Boost Your STEAM Program with Great Literature and Activities
by Liz Knowles, EdD, and Martha Smith
June 2018, 175pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6250-2
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Books and activities for teaching literacy in your Pre-K through Grade 8 STEAM program.

You’ve created a STEAM program in your library, but how do you work literacy into the curriculum? With this collection of resource recommendations, direction for program development, and activities, you’ll have students reading proficiently in no time.

Many schools and libraries are implementing STEAM programs in the school library makerspace to promote problem solving by allowing students to create their own solutions to a problem through trial and error. In order to enhance literacy development in the STEAM program, however, they need resources for integrating literature into the curriculum.

In this collection of resources for doing just that, veteran education professionals and practiced coauthors Liz Knowles and Martha Smith bring readers over eight hundred recommended and annotated books and web resources, selected based on research on successfully integrating STEAM and literacy programs and organized by the five STEAM areas. Titles are complemented by discussion questions and problem-solving activities that will aid educators in both adding and using the best literature to their STEAM programs for encouraging learning. In addition to promoting literacy, these resources will help to develop creativity, lateral thinking skills, and confidence in students.


  • Presents complementary annotated books and discussion questions to engage students in STEAM topics
  • Offers topical project and problem-solving activity ideas for students in the library makerspace
  • Provides research and additional resources for teachers and librarians to use in implementing successful STEAM programs
Liz Knowles, EdD, is owner/director of Cognitive Advantage (, a cognitive skill development program for all ages. She has authored a differentiated reading book and has co-authored 10 books with Martha Smith. She writes curriculum for Palm Beach County Schools and serves as an educational consultant for private schools in the area. She has also taught grades K-6 and served as Director of Professional Development and Curriculum for a large private school, adjunct professor in graduate reading programs at two universities, and Head of Studies at an international baccalaureate school.

Martha Smith, MSE, received her undergraduate degree in Library Science from Eastern Michigan University and her master’s degree in Education in Library Science from the University of South Florida. She has been a media specialist for over 30 years in the pre-K through eighth grades, during which time she planned, organized, and oversaw collection development for and managed the project of building two school libraries. Martha and Liz have coauthored 10 books on various topics of interest to teachers and librarians and were the recipients of the International Reading Association Middle School Special Interest Group Award, 2003.


"For librarians looking for good advice about library-based STEAM programs for elementary grades, the authors have reviewed and annotated salient literature."—Booklist Online, September 6, 2018
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