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By Jessica B.

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) is an essential part of our educational world. STEAM concepts help children discover how to innovate while using critical thinking skills. The majority of titles in this subject area are typically Nonfiction. It can be difficult to attract readers to such an important topic when they prefer to read a “story”. Here is a list of fun fiction books that have STEAM within their stories! The characters in these stories will guide your child to explore the world around them through problem-solving techniques, creativity, discovery, and adventure.  We hope these stories are entertaining and inspiring for your young scientist, engineer, computer programmer, inventor, artist, or mathematician.  

Picture Books

Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros

“Charlotte, a serious scientist and a bunny, uses the scientific method to solve her problem: being squished by her many brothers and sisters”– Provided by publisher

Oh No!: or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett

After winning the science fair with the giant robot she has built, a little girl realizes that there is a major problem.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world. 

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic 

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton

When Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, lose their jobs to the gasoline, electric, and diesel motor shovels, they find a new opportunity in a very surprising place.

The Princess and the Petri Dish by Sue Fliess

Princess Pippa’s latest experiment to create a better-tasting pea goes awry and she must figure out a way to get the kingdom back to normal.

How to Code a Rollercoaster by Josh Funk

“Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, are enjoying a day out at the amusement park and learning more about coding”– Provided by publisher.

Mad Scientist Academy: The Dinosaur Disaster (Mad Scientist Academy #1) by Matthew McElligott

“Dr. Cosmic’s class of clever monsters at the Mad Scientist Academy solve the greatest challenges in science, in this perfect blend of adventure and exploration.” — Provided by publisher.

Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds

Rafael has looked forward to the Going Places contest and builds his go-cart from a kit in record time, but his neighbor, Maya, has a much more interesting and creative idea for her entry and Rafael decides to help.

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse

Chapter Books

Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist #1) by Jim Benton

Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in – which works until a monster erupts from the trash can. 

Sanity & Tallulah (#1) by Molly Brooks

“Sanity and Tallulah live in a space station at the end of the galaxy. When Sanity’s illegally created three-headed kitten escapes, the girls have to turn their home upside down to find her in this graphic novel”– Provided by publisher.

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist. 

The Friendship Code (Girls Who Code #1) by Stacia Deutsch

Looking forward to joining the new coding club at school so that she can develop her app idea, Lucy is disappointed by the lukewarm reception she receives from the club’s other members, who work with her to decipher mysterious coding notes.

Rock Star (Jada Jones #1) by Kelly Lyons 

Fourth-grader Jada’s best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends. For Jada, rocks are easier to find than friends. Or are they? 

Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon by Ben and Tonya Mezrich

When sixth-grade mathematical genius Charlie Lewis is recruited to recover moon rocks taken from NASA’s vaults, the Whiz Kids enter a paper airplane contest hosted by the suspect’s company. 

At the Bottom of the World (Jack and the Geniuses #1) by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone

Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist.

Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab: A mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms,and other gadgets you can build yourself (Nick and Tesla #1) by Bob Pflugfelder

After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets using simple household objects to help them solve the mysteries. (Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.)

Sydney & Simon: Full Steam Ahead! By Paul and Peter Reynolds

Twins Sydney and Simon learn about the water cycle and use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to solve the problem of their stuck window and thirsty flowers.

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Frank Einstein #1) by Jon Scieszka

In his Grandpa Al’s garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.

All descriptions from NoveList

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Jessica B.

Jessica B.


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