The Nebraska 4-H STEM Reading Connections Program

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
Through Stories

Mother and son reading together

The Nebraska 4-H STEM Reading Connections Program

We are here to help you develop children and youth’s love for STEM through imagination guides.

This program provides all caregivers (early childhood professionals and parents) with books, guided questions, and expanded learning resources to support literacy development, enhance relationships, and to make a connection with your local library. Each year the theme changes, but the imagination guides always include the following:

  • Conversation Starters
  • STEM Connections
  • Related Readings
  • Story Extensions
    • Sensory
    • Music & Movement
    • Creative Arts
  • Complimentary Family Fun Guide
Child reading a picture book with a parent

2021 Summer Reading Program  Tales of Tails

Unearth the Amazing World of Animal Habitats

Children are naturally curious about nature and science. Discover how you can foster an appreciation for animals and their homes. The following books have been selected and paired with activities that provide opportunities for exploration and play to inspire creativity and wonder.

Cactus Hotel Book Cover

Cactus Hotel

Desert

STEM Challenge: How does a cactus conserve water?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

Big Red Barn Book Cover

Big Red Barn

Farm

STEM Challenge: What is the best barn design?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

Owl Babies Book Cover

Owl Babies

Forest

STEM Challenge: How can you construct a bird nest?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

Not Norman Book Cover

Not Norman

House Pets

STEM Challenge: How can you design a safe and sturdy pet carrier?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

Hello Ocean Book Cover

Hello Ocean

Ocean

STEM Challenge: What is the best way to clean up an oil spill?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

I Don’t Want To Be a Frog Book Cover

I Don’t Want To Be a Frog

Pond

STEM Challenge: How can you use static electricity to make frogs jump?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

The Great Kapok Tree Book Cover

The Great Kapok Tree

Rainforest

STEM Challenge: How do leaves breathe?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? Book Cover

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

Tundra

STEM Challenge: How do arctic animals stay warm?

Download this STEM
Imagination Guide

The activities engage the children. The connection between the activities and the book content is easy to grasp. These guides encourage play and the children are eager to participate.

Early Childhood Educator

Go to archived 2020 Imagine Your Story Guides

2021 Library Commission Theme: Tails and Tales

Looking for engagement for school-aged children in your care? This program is available to youth development and early childhood professionals, afterschool clubs, summer school and camps, libraries, and parents. Resources provide engaging learning opportunities to spark an interest in STEM concepts and 4-H.

4-H 2021 Resources

  1. At Your Service Lesson
  2. Animal Adaptations Lesson
  3. Tales from Animal Tails Lesson
  4. Heads and Tails (Your Money Story) Lesson
  5. Clover Kid Habitat Workshop
  6. 4-H Human Development Wildlife Workshop

Download 2021 4-H STEM Resources

No endorsement of products or services by 4-H is intended or implied.

Want to request this program? Please contact us.

Three girls doing a science activity
Jackie Steffen Portrait

Jackie Steffen
Nebraska Extension in Cedar County
The Learning Child
jsteffen2@unl.edu

Sarah Roberts Portrait

Sarah Roberts
Nebraska Extension in Dixon County
The Learning Child
sarah.roberts@unl.edu