Book Review: Invent to Learn

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Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom is an amazing book.  I’ve read tons of articles on Makerspaces, and several books as well, but this is certainly one of the best when it comes to focusing specifically on how making can be used in the classroom, and on starting up a school Makerspace.  This book is both practical and inspiring, and I can’t wait to meet the authors this summer at ISTE.  Here’s my review on Good Reads:

Children should engage in tinkering and making because they are powerful ways to learn.” – p 3

If you only have time to read one book on the Maker Education Movement, this should be the book. Martinez and Stager do an amazing job of covering everything from the history of making in the classroom to practical ways to incorporate making in everyday instruction. They help you to critically think about what types of projects kids will make and how to make them more effective and creative – no 24 birdhouses that look exactly the same here. There are ideas for how to help students with project design, prompts to get them thinking, creating a physical space conducive to making, etc. There are fabulous lists of resources to check out and supplies to consider. The section on advocacy and research is an excellent resource for grant-writing.

I ended up underlining or annotating something on every other page, and I’ll probably end up re-reading everything again just to soak up all the information. This book is amazing, and is a must for any Maker’s library.

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


  1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I look forward to meeting you at ISTE. (We are doing a pre-conference workshop too, if you want to check that out.)

    Also thanks for posting this on Good Reads – I didn’t know about this website and have signed up and already gotten some great book recommendations!

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