5 STEM Book Recommendations For Summer {Giveaway}

Summer is finally here and the boys are super excited to spend quality time together at home. We have them signed up for a few summer camps and we are doing playdates with friends and that will be keeping them busy for the next couple of months. Lots of playing in the backyard for both of them too!

We are also planning on continuing with some STEM education in the summer. Not any of the boring worksheet stuff but more fun little projects to help keep their brains busy as well.

We got some DK books that we have been going through and they are perfect for the summer. The Maker Lab books have lots of fun projects and crafts for them to make together and our eldest has been reading the “findout!” and “How to be an Engineer” books on his own. Lots of great info for him.

The How to be Good at Math visual guide is fantastic for ages 7+ and it has everything my son is working on for his transition from grade 2 to grade 3 in September.

There are always so many great titles available from DK Books Canada! Below you can find our recommendations for the summer:

5 Summer STEM Book Recommendations

  1. Maker Lab: Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors’ wheels turning and make science pure fun.

    Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a lemon battery, make sticky slime, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the “why” and “how” of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied.

  2. Star Wars Maker Lab:  With 20 amazing projects, Star Wars™ Maker Lab teaches your budding Padawan how to become a Master of science, in both the real world and the Star Wars galaxy. Using clear step-by-step instructions, the book guides home scientists and makers through each exciting experiment-from making Jabba’s gooey slime or a hovering landspeeder, to an Ewok catapult and a glowing Gungan Globe of Peace. Each experiment has fact-filled panels to explain the real-world science as well as the Star Wars science fiction from the movies.
  3. How to be an Engineer:  Teach kids to think like an engineer! The engaging projects in this book will encourage kids to investigate using items from around the house. Build a robot arm out of rulers; learn about jet propulsion with balloons; crush toilet-paper rolls to explore materials; and much more. Read about how engineers use STEAM subjects and their imaginations to think critically and solve problems. Be inspired by engineering heroes such as Leonardo da Vinci, Mae Jemison, and Elon Musk. Fun questions, engineering experiments, and real-life scenarios come together to make engineering relevant. In How to Be an Engineer, the emphasis is on inspiring kids, which means less time at a computer and more time exploring in the real world.
  4. Find Out! Engineering:  Learn how engineering concepts such as levers, wheels and axles, and pulleys work, and how techniques have changed and developed over time. Showcasing engineering feats throughout history-from the wheeled chariots of Ancient Egypt to the construction of the Eiffel Tower-and the famous engineers who built them, DK findout! Engineering covers steam engines, rocket technology, flying machines, bridges, buildings, robots, and more.

    Filled with colorful images and quirky facts and supporting STEAM education initiatives, DK findout! Engineering is engaging and educational. Pull out the special cover flaps to see extra information and take a quiz on everything covered in the book.

  5. How to Be Good At Math: How to Be Good at Math uses an innovative visual approach to explain and define all the basic math concepts taught in schools for children aged 7-11.

    Unlike other math guides, dictionaries, and workbooks, How to Be Good at Math presents topics in dynamic, colorful graphics reinforced by real-life examples and fascinating facts. Ranging from second-grade topics such as learning odd and even numbers to harder sixth-grade-level problems like angles and algebra formulas, the innovative, highly visual approach makes basic math easier to understand than ever before.

5 Summer STEM Book Recommendations

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5 Summer STEM Book Recommendations

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Disclosure: This is a partnered post with DK Books. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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25 responses to “5 STEM Book Recommendations For Summer {Giveaway}”

  1. Vanessa Ethridge — July 9, 2018 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    My summer plans are spending quality time with my children as I am in maternity leave!

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  2. Vivian — July 9, 2018 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    Visiting the East coast!

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  3. Jeanine — July 9, 2018 @ 5:42 pm (#)

    We plan to just hang out at home, swim a lot and head to the parks this summer!

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  4. Nicole Jubleew — July 9, 2018 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    We’re checking out our local museums and the Ontario Science Center as well as doing some camping.

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  5. Martin Keating — July 10, 2018 @ 2:51 am (#)

    Plans are camping a little

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  6. Gemma — July 10, 2018 @ 9:51 am (#)

    We have a summer at home, maybe a little camping and some local day trips.

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  7. Jennifer P. — July 10, 2018 @ 11:03 am (#)

    Our summer plans involve local activities such as the spray park, playgrounds, TUTS, Science World etc. As well as a couple of day camps for the kids.

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  8. jan — July 10, 2018 @ 11:35 am (#)

    If it ever warms up again we will go back to the water park. Also lots of cycling.

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  9. Allie — July 10, 2018 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    We plan on having fun and going places

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  10. HEIDI C. — July 10, 2018 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    We are hoping to take a road trip to Montreal.

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  11. Bonnie Lam — July 11, 2018 @ 2:08 am (#)

    Cool. Good luck to you all. Huggies.

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  12. Wendy Jensen — July 11, 2018 @ 6:43 am (#)

    The plans for the summer is lots of play time outside!

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  13. Sarah — July 12, 2018 @ 8:25 am (#)

    We have been adventuring our way through local playgrounds and swimming a lot. Thanks!!

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  14. Janet Meisner — July 12, 2018 @ 9:26 am (#)

    We will be taking lots of day trips f to the beach and other fun places.

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  15. ivy pluchinsky — July 12, 2018 @ 9:44 am (#)

    We will be going to the beach, pool, and park a lot.

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  16. M — July 12, 2018 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    we plan to go camping and hiking

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  17. Gail King — July 12, 2018 @ 11:56 pm (#)

    These would be great for my 6 year old grandson.

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  18. Linda — July 13, 2018 @ 9:19 am (#)

    My kids insist on visiting the wading pool in the park every day for summer!

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  19. ALICIA MILLETTE — July 13, 2018 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    I plan to spend alot of time at the beach with the kids this summer

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  20. LisaM — July 16, 2018 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    We’re sticking around for most of the summer – so lots of different camps from tennis to art to opera!

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  21. Lillian O'Malley — July 19, 2018 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    We want to rent a cabin this year

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  22. Rosanne Robinson — July 19, 2018 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    Our grandson is staying with us for 3 weeks, so we’re spending a lot of time at the parks, playground, splash pad, bike riding, mini putt, amusement parks and a couple of trips to Niagara Falls.

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  23. Miriam Wilton — July 23, 2018 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    driving down from vancouver to California with my 5 year old daughter to see my sister and her new house! Plus we have gymnastics camp, bug camp and lots and lots of swimming! need to cram in all in before kindy starts!

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  24. Caroel D — July 29, 2018 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    I spend a week babysitting my granddaughters. They also spend an afternoon at my house every week. I feel so bless to be able to spend so much time with them.

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  25. Juliee Fitze — July 30, 2018 @ 5:35 am (#)

    We have been going to the beaches , parks and zoo.

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