The Little Labradoodle
Written by April M. Cox
Illustrated by Len Smith
We loved, loved, loved this book!!!
What does Christmas mean to you?
By V.A. Trafton and Tasheira Nichole Hurt (2018)
The story follows a ballerina, Olivia and her Nana who have a discussion about what Christmas means.
So you are an educator and you want to introduce more STEM activities to your students? Picture books provide perfect opportunities for teaching the problem-solving skills that are the basis of engineering?
I recently attended a workshop entitled “Engineering a Story” at the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The workshop focused Engineering Design Process (EDP) — or problem solving — applied to any fiction or nonfiction text.”
When generating a list of picture books to examine problem solving, of course you want that list to feature diverse main characters. You can find these books through the Diverse BookFinder. Click on Search and type in “problem solving.” You could do a similar search on another STEM topics, such as “plants.” Fifteen books pop up, so you are in luck.
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A few weeks ago, in the northeast where we currently reside, it snowed. It was still autumn. The snow forced us to think about the inevitable winter that was making its way. It is now December and there are Christmas lights everywhere and it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. One thing I do not think about much during this time of year is grass. Our beautifully manicured green lawn has now become dried, brown and frostbitten.
But I am thinking about grass, as I read author Christopher Davis Jr’s book entitled “The Man who invented the lawn mower and other inspirational Black-American inventors and their inventions.”