66 Essential STEM Preschool Books to Read This Year

KodoLogoTagIncluding books in every day play is beneficial for both the associated literary skills and as a supplemental resource to many important teaching topics. At Kodo, we use books to help reinforce ideas about construction and engineering, wind science, systems thinking, physics, light and shadow play, sand and water sensory play, grinding tools, and studio art!

When used in tandem, STEM based books and hands on tools can provide an unmatched learning experience for preschoolers. Ideas presented through different mediums create a deeper understanding for learners of all kinds!

This book list was curated by Diane Spahn, Kodo’s Early Childhood Education Specialist.

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Preschool Books we Recommend that Support Construction and Engineering


These books support play with…

balance preschool books

Balance

timber stackers preschool books

Timber Stackers

magnet wall preschool books

The Magnet Wall

table towers preschool books

Table Towers

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1.) Build It Up and Knock It Down preschool booksBuild It Up and Knock It Down

by Tom Hunter

 

 

When I Build With Blocks preschool books

2.) When I Build With Blocks

by Niki Alling

 

 

Changes Changes preschool books3.) Changes, Changes

by Pat Hutchins

 

 

Rosie Revere, Engineer preschool books

4.) Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty

 

 

Iggy Peck, Architect preschool books5.) Iggy Peck, Architect

by Andrea Beaty

 

 

What Do You Do With An Idea preschool books6.) What Do You Do With An Idea

by Kobi Yamada

 

 

The Wonderful Towers of Watts preschool books7.) The Wonderful Towers of Watts

by Patricia Zelver

 

 

Balances preschool books8.) Balances

by Adele D. Richardson

 

 

Bridges Are To Cross preschool books9.) Bridges Are To Cross

by Philemon Sturges

 

 

The Teeter-Totter preschool books10.) The Teeter-Totter

by Joy Cowley

 

 

Pop’s Bridge preschool books11.) Pop’s Bridge

by Eve Bunting

 

 

Roxaboxen preschool books12.) Roxaboxen

by Alice McClerran

 

 

Architecture Shapes preschool books13.) Architecture Shapes

by Michael J. Crosbie

 

 

The Little House preschool books14.) The Little House

by Virginia Lee Burton

 

 

How A House Is Built preschool books15.) How A House Is Built

by Gail Gibbons

 

 

Building A House preschool books16.) Building A House

by Byron Barton

 

 


Preschool Books we Recommend that Support Wind Science


These books support play with…

flight lab preschool books

The Flight Lab

play silks preschool books

Play Silks

silk parachute preschool books

Silk Parachutes

wind tunnel preschool books

The Wind Tunnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Wind Blew preschool books17.) The Wind Blew

by Pat Hutching

 

 

Like A Windy Day preschool books18.) Like A Windy Day

by Frank Asch

 

 

I Face The Wind preschool books19.) I Face The Wind

by Vicki Cobb

 

 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore preschool books20.) The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

by William Joyce

 

 

A Frog Thing preschool books21.) A Frog Thing

by Eric Drachman

 

 


Preschool Books we Recommend to Support Systems Thinking


These books support play with…

conveyor preschool books

Conveyor

SONY DSC

Discovery Ramps

magnet wall 2 preschool books

The Magnet Wall

outdoor ramps preschool books

Outdoor Ramps

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Because a Little Bug Went Kachoo preschool books22.) Because a Little Bug Went Kachoo

by Rosetta Stone (really Dr. Seuss)

 

 

Going Places preschool books23.) Going Places

by Peter and Paul Reynolds

 

 

Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea preschool books24.) Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea

by Anna Humphrey

 

 

What Is A Pulley preschool books25.) What Is A Pulley

by Lloyd G. Douglas

 

 

Henry Ford Big Wheel in the Auto Industry preschool books26.) Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry

by Mike Venezia


Preschool Books we Recommend to Support Play with Physics


These books support play with…

rubber ramp preschool books

Rubber Ramp

teeter totter ramps preschool books

Teeter Totter Ramps

toddler ball run preschool books

Toddler Ball Run

The Wind Tunnel preschool books

The Wind Tunnel

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Move It Motion, Forces and You preschool books27.) Move It: Motion, Forces and You

by Adrienne Mason

 

 

Roll, Slope and Slide preschool books28.) Roll, Slope and Slide: A Book About Ramps

by Michael Dahl

 

 

Forces Make Things Move preschool books29.) Forces Make Things Move

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

 

Newton and Me preschool books30.) Newton and Me

by Lynne Mayer

 

 

Mama Zooms preschool books31.) Mama Zooms

by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

 

 

Inclined Planes to the Rescue preschool books32.) Inclined Planes to the Rescue

by S. Thales

 

