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Here Are Six Children’s Books With Black Characters To Introduce STEAM Education

STEAM education is a practice that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Mathematics. Education Closet explains, “STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

Anyone can see how incorporating each of those disciplines could be beneficial to our children’s education, so we’ve chosen just a few books on our website that can provide your babies with an early introduction to STEAM.

Counting On Katherine (Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4) is the bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race. How Do Plants Grow (Grade Level: Kindergarten – 5) explains the process of photosynthesis, and why it is important to life on Earth. King Khalid is Proud (Grade Level: 2 – 5) is about a little boy who learns to code his own video game to negotiate a later bedtime. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Grade Level: 2 – 3) is the story of Melba Doretta Liston, a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz. Not All Superheroes Wear Capes (Grade Level: Kindergarten – 5) is a children’s book designed to teach Black students about the opportunities available to them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. And The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Grade Level: 2 – 5) is about a hidden mastermind who made waves in the U.S. Navy as an engineer!

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