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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.

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…

Am I yours?

Posted on October 2nd, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Dinosaurs looking at egg

A strong wind separates an egg from its parents and one by one the dinosaurs ask it questions to find out by process of elimination, which species it belongs to…

A Rat in a Stripy Sock

Posted on September 25th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Rat in a colourful striped sock being carried away by balloons

A rat finds a colourful sock on a grey day, crawls into it and imagines eating and dancing with the neighbours and flying away with balloons to pursue his dreams. He is still just a rat in the rain, but he is happy…

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Posted on September 17th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Mother, father and baby bear looking at Goldilocks sleeping

Gerda Muller tells the Goldilocks story slightly differently with the porridge in the two bigger bowls both being too hot and the smallest just right. Which version makes sense? Try it out with the children! Serve hot porridge in different-sized bowls and check and compare the temperature as it cools. This can easily lead to further investigations…

Owl Moon

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

Child with adult on snowy hill and large moon in background

This book is all about experiencing with all your senses and being aware of the here and now. Ask the children if they have gone for a walk when it was dark outside. How did it feel? What did they hear? Does the night air smell differently? Did they spot any nocturnal animals? Use this story to go outdoors to explore the surroundings and encourage families to go on adventure walks…

Big Rain Coming

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

People laying on mattresses outside under the stars

‘Big rain coming’ is a lyrical story about waiting for the rain. Old Stephen wisely predicts throughout the book that rain is coming.
Predictions can serve as hypotheses during scientific research. What do the children already know about rain and what stories shape their understanding? What do animals and people do when there is no water? What could they make or do to help save water…

Gregory, the Terrible Eater

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

Gregory the terrible eater

This little satire of a child wanting healthy food while the parents are trying to coax him into eating junk (literally!), will easily draw the children into a discussion of healthy food and human and animal eating habits. What do parents usually want their children to eat? How often do you need to try something new before you like it? Why are vegetables good for you? What do goats really eat? What are omnivores? Does anyone really eat rubbish…

How the Birds got their Colours

Posted on August 7th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

How the birds got their colours

When reading this story, invite your children to sit in a circle to enjoy every page, and use each one as an invitation to spark different paths of inquiry. Children might want to research more about the specific characteristics and habits of birds, or discover and observe different colours in the natural world. Try experimenting using different materials to create your own depiction of the book and explore how colours are formed…

Uno’s Garden

Posted on July 31st, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Uno in his jungle surrounded by plants and fictional animals

Uno’s story is a wonderful starting point for discussing a number of important issues and concepts with the children, such as numbers and their growth, cause and effect, ethics and action, and personal and communal responsibility for the environment with the children…

The Incredible Freedom Machines

Posted on July 24th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl standing on tower of rocks looking through telescope

The book ‘The incredible freedom machines’ takes the reader to a dusty town somewhere in Australia to a young girl that watches others using so-called freedom machines. She dreams about building her very own freedom machine but realises it takes time, effort, and determination to learn how to use it…

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