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The Sound Of A Coronation

Queen Victoria commanded “Make me a coronation crown of purple velvet and silver and gold…” This poster hung in the window of the royal jeweler, Rundell Bridge & Co. bragging that they’d created the masterpiece crown “in obedience to the command of her most sacred majesty Queen Victoria.” The Queen was amused. We can see… Read more »

Download Science Experiments And Use The Scientific Method

William Perkin was one of the first scientists to use the scientific method. He identified a problem, did research to understand the issues involved, formed a hypothesis, performed an experiment, analyzed the results, and shared with others. You can perform experiments using the scientific method, too. SoundWaves  (pdf download) RightOrLeft(pdf download) PingPongMagic (pdf download) PaperTowelMagic… Read more »

March is Women’s History Month!

March is Women’s History Month and Debbie and Tami are celebrating with 31 Heroines of Computer Science! Click here to explore 31 incredible women- from Nicole-Reine Lepaute to Jaime Teevan— and don’t forget Betty, Jean and Kay— who’ve pioneered computer science. Thousands of brilliant woman made computers what they are today and these are some… Read more »


 The American Society for Engineering Education, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council selected INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED as one of 31 BEST STEM BOOKS for K-12! We’re thrilled! But that’s not all– INSTRUCTIONS also was named a 2020 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book!… Read more »

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 »

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 »