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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Just Like Rube Goldberg by Sarah Aronson with illustrations by Robert Neubecker
Can an inventor be an inventor without actually inventing anything? by Christine Brovelli-O’Brien, STEM Read Content Coordinator In the charming picture book biography Just Like Rube Goldberg, author Sarah Aronson explores the twists and turns of the life of Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg, from his childhood dreams of becoming an artist to shoveling underground […]
STEAMING It Up!
by STEM Read Staff Join STEM Read, NIU STEAM, and Regional Educators for the STEAMing It Up! 2020 Conference As science, technology, engineering, the arts and math become more interconnected within our schools, teachers are often left wondering how to incorporate STEAM into their classroom while still aligning lessons to state standards and preparing their […]
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 […]