Tuesday, December 21, 2021

7 Days of Books, Day 6 #STEM for checking out Science and Math!

Here we are on the 6th day of our 7 days of celebrating books! If you'd like a chance to win one of the three prizes - $25 visa gift card, a $10 Starbucks card, or a picture book manuscript critique, then leave a comment about one of your favorite books on this topic and share on social media. Be sure to tag me. The more comments and shares, the more chances to win! You have until Dec 28th! Winners will be announced then. More info on the giveaway can be found on Day 1's post here.

Today we are looking at spectacular books related to science or math. These books allow kids to take a deeper look in a creative way that makes discovery fun and enjoyable.

The Thingity - Jig by Kathleen Doherty, illustrated by Kristyna Litten (Peachtree 2021) This humorous twist to engineering application of STEAM concepts in children's books is sure to delight young readers. What budding scientist wouldn't be proud to proclaim they've built a Rolly-Rumpity and Lifty-Uppity and more to get their Thingity-Jig home to enjoy and share with friends? This story found a whole lot of love from this science-teaching heart. I highly recommend for any family or classroom! 

Isobel Adds it Up by Kristy Everington, illustrated by ( 2021). This adorable story delivers a fun romp with an unexpected surprise! Readers will enjoy predicting how Isobel might add everything up by the end of the book, including taking guesses at who that noisy neighbor is who lives next door.

Tu Youyou's Discovery. Finding a Cure for Malaria by Songju Ma Deamicke, illustrated by Lin (Albert Whitman 2021) In a world where racing to find cures for diseases and vaccinations for viruses along with  the scrutiny for proper investigation and testing, this book is sheds timely illumination and inspiration on the topic. What I love is that it shows how a scientist followed her dream to save lives, just as her life had been saved after a long illness with tuberculosis. It also shows that the research was led by a woman, that it wasn't easy, and that success was found after many failures. Lastly, it shows how combining local knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine with mainstream medicinal research yielded a cure that could be replicated. Bravo! A story not to be missed.

Flower Talk, How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine, illustrated by Masha D'Yans (Millbrook Press 2019) Talking flowers? Yep. Right on the first page. The clever narration of this book will grab the attention of readers, while the fascinating facts of the simple colors they see around them will hold them glued to the pages until the end. This is a book I wish I had read as a child. Nature hikes would have been so much more meaningful in allowing me to see the connections between plants and the world around them.

Battle of the Butts
by Jocelyn Rish, illustrated by David Creighton-Pester (Running Press Kids 2021) What kid wouldn't gobble up a book about animals that focuses on all the strange but true (pun intended) facts associated with their behinds? A gift that any kid at heart will love. 

Facts vs Opinions Vs Robots
by Michael Rex (Nancy Paulsen Books 2020). This clever book uses humor and the appeal of robots to show the difference between facts and opinions in this interactive book. Who could have thought robots could be so charming?!


  1. I haven't read any of these books, but as a gardener, I love the idea behind FLOWER TALK! I'll look for it.

    1. as someone who practiced botany in her former career, I loved it. Plus, I can relate from the heart of a gardner! Thanks, Janet!

  2. I love the Ada Twist series of books.

  3. I love the Ada Twist series of books.

    1. Absolutely, a wonderful series for STEM! Thank you, Melissa!


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