Summer Reading List: Must-Read STEM Books for Students

Top 4 Books About STEM

Summer is the perfect time for students to dive into the world of STEM and explore new ideas and concepts. In this blog post, we’ve put together a list of must-read STEM books for students of all ages. From fun experiments to mind-bending theories, these books are sure to inspire and educate.

Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook

Intro to coding and computer science book for beginners

If you’re new to the world of coding, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. That’s why we recommend checking out Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide by Workman Publishing. This is one of the best entry-level introductions to computer programming for readers of all ages. It provides key concepts, definitions, diagrams, and more. Additionally, it includes introductions to Python, HTML, CSS, and more. 

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

Funny book about how math can go wrong.

For many, it can be hard to see the real-world impact that math can have on our everyday lives. Definitely check out Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors by Matt Parker for a humorous look at what happens when math goes wrong. This book explores a vast history of glitches, errors, and mishaps involving data, programming, and more. To learn how a mistake on paper can lead to real, three-dimensional consequences, this book cannot be missed. 

The Way Things Work

Book about mechanical engineering for beginners

David Macaulay breaks down the mechanics and engineering needed to run everyday machines and technology in The Way Things Work. From base mechanical devices work such as windmills and levers or higher-functioning devices such as rockets and 3D printers. With illustrations and fascinating commentary, this book is a great way to introduce students to the world of mechanical engineering.

Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

Book about women STEM experts and pioneers

Throughout the history of technology and software society mainly recognizes the men that are involved in those advancements but, many of the advancements wouldn’t have been possible without the women who have been involved every step of the way. Claire L. Evans recognizes these vital figures in STEM through her novel, Broad Band. From the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, to the mathematician that made computing far more accessible to women, Grace Hopper, this book ensures that their stories are told. 

The Wrap-Up

In conclusion, summer is the perfect time to explore the world of STEM and expand your knowledge and skills. Whether you’re learning the history of science, math, and other technologies, the figures that have driven advancement, or modern-day STEM evolutions, there’s a novel out there for everyone. Another great way to learn STEM is through the Numerade bootcamps. We have a variety of courses for every STEM subject as well as standardized test prep courses. All of our bootcamps are designed and led by expert STEM educators and the best part, these courses are entirely self-paced. Take them at your own pace and convenience!


  • Rob Shield

    Rob Shield is based out of Columbus, Ohio. As the copywriter at Numerade, Rob uses their extensive background in education as a former reading tutor and high school English teacher to inform and shape the topics and content on the blog.