Tami and Debbie

YEEEHAW! We’re Coming To Texas!

INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED is rolling off the presses in October and Tami and Debbie will be rolling into bookstores in and around Austin, Texas! You can meet up with both of us at- October 8 Launch Day! We’ll be at BookPeople 603 N. Lamar Blvd  Austin, TX 78703 October 9 Lark and Owl Booksellers 205… Read more »


INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED has received a STARRED review from Booklist. “As WWII loomed, technology advanced, with machinery evolving to keep up with a world that was moving at a faster pace. At the University of Pennsylvania, female mathematicians, called “computers,” solved calculations that would help with the mechanics of the war effort. For three women,… Read more »

Meet The Illustrators

INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED is Chelsea Beck’s first picture book. She’s a staff illustrator at Gizmodo and she lives in Brooklyn. Chelsea graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. We love the lively vintage palette Chelsea used for INSTRUCTIONS– especially the way she gave each programmer her own identifying color– Betty in pink, Jean in… Read more »


We can finally spill the beans! Disney will publish our second STEM picture book biography, Perkin’s Purple! We fell in love with the story of William Perkin, a teenaged boy who loved chemistry at a time when it was considered almost a form of witchcraft. Add in Queen Victoria, Empress Eugenie, velvet and silk… and… Read more »

Junior Library Guild selection!

Instructions Not Included has been selected by the Junior Library Guild! What does that mean? The Junior Library Guild selects a limited number of the very best books for kids each year for school library collections across the country. And they picked our book! INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED will be a Fall 2019 selection in the… Read more »