Story Book Science
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.
December's theme is the winter season and learning about animals that live in cold, frigid areas! Join us for readings on Wednesday, December 2, 9 and 16 and for STEM Challenge activities on December 23 and January 6! You can download the STEM Challenge PDFs below.
December 2 – As the Crow Flies by Sheila Keenan
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 12/1/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 12/2/20
December 9 – Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 12/8/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 12/9/20
December 16 – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 12/15/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 12/16/20
December 23 – STEM Challenge: Build a Structure to Move on Snow (PDF)
January 6 – STEM Challenge: Feathers (PDF)
November's theme is community! A community can be small, like a family or group of friends, or large like a country made up of many different people! Members of communities take action to care for the other people in their community. Join us for readings on Wednesday, November 4 and 18 and for STEM Challenge activities on November 11 and 25! You can download the STEM Challenge PDFs below.
November 4 - What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 11/3/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 11/4/20
November 11 – STEM Challenge: Make Your Own Collage (PDF)
November 18 - At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 11/17/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 11/18/20
November 25 – STEM Challenge: Flight (PDF)
During the month of October, we will explore the eerie 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: Fossils (PDF)
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 (Sourcebooks)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 9/1/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 9/2/20
September 9 – STEM Challenge: Model the Movement of a Sea Turtle (PDF)
September 16 – STEM Challenge: Snacking Like a Shark (PDF)
September 23 – 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 – STEM Challenge: Building a Model of Giant Kelp (PDF)
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
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 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 - 7/29/20
June 10 - No Story Book Science this week. Join us for our Science Summer Camps this week!
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