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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.

Compost Stew

Posted on May 12th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl holding pitchfork to mix compost. Dog looking into the compost bin

Use this book as a starting point for your next compost project in your service. If you don’t have the possibility to make a compost in your service let the children draw their own compost stew. What ingredients can and can’t they put into a compost? Why? What do they think happens…

The day the crayons quit

Posted on April 1st, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Coloured crayons striking with picket signs

‘The day the crayons quit’ is a wonderful starting point to talk about colours and what they mean to the children. Take out a box of crayons and ask the children about their favourite colour. Are there any rules about which colour should be used for certain things? Which colour would they use for something hot? Which for something cold? Can animals see colours, too?


Posted on March 25th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Twigs spelling TWIG by Aura Parker

A gentle story about friendship and how differences and abilities enrich our lives. The author Aura Parker, takes young readers to a busy bug school where we meet Heidi, a stick insect who is long and tall and camouflages very well with the trees, almost too well, as no one else notices her at first…


Posted on March 23rd, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boy with leaves attached to his arms

In the face of the stresses and uncertainties of the current world, educators and carers can help children to learn about techniques and strategies to release stress and to calm the body and mind.

Mr Bear Branches and the cloud conundrum

Posted on March 16th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Bear walking over hill

Mr Bear Branches is a thinker, Lintfrey Longfellow is a dreamer and they are the very best of friends. Mr Bear Branches explains Lintfrey all about condensation and evaporation. But then he realises that exploring the wonders of the natural world can be magical, too…

The Man Who Loved Boxes

Posted on January 8th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Man on hill building with boxes

This lovely story offers a great opportunity to explore relationships, family, love and being different alongside an abundance of STEM topics, such as shapes and sizes, engineering, design and sustainability. We don’t usually think of engineering as an expression of love, do we? What if everything in the world was built to make others happy? Can you love…

Heads and Tails

Posted on December 18th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Book cover: Heads and Tails by John Canty

Play a little guessing game as you’re shown just the tails of a number of insects alongside descriptions of their attributes, behaviours, habitats and movements. How many insects can the children recognise…

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.


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…

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