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Who are Melvin and Muffin?

Melvin (the dog) and Muffin (the cat) are two lovable pets. They like to help Emma, who is a 3rd grader at Spring Hill Elementary School, learn about science and other subjects.  One day, Emma wants to be either a scientist or an engineer.


Book 1

Melvin & Muffin: Physics on the Playground (Exploring Newton’s 3rd Law) is the first of a series of STEM/STEAM (STEAM = STEM + the Arts) books. It is written by Dr. Kathleen J. Tate and illustrated by Josh Vierela.  Newton’s first and second laws are reviewed in the story as Melvin and Muffin help Emma with her school project about Newton’s third law.  See book trailer

below! (There is sound and you can make the video full-screen.)


Book 2

Look for Melvin and Muffin's second book about weather, climate, art, and humane education topics in 2020!

Book Series

In upcoming books, Melvin and Muffin will continue to help Emma learn more about science/STEM/STEAM in fun ways. Of course, language arts and social studies will be covered here and there as well.



Check out resources for STEM/STEAM concepts, lesson plans, and more at this site. There are resources for educators and families across science and other content areas; fun in-the-day-of  blog logs to read about Melvin and Muffin's typical days (great reading practice for children); and an area for just for kids. The blogs/blog logs provide additional fun readings beyond the book. The website is regularly updated; so, make sure to check back often. There are lesson plan ideas, printouts for teachers, and printouts for kids of all ages! Enjoy!