Today is World Book Day. Across the country, schools will be celebrating books and reading. Here at Think Physics we’re very keen to encourage reading too.
For our primary work with younger children, we’ve been looking for fiction books which feature science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). And if possible, a strong female main character. We’ve found a few. We’ve saved them onto a pinterest board for you to have a look at.
At secondary, we’d also like to be able to share fiction books which feature STEM with a strong female main character. It’s a bit harder to do though. For strong female main characters, there is of course, The Hunger Games trilogy with Katniss Everdene, but they’re not really STEM related. I also find that, as an adult, some of the themes in young adult fiction are really gruesome or disturbing. I’m not sure why that doesn’t seem to bother my children, but it doesn’t. There are some young adult books which have a link to STEM, but in general, it’s far less central to the story. There’s a useful list of books on the School Library Journal website, which gives some examples.
Finally, if you want to have a read of non-fiction popular science books, then have a browse through the shelves of the Science Teaching Library, curated by Alex Weatherall. There are some great books on there suitable for the general reader.
If you have any recommendations, please do let us know.