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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The STEM Read Podcast – Springboards for Wonder with John Green and Melanie Koss
Author John Green has chronicled love, loss, and mental illness in his award-winning young adult novels like The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and Turtles All the Way Down. His latest book is The Anthropocene Reviewed, an essay collection rating life itself. STEM Read director Gillian King-Cargile and NIU Literacy Expert Melanie Koss will talk to John Green about his new book, his writing process, and his decision to take a break from fiction.
Register for Future Telling: Greening Our Future with Jeff VanderMeer
In our latest Future Telling webinar, host Gillian King-Cargile will talk to meteorologist Victor Gensini and mechanical engineer John Shelton, who are exploring human impact on the environment, researching ways to mitigate the damage and laying groundwork for a more sustainable future. We’ll also talk to author Jeff VanderMeer, whose writing explores themes related to the environment, animals and our future.
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The STEM Read Podcast – CRISPR, COVID, and Pure Curiosity with Walter Isaacson and Mike Jones
On this episode, host Gillian King-Cargile talks with biographer Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson), author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs, about his new book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. The book chronicles the discoveries surrounding CRISPR and the brilliant scientists racing toward publications, patents, and prizes.
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The STEM Read Podcast – Batman is a Maker!
In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, host Gillian King-Cargile explores the diversity of people, projects, and ideas in the maker movement with authors and makers Ruth Spiro, Varian Johnson, and Darian Johnson.
Register for Future Telling: Does the Future Compute?
In honor of Grace Hopper’s birthday, we’re exploring the past and future of computing. Join computer scientists across multiple disciplines from Argonne National Laboratory to see what’s new and what’s next in everything from data visualization to cyber security to super computers. Then, hear from authors Aaron Starmer and Joelle Charbonneau as they share their visions of the future and the story starters they’ve brainstormed based on the scientists’ talks.
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The STEM Read Podcast – Fake Ghosts and Meddling Kids
It’s a Halloween Bonus! On this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, we’ll explore America’s deep-seated literary tradition of rationalism as it has played out in more than 150 years of pop culture, from the Dime Novels of the 1870s to Scooby-Doo to the horror novels of today. STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile talks with […]