Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life by Laurie Wallmark and Katy Wu

The STEAM picture book parade continue with…

Are you capable of way more than you appear to be?

The Picture Book of the Week is Hey Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor, written by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu.

About the Book:

Hedy Lamarr is most famous for being a beautiful Hollywood actress. Many thought that because she was so pretty, she couldn’t possibly be smart. Hedy had to fight that stereotype all of her life, but she didn’t let that stop her. She set up an invention room in her house with all the tools she would need to create new and exciting gadgets and gizmos. She invented a new traffic signal, a way to find lost pets, and a flavor cube that turned water into soda. Her biggest invention, however, was one that would change all of our lives.

Watch this video by the Adventure Academy:

Writing Exercise:

Most people thought that because Hedy was pretty, she couldn’t be smart. Think about a time someone told you couldn’t do something. Draw a picture of what you wanted to do and write about it.

Hedy Lamarr

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Everything You Need For A Treehouse by Carter Higgins and Emily Hughes

Have you ever dreamed of building a treehouse in your backyard?

The Picture Book of the Week is Everything You Need For A Treehouse, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Emily Hughes.

About the Book:

This is a book for anyone who has ever dreamed of building a treehouse in their backyard. With tips like “start with blueprint”, “don’t forget a hard hat”, and “build yourself a bookshelf”, it covers everything you might need for a magical treehouse experience. The illustrations will make you dream.

If you want to make your dreams a reality, watch this time-lapse video of a real treehouse being built by a family:

Writing Exercise for kids:

Treehouses can be magical. Think about your dream treehouse. Write and draw a set of plans for the perfect treehouse

Tree House Design ENG SPA

I would love to read your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Presenting week 6 of the STEAM picture book parade:

Have you ever tried to create something magnificent?

The Picture Book of the Week is The Most Magnificent Thing, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.

About the Book:

This book is about a regular little girl who wanted to create something magnificent. She got an assistant, gathered supplies, and started creating. Unfortunately, her first creation didn’t turn out as planned, so she tried again. Her next creation was wrong as well. So she tried again and again, but she couldn’t get it right.

Watch author Ashley Spires read the story here:

Writing Exercise for Kids:

Have you ever tried to create something magnificent? Did you get it on your first try? Think about your favorite things to build or create. Draw a picture of your most magnificent thing and describe it.

My most magnificent thing Writing Prompt_ENGLISH

Mi idea más maravillosa Tema de Escritura SPANISH

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

We are in our 5th week of STEAM picture books with a classic selection.

Do you have an idea for an invention?

The Picture Book of the Week is Rosie Revere, Engineer, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.

About the Book:

Rosie Revere wants to be an engineer. She has a head start in the attic of her house as she built gadgets and gizmos out of trash. One day, Rosie builds a gadget for her uncle that doesn’t go as planned. He says he likes it, but she knows he doesn’t. Rosie feels bad and stops making her inventions until an unexpected and inspiring person shows up.

Watch the Meet Rosie Revere, Engineer rap video below:

Writing Exercise:

Rosie gives up her dream when things don’t go as planned. Think about a time you failed at something. How did you feel? Write a letter to yourself as if you were Aunt Rose and inspire yourself to keep going.

Letter from Aunt Rose to You

Letter from Aunt Rose to You SPANISH

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer, and Elizabeth Zunon

Is there a problem you can solve by using your creativity and maybe some scientific knowledge from books?

The Picture Book of the Week is The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.

About the Book:

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is the true story of William Kamkwamba.

Here is his story in his own words:

Writing Exercise for kids:

William knew he had to do something to help his family and community. He didn’t care that people thought he was crazy. Think about a problem you need to solve in your world. Write a plan for how you would solve it.

Solve a Problem Activity

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

Mary Had A Little Lab by Sue Fliess and Petros Bouloubasis

Have you every had an idea that got a little out of control?

The Picture Book of the Week is Mary Had A Little Lab, written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Petros Bouloubasis.

