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!Read More
Oh how I love books about strong, geeky, girl inventors! Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe will now sit on our shelves alongside books like Rosie Revere, Engineer, Ada Twist, Scientist and The Most Magnificent Thing for its quirky, spunky protagonist. Magnolia Mudd is a girl who would prefer to tinker with gizmos and gadgets in an effort to launch a wedding bouquet high into the air rather than walk that same bunch of flowers down an aisle in a girly dress. What a romp this adorable story is!
In Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe, written by Katey Howes and fabulously illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti, Magnolia Mudd is devastated when she learns her favorite inventor, Uncle Jamie, is marrying Miss Emily. Miss Emily, simply put, ruins everything. When Magnolia is asked to be in their wedding, her uncle promises that being a flower girl isn't the only important job in a wedding. With help from none other than Miss Emily, Magnolia designs the best ever bouquet launcher that utilizes a heck of a lot of Mudd power. Maybe just a little too much...
Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe is an adorably fun read that subverts traditional gender roles and lets girls be the star of the STEM show. From her laboratory to her sketches to the fractions and space posters hanging in her room, Magnolia stands out as a plucky character who will not be held back by frilly dresses or fancy ribbons when there are nuts and bolts to be tightened. This is a must for your library collections, and especially for those girls who prefer bolts to barbies and blasters to bouquets. Two trunks up!
Want the book? Get it here! Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe, by Katey Howes. HEE received a review copy of this book from the publisher, but all opinions expressed herein are entirely our own.
Calling all STEM lovers! Or, for that matter, calling any kid who loves science experiments (which basically means all kids, right?) Charlotte the Scientist is Squished, written by Camille Andros and delightfully illustrated by Brianne Farley, is the perfect book for you. We are in love with this story-- and so thrilled with its leading lady rabbit and her big, big ideas!
In Charlotte the Scientist is Squished, Charlotte is a scientist who loves to conduct experiments. And she doesn't do them haphazardly- she always follows the scientific method to ensure she tackles her undertakings in the most thorough manner possible. So just what is her problem? Well, to put it simply, she's squished. She lives in a home with lots of brothers and sisters, and she can't seem to make any space for herself to practice being a real scientist. So Charlotte does what she does best in an effort to reach a perfect conclusion: she painstakingly applies the scientific method to her problem.
What is the result of Andros and Farley's collaboration? An absolutely darling picture book sure to warm hearts, inspire curiosity and elicit lots and lots of giggles. We absolutely adore the way Charlotte the Scientist is Squished teaches kids an important process for experimentation that will grow with them as their own questions and hypotheses become more and more challenging. Andros takes a practical skill and applies it to her story adeptly, with such charm and spunk, that kids won't even realize how much they are picking up as they read. You just can't beat a book that is equal parts educational and adorable and will have kids laughing and learning at the same time. Two huge, enthusiastic trunks up for this one. We are absolutely crazy about this book and can't rave about it enough.
Want the book? Get it here! Charlotte the Scientist is Squished, by Camille Andros. *Note this is an affiliate link. HEE received a copy of this book from the publisher, however all opinions contained herein are our own.
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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