Best STEM Picture Book Series
Happy Book Week everyone!
I hope that you have all survived the mad rush to find/make a costume that meets your curious kids’ requirements! We had some last minute rearrangements on the morning of the parade but we pulled through.
Today, I am going to share with you three of my favourite STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based books for younger readers.
All three books are by author Andrea Beaty. Despite having read them so many times that I can say the words without reading the book, these stories remain favourites in our house with Lily (6) who has been reading them for years and Ethan (3) who has just developed an interest.
I would say that Iggy is both an architect and an engineer. Some of his choices of building materials are unusual (used nappy tower anyone?) but he has a passion for design that can’t be squashed.
Despite initially being discouraged in his interest by a misguided teacher, Iggy triumphs when his skills and ingenuity save the day on a school trip.
The book is written in rhyme which makes it engaging for younger listeners but the clever story line means that older readers will still enjoy it too.
Ethan recently sat through a reading of Iggy for the first time. He insisted on having it read over and over and then proceeded to construct a bridge from a range of objects that he found in his bedroom. I think it was safe to say that he was inspired.
Book Depository suggests the book is for ages 0 to 5-years but I would say that children from 3 to 7-years-old will love this particular tale of triumph.
Beaty has also put out a companion activity book called Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects. We haven’t got ours yet but it is on the way. I am guessing that it will be better suited to kids aged 6 and up. I’ll give you an update in due course.
Of the three characters in this trio of books, I have a particularly soft spot for Rosie. Rosie has a passion for inventing. It is safe to say that she has an incredible imagination and a unique approach to problem solving.
Rosie becomes discouraged when adults laugh at her creations and ideas and she begins to keep them to herself as she becomes fearful of ridicule. Then everything changes when Great Aunt Rose comes to visit. Great Aunt Rose is a veteran engineer and teaches Rosie that failure is just another step on the path to success!
This book is fun and addresses real issues such as fear of failure head on. Lily and I have been reading this regularly since she was 3-years-old and we often refer to it when things don’t work out the way we expect them to.
There is also a companion book to Rosie Revere and it won’t take you long to guess whose wish list it is on!
This book is all about curiosity. It is all about the desire to know everything that every young child has. It is also about how that can be quite frustrating for parents when inquiry leads to a house turned upside down.
I love that the main character Ada doesn’t stop asking questions. She reminds me of Lily and is likely to remind most parents of their little ones in the “why?” phase.
Lily loves Ada because she inspires her to think up weird and wonderful experiments and is able to use Ada to remind me that sometimes you need to make a mess to find the answers you are looking for.
As with the other two books, I highly recommend this one!
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