August is the time when school starts in most of the United States. So what better time to pick up some new STEM books. Here are some of the most interesting new releases from this past month.
Note: Some books may have been previously released in a different edition or format.
About Habitats: Forest
In this book kids can explore the forest biome present in different parts of the world. The author Cathryn Still has won many awards, and has a way of presenting complicated information to children in easy-to-understand language that is both educational and enjoyable.
Information such as types of species (plants and animals) in forests are brought to life by illustrator John Sill. It also contains a glossary at the end if your kid (or you to answer inevitable questions) need a bit more information about something.
Code This!: Puzzles, Games, Challenges, and Computer Coding Concepts for the Problem Solver in You
By now most people are familiar with National Geographic for Kids’ line of books. Colorful and full of information.
In this one, you join the Coder Crew to develop algorithms, create loops, and other computer science related activities to accomplish missions and goals. Readers are asked to develop instructions (code) to guide Cody the Robot to complete his objectives.
Dinosaur! (Knowledge Encyclopedia)
This updated edition of DK’s Dinosaur encyclopedia continues to features lots of awesome facts: there were dinosaurs as long as three school buses (Diplodocus), and the megalodon (from recent movie acclaim) was real!
Jane Goodall: My First Jane Goodall
This board book is part of the wonderful Little People, BIG DREAMS series. The book presents an abbreviated look at Jane Goodall’s life. And, as a board book, it is great for babies and toddlers alike.
Extreme Garage Science For Kids!
James Orgill transplants his Youtube series into book form with this book. It focuses on teaching kids fun experiments to do at home, while providing explanations of why things in the world work the way they do. Recommended for grades 4-6, but with a parent, all ages could enjoy many of the experiments found here.
Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys
Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys teaches children (and adults) about migratory patterns of lots of different animals: great white sharks, emperor penguins, elephants, red crabs, and more.
Science Comics: Cats
If you’re not yet familiar with Science Comics, they offer a fun way for kids to explore a new science topic. In this case it is learning about all different types of cats, including large and small cats in the wild, as well as domesticated cats.
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment
Max Einstein is quite the science whiz kid, and she gets recruited to an organization with similar kid geniuses. They work together to solve problems and avoid the sinister Corporation. Excellent choice if you’re looking for a strong female protagonist for children around 8-12 years old.