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STEM Read Official Featured Selections

We carefully select books rooted in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and explore the science behind the fiction. See our selection and activities to go along with each one.
Looking to STEAM up your classroom? STEM Read offers professional development opportunities throughout the year. Bring our trainers to your school or ROE to learn fun, creative ways to fuse STEM and reading.
Check out our videos with experts, who explain the STEM concepts behind the books. Our videos get right down to the science of learning and are of course quite entertaining.
STEM Read field trips offer students a chance to interact with authors and experts and participated in day-long, live-action games based on popular novels. See what’s coming up and register here!
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Quick Pick: Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
by Christine Brovelli-O’Brien, STEM Read Creative Content Contributor Flora and the Penguin, a wordless picture book with beautiful drawings by author and illustrator Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books, invites discussion of the environment, adaptation, and collaboration. Idle’s detailed and cheerful drawings illuminate the pair’s journey through friendship. As in Idle’s preceding book in […]
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Now Streaming: Season 3 of The STEM Read Podcast
Season 3 of the STEM Read Podcast starts now! Our latest episode is "Going Wild with Peter Brown and Dr. Holly Jones." I'm really excited for folks to listen to this one. Joining me on these interviews are Kristin Brynteson, Director of Professional Development for NIU STEAM, and Melanie Koss, associate professor of literacy education in NIU's College of Education.
Quick Pick: Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney and illustrated by Carmen Saldaña
by Hannah Carmack, STEM Read Creative Content Contributor BunnyBear is the perfect read for anyone who’s ever felt a little different. This short and sweet picture book, written by Andrea J. Loney with illustration by Carmen Saldaña, is great for readers of any age and touches on topics such as taxonomy, animal behavior, mathematics, and […]
Welcome Back, STEM Readers!
STEM Read Here at STEM Read, we’re all about exploring the STEAM concepts and the collaboration across the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art, and math through fiction books. If you’re a new friend of the program or just want to see how we spent our summer vacation, read on to find out more about […]
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“A Good Problem to Have” by B. J. Novak
This is the second of a two-part post on incorporating B. J. Novak's work into your STEM classroom
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“If I Had a Nickel” by B. J. Novak
In this math-fueled short, you’ll learn just what it takes to open a business dedicated to spilling coffee for profit. And the best part is, you’ll have interns to clean up the mess.