RWYK STEM Tuesday Special – Exploring Chemistry with Jennifer Swanson!

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STEM Tuesday — Chemistry ROCKS! — RWYK Podcast Ft. Jennifer Swanson

STEM Tuesday

Welcome to STEM Tuesday on the Reading with Your Kids Podcast!

It’s time to explore another aspect of science…Chemistry! This branch of science is more than test tubes and beakers, it is the ways in which substances interact, combine, and change.  Our favorite STEM author Jennifer Swanson is back on the podcast to talk about some of the chemistry infused books that will take kids from the science lab to the kitchen lab and through history to present-day discoveries.

With Stem Tuesday, Jennifer and Reading With Your Kids aim to inspire kids to become creative writers, thinkers and will encourage their imaginations to SOAR WITH SCIENCE. Our weekly interview with Jennifer will provide parents and educators to teach kids to think critically, abstractly, and creatively.



About Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer SwansonAward-winning author Jennifer Swanson’s love of science began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer’s passion for science resonates in the fascinating 25+ nonfiction and fiction books she has written for children. 

Her book, SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge) was selected as an NSTA Best STEM book for 2017. Jennifer has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee and her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. Top reviews include a starred review in Booklist and recommended reviews from School Librarians Workshop, Library Media Connection, School Library Journal, and the National Science Teacher Association. Jennifer’s new books include releases with National Geographic Kids, Charlesbridge Publishing, and Rosen Publishing.

A perpetual writer, Jennifer is always developing new story ideas and concepts. Keep an eye out for her in the future. You can learn more about her at

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Here is the link for her new initiative –




In STEM Tuesday, We Discuss

  • Chemistry Rocks Book List
  • Books mentioned during the interview: Periodic Table of Elements by Sam Kean, The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Jeanne Bendick, Benjamin Wiker and Ted Schleunderfritz, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Grey and Nick Mann, Edible Science:  Experiments You Can Eat by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, Edible Inventions: Cooking Hacks and Yummy Recipes You Can Build, Mix, and Grow by Kathy Ceceri
  • Chemistry Rocks– Writing Craft and Resources available on the STEM Tuesday website.



Thank you,  Jennifer, for joining us and for sharing your wonderful insights with us!


Check out STEM Tuesday blog for STEM books that ENGAGE. EXCITE. and INSPIRE! Join us each week as a group of dedicated STEM authors highlight FUN topics, interesting resources, and make real-life connections to STEM in ways that may surprise you. #STEMRocks!


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