Tag Archives: STEAM

#blogbookaday: Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished

14 Mar

30375754.jpgSummary:  “Charlotte is a serious scientist. She solves important problems by following the scientific method. She has all the right equipment: protective glasses, a lab coat, a clipboard, and a magnifying glass. What she doesn’t have is space. She has so many brothers and sisters (she is a rabbit, after all) that she is too squished to work on her experiments! Can she use science to solve her problem? This funny, satisfying story is a playful introduction to the scientific method and perfect for sparking an interest in STEM subjects.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Charlotte takes being a scientist seriously, so when her brothers and sisters continually get in her way, she uses the scientific method to test some hypotheses and learns more than she expected to in the process. I loved that this STEM-focused story featured a female scientist and made the scientific method applicable to the world around kids. The illustrations are absolutely adorable with Charlotte and her family is a varying array of bunny colors, plus the use of colored pencil makes the illustrations fit an elementary age audience – they’re fun, brightly colored and do a great job of taking the story to the next level!

Personal Reaction: I have a feeling I’ll be gifting this story to a lot of little girls I know that like to ask questions – it’s the perfect book to encourage a love of science (and asking questions), plus would make a great introduction to elementary school classrooms when talking about the scientific method – maybe before working on science fair projects. I love that Charlotte has a problem and tests out multiple solutions before finding something that works – hard work and ingenuity are a must for all scientists!

Title: Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished
Author: Camille Andros
Illustrator: Brianne Farley
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


14 Picture Books to Introduce Math Concepts

8 Mar

We are often asked at our library for science and math books for young children and while we keep a few workbook style options that families can copy pages from for practice, I much prefer being able to use a great story to introduce math concepts to young children and then create opportunities to explore these concepts in the real world. For instance, measuring ingredients for cooking, matching clean socks out of the dryer, finding shapes on a walk around the block. I want kids to learn without necessarily knowing that they’re learning, without using flashcards and drilling math worksheets, but to learn that math is used in everyday life! Enjoy just a few selections of math-focused picture books that can encourage children to learn about math in a fun, stress-free environment!


  1. 20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris (counting)
  2. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (measurement)
  3. Feast for Ten by Cathryn Falwell (counting)
  4. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni (measurement)
  5. Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh (shapes)
  6. A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy (sorting)
  7. Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris (patterns)
  8. Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley (measurement)
  9. Perfect Square by Michael Hall (shapes) 
  10. Quack and Count by Keith Baker (addition) 
  11. Round Is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong (shapes)
  12. Shape by Shape by Suse Macdonald (shapes)
  13. Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland (subtraction)
  14. Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen (measurement)

18 STEM Picture Book Biographies

7 Feb


  1. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by April Chu
  2. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos  by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by  LeUyen Pham
  3. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca, illustrated by  Daniel Rieley
  4. Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu
  5. Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot by Matthew Clark Smith, illustrated by Matt Tavares

  6. Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Éric Puybaret

  7. Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Lucy Knisley
  8. Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

  9. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

  10. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns
  11. Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
  12. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson
  13. The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
  14. Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot

  15. The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

  16. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate
  17. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
  18. The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter
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