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Thank you for joining us on this amazing reading adventure. We are thrilled to share some books, activities, and resources to encourage reading beyond the show. Our first event celebrates KID INVENTORS, and we hope that it will inspire creativity and spark the imagination of viewers.

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Books Event #1:

Be a Maker by Katey Howes, illustrated by Elizabet Vuković (Carolrhoda Books, 2019)

Inspire the World: A Kid’s Journey to Making a Difference, by Sammie Vance, illustrated by Talitha Shipman (Spork, 2021)

Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! (Stoytelling Math) by Art Coulson, illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight (Charlesbridge, 2021)

Non-Fiction Books About Real Kid Innovators + Makers:

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (Dial, 2012)
  • Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
  • The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle: The Cool Science Behind Frank Epperson’s Famous Frozen Treat by Anne Renaud, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic (Kids Can Press, 2019)
  • Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Brant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov (Kropf BFYR, 2016)
  • How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine, by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville, illustrated by Giselle Potter

Non-Fiction Books of Real Inventors, Innovators + Makers:

  • Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible Story of the Man Behind the Machine by Sarah Aronson, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Beach Lane Books, 2019)
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman (Harper Collins, 2018)
  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate (Charlesbridge, 2016)
  • Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom by Teresa Robeson, illustrated by Rebecca Huang (Sterling, 2019)
  • Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Teresa Martinez

Book Reviews:

  • Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Laura Freeman (Lee and Low, 2020)
  • Hedy Lemarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu (Sterling, 2019)
  • Goldilocks and the Three Engineers by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis (Albert Whitman & Company, 2021)