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Goldie’s Super STEMy Reading List for Budding Scientists, Inventors, and Engineers

That extra family time around the holidays is magical, but can prove exhausting – how do you fill every hour of the day with something fun and engaging? What toy, game, or activity provides a never-ending supply of exciting content? And how could it possibly appeal to everyone?

We’ve got a fun concept for you: They’re called books!

Okay, you’ve definitely heard of them. Many kids are reading in multiple formats these days – from paperbacks to e-books, we’re not picky. Independent reading at an early age has a whole host of benefits, and because Goldie loves herself a good book, she wanted to share some of her favorite STEM-centric stories for your next stop at the bookstore or library!


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1. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Recommended for grades K and up

Ada Lovelace is the poet Lord Byron’s daughter, but that isn’t even her biggest claim to fame. She’s the mother of modern programming, and the STEM world just celebrated her 200th birthday on December 9th. In this short non-fiction book, readers learn about Ada’s love of all things math and science as well as her first encounter with early computing technology.



2. Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World

Recommended for grades K – 2

We all have to learn from our mistakes, and some mistakes are bigger than others. When the main character in this story builds a robot, she wins first place in her science fair… and then has to stop her creation from destroying her city. Lessons in humility and problem solving are abound in this story, and the comic book-esque illustrations make it a really fun, action-packed read!


rosierevere3. Rosie Revere, Engineer

Recommended for grades K – 2

Rosie Revere is a curious little girl who loves to build, but she’s really more than that: to little girls hearing her story, she’s a superhero! Discouraged over and over by small failures, Rosie is given a big boost of confidence when her Aunt Rose tells her that the only true failure is giving up. She’s faced with her hardest challenge yet: constructing a flying machine, and boy does Rosie soar!


who Says women can't4. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Recommended for grades K – 2

Elizabeth Blackwell never ever ever let someone tell her no. Never. After being rejected or simply ignored by 29 medical colleges, she was accepted into a program in upstate New York, where she would later graduate at the head of her class. This picture book touches upon the roles of women in the time (the mid-19th century), and positions Elizabeth as exactly what she was: a pioneer, and a believer in true equality.

61o3BaBXezL5. Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum

Recommended for grades K – 2 or 3

Who doesn’t love bubble gum? Everyone from the ancient Greeks to Native Americans have chewed something like gum – but it wasn’t always the sweet and sticky mess it is today. The version we know and love was invented in Philadelphia in 1928. This picture book reveals how bubblegum’s inventor, Walter Diemer, persevered through hundreds of taste tests and failures before crafting just the right concoction.

180489766. Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea

Recommended for grades 3 – 5

We know a little something about Rube Goldberg machines, so this book really tickles our fancy. Young Ruby Goldberg takes on a Rube Goldberg machine of her own, hoping to cheer up her Grandpa with her silly contraption. But when she spends all her time gunning for that first prize in the science fair… will she lose sight of the other important things in life, like her friends and family? This story features a relatable character with problems that kids face every day, and Ruby’s ability to see past herself and into the hearts of others creates an imaginative world where science, school, and family come together.


516rU-34LpL7. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

Recommended for grades 5 – 7

Inventors: they’re just like us! This book features female inventors who have built the world that we know today. From the chocolate chip cookie to the windshield wiper blade, these stories of invention and innovation gives girls access to what can feel “too hard” or “really complicated.” Toward the end, young female inventors are introduced, inspiring young readers to do the same!


Whoa! Is your little one a speed reader? Check out these crowdsourced lists of awesome books for kiddos, young and old!

What’s your little engineer reading right now? Leave us a comment so we can add it to our next list!