Is it too early to worry about your kid getting enough science, technology, engineering, and math education?
Yup. Uh-huh. Definitely.
But these STEM books for tiny scientists are fun, and it’s never too early for that!
Here are some of our favorites for the 0-3 year old lot ~
Our Favorite STEM Reading Books
Hello, World! Solar System, Jill McDonald
An introduction to the moon, sun and planets, and fun facts about each.
Planting a Rainbow, Lois Ehlert
The story of a flower garden; from planting bulbs in the autumn to the full riot of summer flowers, this book gives a look below the dirt and identifies species as well as highlights the full spectrum of colors in a cascade reminiscent of Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The Robot Book, Heather Brown
This book isn’t big on explanation, but it comes with gears that spin and toggles that move. There’s also an edition that features artwork only, so be careful which you choose.
Robots, Robots, Everywhere!, Sue Fliess, illus. Bob Staake
Real robots (the Mars rover, deep sea explorers, farm equipment and donut-makers) are introduced while a quirky jumble of humanoid make-believe robots plays in the margins.
Some Bugs, Angela DiTerlizzi, illus. Brendan Wenzel
A close look at exotic and close-to-home insects in their habitats, with a rhyming text focused on verbs. Illustrated with an engaging but precise style for little nature-watchers; species are identified in the back.
Space Walk (Lift-the-Flap Adventures), Salina Yoon
A fun tour of the planets of the solar system, with a view of their surfaces under each flap. The same author also offers another good one: Deep Sea Dive.
TouchThinkLearn: Numbers, Xavier Deneux
This low word count, but heavily tactile book lets kids touch the items being counted, 1-10. Unlike most numbers primers, this one tries to get across the concept of the number, not just encourage rote memorization. Parental sound effects recommended 😉