Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
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
- Conversation Starters Complimentary Family Fun Guide
- STEM Connections
- Story Extensions
- Creative Arts
- Infant & Toddlers
2022 Early Childhood STEM Imagination Guides
Oceans of Possibilities
Children are naturally curious about nature and science. Discover how you can foster an appreciation of the oceans and water conservation.
The following books have been selected and paired with activities that provide opportunities for exploration and play to inspire creativity and wonder.
A House for Hermit Crab
STEM Challenge: How do hermit crabs breathe?
STEM Challenge: Can a water cycle be created?
My Ocean is Blue
STEM Challenge: How to construct layers of the ocean?
Pokey, the Turtle Patrol
STEM Challenge: How do turtles design safe and sturdy spaces?
The Rainbow Fish
STEM Challenge: Why are fish fast?
Rocket Says Clean Up
STEM Challenge: How can pollution be reduced?
The Treasure of Pirate Frank
STEM Challenge: How does a pirate learn science?
The Sandcastle that Lola Built
STEM Challenge: How are sandcastles built?
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.
2022 Library Commission Theme: Oceans of Possibilities
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 2022 Reading Connection Resources
- Head: Dolphin Tale Design
- Heart: Treasurer Your Heart
- Hands: Our Blue Planet
- Health: Salt, it is not just for Taste
No endorsement of products or services by 4-H is intended or implied.
Want to request this program? Please contact us.