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 with Alex Garland: “Devs, Determinism, and Maybe-Dead Cats”
by STEM Read Staff “Science is actually incredibly lyrical and poetic and meaningful and also beautiful,” author and filmmaker Alex Garland explains in this episode of the STEM Read Podcast. This may not be a typical way of describing scientific theories, but Alex Garland isn’t your typical writer. He sat down at C2E2 for an […]
STEM Read Spring 2020 Field Trips
by STEM Read staff It’s only early March, but we’ve got spring on our minds over here at STEM Read! And what better way to celebrate spring than with two exciting field trips. Scythe: The STEM Read Experience with Special Guest Neal Shusterman Field Trip dates: Tuesday, April 21 or Wednesday, April 22, 9:30 am […]
STEM Read on Location at C2E2-2020
by STEM Read staff  Join STEM Read at C2E2-2020 this weekend! The STEM Read team will be on location at C2E2-2020 this weekend on Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1, hosting a panel, doing hands-on activities at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) booth, and recording interviews for the STEM Read Podcast and NIU […]
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 […]
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 […]