1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

The Mismeasure of Man

Weird But True Human Body


A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys


Light of the Stars

National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Shoot for the Moon

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

The Right Stuff


A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Every Tool’s a Hammer

Into the Planet

Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

On the Move: A Life

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age


Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road With Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs

Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The Gene: An Intimate History

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

The Secret Wisdom of Nature

The Selfish Gene

Tree: A Life Story


Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boy

Earth Sciences/Geology

The Earth: An Intimate History

The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions

The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth

The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, From Stardust To Living Planet

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World And Its Ecosystems

Indigenous Science

Blackfoot physics: A journey into the Native American worldview

Bridging cultures: Indigenous and scientific ways of knowing Nature

From Bricolage to Metissage-Rethinking Intercultural Approaches to Indige

Native american mathematics

Native science: Natural laws of interdependence

Rainforest medicine: Preserving indigenous science and biodiversity in the Upper Amazon

Sacred ecology

Science and sustainability: Learning from indigenous wisdom

Science, colonialism, and indigenous peoples: The cultural politics of law and knowledge

The River of Life: Sustainable Practices of Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples

They dance in the sky: Native American star myths


A House for Hermit Crab

Ada Twist, Scientist

Animal Hospital: Rescuing Urban Wildlife

Animalium: Welcome to the Museum

Ask a Scientist

Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science

Clam I am


Flying Deep

For Babies Series

Friend or Foe: The Whole Truth About Animals that People Love to Hate

Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild

I Love You, Michael Collins

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest

Over in the Ocean

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Shackleton's Journey

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea

The Darkest Dark

The Tiny Seed

The Worm: The Disgusting Critters Series

Utterly Amazing Human Body

Weird But True Human Body

Whale in a Fishbowl

Why don't cars run on apple juice?


Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics

Fermat's Enigma: Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem

Here's Looking at Euclid: From Counting Ants to Games of Chance - An Awe-Inspiring Journey Through the World of Numbers

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography


AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors & Unexplained Phenomena

Ask a Scientist

How to Invent Everything

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice For Common Real-world Problems

Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives

Moonwalking with Einstein

Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

The Weather Detective: rediscovering nature's secret signs

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions


A House for Hermit Crab

Clam I am

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves


Flying Deep

Kon Tiki

Mapping the Deep: The Extraordinary Story of Ocean Science

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Over in the Ocean

Sea Change: A Message Of The Oceans

The Sea Around Us

The Silent World

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

War of the Whales

Whale in a Fishbowl

Psychology/Brain Science

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

How the Mind Works

How to Change your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Science and Society

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Future of Humanity

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition

The Uninhabitable Earth

Women in Science

Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

Gorillas in the Mist

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

In the Shadow of Man: With a New Preface Foreward by Richard Wrangman

Into the Planet

Lab Girl

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting and the Science of False Memory

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World


  • Nat Geo News – stories by National Geographic filled with fun, quirky and otherwise exciting science stories.
  • XKCD – I know, not really a blog. Still, it proves that science is as funny as it gets.
  • IFLS – An awful lot of people “really love” science.


  • AsapSCIENCE – Canadians Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown take you on a hilarious tour of the sciences on Youtube.
  • Science Friday – Ira Flatow’s hugely popular radio show. Check out the whole website for more content too.
  • Star Talk Radio – Neil DeGrasse Tyson rocks it with his late night DJ voice.
  • Quirks and Quarks – Our very own Bob McDonald giving the scoop on the latest science developments.
  • Stuff you should know – The title says it all!
  • The Body of Evidence – Medicine, Science and Debunking Quackery by Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry.
  • Radiolab – “weaving stories and science into sound and music rich documentaries”.
  • 60 second science – For those of you with literally a minute to spare, prepare to have your minds blown by Scientific American.
  • The Story Collider – Science surrounds us. Even when we don’t notice it, science touches almost every part of our lives. At the Story Collider, we believe that everyone has a story about science—a story about how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them on a personal and emotional level. We find those stories and share them in live shows and on our podcast. Sometimes, it’s even funny.
  • Best of the WWEST – A series of interviews with women in STEM about their careers, inspirations, daily lives, etc., in order to amplify their voices and provide role models for younger girls to look up to.


  • Hinterland Who’s Who – It all started in 1963, with black-and-white vignettes about the loon, the moose, the gannet and the beaver. For more than 50 years, Hinterland Who’s Who has proudly been bringing Canada’s iconic wildlife directly into Canadians’ homes. Visit our website and learn how you can help ensure that wildlife remains part of what it means to be Canadian.
  • Let's Talk Science – Read articles, watch videos, search career profiles and "do STEM" with these fun, curriculum aligned resources and activities. We even have a special SPACE page to help you investigate all things space!
  • NOVA – Consistently excellent, engaging and interesting science stories from the cutting edge of discovery. Available on TV’s everywhere!
  • BBC Earth – Still the highest quality nature broadcaster out there, BBC Earth gives us unprecedented looks into the wide world of nature, many with the incomparable David Attenborough narrating too!
  • TED talks – Their slogan says it all, “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Learn about pretty much anything from some of the best thinkers and speakers anywhere.
  • Research2Reality – A Canadian celebration of the great research and scientists all across the country.
  • McGill Office for Science and Society – The McGill Office for Science and Society (OSS) is dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking and the presentation of scientific information to the public, educators and students in an accurate and responsible fashion.
  • Story Time From Space – Story Time From Space sends children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth.

Bridging art and science

Science Literacy Week posters aim to illustrate and explain in a fun, colorful and simple way some of modern science's most interesting phenomenons linked to each year’s #SciLit theme.

Produced and curated by Microfiches in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and theme-specific partners of each edition of Science Literacy Week, the downloadable posters feature illustrations and texts by some of Canada's most talented illustrators and science writers.

Theme for 2020

B for Biodiversity

In partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation

Coming soon

Theme for 2019

O for Oceans

In partnership with the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition

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Theme for 2018

S for Space

In partnership with the Canadian Space Agency

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Theme for 2017

S for Science

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