Growing Reader


Bookshelf Must-Have:
How to Be an Engineer

by the Brightly Editors

Illustration: popmarleo, iStock

Part fact-filled guide and part activity book, this month’s Bookshelf Must-Have is all kinds of STEAM fun. Young readers will learn all that it takes to become a real-life engineer in How to Be an Engineer!

  • Why You'll Want: How to Be an Engineer

  • How to Be an Engineer

    by Carol Vorderman

    Written by a team of engineers, How to Be an Engineer is a book of super fun and simple projects that teach 7- to 9-year-olds the basics of the engineering design process and scientific method. Young readers will learn how to build miniature versions of everything from skyscrapers and pulley systems to paddle boats and dams using everyday materials they can find around their homes. As they walk through the individual projects, kids will also learn about famous engineers and their lasting contributions to the world, plus they’ll pick up facts about how the projects’ full-size counterparts (like skyscrapers, pulleys, boats, and dams) work and are used in real life. Perfect for summer, How to Be an Engineer will keep kids asking questions, solving problems, conducting experiments, and observing the results — even while they’re not in school.