STEM Tuesday Field Work — Books List

Field work is a hallmark of so many science disciplines. This month we tried to cover a broad range of field work ideas–from geology to  weather to archaeology to marine science.

Please comment below if you have other ideas to add to the list.  We would love for STEM Tuesday to become a collaborative resource.

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit *Life in Surtsey: Iceland’s Upstart Island  by Loree Griffin Burns
In this Scientists in the Field title, Loree Griffin Burns follows entomologist Erling Olafsson on a five-day trip to this brand-new island to discover how life takes hold in a new land.

Eye of the StSupport Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgorm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code by Amy Cherrix
This Scientists in the Field title  looks at the science of meteorology. Like all Scientists in the Field titles these two bring STEM subjects, and the people studying them, to life for young readers. Check out the SITF site for a complete listing of all the books in this series.

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved An Ecosystem  by Patricia Newman
Discover the fascinating story of how sea otters keep a California seagrass-filled inlet healthy.  Marine biologist Brent Hughes’ field work and detective skills uncovered an amazing new relationship between sea otters and their ecosystem. [Sibert Honor Book]

Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey
Read about one of our most beloved and famous field researchers, Jane Goodall, in this thoughtfully researched biography. A perfect read for budding field scientists.


Hidden FiguSupport Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.orgres: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Sheerly
This book is geared for younger readers. It integrates every STEM theme in a highly engaging narrative text.


Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival by Sneed Collard III
The is a story of Arctic science that integrates wildlife ecology and climate science. A wonderful addition to a classroom library.


Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Children of the Past: Archaeology and the Lives of Kids by Lois Huey
An archaeologist herself, Lois Huey, shares stories with her young reader of archaeological field discoveries about children who lived long ago.


Support Independent Bookstores - Visit Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Huntley by Sally M. Walker
A terrific story of archaeology, engineering, and marine science, Secrets of a Civil War Submarine is well-researched and engaging.


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Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years including her 2016 title, THE STORY OF SEEDS: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less To Eat Around The World, which earned the 2017 Green Earth Book Award and other honors. Nancy’s research has taken her all over the world from the Galapagos to Russia. She enjoys sharing her adventures, research, and writing tips with readers. Nancy also serves as the Regional Advisor of the Eastern NY SCBWI region. Her 2018 title is BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals from Extinction.

Patricia Newman writes middle-grade nonfiction that inspires kids to seek connections between science, literacy, and the environment. The recipient of the Green Earth Book Award and a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Films Award, her books have received starred reviews, been honored as Junior Library Guild Selections, and included on Bank Street College’s Best Books lists. During author visits, she demonstrates how her writing skills give a voice to our beleaguered environment. Visit her at

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  2. Can’t wait to see that one, Sally!

  3. My new book CHAMPION is all about scientists working in the field (and laboratory) to restore the American Chestnut tree to forests. These folks and the many citizen scientists and volunteers who are helping this dream become a reality are amazing! Thanks for creating this list.

  4. Great list, Nancy and Patricia! Such interesting books. Thank you for putting this together!

  5. Thank you for including LIFE ON SURTSEY in this great Tuesday list! I’m currently writing about some very cool honey bee field work that had me tagging along on several colony rescues last fall. And, at the same time, I’m planning this summer’s field work, which will include black lights and something we amateur entomologists call ‘schlep.’ Any guesses what insect I’ll be studying?

  6. National Geographic’s Rhino Rescue! And More True Stories About Saving Animals includes a story about rescue and re-release of a Hawaiian Monk Seal who was injured by floating marine debris. The chapter book is geared to 3rd graders and was a Junior Library Guild 2016 Selection.

  7. Project Seahorse also from. The Scientists in the Field series by Pamela S. Turner is another great title that closely features skilled fieldwork, gorgeous images, and cultural diversity.