Book recommendations from the STEM community
The MINT book club provides tips for reading aloud and reading by yourself. Everyone who is looking for new reading material that deals with MINT topics - sometimes in passing, sometimes very present - will find what they are looking for here.
The MINT book club is also available on the zdi community platform. There you can exchange ideas directly about the newly found reading material.
Why is reading important?
STEM experiments can be an easy route to language. This is also reflected in the work of the zdi networks and zdi student laboratories. This is where practical work together helps to break down language barriers. The approach works just as well the other way around: Embedded in an exciting story with thrilling protagonists, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology can be conveyed well to all age groups. Small children in particular benefit from impulses that stimulate early childhood curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Stories serve as an aid to better explaining everyday phenomena. Or experiments are integrated into a narrative in order to inspire the participants beyond the scientific findings.
Besides, reading is just plain healthy, like a American study from 2016 was able to prove: According to the study, frequent reading not only extends life by an average of two years, but also improves emotional intelligence. However, the positive effect can only be seen when reading books, not magazines or newspapers.
What does the AI say about this?
Artificial intelligence is on everyone's lips today, writing texts and creating images and music. We have the chatbot Chat GPT asked why STEM and reading go well together. The answer is obvious:
“Reading is important because it promotes language development and stimulates the imagination. It enables us to put ourselves in other worlds and to deal with other perspectives. It also helps us improve our communication skills and express ourselves.
STEM (mathematics, computer science, science and technology) and reading go well together as both skills promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Reading enables us to understand scientific texts and specialist literature and to grasp the concepts in STEM subjects. It also helps us to deal with complex issues and to put ourselves in the perspective of experts. It promotes concentration and reading skills, which are essential for a successful STEM education.”
We hope you enjoy our book tips and look forward to further book recommendations!
Little People, Big Dreams: Ada Lovelace
The Little People series contains many stories about inspiring scientists, prepared in an appealing way for young and old. Including the story of Ada Lovelace. The mathematician is credited with creating the first computer program.
Recommended from 4 years
Author: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Zoe gambles, Fiete flies! – A story about gaming and friendship
Everyone in Fiete's class has game fever: The new ViiZor console lets you immerse yourself in fantastic worlds, compete against each other in teams and exchange ideas in chat. Fiete's best friend Zoe also plays along and has less and less time for Fiete. How can he win back Zoe and his friends?
The book recognizes gaming and social media as part of the reality of young people's lives and provides food for thought and conversation for families.
Recommended from 9 years
Authors: Wiebke Helmchen & Valentin Krayl
Newton and the apple of knowledge
Isaac Newton is considered the father of classical mechanics and celestial mechanics; his law of gravitation revolutionized the human view of the universe. Teaching materials and an Antolin quiz about the book can be found on the publisher's website.
Recommended from 11 years
Author: Luca Novelli
MINT - Knowledge wins! The hands-on book for tomorrow's inventors
The book offers a first insight into the world of inventions and offers opportunities to become active and creative yourself.
The book is beautifully illustrated and it's fun to see my daughter working with it on her own. We also work on some things together. School groups can certainly also be built on the basis of the book.Wiebke in STEM book club
Recommended from 8 years
Authors: Tom Mumbray, Alice James & Petra Baan
The book recommendation for the zdi annual theme
Sustainable energy management
Fatima's amazing journey to a world without oil
In times of plastic waste in the sea, streets full of cars and global climate emergencies, this book has set itself the task of telling about urgently needed, optimistic future utopias and thus designing a world that will remain worth living in tomorrow.
A knowledge library for looking up the most important background information and facts completes the book, which was produced using the Cradle to Cradle process.
Recommended from 8 years
Author: Jakob Winkler
Book recommendations by age group
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Didn't find what you were looking for?
You can find more book recommendations on these pages:
Book recommendations of the month for children's and youth books from the state education server Baden-Württemberg with an archive that goes back to the year 2003.
The STEM story set from four stories on the topics of mathematics, acoustics, colors and astronomy was put together for the project "Reading, Marveling, Researching - the MINT story set for day-care centers" - implemented by the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Reading Foundation. In addition to topic-related book recommendations, there is also extensive accompanying material.
General book tips from the Reading Foundation in the field of nature and technology can be found here .
A summary of various directories and recommendation lists has put together the working group of youth book publishers eV.
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