Friday, June 8, 2018

40 STEM Summer Reads to Encourage Outdoor Exploration

It’s not quite summer vacation here in Massachusetts, but I know that many kids across the country are already done with school for the year. Here are some great books that they might enjoy reading over the next couple of months.

Beneath the Sun by Melisa Stewart and Constance R. Bergum

A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari and Bagram Ibatoulline

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendell Minor

Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken and Pam Paparone

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Ginnady Spirin
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

A Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell DePalma

The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler
A House in the Sky and Other Uncommon Animal Homes by Steve Jenkins and Robbin Gourley
If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian and Barbara Hirsch Lember

If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas and Jaime Kim

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole

Just Ducks by Nicola Davies and Salvatore Rubbino

A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins

Mama Dug a Little Den by Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins

Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton

My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner and Chris Silas Neal

A Place to Start a Family by David L. Harrison and Giles LaRoche
Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith and Wendy Anderson Halperin

The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin

The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija

A Rock Is a Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer and Lou Fancher
A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

A Seed Is the Start by Melissa Stewart

Warbler Wave by April Pulley Sayre


  1. Such great titles, Melissa!! Happy summer & thanks for including Coyote Moon here :)

  2. What a fantastic list of beautiful books. Most I know and love, a few I wrote (thank you for including!), and a few are new to me and are going on my to-be-read list! Thanks, Melissa:>)

  3. This is a fantastic list, Melissa! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great picture book list! You've inspired me to make a mid-grade list!

  5. What a wonderful list! Nothing like finding it the second day of Fall!😆Will follow more often! Take care!