“STEM topics naturally flow into toddler times, because literature and math are such natural companions,” notes Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota Andersen Library. These titles are excellent introductions to math concepts in toddler and preschool storytimes:

Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt (Holt, 2009)
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker (Harcourt Brace, 1994)
Count! by Denise Fleming (Holt, 1992)
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steven Light (Candlewick, 2015)
Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman (Beginner Books, 1961)
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert (Red Wagon Books, 2004)
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steven Light (Candlewick, 2015)
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall (Greenwillow, 2010)
My Shapes=Mis Formas by Rebecca Emberley (Little, Brown, 2000)
Perfect Square by Michael Hall (Greenwillow, 2010)
Quack and Count by Keith Baker (Harcourt, 1999)
Rah, Rah, Radishes! By April Pulley Sayre (Beach Lane, 2011)
Round Is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong (Amicus Illustrated, 2015)
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews (Scribner, 1968)
10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel (Knopf, 2012)
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox (Harcourt, 2008)
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang (Greenwillow, 1983)
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen (Coward-McCann, 1983)

Online resources for toddler STEM

Organizations, booklists, & programming

ALSC STEAM GrK-2  Dia booklist

Bedtime Math

Best Books on Math for Kids

Boston Children’s Museum STEM Teaching Guide

Children and Nature Network

Dimensions Foundation

Fayetteville Free Library Little Makers program

Head Start Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS) introduction

Idaho Libraries suggested picture books for math storytimes

The Museum of Math

National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Math related Children’s books

Nature Explorium

Nature Exploratorium Growing Nature Literacy in Libraries Resource Book

Nature Rocks

Nature Explore

Teach Preschool

Articles, blogs, and media

Abby the Librarian” blog: Mad About Science: STEM Books to Use in Your Programs

BAM! Radio: “Teaching STEM in Preschool, Really?

Early Education for All: High Quality Early Learning Promotes Success in Science and Math

Math at Play 

The Show me Librarian” blog “All Things STEAM” resource

SLJ’s STEAM Pinterest board

Simply STEM preschool programs

Sparking a Child’s Interest in Science and Technology” by J. D. Chesloff

STEAM at the Library Supports Literacy, Common Core” by Lisa G. Kropp

Stem in the Early Years” by Lilian G. Katz

Teaching STEAM with Lois Ehlert: Preschool Isn’t too Early to Introduce STEM + Art” by Lisa G. Kropp

Taken from School Library Journal, July 16, 2015