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Celebrate National STEAM Day With Our Favorite STEAM Reads!

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November 8th is National STEAM Day!

National STEAM Day encourages learners of all ages to explore and pursue their interests in STEAM, an education focused on Science, Technology, Education, the Arts and Mathematics.

To celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite books for inspiring curiosity in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

There’s something for curious learners of all ages—from early learners to big kids, and even a few surprises for Mom! 😊


Early Learners

  • ABC’s of Space by Chris Ferrie & Julia Kregenow: The first alphabetic installment in the popular Baby University series is the perfect introduction for the youngest of astronomers—introducing a new astronomical concept for every letter of the alphabet.
  • Baby Loves Gravity by Ruth Spiro & Irene Chan: Part of the beloved Baby Loves Science collection, an introductory series to STEAM for early learners, this clever book explores the ups and downs of gravity.
  • Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer. Explore the laws of physics through the adventures of a fictional Newton and his sidekick pup! A heartwarming story of friendship for learners of all ages.


  • Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts: The best-selling story inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, “Ada Twist, Scientist” champions girl power and women scientists and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science.
  • Conditionals With Incredibles 2 by Allyssa Loya: Hot off the heels of a blockbuster hit, Elastigirl, Dash, and other characters from Incredibles 2 will help you learn about conditionals while you fight evil! Part of the Disney’s Coding Adventures series, a STEAM series exclusively on hoopla.
  • Here To There And Me To You by Cheryl Keely: Perfect for the budding architect, explore the creation of one of our landscape’s most fascinating structures. While bridges can be quite grand, this heartwarming story reminds us that their main purpose is bringing people together.


  • Black Holes by Sara Latta: One of our universe’s most mysterious phenomena. Meet the scientists who first thought of black holes hundreds of years ago and learn about the contemporary astrophysicists radically shaping how we understand our universe.
  • STEM Careers: Enhancing Engineering by Wendy Conklin. Dive into the field of engineering and the career possibilities. Filled with fun facts that challenge teens to think more deeply about the field and build a wider academic vocabulary.
  • Tesla: The Life and Times of an Electric Messiah by Nigel Cawthorne. Study the towering genius behind the modern world’s greatest inventions.

For Mom!

  • The Book of Circles by Manuel Lima: In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Lima takes us on a lively tour through millennia of circular information design--the universal symbol of unity.
  • The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart: For our over 21 science lovers, comes this fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology-with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners-will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore: Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances.

BONUS PICK: “The Magic School Bus” Series. Journey back in time and take a wild field trip on the upgraded magic school bus! Fall in love with Joanna Cole’s beloved series all over again, and even introduce the series to the young learner in your life.

Check out our full reading list, and hundreds of other STEAM titles on hoopla digital.

How are you celebrating National STEAM Day? Share your family activities, and favorite STEAM books in the comments!

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