 

Rolling Rose preschool books33.) Rolling Rose

by James Stevenson

 

 

Motion Push, Pull, Fast And Slow preschool books34.) Motion: Push, Pull, Fast And Slow

by Darlene R. Stille

 

 


Preschool Books we Recommend to Support Light and Shadow Play


These books support play with…

discovery boards preschool books

Discovery Boards

light lab preschool books

The Light Lab

marble light board preschool books

Marble Light Board

spectrum light lab preschool books

Spectrum Light Lab

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

All About Light preschool books35.) All About Light

by Lisa Trumbauer

 

 

Light and Color preschool books36.) Light and Color

by Peter Riley

 

 

Pantone Colors preschool books37.) Pantone Colors

by Pantone

 

 

What is A Scientist preschool books38.) What is A Scientist

by Barbara Lehn

 

 

All The Colors Of The Earth preschool books39.) All The Colors Of The Earth

by Sheila Hamanaka

 

 

The Black Book Of Colors preschool books40.) The Black Book Of Colors

by Menena Cottin

 

 

The Rainbow Gobin preschool books41.) The Rainbow Goblin

by Ul De Rico

 

 

The White Goblin preschool books42.) The White Goblin

by Ul De Rico

 

 

The Rainbow Book preschool books43.) The Rainbow Book

by Kate Ohrt

 

 

Oscar And The Moth preschool books44.) Oscar And The Moth

by Geoff Waring

 

 

Light Shadow, Mirrors, and Rainbows preschool books45.) Light: Shadow, Mirrors, and Rainbows

by Natalie M. Rosinsky

 

 

 

The Moon Book preschool books46.) The Moon Book

by Gail Gibbons

 

 


Preschool Books we Recommend to Support Sand and Water Sensory Play


These books support play with…

outdoor funnel stand preschool books

Outdoor Funnel Stand

pump works preschool books

Pump Works

sift and sort preschool books

Sift and Sort

toddler funnel stand preschool books

Toddler Funnel Stand

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

A River Ran Wild preschool books47.) A River Ran Wild

by Lynne Cherry

 

 

A Handful Of Dirt preschool books48.) A Handful Of Dirt

by Raymond

 

 

 

Jump Into Science Sand preschool books49.) Jump Into Science: Sand

by Ellen Prager

 

 

 

First Nature Encyclopedia preschool books50.) First Nature Encyclopedia

by DK Publishing

 

 

Messing Around With Water Pumps and Siphons preschool books51.) Messing Around With Water Pumps and Siphons

by Bernie Zubrowski

 

 

 

Sail Away preschool books52.) Sail Away

by Donald Crews

 

 

All the Water in the World preschool books53.) All the Water in the World

by George Ella Lyon

 

 

Water Dance preschool books54.) Water Dance

by Thomas Locker

 

 

The Sandcastle Contest preschool books55.) The Sandcastle Contest

by Robert Munsch

 

 

Different Kinds of Soil preschool books56.) Different Kinds of Soil

by Molly Aloian

 

 


Preschool Books we Recommend to Support Grinding Table Play


These books support play with…

grinder preschool books

Grinder

grinding table preschool books

Grinding Table

mortar and pestle preschool books

Mortar and Pestle

sensory preschool books

Sensory Materials

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bread, Bread, Bread preschool books57.) Bread, Bread, Bread

by Ann Morris

 

 

Bread Comes To Life A Garden Of Wheat preschool books58.) Bread Comes To Life: A Garden Of Wheat

by George Levenson

 

 

See Inside How Things Work preschool books59.) See Inside How Things Work

by Conrad Mason

 

 

Mr. Santizo’s Tasty Treats preschool books60.) Mr. Santizo’s Tasty Treats

by Alice Flanagan

 

 

Everybody Bakes Bread preschool books61.) Everybody Bakes Bread

by Norah Dooley and Peter Thornton

 

 

Grains To Bread preschool books62.) Grains To Bread

by Inez Snyder

 

 


Preschool Books we Recommend to Support Studio Art


These books support play with…

SONY DSC

The Activity Tray

chalk spinner preschool books

The Chalk Spinner

slate tablet preschool books

Slate Tablet

toddler art table preschool books

Toddler Art Table

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Chalk preschool books63.) Chalk

by Bill Thomson

 

 

Happy preschool books64.) Happy

by Mies Van Hout

 

 

A Piece Of Chalk preschool books65.) A Piece Of Chalk

by Jennifer A. Ericsson

 

 

Andy Warhol’s Colors preschool books66.) Andy Warhol’s Colors

by Susan Goldman Rubin

 

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