Top 5 STEM Books for Kids
Top 5 STEM Books For Kids:
A Granddad’s Guide to Great Books for the Curious Grandchild
By Robert D. Gaines, author of The Brave Historian and One Christmas Lasts Forever
When I was a kid, my grandmother gave me a book for Christmas. She even signed the inside cover. Naturally, I immediately tossed it aside, in a mad search for toys. But a few days later, I opened the book and was hooked. Seventy years later, I still have that copy of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Sure, I give my grandchildren cool toys. But I also send gifts that will last. My grandkids (ages 10, 8, 7) are probably a lot like yours – curious, creative, fun … and obsessed with books that spark their intelligence (often known to the modern world as STEM gifts).
Here’s a short list of great books for bright kids (ages 7-12):
Legend Keepers: The Chosen One by wildlife biologist and award-winning science writer Bruce Smith (Hidden Shelf Publishing House 2021).
What’s going on up there with Mountain Goats? I absolutely love this book from veteran wildlife biologist Bruce Smith. His subtle way of blending science with fiction is brilliant. Written for middle grade kids, it’s a great read for all ages.
Destroy This Book in the Name of Science by Mike Barfield (Crown Books, 2018)
All successful scientists must be prepared to get their hands dirty in the pursuit of knowledge. This is cool science with activities and projects.
Whether your grandchild is intrigued by dinosaurs or will someday be a paleontologist, this illumination of past creatures will capture their imagination.
Books by Robert D. Gaines:
Robert D. Gaines was raised in California, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Even as a child, he had an obsession for recording his stray thoughts into hundreds of notebooks.
After graduating from San Diego State, Bob spent a decade as an award-winning sports columnist before moving east, eventually retiring from Bucknell University in 2012.
Bob currently resides in the beautiful mountain town of McCall, Idaho where he spends his days writing, hiking, and playing with an energetic goldendoodle, Rocky.
In Iceland, the beautiful tradition of “Jolabokaflod” translates to “Christmas Book Flood”. On the 24th of December, Icelanders give books to each other and then spend the night reading.
Perfect for a winter evening, the Icelandic tradition is finding its way to other book-reading nations.
Browse the 2022 Hidden Shelf Publishing House Catalog and participate in this wonderful tradition!
Looking for the perfect gift? Award-winning authors share their gift recommendations for the holiday season!
At Hidden Shelf Publishing House, it is no surprise that we think books are ALWAYS a great option for any gift-giving opportunity!
Yes, you’ll find books on this list, but you’ll also find a variety of unique gift recommendations from Hidden Shelf authors!
I’ve been asked often about the significance of the narrator in House Number 12 Block Number 3. This time, when I was in Karachi I was asked the same question– why did a house have to narrate the story?