Science Read Alouds

books teaching Mar 06, 2019

I get asked by teachers for book suggestions, so I decided to periodically offer a few by category. The first set is below. It's a bit longer than I intended. Yes, I got carried away. :D

Here's a list of Mentor Texts for STEM topics. It is by no means a comprehensive list. That would be overwhelming for all of us. Think of it as a place to start.

Not sold on the power of read alouds? Listen to this sound bite on the power of reading aloud from Kate DiCamillo.

Want it as a printable list? I've got you covered! You can grab the full list here.





Books by Andrea Beaty

·      Rosie Revere, Engineer

·      Ada Twist, Scientist

·      Iggy Peck, Architect

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Papas Mechanical Fish by Fleming

Jack and the Geniuses by Bill Nye

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Kamkwamba and Mealer

Books by Kobi Yamada

·      What Do You Do With an Idea?

·      What do You Do With a Problem?

The Book of Mistakes by Corrina Luyken

11 Experiments That Failed by Offill and Carpenter

What Do You Do With a Box? by Jane Yolen

Books by Chris Van Dusen

·      If I Built a House 

·      If I Built a Car 

Going Places by Paul A. Renynolds

Books by Antoinette Portis

·      Not a Box

·      Not a Stick

Crafty Chloe by DiPucchio

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Books by Wallmark

·      Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code 

·      Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine 

Secret Coders by Yang and Holmes

Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Higgins and Hughes

Listen Up! Alexander Graham Bell’s Talking Machine by Kulling

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Berne and Radunsky

The Disappearing Spoon by Kean (periodic table)

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Shetterly

Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy

Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

This Plus That: Lifes Little Equations by Rosenthal

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky

 After the Fall by Dan Santat

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Books by Julia Finley Mosca

·      The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

·      The Doctor With and Eye for Eyes

·      The Girl With a Mind for Math

Giraffe Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith

Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith

Shark Lady by Keating

The Watcher by Winter (Jane Goodall)

Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries by Don Brown

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bryson


Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet

Monopoly Mastermind: Charles B. Darrow by Paige Polinsky

American Girl Entrepreneur: Pleasant Rowland by Paige Polinsky

Whoosh: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-soaking Stream of Invention by Barton




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