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!
Check out these books below:
The Black Baby Books platform was founded by self-published author Veronica N. Chapman. Veronica came up with the idea for the platform while she was promoting her first children’s book “I Know I Can!“. At events people would always ask her where they could find other children’s books with Black characters. Although Veronica would often meet authors at events, she found that when she wanted to recommend their books to her readers, they were not always easy to find online. To make it easier to direct people to other authors of children’s books with Black characters Veronica launched BlackBabyBooks.com.
The Black Baby Books service is supported by advertising revenue and affiliate sales of books listed on our website. Because authors in particular help keep this service going, we want to be sure that we are doing all we can to support you. Please find three resources below that we hope you will find helpful. Thank you so much for supporting our platform!
In addition to making it easier for you to discover children’s books with Black representation, we also want to make sure our platform shares excellent literacy practices for your household. We share many of them on our Instagram page, and we love the feedback and insights we gain from our community!
Here is just one example of a #literacyfact that we shared:
Many of our community members also share their best practices for teaching their babies how to read.
Here is a short list of tools that come recommended from our community and other sources:
Please note that should you purchase any of these products via our links we will receive a small affiliate fee to help support our service.
We created a story map template especially for your little readers! Story maps are used to help children process what they’ve learned while reading a book, either assisted or alone. For little children it can be a fun exercise to demonstrate what they’ve learned by drawing the book characters and by identifying and then highlighting different sections of the book; typically the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
Here are the key benefits of story mapping:
- They improve reading comprehension.
- They help children identify key elements of a story.
- They teach children how to organize information and ideas efficiently.
You can download the template HERE. Please let us know if you find our story map helpful, and please tag us on Instagram if you use this for the little readers in your life! Need a new book to try this literacy tool? Browse our library.
The BlackBabyBooks.com Team