Story Book Science Series

Story Book Science

Story Book Science graphic with various illustrated book covers

Join us every Wednesday at 10am on our Facebook page for Story Book Science, a fun live reading of some of our favorite science-oriented story books or related science activities! Each month has a new theme! The KU Natural History Museum's Education Coordinator, Colleen MacGilvray, will read a variety of beautifully illustrated books and share specimens several times during the month, while other dates will feature a related science activity that you can do at home. We hope you'll join us! Sneak previews of the book readings will happen live on Facebook on Tuesdays before a reading, at 10am!

After each reading, videos will be available for 48 hours on the KU Natural History Museum Facebook Page and transcripts will be posted here, under the relevant book title. Related activities will remain available on our Facebook's video page! 

STORY BOOK SCIENCE SCHEDULE - All are held on Wednesdays at 10am on our Facebook page. On weeks with book readings, additional sneak previews will be held live on Tuesdays, on our Facebook page  at 10am. 

OCTOBER
October's theme is the Spooky Side of Science! Join us for readings on Wednesday, October 7 and 21 and for STEM Challenge activities on October 14 and 28! 

October 7 -  She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 10/6/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 10/7/20

October 14 - STEM Challenge Activity: Fossils (PDF)

October 21 - I Am Marie Curie by Brad Meltzer

October 28 - STEM Challenge Activity: UV Radiation (PDF)

PREVIOUS READINGS:

SEPTEMBER
Starting in September, Story Book Science will have a monthly theme and related activities youth can do at home!  We'll still be gathering on Facebook every Wednesday morning at 10am, but please note the days for readings and other days for activities. Activities are not dependent on knowing the book, so join us for one or all of Story Book Science!  

September 2 – Shark Lady by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguens (Sourcebooks)
PREVIEW  TRANSCRIPT 9/1/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 9/2/20

September 9 – Science Activity: Model the Movement of a Sea Turtle (PDF)
A few materials  will be needed: 1 plastic bag filled with paint, 2 pencils

September 16 – Science Activity:  Snacking Like a Shark (PDF)
A few materials will be needed, depending on which shark you'd like to emulate! Please check the PDF above for details.

September 23 – Reading:  Life in the Ocean by Claire A. Nivola (Farrar, Straus and Giroux publishers, an imprint of Macmillan)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 9/22/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 9/23/20

September 30 – Science Activity: STEM Challenge - Build a Model of Giant Kelp (PDF)
A few materials will be needed: For the kelp, kids will need some string and balloons (or other small, floating items like sponges).  To model the ocean, kids will need a cup, pebbles or rocks, and water to fill the cup. 

AUGUST
August 5 - You Matter by Christian Robinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 8/3/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 8/4/20

August 12 - Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey (Henry Holt and Company)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 8/11/20
BONUS: If you're in Douglas County, Kansas, explore our August iNaturalist Project where you can be a citizen scientist and help document nature's builders! Try our fun Scavenger Hunt about nature's builders too! 
READING TRANSCRIPT 8/12/20

August 19 - And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 8/18/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 8/19/20

August 26 - Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez (Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 8/25/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 8/26/20

JULY 
July 1 – The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara (Schwartz & Wade books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 6/30/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 7/1/20

July 8 – Green Machine: The Slightly Gross Truth about Turning Your Food Scraps into Green Energy by Rebecca Donnelly (Henry Holt and Company)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 7/7/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 7/8/20

July 15 – Redwoods by Jason Chin (Square Fish)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 7/14/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 7/15/20

July 22 – Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
PREVIEW  TRANSCRIPT 7/21/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 7/22/20

July 29 – Buzzing with Questions by Janice N. Harrington (Calkins Creek, an imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane)
NOTE: We'll have a special guest just after this reading, KU entomology graduate student researcher Rachel Neff! 
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 7/28/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 7/29/30

JUNE
June 3 - Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention by Pip Jones (Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 6/2/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 6/30/20

June 10 - No Story Book Science this week.  Join us for our Science Summer Camps this week!

June 17 - Little Tigers by Jo Weaver (Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 6/16/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 6/17/20

June 24 - Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur by Dr. José Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol (Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT  6/23/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 6/24/20

MAY
May 6 - Wisdom the Midway Albatross by Darcy Pattison (Mims House)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 5/5/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 5/6/20

May 13 - Grandmother Fish by Jonathan Tweet (Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 5/12/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 5/13/20

May 20 - We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (Roaring Brook Press).
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 5/19/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 5/20/20

May 27 - Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker (Henry Holt and Company)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 5/26/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 5/27/20

APRIL
April 8 - All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 4/7/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 4/8/20

April 15 - Pollen: Darwin’s 130-Year Prediction by Darcy Pattison (Mims House)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 4/14/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 4/15/20

April 22 - Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press Ltd.)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 4/21/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 4/22/20

April 29 - Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press Ltd.)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT 4/28/20
READING TRANSCRIPT 4/29/20