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A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa by Andrea D’Aquino

Summary What can you create with a straight line? If you need some inspiration, take a look at Ruth Asawa’s wondrous sculptures. She constructed them by weaving wire with her hands, creating movement with continuous loops. Light plays a special role with the wire… Continue Reading “A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa by Andrea D’Aquino”

Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson and Robert Neubecker

Take a look at this lesson plan on collaboration inspired by a picture book about Rube Goldberg.

A Green Place To Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani

Summary Imagine a contest where you get to design a community park. What would you include in your plan? In 1858, architect Calvert Vaux had great ideas for a park in New York City. He entered a contest with Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape… Continue Reading “A Green Place To Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani”

Up In The Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss and Jamey Christoph

Summary Have you ever built a treehouse? Where did you build it? I bet it was in your backyard. Imagine building a treehouse in a public park. How would you accomplish that without anyone noticing? Especially when the park is in a busy city… Continue Reading “Up In The Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses by Shira Boss and Jamey Christoph”

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor – The Woman Who Loved Reptiles By Patricia Valdez, Illustrated by Felicita Sala

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor- The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez Watch out! This is the story of a girl with very unusual guests to her tea parties…reptiles!  Yes, Joan Procter was a pioneer in the field of woman scientists. She was fascinated… Continue Reading “Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor – The Woman Who Loved Reptiles By Patricia Valdez, Illustrated by Felicita Sala”

The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz and Kayla Harren

When Jadav Payeng was a little boy, he noticed the impact the rainy season had on his island. The heavy rains washed away soil and vegetation, leaving animals without shelter or food. It worried Payeng to find dead animals after a storm. He was… Continue Reading “The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz and Kayla Harren”

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow and Steven Salerno

Summary How do you develop a product that people love?  You start by listening to what people need. Then you research, experiment and ask for feedback. In The Crayon Man, we see how Edwin Binney created Crayola crayons. Binney was an inventor. His products made life… Continue Reading “The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow and Steven Salerno”

Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World To Laugh (and Cry) by Gary Golio and Ed Young

Summary What would happen if you showed a silhouette of Charlie Chaplin to different generations? Just his outline. No name or labels. I bet older people will call out Chaplin’s name, but younger audiences will not recognize the figure. It’s interesting to think of… Continue Reading “Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World To Laugh (and Cry) by Gary Golio and Ed Young”

Pies From Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito and Laura Freeman

Summary “Every time I take a flight, I am always mindful of the many people who make a successful journey possible—the known pilots and the unknown ground crew.” Martin Luther King spoke these words as he accepted the Noble Peace Prize. He was referring… Continue Reading “Pies From Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dee Romito and Laura Freeman”

I Am Farmer: Growing An Environmental Movement In Cameroon by Baptiste Paul, Miranda Paul and Elizabeth Zunon

Read how Farmer Tantoh brought clean water to his village by using skills learned from his personal interests.

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