Charlesbridge to develop new STEAM series in partnership with Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.


Charlesbridge Publishing announces a partnership with Count Play Explore, a grant-funded initiative led by the Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, Early Care and Education Department, to develop STEAMWORKS—a new series of sixteen fiction children’s books about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Eight board books for ages 0–3 and eight picture books for ages 4–7 will be published in 2026 and 2027. All will be available in both English and Spanish.

These playful, child-led stories will feature characters who use scientific or mathematical thinking to solve everyday problems and answer questions that matter to them. “We hope to inspire enthusiasm and confidence in children’s abilities as powerful thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators by creating books that ignite curiosity, promote inquiry, and cultivate a lifelong love of STEAM,” shares Naomi Reeley, Program Coordinator for Count Play Explore. Yolanda Scott, Publisher at Charlesbridge, adds “Combining the science and math experts at Count Play Explore with the Charlesbridge commitment to publish diverse, quality titles makes for a winning partnership we’re all excited to develop.”

The STEAMWORKS mission is to show children of all backgrounds and experiences that STEAM is fun, STEAM is everywhere, and STEAM is for everyone. Alexandra McKenzie, STEAMWORKS Program Director, has begun the search for books that fit this vision. “We’re looking for stories that will introduce STEAM topics to young children in fun and engaging ways, while highlighting diverse voices and experiences,” she shares.

Charlesbridge is currently accepting STEAMWORKS submissions from authors who can authentically portray a wide variety of children with different abilities from diverse backgrounds and family structures. Visit for more information and submission guidelines.

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