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.
I learned that my fate is indeed tied up with historical moments but that writing helps me understand it and right the wrongs of the past.
I took time to write two novels both involving three-year-old boys. Ironically, the Christy Award winning novel Stars in the Grass, centers around a family and the loss of their three-year-old son.
Like many of you, I’m sweltering through a historic heatwave plaguing the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountains. By July 4th, my hometown in Montana has already had more 90+ degree days than we used to have all summer. As the heat dries out forests, wildland fires will follow. We know the pattern.
We are a doughnut loving family! I love that the popular “national days” give us the excuse to indulge in these delicious treats! What better way to celebrate this sweet holiday than sinking your teeth into a tasty tale–featuring our favorite fried delicacy of course!
Grab your favorite doughnut (and a cup of coffee) and start reading!