Build a Better World

Picture books about building, designing and creating with science and math skills.


Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty
Ej - Bea

Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.


Building Our House

Jonathan Bean
Ej - Bea

A young girl narrates her family's move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends.


Dinosaur Dig

Penny Dale
Ej - Dal

Dinosaurs from one to ten use construction equipment to dig, shovel, roll, and scrape as they build a fun surprise.


Free Association: Where My Mind Goes During Science Class

Barbara Esham
Ej - Esh

Emily, a very creative thinker, finds it difficult to pay attention in science class. Her teacher, Mrs. Freedman, tries to help Emily with her "daydreaming", only to find that Emily's creative thinking skills are quite advanced for a student her age!


If I Built a House

Chris Van Dusen
Ej - Van

Imaginative Jack describes the kind of house he would build--one with a racetrack, a flying room, and a gigantic slide.


Iggy Peck, Architect

Andrea Beaty
Ej - Bea

Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.


Jack and Jill’s Treehouse

Pamela Duncan Edwards
Ej - Edw

A cumulative tale about Jack, a boy who builds a treehouse as a group of birds and animals makes their own home in the same tree.


The Most Magnificent Thing

Ashley Spires
Ej - Spi

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.


Raise the Roof

Anastasia Suen
Ej - Su

A family helps build their new house.


Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beaty
Ej - Bea

An aspiring young engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.


Tap Tap Bang Bang

Emma Garcia
Ej - Gar

Describes the functions of a variety of tools as they work together to make something. What will it be?


What Color Is My World

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
J - Abdulja

While twins Ella and Herbie help the handyman Mr. Mital work on their new home, he tells them about such inventors as Granville Woods, Dr. Henry T. Sampson, and James West, giving them a new view of their heritage as African-Americans.


What Do You Do With an Idea?

Kobi Yamada
Ej - Yam

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.


Young Frank, Architect

Frank Viva
Ej - Viv

Young Frank is an architect. He lives in New York with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect, and their dog, Eddie. The two architects have very different views on what architects do for a living. This is the story of how a trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York helps Young Frank feel older, and Old Frank feel younger-- and a little wiser.