I have recently read several picture books that I think are great mentor texts for STEM in the classroom.
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh
The story of one of the twentieth century’s most important scientists, but little known, highlighting her perseverance and determination to map the ocean floor.
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Rosie Revere sees inspiration in the trash around her and constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Afraid of failure, she hides them under her bed. Until her great-great-aunt Rose shows her that flops aren’t something to fear, but something to celebrate.
Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
The story of the creative mind and mathematical genius of Ada Lovelace, a little-known but important person in the history of the computer.
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman
Paul thought about math all day long. This is the story of how he found his own way in the world, making friends, sharing ideas, and grew to become one of the world’s most famous and beloved mathematicians.
Mira Forecasts the Future by Kell Andrews
One day, Mira notices the wind fluttering through the streamers of a windsock at the beach. Using science, she finds a talent to make weather predictions.
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Ada Twist’s head is full of questions. Then her parents put her in the Thinking Chair. Will time in the chair change her mind? In the same spirit as Rosie Revere, Ada is full of curiosity and perseverance.
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