Read this Book: Izzy Gizmo + Giveaway

Read this Book: Izzy Gizmo - This delightful new picture book definitely has a place in makerspaces. It portrays a young girl of color who loves science, experiences setbacks and develops empathy for others.

While I’ve never worked in an elementary school before, I’m always on the lookout for awesome maker picture books.  Picture books are a great way to introduce a lesson or activity in makerspaces.  We even have a whole chart on maker picture book connections in Challenge Based Learning (check out the resources page to see the books mentioned).  So when I was asked if I wanted to review Izzy Gizmo I happily jumped at the chance and it did not disappoint.

Note: I received a free copy of this book for review.  Post contains affiliate links.  Opinions are all my own.

Read this Book: Izzy Gizmo

Izzy is a young girl of color who loves to invent things.  This book is already winning points for me here because representation is so important – all of our students should get to see themselves represented in books as smart, creative and kind.  (See also Ada Twist, Scientist)

Izzy loves to make things, but she experiences a lot of frustration and temptation to quit when her inventions don’t work.  Her grandfather gently prompts here to not give up and keep trying.

Eventually, Izzy stumbles upon an injured crow that the veterinarian can’t help.  Determined to help the crow fly again, she goes through a series of inventions trying to create a new set of wings.

Just a few of the delightful pages in Izzy Gizmo

Just a few of the delightful pages in Izzy Gizmo

Lesson connections

This lovely book is ripe with potential connections to maker lessons.  You could easily tie it in with growth mindset versus fixed mindset.  Izzy starts out getting frustrated and wanting to give up when things don’t work out.  Her grandfather helps her to switch to growth mindset as she keeps trying over and over again.

Her empathy for the crow is a perfect tie-in for design thinking, which focuses on developing empathy for those you’re trying to help.

For a maker tie-in, you could challenge students to create their own contraption to help an injured animal.  Or you could have a tech take-apart and look at ways you would reuse parts you salvage.  There’s plenty of possibilities.

izzy gizmo

Check out Izzy Gizmo

This is a delightful picture book for young makers that is sure to inspire them.  The connections to growth mindset and empathy make it an especially good addition for a maker picture book library.





PeachTree Publishing has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of the book to my readers – use the form below to enter.  It’s only open to US residents.


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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.