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. 

APRIL SCHEDULE

This month Story Book Science is exploring ways to protect and conserve the ocean, every Wednesday at 10am on Facebook! We have two great hands-on STEM Challenges this month and two related STEM Demonstrations. Learn how you can get a free Science Kit for this month's STEM Challenges. Note: there are no live readings this month. 

April 7 - STEM Challenge: Cleaning Up an Oil Spill

April 14 - STEM Challenge Demo: Oil Spills

April 21 - STEM Challenge: Protecting Sea Turtle Nests

April 28 - Story Book Science STEM Challenge Demo: Plastic Pollution

PREVIOUS READINGS:

MARCH
This month we're exploring national parks! You'll learn about national parks in the United States, like Everglades National Park and Grand Canyon National Park, and around the world, like Gir National Park in India! Join us for readings on Wednesday, March 3, 17 and 31 and for STEM Challenge activities on March 10 and 24! You can download the STEM Challenge PDFs below.

March 3 - Reading: Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 3-2-21 
READING TRANSCRIPT - 3-3-21 

March 10 - STEM Challenge: Writing in a Nature Journal

March 17 - Reading: Grand Canyon (Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 3-16-21
READING TRANSCRIPT - 3-17-21

March 24 - STEM Challenge: Modeling Prickly Pear Cactus Roots

March 31 - Reading: The Lion Queens of India (Lee and Low)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 3-30-21
READING TRANSCRIPT - 3-31-21

FEBRUARY
This month we’re exploring how to tell stories through STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, arts and math. You’ll learn how Horace Pippin painted stories, inspired by his life, with splashes of color. We’ll also read about architect Phil Freelon, a builder of dreams, and his contributions to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Feb. 3 - Reading: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 2-2-21 
READING TRANSCRIPT - 2-3-21

Feb. 10 - STEM Challenge: Color Mixing

Feb. 17 - Reading: Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon (Lee and Low)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 2-16-21 
READING TRANSCRIPT - 2-17-21 

Feb. 24 - STEM Challenge: Drawing an Architectural Diagram

NOTE 2/5/21: Due to potential inclement weather, the in-person distribution of Science Kits on Feb. 6 has been canceled. Please fill out this Science Kit Request Form to request kits via mail. 

NEW! SCIENCE KITS
Pick up a free Science Kit on Saturday, Feb. 6, while supplies last. Each kit has materials for all of this month's Story Book Science STEM Challenges & our Feb. 20 Pop Up Science!
Learn more about our Science Kits.

DECEMBER
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
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)

OCTOBER
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)

October 21 - I Am Marie Curie by Brad Meltzer
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 10/20/20
READING TRANSCRIPT - 10/21/20

October 28 - STEM Challenge: UV Radiation (PDF)

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 (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
August 5 - You Matter by Christian Robinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
PREVIEW TRANSCRIPT - 8/4/30
READING TRANSCRIPT - 8/5/20

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 - 7/29/20

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

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