In addition to a love of teaching, all of us at STEAMboat Studio enjoy reading. Here are a few of our “Staff Favorite” books that we would recommend for the kids in your life!
Kathy Gendreau – Owner of STEAMboat Studio
Fiction Book: How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth, by Michelle Robinson
This is one of my favorite books from our Storybook Science series about a young girl who has to give her pet wooly mammoth a bath! Kids love looking at the fun and detailed illustrations as the girl coaxes her giant furry friend into the tub — and out of a tree — and finally joins him in the bath.
Non-Fiction Book: Gallop! A Scanimation Picture Book, by Rufus Butler Seder
This fascinating book is the first in a series of picture books by Seder that use a clever animation technique called Scanimation to bring images to life. The motion begins as you turn each page — a horse gallops, an eagle soars, a butterfly flutters its wings. I love moving the pages back and forth to watch the motion forward and backward, frame-by-frame. A great book for all ages!
Casey Vreeken – Director, Educational Programs & Business Development
Fiction Book: Math Curse, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.
I love a book that includes humor and silliness and I often find myself looking at the world around me as a math problem. Maybe I have the Math Curse!
Non-Fiction Book: Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret, by Jess Keating and Katie Hickey.
This book combines math and the ocean, two of my favorite things! The pictures are a beautiful way to introduce kids and people of all ages to a scientist they may have never heard of before.
Laurie Stamp – Instructor & Studio Manager
Fiction Book: There’s a Hair in my Dirt! – A Worm’s Story
This book is hilarious and informative! It explores the impact of one nature lover and her day out in nature. This book is written from the perspective of the worm, and will provide a point of view that we don’t often consider.
Ages 10 & up
This book explores nature and ecosystems, and shares the history of Rachel Carson, an incredible environmentalist. Her research and writing changed our understanding of pollution and the environment. I love this book because it dives into her life, and what lead her to her career in science.
Heidi DuPuis – STEAM Academy Instructor
Fiction Book: Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine, by Jay Williams
I love all the Danny Dunn books, but although this one was published in 1964, it feels very relevant to some of the struggles kids encounter today. The temptation to get computer help on one’s homework is a timeless one!
Non-Fiction Book: The Disappearing Spoon, Young Reader’s edition, by Sam Kean.
This book is a combination of biography and history, centered around the elements of the periodic table. Even relatively obscure chemical elements like tellurium and iodine get their own tales. Kids will enjoy learning about the real-life people and events surrounding many of the great discoveries in chemistry and physics.
In addition to our individual favorites, we all recommend Kathy’s new book, Science Magic Tricks for Kids! It includes 50 different age-appropriate science activities that use common household materials. Kids can gain confidence in their science knowledge and have fun at the same time! (Ages 8-12)
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