Robyn Boid: Architect


Robyn Boid: Architect”

Robyn Boid lives on the ledge of the university’s architecture school. She wants to be an architect when she grows up so she listens and learns.

Before designing a nest, she asks herself questions to investigate. Are nests always best? What comes first: the nest or the egg?

She practices different nest-shaped designs such as a dome, a towering spire, cylinders, and pyramids. Robyn always asks herself: how will an egg fit.

Will Robyn find the answers to her questions and design the best nest for an egg?

At the back of the book are a glossary of architecture terms and teacher notes.

This story promotes creative components of curiosity, risk-taking, and creative problem solving.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the main character continually asks questions as she experiments with her designs.

TITLE: Robyn Boid: Architect

AUTHOR: Maree Coote


PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2017


TOPIC(S): architecture, design process

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, risk-taking, creative problem solving


1) After reading the book, which nest do you like best? What questions might you ask in order to better understand how to build this particular design? What types of materials and bonding agents can be used? Research answers to your questions. Using trial and error, experiment with different materials and bonding agents. Then build your favorite nest from the book.

2) Invent a new nest design that you think would be fit for an egg.


To learn more about author and illustrator Maree Coote, visit:

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians”

Written by Jackie Mims Hopkins, Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians gives a classic tale a new twist featuring the library. Goldie Socks arrives at a cottage made of books to find shelves of books.

She browses for just the right book and searches for just the right reading spot.

But what will happen when the three libearians return to find Goldie Socks?

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I love fractured fairy tales. Jackie Mims Hopkins’ take on this classic tale educates while entertains. For me, that is the best of both worlds.

TITLE: Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

AUTHOR: Jackie Mims Hopkins


PUBLISHER: Upstart Books, 2007


TOPIC(S): book genres, library, 5 finger rule for choosing a book

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality


1) If you were Goldie Socks, what type of cottage would you like to? What types of things would be in the cottage? Who would live in the cottage?

2) List five book genres. Which genre is your favorite and why? Tell a friend about your favorite book in your favorite genre.


To learn more about author Jackie Mims Hopkins, visit:

To learn more about illustrator John Manders, visit:

Beware the Monster!

Beware the Monster!”

InBeware the Monster!, written by Michaël Escoffier, a ravenous monster is on the prowl, eating everything in his path – apples, trees, and yes, even cows.

His great big appetite is not satisfied. Who will be next?

Readers beware!

This story promotes creative components of imagination, perspective,  and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the clever twist ending.

TITLE: Beware the Monster!

AUTHOR: Michaël Escoffier


PUBLISHER: Annick Press, 2018


TOPIC(S): monster, scared, perception

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, perspective


1) What are some things that scare you? How might you use humor to be less afraid?

2) Create your own monster that looks frightful. Now change your monster from frightful to silly. You could add silly elements to your sketch like polka-dotted antennae, striped teeth, etc.


To learn more about author Michaël Escoffier, visit:

To learn more about illustrator Amandine Piu, visit:

Please note this website is in French. Google Translator can be used.