The Magnificent Makers Series

Books within the series:

  • How to Test a Friendship: Violet and Pablo are best friends who love science! So when they discover a riddle that opens a magic portal in the Science Space at school, they can’t wait to check it out! Along with their new classmate, Deepak, the friends discover a magical makerspace called the Maker Maze. It’s a laboratory full of robots, 3D printers, an antigravity chamber, and more. Doors line the walls of the makerspace, with a new science adventure waiting behind each one (Source).
  • Brain Trouble: When Violet and Pablo find a riddle that opens a magical portal in the brain fair at school, they can’t wait to check it out! In this adventure, the friends enter the Maker Maze—a magical makerspace—along with a set of twins who are interested in learning all about the brain. The kids can’t wait to solve science puzzles… if first, they can learn to work together! (Source)
  • Riding Sound Waves: Pablo and Violet are on a field trip to the science museum and today they’re paired up with a classmate they don’t know very well–Henry. As they enter the Maze and learn about touch, hearing, and vision, Pablo and Violet learn that there’s more to Henry and his odd behavior than meets the eye – Henry has a sensory processing disorder. Together they’ll learn a little something about feelings (literally!), acceptance, and what makes us special (Source).
  • The Great Germ Hunt: In class, Violet and Pablo have been learning about the icky world of germs! Violet has been out sick, and is excited she’s feeling better… achoo! Well, she’s mostly feeling better. She and Pablo are paired up with another classmate, Aria, who is a bit nervous that Violet keeps sneezing. When another riddle appears to transport them back to the Maker Maze -a magical makerspace- to learn all about bacteria, viruses, and fungi, Violet and Pablo find out why Aria is so nervous. Aria’s body has more trouble fighting off illnesses than their bodies do. Together they learn all about good and bad germs, and why staying home until you’re 100% recovered is really important (Source)
  • Race Through Space: Violet, Pablo, and Deepak return to the Maker Maze to learn all about outer space! But as they go through the levels of the Maker Maze, Pablo keeps making mistakes. Learning about space is his favorite, and his mistakes make him wonder whether he will ever be smart enough to be an astronaut. In this installment, the kids learn that mistakes are an important part of learning and being a Magnificent Maker (Source).

Theanne Griffith is a neuroscientist and the award-winning author of the STEM-themed chapter book series, The Magnificent Makers, and co-writes the non-fiction series, Ada Twist, Scientist: The Why Files. Dr. Griffith received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and Spanish from Smith College and earned her doctorate in neuroscience from Northwestern University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California Davis, where her lab investigates how our nervous system encodes bodily sensations such as temperature and pain. Since she was a little girl, Dr. Griffith has loved both storytelling and science. As a children’s book author, she blends these two passions, while also working to promote diversity in STEM and inclusive representation in children’s media. Theanne is represented by Chelsea Eberly of The Greenhouse Literary Agency (Source).

Reggie Brown, is a New York Times Bestselling artist and children’s book illustrator. He loves drawing vivid scenes of Black children and families that include expressive, unforgettable characters that make children and adults want to read and re-read those stories. Reggie also has a passion for stories with genres like fantasy, superheroes, and science-fiction.  When Reggie isn’t drawing, he loves exploring San Diego, CA, watching anime, and hanging out with his wife Demi and min pin Bruce (Source).

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