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 – 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 […]
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The STEM Read Podcast: Past, Present, And Futurism
In this episode of The STEM Read Podcast, we’re bringing you an excerpt from our July Future Telling Webinar – Past, Present, And Futurism. STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile talks to experts in history and speculative fiction to hear how pandemics have shaped art and how this turbulent moment in world history is transforming the future […]
Check Out STEM Read at the 2020 STEM Fest
For more than 10 years, Northern Illinois University’s STEM Fest has introduced thousands of visitors of all ages to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. This year STEM Fest is going virtual with more than 20 online events, videos and activities, and the STEM Read Team is excited to announce that we have […]
Quick Pick: Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho
By Celia Owens, STEM Read Team Sustainable cuisine is a popular subject for students who want to make a positive change for the future. Most American students are surprised to learn that there is a sustainable food source right under their feet…insects! The graphic novel Meal is a great introduction for high school students to […]
Canned Goods: Stuffed Bunny Science Read-Aloud – The Toy and the Twister
by STEM Read staff During social distancing and school closures, STEM Read is releasing Canned Goods: non-perishable e-learning activities teachers can drop into lessons and parents can use to keep kids engaged. Look for the Canned Goods posts to find quick, fun, stemtastic activities that adhere to state standards. As always, you can find more […]
Learn About the Past to Write a New Future with Extra Sci-Fi
By Celia Owens The next school year is fast approaching, so it’s time to take advantage of the last few dog days of summer. Fire up the grill, have some fun in the sun, and get started on that science fiction novella you’ve been thinking about all summer. Need some more inspiration? The STEM Read […]