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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.

Fire wombat

Posted on February 8th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Wombat looking at burnt landscape

The story allows the children to immerse themselves fully into the journey of the wombat who flees the fire, searches for food and water and eventually finds nourishment and a way home. You can talk about the colours, the smells and all the feelings they evoke. How does the ground feel underneath the animals’ paws? What can the animals hear as they are fleeing the fire?


Posted on January 9th, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Children looking out of windows at each other

Windows describes the experience of many children all over the world, whose spaces have been restricted and experiences limited during the pandemic. The children in the book observe clouds and people from their windows and prove that their imagination and creativity cannot be confined.

Sam and Dave dig a hole

Posted on January 2nd, 2021 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boys with shovels

A wonderful story about determination, resilience and perseverance and that sometimes in life the real treasure lies in just sharing an experience with a friend, no matter the outcome…

An Aussie night before Christmas

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

Santa flying in ute being pulled by reindeer

Do you sometimes worry that Santa is going to overheat in his inappropriately warm suit? Are the children hopeful that there will be snow at Christmas as depicted on so many decorations, cards and books? How does Santa sneak in at night if the house has no chimney?

There’s a sea in my bedroom

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

Boy laying on bed with water covering the floor

David is afraid of the sea. Do you think it might be good to be afraid in some situations? When is fear good for us and when is it bad? How can we overcome our fears? What are you afraid of? Is there anything you used to be afraid of but you no longer are? Why not?

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?

Posted on December 2nd, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

large brown bear

In a colourful parade of observers being observed, the bear sees a red bird, who sees a yellow duck, who sees a blue horse and so on. The rhythm, colours and animals will appeal to younger children and can raise some questions: Are all frogs green? Have you ever seen a purple cat?

Aliens love underpants

Posted on November 24th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Aliens in underpants

This is a story about a bunch of fun-loving, colourful and friendly aliens, whose only purpose for visiting Earth is to get their hands on some underpants. Get creative and dream up your own stories about why aliens might want to visit us.

Michael Recycle

Posted on November 11th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Boy flying whilst wearing colander on head

The town of Abberdoo-Rimey is smelly and full of rubbish until Michael Recycle appears and teaches its inhabitants responsible waste management. How could we produce less waste when we celebrate? What can we put in our recycling bins? Why does rubbish smell?…

Baby Business

Posted on November 3rd, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Mum playing with baby

Baby Business invites the reader to a smoking ceremony that connects a newborn to Country. In the story, the baby’s totem is the bee, and you could explore other common totems in Indigenous cultures, such as sea eagles, pelicans, reptiles, sharks, crocodiles or fish.


Posted on October 28th, 2020 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl sitting by window surrounded by books

Tillys found the perfect hiding place to keep her special treasures. No one knows about it, not even her big brothers and sister, who know everything. But one day, something happens that Tilly could never have imagined…