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 works as a science and arts integration 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, individual teacher or homeschooling parent in their efforts to improve student achievement in STEM education through an arts integration approach. Free standards-based lesson plans for all 4 novels are on the author's website, www.agnespflumm.com. She is currently director of the Project Draw for Science action research initiative at the University of South Carolina Center for Science Education. Her newest work, Science Teachers Who Draw: The Red Is Always There, is the narrative of a year long action research project to document what would happen if science teachers employed drawing,visual thinking,and aesthetic teaching practices instead of a more traditional, didactic, lecture-driven approach. She hopes this arts-based science education research will inspire both educators and researchers to explore multimodal, multisensory means of effecting meaning making in the science classroom.