Thursday, October 28, 2021

So You Want To Build A Library...Check Out This NEW Book & 3 Makerspace Extension Activities To Do With Your Kids Too!


I love finding picture books that are not only wonderful read alouds to share with our students, but that also spark lots of ideas the minute you read them. 

This happened when I picked up....

...So You Want To Build A Library, one of the newest picture books from our friends at Capstone. 
So You Want To Build A Library is by Lindsey Leslie and illustrated by Aviel Basil. 
I just love the story told in this book. 

As shared in the Capstone article, 15 Perfect Back-to-School Books!, 

There is no better place in the world than a library. Especially a library that kids create! A million stories high? Sure. Bathtubs? Absolutely. A full-service sundae bar? Of course. Everything is possible in this library—just like in books! Author Lindsay Leslie puts the reader in charge as the architect of a fantastical library in this imaginative picture book celebrating libraries and the joys of reading.
As I read the book, I thought of how fun it would be for kids to build, 
plan and...
...even share libraries they dreamed up with one another. 

Here are a few fun ideas to try! 
We love 3Dux Design!  You can check out their site here.  Students can use these building materials and other Makerspace supplies to plan and build their dream libraries. 
Students love creating with KEVA Planks and these would be a great materials for building libraries. 
We also love using Tinkercad, an online CAD program to build houses and communities.  
Once built within Tinkercad, a code can be shared to Merge EDU Object Viewer to be shared on a MERGE Cube using augmented reality too. 

You can read about a similar project using Tinkercad and Merge EDU here

As you can see, the sky is the limit with the Makerspace and STEAM ideas you can dream up using picture books. 
I also wanted to share these two fun posters that go along with So You Want To Build A Library.  You will find one here and...

And the book can be found here on the Capstone site.

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