10 Whimsical STEM-inspired Books For World Book Day
The best day of the year is almost here: World Book Day! 1st March marks this year’s celebration of books, the people who write them, and the people who read them. Here at Trunkaroo.com, we love marvellous stories and know that our curious customers do too! In fact, we have a particular love for books that encourage creativity, imagination, a “maker-mindset” and of course, adventures with STEM. Why not spend this week fostering a love of reading, curiosity and STEM in your kids? These fantastic books are guaranteed to make your World Book Day absolutely magical.
Ages 3 to 6
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss
It’s impossible to celebrate a day dedicated to books without reading at least one from the world’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. This whimsical book is a great way to start off your World Book Day by opening your mind to a world of possibilities. You’ll be repeating the rhymes all day while you think of your thinks!
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson
If you have a little one whose head is always among the stars, bring them back down for a moment to share this charming book. Through Carl Sagan’s journey from a little boy staring up at the sky to a famous scientist, Star Stuff shows how your love and curiosity for something can ripple outwards and infect others. This book offers a perfect excuse for kids to keep dreaming and exploring.
The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
What would happen if you opened your crayon box only to find that all of your crayons have gone on strike? This whimsical book draws a creative solution to that very real problem that will have kids laughing as they read the complaints all of the colours make to their owner. Kids will begin to “think outside the crayon box” after reading this tale!
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
Perfect for girls who love science! A wonderful exploration into what curiosity can spark, Ada Twist’s wacky experiments will definitely put a hilarious twist on your World Book Day. Her rebellious and inquisitive nature are sure to inspire kids to continuously wonder “why?” and try a few experiments of their own. Hopefully, theirs will go better than Ada’s mishaps!
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom
Encourage your little ones to explore their ideas to the ends of the world with this inspiring book. Following a little boy and his spark of an idea, the illustrations bring the tale of what one person can accomplish in life and the confidence that comes from its pursuit. Kids and adults alike will finish this book ready to take on the world.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Help your kids understand that bringing their ideas to life can be full of mistakes and frustration with this amusing story of one girl (and her dog)’s journey to make the “most magnificent thing.” Little ones will learn about perseverance and handling their emotions as they follow the vivid language. Like the girl, they’ll then be ready to work through disappointment to make their own magnificent thing!
Goodnight Lab by Chris Ferrie
End your World Book Day with this delightful Goodnight Moon parody that is sure to send your budding scientist off to bed with sweet dreams of future experiments. Follow along as the scientist says goodnight to everything in their lab before resting up for another day of research and fun. The peek into chaos of lab life will make your little one tired but also ready to don their own lab coat tomorrow!
Ages 7 to 10
If: A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith
Trying to understand how large and old the world is can quickly cause headaches – thankfully, this illustrated book doesn’t! If shrinks the world down to human-sized objects and concepts, making it a whole lot easier to understand exactly where humans fit into the history of the world or how your time on earth is divided up. This book will leave you awestruck by easily explaining everything you’ve already been told about the world in a beautiful way.
Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings by Jessica Fries-Gaither
Take a peek into the notebooks of famous scientists in this rhymed read. Kids will learn about why notetaking is so important in scientific fields and also get tips on how to start their own notable notebook. Be sure to have some spare paper on hand so they can get started right away!
Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Jam-packed with adventure, mystery, and humor, twins Nick and Tesla take us on a journey that educates as it entertains. Kids will get a kick out of the real life activities that make the gadgets Nick and Tesla use! This read is perfect for those starting to get into longer books, and kids will be begging to pick up the next book in the series.
Whatever books you choose to read this World Book Day, we hope you have a wonderful day celebrating all things curious, scientific and literary!