Best STEM Resources for NextGen Scientists
The Essential Selection and User's Guide
by Jennifer L. Hopwood
June 2015, 279pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-721-7
$85, £66, 74€, A117
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-722-4
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Wondering how to best incorporate STEM fields into your library collection and programs? This book explains how.

Intended to support the national initiative to strengthen learning in areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, this book helps librarians who work with youth in school and public libraries to build better collections and more effectively use these collections through readers' advisory and programming.

A versatile and multi-faceted guide, Best STEM Resources for NextGen Scientists: The Essential Selection and User’s Guide serves as a readers’ advisory and collection development resource for youth services and school librarians seeking to bring STEM-related titles into their collections and introduce teachers and young readers to them. This book not only guides readers to hundreds of the best STEM-related titles—fiction and non-fiction printed materials as well as apps, DVDs, websites, and games—it also includes related activities or programming ideas to help promote the use of the collection to patrons or students in storytime, afterschool programs, or passive library programs.

After a detailed discussion of the importance of STEM and the opportunities librarians have for involvement, the book lists and describes best STEM resources for young learners. Resources are organized according to the reading audiences for which they are intended, from toddlers through teens, and the book includes annotated lists of both fiction and nonfiction STEM titles as well as graphic novels, digital products, and online resources. In addition, the author offers a selection of professional readings for librarians and media specialists who wish to further expand their knowledge.


  • Introduces more than 500 STEM resource suggestions for toddlers to young adults
  • Highlights more than 25 detailed library program or activity suggestions to be paired with STEM book titles
  • Provides resource suggestions for professional development
  • Contains bonus sections on STEM-related graphic novels, apps, and other media
Jennifer L. Hopwood is the training coordinator for the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association as well as an online adjunct professor for Rasmussen College where she teaches research and report writing. She is a former youth services librarian where she conducted STEM programs on a regular basis. Her published works include contributions to the anthologies How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries; Marketing Your Library: Tips and Tools That Work; and the Children and Libraries journal article "Initiating STEM Learning in Libraries." Hopwood holds a master of science degree in library and information studies from Florida State University.


"This book will serve as the essential selection guide for librarians looking to improve their STEM collection."—ProtoView, August 5, 2015
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