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The Speed of Starlight

Author: Colin Stuart
Lower Age: 8
Upper Age: 12
Year Added: 2019

The Speed of Starlight, written by Colin Stuart and illustrated by Ximo Abadía, is a nonfiction book that covers 4 key science concepts, physics, sound, light and color, and space, all of which are useful to understand in engineering contexts. The illustrations in this book are excellent - they’re colorful and help make the reading more interesting. There is a distinct section for each topic covered and within each topic are interesting and important concepts. The information presented in the book is broken down in an easy format to consume while accurately reporting facts.


While this book covers mainly physics, the reader can apply engineering thinking in order to understand each topic. The reader learns about some of the problems in the universe and how science can be used to generate ideas to try to solve these issues. The reader also learns critical thinking, evidence-based reasoning and logical thinking when following along with the concepts introduced. The Speed of Starlight is an enjoyable read, and a great way to introduce kids to STEM and get them interested in learning more about STEM. 


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Learn about the problem, Apply mathematical skills, Apply science knowledge

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: 


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Critical thinking, Evidence-based reasoning, Logical thinking



Overall ratings:

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • "I enjoyed how each section was highlighted and each topic was labeled clearly. The illustrations were really good and colorful which helped to understand the information presented."