About the Book:

Mary has a passion for science, but she spends so much time in her lab that she doesn’t have any friends–and no pet. One day, Mary gets an idea to solve her problem. She will build a machine that will make a pet she can cuddle with. Unfortunately, the machine the built to solve her problem creates another problem. Can she solve it?

Watch the book trailer:

Writing Exercise for kids:

Mary had a passion for science. Think about something you love the way Mary loves science. Draw a picture of what you would invent with your passion. Write about what it is and why.

Invention Writing Prompt_ENG

Invention Writing Prompt_SPA

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

 

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Do you have a plan? A big plan? A plan to create something extraordinary?

The Picture Book of the Week is If I Built a Car, written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

About the Book:

The boy in If I Built a Car has big plans. Ordinary cars are okay, but he plans to build an extraordinary car. He studies vehicles like zeppelins and trains. Then, creates a design that includes retractable wings and a Plexiglas dome. The boy plans for everything–safety, comfort, snack time, nap time, and more.

Read more about the book here:

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Try a STEM Activity here:

LEGO Balloon Powered Car~ If I Built a Car

Writing Exercise for kids:

Think about what you would include in a car if you designed it. Draw the car you designed and write a list of specifications (a list of what your car includes).

Design Your Car!

If you would like, you can send your drawing and list of specs to contact@alicia-salazar.com.

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

This week is the first of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) picture books I will be posting through December. Remember to sign up for the Camila’s Invention Giveaway!

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Have you ever used your (math) skills to outsmart someone?

The Picture Book of the Week is Inch by Inch, written and illustrated by Leo Lionni.

About the Book:

Inch by Inch is about a clever inch worm who avoids being eaten by helping birds measure themselves, inch by inch. He measures the tail of a robin, the neck of a flamingo, a toucan’s beak, and several more until he receives a challenge that tests his skills.

Watch the read aloud below:

Writing Exercise for kids:

The inchworm in this book has to think quickly to get out of a difficult situation. Think about a time you have used your math (or reading or science) skills to solve a problem. Write about what you did.

K-5 Inch by Inch Writing Prompt ENG

K-5 Inch by Inch Writing Prompt SPA

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!

 

The Twilight Library by Carmen Oliver and Miren Asiain Lora

Do you hear the call of a magical story?

The Picture Book of the Week is The Twilight Library, written by Carmen Oliver and illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora.

About the Book:

The forest at twilight becomes a magical place where mice, bats, nighthawks and all sorts of creatures hear the call of the Night Librarian. They follow the call and congregate in the Night Library to listen to the Night Librarian tell stories with scents of evergreen, the crash of waves, feasting, and dancing. Get lost in the magic.

Read more about The Twilight Library here:

The Twilight Library info and activities

Writing Exercise for kids:

The Night Librarian tells stories that captivate the the forest animals. Think of some of your favorite stories. Gather your friends or stuffed animals and make a video of yourself telling them a story with feeling.

If you would like, you can send your video to contact@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy reading and writing!

 

 

Rick The Rock of Room 214 by Julie Falatko and Ruth Chan

Have you ever wanted to be somewhere else?

The Picture Book of the Week is Rick The Rock Of Room 214, written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Ruth Chan.

About the Book:

Rick is a rock who sits in on a classroom. He is content sitting on the shelf. It is all he knows. One day the classroom teacher teaches a lesson about rocks and all the exciting things rocks do in the wild. Rick is no longer content to sit on a shelf in a classroom. He wants to be outside, having adventures on cliffs and in volcanoes. He comes up with a plan and finally makes it outside, but what does he find? Will he find adventure?

Watch the author, Julie Falatko, read the story aloud:

Writing Exercise for kids:

Rick wants to go on and adventure. Think about an adventure you would like to go on. Pretend you are actually on that adventure and write a postcard to your family telling them how it is going.

Postcard

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send stories to stories@alicia-salazar.com.

Happy Writing!