Book Recommendations for STEAM Month

Here are a few STEAM-related reads our staff loves!

If you’re participating in our STEAM Month reading challenge, you can log these picks – or ask our librarians for other suggestions. Join in on the fun and you may score a prize. All ages can participate! Mark each STEAM book you read on our Beanstack app and receive a ticket per category. (For more info, visit

Book Recommendations

Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall 

“It is a children’s picture book about a boy building in his backyard. I love it because the characters are Black, the story is relatable and the illustrations have really nice colors.”

– Arden Mae, children’s services librarian, Cold Spring Branch

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

“A fascinating and thought-provoking book about how a woman’s cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in modern medicine. It will leave you thinking about the ethics of medicine long after you finish reading.”

– Andrew Moorhead, communications manager

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Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty 

“It is a diverse book that shows kids not to give up. It encourages kids to ask questions, be creative and be patient in discovering their answers.”

– Dakota Guilkey, information services librarian, Cold Spring Branch

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

“I’m terrible with math but this book brought a new appreciation for its application in the real world. Lucy uses her genius-level math skills to help a local animal shelter find forever homes for their dogs. You’ll have to read to find out how she does it!”

– Jessi Holloway, children’s services programmer, Newport Branch

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Zoey and Sassafras series by Asia Citro 

“The series is about a young girl and her cat going on adventures where they explore science concepts. The author uses pictures and magical creatures to keep young readers’ attention. I love that these books have a female protagonist who is interested in STEAM.” 

– Molly Walker, children’s services programmer, Alexandria Branch

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