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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Latest and Greatest from the STEM Read Blogosphere!
Quarantine Costume Contest: Winners Announced!
Congratulations to our Quarantine Costume Contestants! The STEM Read team had a blast seeing all of the quirky and creative entries! We had our favorites, but the ultimate decision came down to Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies, writing team Lex Thomas, whose book Quarantine: The Loners inspired the competition.
Canned Goods: STEM Statues: Figuring Female Inventors into Public Art
by Christine Brovelli-O’Brien, STEAM Educator at STEM Read “Hey, do you know who this woman was?” This is the question that Kate Hannigan, author of The Detective’s Assistant and the Cape series, asks everyone around her when she’s discovered an important female figure in history. And it’s a darn good question to ask because many […]
Canned Goods: Stuffed Bunny Read-Alouds – The Toy and the Test Drive
by STEM Read Staff In the third installment of the Stuffed Bunny Science Series, The Toy and the Test Drive, Bear hits the road in search of adventure with his new friend, Sonny the Solar Car. But will they have enough energy to climb the highest hill in the neighborhood and return to Jack’s house […]
Canned Goods: Stuffed Bunny Science Read-Alouds – The Toy and the Tide Pool
by STEM Read staff Glad Tidings and best fishes to everyone learning from home! Author and STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile is back with a read-aloud of The Toy and the Tide Pool, Book Two in the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series. In this book, Bear gets lost at the beach and befriends Princess Shelleena, […]
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The STEM Read Podcast: Fostering E-Empathy
by STEM Read Staff On this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, we’ve got three perspectives on technology, empathy and e-sports. Host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) and Kristin Brynteson (@kbrynteson) interview George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset, about creating a positive atmosphere for students by using technology to bring people together. Next, Gillian talks to NFL-kicker-turned-sci-fi-author Chris […]
Canned Goods: Poetry, Science, and Astronomical Inspiration
by Gillian King-Cargile, NIU STEM Read Director At STEM Read, we love finding surprising connections between science and storytelling and between things that seem like polar opposites, like poetry and STEM. Christine Brovelli-O’Brien’s post about poetry and math might have given you some ideas about how to STEAM up your ELA. Another great reference is […]