Please welcome my guest author today, Vicky Fang, with her list of STEM children’s books for toddlers and preschoolers. We are both in the picture book group, Soaring 20s, organized by Kirstin W. Larson.
As a former product designer at Google, I have a special place in my heart for books that particularly explore engineering, math, and coding! This is why I wrote ALPHABOT, a mix-and-match novelty robot book. Even the youngest robotocists will love flipping the flaps to create their own robot—while exploring a simple A to Z roundup of robotics terms!
I love introducing STEM concepts to young kids, and it is always exciting for me to find books that manage to do so at the most simple level! Who doesn’t want to understand quantum physics in the most basic terms? STEM board books are a wonderful way to introduce topics to young readers. These books can lay the foundation for them, pique their interest, help them understand the world around them, and allow us to share topics that we love with them! Here are some books that I’ve run across that do a wonderful job of introducing STEM concepts to kids.
STEM for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Alphabot by Vicky Fang
There are 26 robot parts, from A to Z, that readers can mix and match to make their own robot. Each flap comes with the definition of the robot part. Can you create all 729 combinations? [interactive lift-the-flap board book, ages 4 and up]
Quantum Physics for Toddlers by Chris Ferrie
Chris Ferrie’s simple introduction to quantum physics is a great refresher for adults and primer for kids! Clear text and illustrations provide a basic explanation of the parts and energy of an atom. Check out the whole Baby University series for more STEM topics! [board book, ages 1 and up]
Baby Loves Coding by Ruth Spiro, illustrated by Irene Chan
Part of the wonderful Baby Loves Science series, BABY LOVES CODING! introduces the idea of algorithmic thinking in logical steps. Using familiar objects and ideas, the book will help even the youngest readers understand the concept of coding! [board book, ages 1 and up]
I Can Code: If/Then by Vicky Fang, illustrated by Jade Orlando
(Okay, I’m cheating because this is also one of my books! Follow a girl through a day of cause and effect as the concept of the if/then statement is introduced with lift-the-flap interactivity and sweet illustrations. Sidebar text gives more detail about the coding concept, with a heartwarming twist at the end! [board book, ages 1 and up]
Lia and Luis: Who Has More? by Ana Crespo, illustrated by Giovana Medeiros
If you’re not familiar with the Storytelling Math series, there are many sweet fictional stories that introduce math concepts to young readers. Young readers will relate to the sibling competition of determining who has more and discover how they measure and resolve their differences. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers by Rajani LaRocca, illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat
This story introduces pattern-making through the Hindu holiday of Raksha Bandhan, with a young girl making bracelets for her brothers. It’s a sweet family story, with layers of Indian culture and math concepts woven in. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Boxitects by Kim Smith
This story is great for encouraging kids to build and make. Meg makes things out of cardboard but encounters some competition when Simone enters the picture. With both STEM and friendship themes, this book is a fun one for makers. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, illustrated by Sara Palacios
This book is a wonderful introduction to coding, with a young girl and her robot building a sandcastle together. They must use common coding concepts to construct the sandcastle, with humorous mishaps along the way. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
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Vicky Fang is a product designer who spent 5 years designing kids’ technology experiences for both Google and Intel. She started writing to support the growing need for early coding education, particularly for girls and kids of color. She now writes a wide range of books to inspire kids in STEAM, creativity, and SEL. She is the author, and sometimes illustrator, of twenty-two new and upcoming books for kids, including the Layla and the Bots series, Invent-a-Pet, I Can Code board books, Friendbots series, and the forthcoming Ava Lin series, Best Buddies series, AlphaBot, and The Boo Crew Needs You!. To learn more, please visit Vicky at vickyfang.com and follow her on IG/FB/Threads/bsky @fangmousbooks, and X @fangmous
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