Whether you need a gift for the science enthusiast in your life, or just want to treat yourself to the gift of knowledge, Atlanta’s Lead Explorer (ALEX) has you covered. Check out ALEX’s favorite gifts for science lovers, including books, magazines, and games. For even more gift inspiration, shop the Science ATL Store!
We love reading and have had many authors visit over the years at the Atlanta Science Festival. ALEX’s list below includes books by our ASF author friends and many more. Stop by one of Atlanta’s local independent bookstores to buy them for your favorite science lover or check them out online. For even more ideas, see the National Science Teachers Association’s list of Outstanding Science Trade Books.
For younger science fans:
- ABC Engineering Book by Natoshia Anderson (0-3)
- Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall (4+)
- Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin (4+)
- Just Like Us! Series by Bridget Heos (4+)
- Little Robot by Ben Hatke (5+)
- Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
- A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss (5+)
- Twinderella, A Fractioned Fairy Tale by Corey Rosen Schwartz (6+)
- The Worm (The Disgusting Critters Series) by Elise Gravel (6+)
- Astronaut Aquanaut by Jennifer Swanson (6+)
- Solve This! Forensics: Super Science and Curious Capers for the Daring Detective in You by Kate Messner (7+)
- Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye (7+)
- Mistakes that Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones and John O’Brien (8+)
- The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (8+)
- Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters by Carlyn Beccia (8+)
- Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky (9+)
- Science Comics Series (9+)
- Astrotwins Series by Mark Kelly & Martha Freeman (9+)
- Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers by Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman (USE Discount code STEMHeroP10 for 45% off!)
- Meal by Blue Delliquanti (12+)
For older science enthusiasts:
- Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- The Science of Breaking Bad by Dave Trombore and Donna Nelson
- The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect by Wendy Williams
- Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nector
- Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini
- What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience by Gregory Berns
- Roadside Geology of Georgia by Pamela Gore and Bill Witherspoon (Family Guidebook)
- Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out by Jonah MacDonald (Family Guidebook)
If you want to keep the science going all year round, consider one of ALEX’s favorite magazines!
MAGAZINES (Print and Online)
- CLICK® Magazine (3-6)
- ASK® Magazine (6-9)
- MUSE® Magazine (9-14)
- National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids (3-9)
- Discover (14+)
- Ars Technica (14+)
ECO-FRIENDLY SMALL GIFTS & STOCKING STUFFERS
If you’ve read as much science as you can and want some other gift ideas, ALEX has a few picks for the household that help save the earth and the species that live here.
- Reusable Utensils
- Mesh Produce Bags
- Lunchskins Recyclable/Compostable Paper Sandwich Bags
- Water Bottle
- Socks for Animals
- Compostable Dog Poop Bags
- Conscious Step: Socks that Plant Trees
- Shongolulu: Saving wildlife, protecting habitats, and preventing extinction
Games are another great way to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math at home. Check out some of these favorites this holiday season:
Robot Turtles (3+)
Prime Club (10+)
SHOP SCIENCE ATL!
You can now shop exclusive Science ATL and Atlanta Science Festival merch online! Grab your “Science Y’all” t-shirts, commemorative Atlanta Science Festival merchandise, and gifts to celebrate Atlanta’s science community! Shop the Science ATL Store here.
And always, to keep inspiring curiosity in Atlanta, consider a donation to Science ATL in honor of your favorite science fan. Science ATL Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together through the wonder of science.