April according to Publisher’s Weekly. These books are for early readers (6-12) and will set fire to your child’s or your student's imagination in 2021 and beyond.


(You can find the full list of books for purchase or preorder at Bookshop; STEM Reads Book Club is an affiliate partner of Bookshop, the Amazon alternative that supports local bookstores.)

VIP: Lewis Latimer: Engineering Wizard

By Denise Lewis Patrick, Illustrated by Daniel Duncan

On Sale: 5 January 2021

STEM Topic(s): Electrical Engineering; Invention

The VIP series spotlights some of history's greatest, and most inspirational, trailblazers. In this entry, middle grade readers are encouraged to “light up the world with Lewis Latimer,” a great inventor, a gifted artist, and an engineer, who transformed the lightbulb at Thomas Edison's company. The book also includes a rich bibliography, a timeline, and an African American inventors hall of fame.

VIP: Dr. Mae Jemison, Brave Rocketeer

By Heather Alexander, Illustrated by Jennifer Bricking

On Sale: 5 January 2021

STEM Topic(s): Astronautics; Engineering


This VIP book invites middle grade readers to “soar to the stars with Dr. Mae Jemison,” the first Black woman to travel to space. In addition to being a trailblazing astronaut, Dr. Jemison is also a medical doctor and a trained dancer! The latest entry in the VIP series, it includes a “Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Astronaut?" quiz and fun secrets about NASA.

What Is Nintendo?

By Gina Shaw and Who Hq, Illustrated by Andrew Thomson

On Sale: January 12, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Technology

Nintendo was popular in the 1990s and is now back again. This book is the latest addition to the Who HQ series. It has an engaging 16-page photo insert and fun black-and-white illustrations. Children will be thrilled to read it!

Coding and Computers: Discover the Amazing True Story of Computers! (Science Stories)

By Lisa Regan, Illustrated by Roy Hermelin

On Sale: January 15, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Computer Science

This captivating book explores the science behind information technology and reveals the real stories of the people who were important in the development of computers. Young readers can understand who invented the internet, how coding works, and so much more.

From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves

By Vivian Kirkfield and Gilbert Ford

On Sale: January 19, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Physics; Mechanical Engineering; Invention

This biography collection celebrates the invention of vehicles. It tells the motivating stories of the visionaries who redefined travel with the invention of various transport systems. This informative book is packed with colorful illustrations and reveals the story of the experiments, failures, and successes of visionaries who changed the way the world moves.

She Caught the Light: Williamina Stevens Fleming: Astronomer

By Kathryn Lasky, Illustrated by Julianna Swaney

On Sale: January 19, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Astronomy


This picture book is a fascinating introduction to astronomy and an involving tale of a powerful woman, Williamina Fleming. She helped lay the foundations for modern astronomy and overcame impossible odds as an immigrant and a woman. Women empowerment and STEM are themes highlighted in the book.

Ants for Kids: A Junior Scientist's Guide to Queens, Drones, and the Hidden World of Ants

By Beverly Gerdeman PhD

On Sale: January 19, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Biology; Entomology

"You can never have enough books about ants or bees--two tiny but powerful creatures whose "collective intelligence" fascinates us. This book gives you a peek at the hidden world of ants and provides answers to all the big questions about our tiny, diligent neighbors.

Mars! Earthlings Welcome

By Stacy McAnulty, Illustrated by Stevie Lewis

On Sale: February 9, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Astronomy; Planetary Science

Children who read this book (intended for ages 4-8) will very likely witness the first human trip to Mars while they are in high school. The voice of Mars is channeled with characteristic humor in this irresistible picture book. It is also rich with kid-friendly facts that will stimulate the mind of your child.

Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle

By Emily Kate Moon

On Sale: February 16, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Chemistry

This book takes readers on a trip through the water cycle and beyond. It is packed with captivating artwork, humor and kid-enticing facts.With delightful panache and a steady stream of funny one-liners. It is the story about water you never knew you were thirsting for.


This Book Will (Help) Cool the Climate: 50 Ways to Cut Pollution and Protect Our Planet!

By Isabel Thomas, Illustrated by Alex Paterson

On Sale: February 23, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Earth Science

This book presents practical tips and projects that will help our planet cool down. Your child will be armed with information to become an eco-hero and take control of their future by reducing their carbon footprint and cooling our planet. It's time to take action!

Video Games from Then to Now (SEQUENCE Developments in Technology)

By Angie Smibert

On Sale: February 23, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Computer Science; Technology

Engaging photographs, clear text, and a running timeline make this book an outstanding resource on the history of video games for elementary students. It illustrates important developments in the history of video games to support STEAM and history curriculum about inventions.

