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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.

STEM literacy links can also be viewed using the Visual book browser.

Avocado Baby

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

Baby holding up a heavy barbell with weights

The baby in this story grows ridiculously strong from eating avocados, so much so that he can fight off burglars and move furniture around. Discuss some of the topics touched on by the story. What makes you strong? What can and can’t babies do? Do certain types of food make you strong?…


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

Elephant comprised of colourful squares

Celebrating difference and reminding us that we are happiest in our own skin, this story can help strengthen children’s confidence and acceptance of differences and is also a great starting point to discuss the role of colour and camouflage in the animal world.

Rosie’s walk

Posted on August 5th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Fox following a hen past a hen house

This quick and simple story will help you get the attention of all children and works well with the younger ones. Encourage them to map a course for Rosie through the centre, with traps and hurdles for the fox. This is a great opportunity to expand on the language…

Where’s My Mom?

Posted on July 29th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Monkey on a branch looking confused

Join this unlikely pair of animals in their search for the monkey’s mum. Starting with size, the monkey declares that his mum is bigger than him and the butterfly takes him to an elephant. The story itself is one of inquiry-based learning. As the educator, you can take a step back and observe the children learning to work together through trial and error.

Our home, our heartbeat

Posted on July 22nd, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Our Home - children running with indigenous background

Belonging, Being and Becoming are such important aspects of children’s lives and are beautifully conveyed by the children featured in this book, who are inspired by Aboriginal legends past and present: “My history is my strength, my future is my own.”

Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers!

Posted on July 15th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Isaac and his amazing asperger superpowers

Isaac’s brain works a bit differently, which gives him “superpowers”, such as being able to remember lots of things, having lots of energy and hearing noises that other people can’t hear.

The crow and the pitcher

Posted on July 7th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Crow dropping pebbles into a jug

When a thirsty crow can’t get its beak inside a pitcher to drink the water, it collects pebbles and drops them into the pitcher. Once the water level has risen to the top, the clever crow finally manages to quench its thirst, proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention…

Mr Archimedes’ bath

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

Man and animals in large full bath

Mr Archimedes’ bath overflows when he and his friends hop in, so he starts taking measurements and doing experiments to try and understand why. When Mr Archimedes and the animals finally work out that they all together cause the overflow, instead of fixing the problem, they revel in their power and keep hopping in and out to make the water levels rise and fall again and again.

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?