Merrie Koester, Ph.D., a science educator and acclaimed author of the Agnes Pflumm science education novels, has been bringing science to kids all over the country for 25 years. Educators natiowide have discovered that her highly engaging science novels make both science and reading both engaging and fun. Dr. Koester is now working as a STEAM education specialist and consultant, helping teachers develop strategies for integrating science, creative and language arts in curricula, which correlate with the National Standards. Says Dr. Koester, "I am committed to working with each state, district, school, or individual teacher in their efforts to improve achievement in STEAM education." Free standards-based lesson plans for all 4 novels are on the author's website, www.agnespflumm.com. She is currently director of Project Draw for Science at the University of South Carolina Center for Science Education.