Summertime doesn’t have to mean that learning has to come to a full stop. There are plenty of fun ways to keep those young minds active and growing. A little light summer reading is a great way to avoid that dreaded brain drain and we’ve got some of the best new STEAM-themed books to help you stock your library for the season.

STEAM Play and Learn

Learning about science can be as simple as playtime for preschoolers. This project-based book offers step-by-step instructions for fun activities to do with your little learners that will teach them all about the STEAM concepts. They’ll be so busy having fun with activities like building a marble maze, they won’t even realize they’re learning.

Ages: 3 - 5 years

Available now.

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Little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of Technology

Along with Little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of Engineering, these two titles will round out the letters in STEAM and complete the base of this five-book series that teaches young kids about the basics of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. The colorful artwork will draw readers of all ages in, but the words are simple enough that even your youngest readers will expand their STEAM vocabulary.

Ages: 4 - 8 years

Available July 24.

Brick Building 101

If you’ve got a mini master builder at home, then this is the perfect way to turn that love of LEGOs into some brain building. The book offers 20 activities using LEGO bricks to teach kids about STEAM concepts. 

Ages: 5 - 7 years

Available now.

STEAM Lab for Kids

Whether you’ve got a mini engineer at home or a pint-sized Picasso, this new book of hands-on activities is the perfect intersection of both art and science and will pique the interests of kids who love either. The book offers 52 creative projects with a focus on how science and engineering, like tie dyed forget spinners and edible stained glass.

Ages: 8 - 12 years

Available now.

Astrophysics for Babies

The title alone makes this board book worth picking up. The newest title in the Baby University series proves that kids are never to young to start learning about scientific concepts. Like the other titles in the series, it is written by an expert but manages to break down a highly intellectual concept into simple terms that even a toddler can digest.

Ages: 2 and up

Available July 3.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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