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Read. Make. Grow. Makerspace Titles to Inspire All Ages.

By: Kristen Dages, District Media/Tech Coordinator at Hudson City Schools

As we build our middle school makerspace this year, a goal of mine has been to provide a resource library within the space as well. After receiving the GAR Educator Initiative Grant in the spring, this goal is currently being realized. I want to share with you my starter list, not only to spread the idea of having books next to your Spheros and Lego Mindstorms, but also, as a recommended list of titles that promote a growth mindset and inspire students of all ages. This list has titles for your staff as well as picture books for your younger students.

Besom, Mae and Kobi Yamada. What Do You Do With a Problem? – $10.21

Carey, Anne. STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids – $22.98

Ceceri, Kathy. Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll – $13.97

Challoner, Jack. Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build * Invent * Create * Discover – $13.24

Duckworth, Angela. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – $16.80

Furman, Robert L. Future Ready Challenge: Improve Student Outcomes in 18 Weeks (ISTE)- $21.95

Graves, Colleen. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn – $14.33

Gura, Mark. Getting Started with Lego Robotics (ISTE)- $40.95

Gura, Mark. Make, Learn, Succeed (ISTE)- $39.95

Harbo, Christopher. Flight School: Level 1 – $20.49

Martinez, Sylvia Libow & Gary S. Stager. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. – $34.95

Pett, Mark and Gary Rubinstein. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes – $11.15

Spencer, John and AJ Juliani. Launch. Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student – $26.95

Spires, Angie. The Most Magnificent Thing – $11.58

Valk, Laurens. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Discovery Book. – $34.95

Wilkerson, Karen. The Art of Tinkering – $23.58

Williams, Heidi. No Fear Coding (ISTE)- $37.95

The following articles from School Library Journal and AASL’s Knowledge Quest also offer great titles for your maker bookshelf. Hope this sparks some interest and discussion within your district as we continue to create libraries with diverse experiences and reading at the core.