5 STEM Books for Kids

The high-tech fun and learning doesn’t have to stop when you leave DreamCity.

We believe in helping nurture the next generations of engineers, tech specialists, mathematicians, scientists and coders. So, here are our 5 picks on books to inspire kids (and the adults who care for them) and get them interested in the amazing world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


I Want to Be an Engineer
by Samantha Dungey

I want to be an Engineer celebrates some of the everyday engineering marvels and how they change our world. This book shows the wonder and excitement of engineering through the eyes of children, from huge stretching towers to smart electric cars. Playful rhymes and illustrations bring to life the engineering marvels, while blurring the lines between play and reality.

This book aims to promote STEM careers to girls and boys as both an exciting and world changing career. No matter what gender, sexual orientation or race, only through diversity can we solve the problems of the future. Engineers contribute so much to the world, why not want to grow up to be one?


How to Code a Sandcastle
by Josh Funk

From the computer science non-profit Girls Who Code comes this lively and funny story introducing kids to computer coding concepts.

All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out-of-control frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way! Pearl and her robot friend Pascal have one last chance, and this time, they’re going to use code to get the job done. Using fundamental computer coding concepts like sequences and loops, Pearl and Pascal are able to break down their sandcastle problem into small, manageable steps. If they can create working code, this could turn out to be the best beach day ever!

With renowned computer science non-profit Girls Who Code, Josh Funk and Sara Palacios use humour, relatable situations, and bright artwork to introduce kids to the fun of coding.


Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime
by Lisa Harvey-Smith

Under the Stars- Bedtime Astrophysics transports curious kids and inquisitive adults on an incredible journey through the night sky.

Explore our solar system from the comfort of your cosy bedroom. Find out why the sky is blue. Fly around a black hole and peer inside! Learn why Jupiter has stripes.

When astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith isn’t looking skyward, she is answering the smart questions of school kids. Her engaging storytelling in this colourfully illustrated book brings the night sky to life, giving amazing new perspectives to young explorers who are always asking, ‘Why?’.


Rosie Revere, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.


The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague
by Julia Finley Mosca

This is a rhyming-text picture book about Raye Montague. After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted– finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.


Happy learning!

– DreamCity Melbourne

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