Today's books all spin around STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
These books all have a special way of making STEM topics sparkle in unique and interesting ways for kids. Plus, they inspire young minds to learn more about how the world works. You can't go wrong when you share a STEM book. These are to be enjoyed by all ages and are not to be missed. Enjoy!
I SHIP. A Container Ship’s Colossal Journey written by Kelli Rice Schmitt, illustrated by Jam Dong (Millbrook Press 2023)
An engaging voice and bright illustrations showing big rigs and people at work to overcome obstacles that hinder a journey by sea, make this book a welcome and unique addition to “things that go” collections. An added bonus the is importance that is demonstrated in how goods are shipped around the world, which is bolstered with a wonderful back matter detailing all sorts of jobs and facts related to the shipping industry. Kids will gobble this story up!
Learn more at Lisa Rice Schmitt’s website.
Great Carrier Reef written by Jessica Stremer, illustrated by Gordy Wright (Holiday House 2023)
When an aircraft carrier reaches the end of its service, rather than be docked to a pier to sit lifeless, it is repurposed and transformed into providing new habitat as an underwater reef off the coast of Florida. This fascinating story takes readers on the incredible journey into man’s efforts to save diminishing habitats and the creatures that depend on them. What a hopeful story! It will undoubtably inspire readers to dream up other possibilities for improving our world.
Visit Jessica Stremer’s website for more information about this and other projects.
A Dollar’s Grand Dream written by Kimberly Wilson, illustrated by Mark Hoffman (Page Street Publishing 2023)
This sequel to A Penny’s Worth takes readers on a fantastical journey into currency, this time starring a dollar named Big Bill. Full of clever puns, creative word play, a strong voice, and comparative math-relationships, Big Bill’s dream for becoming a bigger, rarer bill with more monetary worth comes true. But his new life is not quite what he’d thought it would be. This imaginative tale reminds readers to be careful of what is wished for, especially when embracing one’s true self is rewarding and wonderful enough. Interesting facts in the back matter make this story a winner.
Learn more about this and other books by Kimberly Wilson at her website.
Bee Catastrophe. We’ll Miss Them When They’re Gone written by Marta Magellan, illustrated by Mauro Magellan
(Eifrig Publishing 2022)
This straightforward story explains how a bee keeper in Florida discovered that bee colonies were being adversely affected by a particular pesticide, as well as attempts that were made to decrease the harm from it to bees. However, efforts to save bee colonies was only met with limited success, and more needs to be done around the world. This story clearly lays out reasons that readers should care about saving bees. Perhaps a few young readers will be inspired to grow up to become a bee hero. The bee-friendly actions in the back matter round out this wonderful and necessary book.
Learn more about this and other titles by Marta Magellan at her website.
1) Winner's choice: a 30 min AMA or live critique with Kelly Rice Schmitt
2) Winner's choice: a 30 min AMA or critique of a non-rhyming, nonfiction PB manuscript from Jessica Stremer
3) Winner's choice: a signed copy of A Dollar's Grand Dream (US address) or AMA from Kimberly Wilson
4) A copy of Bee Catastrophe (US Address) from Marta Magellan
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Winners are selected November 2nd, so there is plenty of time to participate.