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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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 […]
Next Future Telling Webinar: This is Your Brain on Sci-Fi – August 19, 2020
The next Future Tellingwebinar, on August 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., brings together neuroscientist Bobby Kasthuri, who is developing technology and methods to create a complete map of the human brain, with award-winning science fiction author M.T. Anderson. In a discussion titled, “This Is Your Brain on Sci-Fi,” the two will share their work and thoughts about the scientific and social impacts that might come from today’s bleeding-edge science.
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The STEM Read Podcast: It was Supposed to be ZOMBIES!
Some people are complaining that COVID-19 is not the pandemic they signed up for. It was supposed to be Zombies. Even though we don’t have zombies, many of us have a road map for survival because of horror. In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, Gillian King-Cargile interviews Daniel Kraus and Carolyn Ciesla.
Interview: Hear about the Future Telling Webinars from NIU STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile
By Beth Schewe, Sci fi lover, general book nerd and writer for NIU STEAM Beth Schewe: So, tell me about Future Telling Virtual Webinars, on July 22, August 19 and September 23 from Northern Illinois University. Gillian King-Cargile: Future Telling is a brand-new conference that is a partnership between STEM Read, in the Division of […]