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STEM literacy links

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

The crocodile who didn’t like water

Posted on December 11th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

crocodile in inflatable ring

This lovely story about finding the balance of trying to fit in while accepting your differences is a great starting point for discussing animal and human behaviours. Do cats and dogs like being in the water? Which animals like being in water? Which animals climb trees? Do you like being in the water? Do you sometimes feel different from…

Shh! We have a plan

Posted on December 4th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

4 characters standing in line from tallest to smallest

This story is a great starting point for exploring the concept of sizes and numbers. Encourage the children to build a queue with the tallest at the front and the littlest at the end all facing one direction. Let the children count their position, starting from front to back.

Wednesday

Posted on November 27th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Mushrooms made out of shapes

This exploration of Little Round and Big Square’s friendship opens up a wonderful world of creativity and geometry. As much as the two friends love transforming into different shapes, at some point Little Round admits, “I’m too little, I can’t do that”, prompting the friends to start creating even more interesting shapes together. A great example of how co-construction…

Something Wonderful

Posted on November 20th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boy in field with bike and chicken

The story is a great starting point for exploring loose parts play. Invite the children to move, carry, combine, redesign, line up, take apart and put back together different loose parts. Loose parts play supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving and offers a sense of wonder to children.

How to clean a hippopotamus

Posted on November 12th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Hippo next to: fox and badger, bird and lizzard, zebra and bird, and ant

Why does a giraffe let an oxpecker climb into its ear?” “Why does a crab wave an anemone like a pom-pom?” – Find the answers to these and other intriguing questions in this compilation of symbiotic relationships between animals big and small, on land, in the water or air, and all over the world.

Mirror

Posted on November 6th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Houses overlooking big city

This book allows the children to experience a day in the lives of two boys and their families simultaneously, one in Australia and the other in Morocco. The wordless story introduces children to different cultures with different lifestyles, landscapes, clothing and habits and shows beautifully that, despite all these differences, families are…

Under the Stars

Posted on October 29th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl looking up at the stars with wombat by her side

The beautiful illustrations in the book compliment the 46 factual stories about our sky and our amazing universe, combining to evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. From a place of calm and safety, girls and boys are encouraged to explore the planets, stars and galaxies and exercise their insatiable curiosity to ask…

Press Here

Posted on October 28th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Book cover: Press here with yellow spot

Press the yellow dot, turn the page … and be part of an interactive journey that will spark the children’s imagination. A brilliant book for introducing concepts such as cause and effect, Press here invites children to rub dots to change their colour, grow dots by clapping their…

Step Gently Out

Posted on October 16th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Ant on leaf

The beautiful close-up photos allow the children to study a variety of bugs in great detail. Have they ever been able to study insects or spiders so closely? What types of bugs can they find in the garden? Do they look…

Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat

Posted on October 9th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Illustration of boy girl and cat dancing

This book is an encouragement and inspiration to all children who do things a little bit different. Unconventional problem-solving skills have been the starting point for many inventions…

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