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“STEAM”y Reads


This Saturday, May 18th is Meinders Community Library’s third annual Full STEAM Ahead. Patrons of all ages can come and tinker with us from 10:00am-3:00pm. A free lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm courtesy of the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, Coborn’s Hank’s Foods, and Pepsi.

For those of you who may not know, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts, and Math. To commemorate our favorite annual event, here’s a list of books divided into STEAM categories. In these books Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math may permeate the entire plot of the book or just be a character’s passion. Many of these books could even fit under multiple STEAM categories.


  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (Adult)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Middle Grade)
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (Young Adult)
  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez (Picturebook)
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Young Adult)


  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Middle Grade)
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (Middle Grade)
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve (Young Adult)
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Young Adult)
  • The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson (Adult)


  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Picturebook)
  • Genius by Leopoldo Gout (Young Adult)
  • Dreaming Up by Christy Hale (Picturebook)
  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by John Scieszka (Middle Grade)
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Young Adult)


  • Fiber & Brimstone by Laura Childs (Adult)
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Young Adult)
  • The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (Young Adult)
  • Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light (Picturebook)
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (Middle Grade)


  • Counting on Katherine by Natascha Biebow (Picturebook)
  • Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani (Picturebook)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Middle Grade)
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Young Adult)
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Adult)

STEAM Nonfiction

  • Recycled Scince by Tammy Enz and Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
  • STEAM Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Radioactive: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed The World by Winifred Conkling



Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.