The Power of Passion & Persistence: JUST LIKE RUBE GOLDBERG, by Sarah Aronson!

JUST LIKE RUBE GOLDBERG: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE MAN BEHIND THE MACHINES, by Sarah Aronson and illustrated by Robert Neubecker, is a fabulous new book about the power of following your dreams, even when others try to steer you astray. Check it out!.

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STEM Books for Kids: HOW TO CODE A SANDCASTLE and a Coding Intro!

We love STEM books here at Happily Ever Elephants, especially when they teach practical, important concepts like how to code! HOW TO BUILD A SANDCASTLE is one such book, and it gets two enthusiastic trunks up from our crew!

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Awesome New STEM Book: Be a Maker, by Katey Howes

We love STEM books! Any book that encourages kids to make, tinker and discover gets two trunks up in our book, and this new STEM book, Be a Maker, by Katey Howes and illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, is a total winner!

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Books About Strong Girls: ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER and the Power of Perseverance

Rosie Revere, Engineer is one of our very favorite books about strong girls, for its plucky heroine, its pitch-perfect rhyme, and its ode to perseverance. In short? It’s a must!

I love books about strong girls that will spark discussions with my boys - especially in ways that are fun and through stories that are engaging and not didactic. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty was a recent gift for Pickle, and I was so excited to receive it because it had been on my booklist for a while. It was well worth the wait!! This book has a bit more text than other picture books, so it is definitely more appropriate for an older set- toddlers and kids beginning elementary school - who won't get restless with the story. But let’s be honest - it is almost impossible to get restless with this one. Why? Cause Rosie rocks!

Rosie Revere, Engineer presents a classic problem: a little girl with big dreams who wants nothing more than to create brilliant inventions (STEM books, anyone?!?) Yet poor Rosie gets laughed at for her contraptions and, believing she is a failure, she sadly gives up. Alas! One day, an idea from Rosie’s aunt (who just happens to be based on Rosie the Riveter!) won't leave her alone, so Rosie tries one more time to make the most brilliant invention ever … and she finally succeeds.

The lively illustrations in Rosie Revere, Engineer include tons of tools and other gizmos - so many, in fact, that you can engage reluctant readers by playing a seek and find game as you read the witty rhyming text. If your kids are a little older, you can also use this book to teach a bit of history based on the Rosie the Riveter storyline. Most importantly, though, this story beautifully illustrates that sometimes we have to experience failure before the sweet taste of success- a lesson that all of our children need to be reminded. After all, as Rosie teaches us, you can only truly fail if you quit. Two trunks up for Rosie Revere, Engineer!

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