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Putting a New Spin on STEM


Books for kids and teens that tie into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are all the rage nowadays. Here is a list of books for kids and teens that are related to those subjects but which you’ll find in some unexpected areas of the library—fiction, graphic novels, and poetry! And if you’re looking for more books in our collections that are related to these subjects, you’ll find some more STEM-themed books through our summer reading program where you can find fiction and nonfiction books for kids, for middle school students, and for high school students.


Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson [YA FIC A]
Kate is a smart girl who uses logic to organize her life. But then something illogical and unexpected happens that sets the spark that makes her world blow apart.

Find Me by Romily Bernard [YA FIC B]
Tessa Wayne is already dead. Will Wick be able to use her computer hacking skills to find out what really happened to her?

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares [YA FIC B]
A community of people from a plague-ridden future use time travel to come to present-day New York. Can they change the course of history?

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau [YA FIC C]
Only the best and brightest students are chosen every year for a program called the Testing, and Cia hopes that she’ll be chosen as someone with enough potential to help rebuild their society. What she doesn’t know is that these tests will put both her mind and her life at risk.

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano [YA FIC C]
Everyone knows that Nearly loves reading the personal ads in the newspaper. But who is putting puzzles in the paper that only she can solve?

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly [J FIC K]
In the summer of 1899, a girl becomes a naturalist and studies the world around her with the help of her grandfather and Charles Darwin’s controversial book.

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab: A Mystery With Electromagnets, Burglar Alarms, and Other Gadgets You Can Build Yourself by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith [J FIC P]
When Nick and Tesla’s parents disappear, they go to spend the summer with their uncle, a brilliant but eccentric inventor.

Nerd Girls: The Rise of the Dorkasaurus by Alan Lawrence Sitomer [J FIC S]
Maureen, Alice, and Barbara have several things in common: they’re social outcasts and they’re often the victims of the ThreePees (who are Pretty, Popular, and Perfect).

Nerd Girls: A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions by Alan Lawrence Sitomer [YA FIC S]
The principal is sick and tired of the Nerd Girls and the ThreePees harassing and pranking each other. So she decides that all six of them need to work together and compete in the Academic Septhalon.

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan [J FIC S]
Willow Chance is a 12-year-old genius who feels like she is completely alone when she becomes an orphan for the second time. But she has no idea how much friendship and love is waiting in her future.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley [YA FIC W]
Travis lost his body to leukemia but his head remained … in a freezer. Five years later his head was transplanted onto a donor body, and he got to experience life all over again. But it didn’t turn out quite the way he expected.

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee [J FIC Y]
Marley is a loser who loves Star Trek and science fiction. Will he always be a victim of bullies, or can he turn his life around?

Graphic Novels

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke [J GRAPHIC GN FIC H]
When her friend Joseph is accidentally transported to another world, Zita risks everything to try to save him. Along the way, she meets many creatures more astounding than she ever could have imagined.

Saturn Apartments by Hisae Iwaoka [YA GRAPHIC GN FIC I]
Mitsu follows his father’s example and becomes a window washer, cleaning the windows of the Saturn Apartments that orbit the Earth.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks [YA GRAPHIC GN FIC S]
When the robotics club and the cheerleaders both want the same school funding, things can only go downhill when a robot death match is involved.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdika by Jim Ottaviani [J/YA GRAPHIC 599.8 0]
This is the true story of three women who all became remarkable scientists studying chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.


Bugs: Poems About Creeping Things by David L. Harrison [J 811 Harrison]
Poems about all kinds of insects, from bees and bookworms to chocolate-covered grasshoppers.

Sky Magic compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins [J 811.08 S]
A collection of poems by different authors about the sun, the moon, the stars, and the magic up above us.

The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems From Beyond the Solar System by Jack Prelutsky [J 811 Prelutsky]
Imaginative rhymes about places that are very far away and very different from planet Earth.

Science Verse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith [J 811 Scieszka]
Learn all about science, poetry, and why scientists don’t write nursery rhymes!


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