Wow in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body: From Your Tongue to Your Toes and All the Guts in Between

By Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, Illustrated by Jack Teagle

On Sale: March 02, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Biology; Anatomy&Physiology

This book will spark WOW! has everything your child needs to better understand all the processes and actions their body goes through daily. Filled with facts, jokes, photos, quizzes, and Wow-To experiments, this book comprises an adventure from your toes and your tongues to your brain and your lungs.

Planes: From the Wright Brothers to the Supersonic Jet

By Jan Van Der Veken

On Sale: March 09, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Aeronautics; Invention; Engineering

Before Elon Musk, there were the Wright Brothers. This book begins with an introduction to the anatomy of a plane and shows how aircrafts have evolved over the years. It then presents facts about aerodynamics, the mechanics of wing shape and lift, and how ailerons, propellers, and flaps work. The book also features record-breaking flights across continents and oceans.

Design Like Nature: Biomimicry for a Healthy Planet (Orca Footprints, 20)

By Megan Clendenan and Kim Ryall Woolcock

On Sale: March 16, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Biology; Environmental Science; Invention

In this book, young readers will discover inventions and innovations inspired by the environment. Nature runs the entire planet with no waste and no pollution. Biomimicry is the imitation of nature’s models, systems, and elements of nature to solve environmental problems such as climate change. Reading this book will encourage your child to step outside and begin creating concepts similar to nature. Its release date is close to Earth Day and it is the perfect purchase for that celebration.

Dr. Jon Jon Saves the Moon

By Jackson Apollo Mancini

On Sale: March 23, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Earth Science; Geophysics; Environmental Science

Our planet is sick and needs our care! Readers of this book will learn that “the moon is a reflection of what we do to our precious planet and we must work together to care for our one and only home.”

June Almeida, Virus Detective!: The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus

By Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

On Sale: April 15, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Virology; Microbiology

This book features a woman with a passion for science. She earned her great respect in the science community as a result of her skill in examining cells to help identify viruses using the electron microscope. She discovered the first human coronavirus at 34 years old. Her pioneering work continues to help researchers today in the fight against illnesses caused by viruses, including COVID-19.

Brick Science: STEM Tips and Tricks for Experimenting with Your LEGO Bricks

By Jacquie Fisher

On Sale: April 20, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Technology

This book is perfect for your young scientist that loves LEGOs. The pages of this book are filled with experiments and teachings to provide your child with valuable STEM information while using LEGO bricks. It also has ideas for building fun structures such as bug houses, worm viewers, plant cells, periodic table elements, dinosaur builds and much more.

The Way of the Hive: A Honey Bee's Story

Written and Illustrated by Jay Hosler

On Sale: April 20, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Biology; Entomology

"A wonderful graphic novel," says Neil Gaiman, of this richly colored book about a bee named Nyuki who has many questions about the life of her species. Nyuki’s biggest question is, “What is this inner voice I hear, and why does it tell me to go forth to adventure?” The back of the book also reveals more mysteries about the lives of these extraordinary insects. It's fitting that this book will be published the same week of Earth Day!

The Secret Life of Bees: Meet the bees of the world, with Buzzwing the honey bee

By Moira Butterfield, Illustrated by Vivian Mineker

On Sale: April 20, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Biology; Entomology

This guide to bees merges natural history with a bit of fantasy. Readers will learn the details of a bee’s life. Bees are extremely important pollinators. Pollination is crucial because many of the vegetables and fruits that feed our animals rely on it to be fertilized.

Veggie Power

Illustrated by Olaf Hajek

On Sale: April 27, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Food Science; Agronomy

This book will make children interested in learning about what's on their plates. With brilliant illustrations of vegetables paired with informative texts, the book reveals how each vegetable is grown, how it can be paired with meals, its health benefits, history, and botanical fun facts.

Forest Magic: A Guidebook for Little Woodland Explorers (Little Explorers Series)

By Sarah Grindler

On Sale: April 27, 2021

STEM Topic(s): Ecology; Environmental Science

This guide will equip and encourage young readers to identify and appreciate the enchantment of the forests around them. The wonderfully illustrated, compact and engagement nature guide also features rich vocabulary words. Exploring this book would be a fun activity, especially if we're still in a state of shutdown. It will be published two days before Earth Day so be sure to grab a copy to join the celebration.

Which of these books are you most looking forward to reading with your child or student?

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