STEM: Super Science Architecture Books

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Looking for books and activities to satisfy curious kids? Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s STEM: Super Science programs use books and hands-on experiences to engage children in scientific learning with activities like building bridges or making slime, enhanced by informational picture books. Each programming kit comes stocked with scientifically minded read alouds, carefully selected by our amazing team of Children’s Librarians. Make sure to check out an upcoming STEM: Super Science program at a location near you.

Blocks and building toys are a great way to introduce STEM concepts to children of all ages. In our STEM Super Science Kit: Architecture – Draft, Design, Build children explore architecture and design principles using Magna-Tiles. Participants explore ideas such as accessibility and functionality through the entire design process. The books below highlight architectural history and contemporary artists using some amazing books written for kids in preschool through grade school. CLP children’s spaces offer several building toys available for use. Discover the amazing work of artists and architects in some of the books below and get building at your Library!

Built to Last

Reveals the how and why behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created.

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

A collection of concrete poetry, illustrations, and photographs that shows how young children’s constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world. Includes biographies of the architects, quotations, and sources.

How to Build a Museum

The campaign to set up a museum honoring black citizens is nearly 100 years old; building the museum itself and assembling its incredibly far-reaching collections is a modern story that involves all kinds of people, from educators and activists, to politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings to be included.

Iggy Peck, Architect

Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.

Look at that Building: A First Book of Structures

A number of architectural concepts are considered in the context of a group of children attempting to build a doghouse: foundations, floors, and ceilings; how animals in nature build houses; decorative elements such as domes and columns; and more.

Roberto: The Insect Architect

No one will hire Roberto the architect because he also happens to be a termite, so he sets off to the city to find success on his own.

The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale

In this retelling of the classic tale, the three little pigs build homes inspired by the signature houses of famed architects Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright, and fill the interiors with furnishings by renowned designers, piquing the interest of a certain evil wolf.

Too Tall Houses

Owl and Rabbit are good friends and neighbors atop a hill, but when Rabbit’s garden blocks Owl’s view of the forest Owl builds a higher house, which prevents sunlight from reaching Rabbit’s plants.

The World Is Not a Rectangle

A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.