SCIENCE and POETRY- A Dynamic Duo (Book List!)

Scientists and poets have a lot in common. They both ask questions. They both observe keenly. They both distill experiences to their essential elements. It's not surprising that many fabulous poetry collections for children have a STEM focus. STEM-themed poetry can spark student's interest in specific science topics. Students can also use STEM poetry collections as models to write their own poems to demonstrate synthesis of concepts.  Here are some STEM-themed poetry collections, organized by topic, to boost STEM inquiry with your students.  Click on each image for a Goodreads review of the book.

General Science

Animals and Adaptations




Ecology and Habitats






About Michelle Schaub

Michelle Schaub is a language arts teacher and award-winning children's poet. She is the author of the picture book poetry collections Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market, (which won the 2018 Growing Good Kids Award and 2019 Northern Lights Book Award,) and Finding Treasure: A Collection of Collections. She also wrote the bedtime STEM book in verse, Dream Big, Little Scientists. Her poems appear in several anthologies, including The Poetry Anthology for Celebrations and Great Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud.  Michelle speaks at conferences on the power of poetry to boost literacy. 


  1. Love this list. You might be interested in my 2014 National Poetry Month project entitled Science Poetry Pairings.

    1. Those pairings are fabulous! Thank you for sharing!!


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