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Audrey the Amazing Inventor

Author: Rachel Valentine, Katie Weymouth
Lower Age: 4
Upper Age: 7
Price: $17.95
Year Added: 2018

Audrey the Amazing Inventor, written by Rachel Valentine and illustrated by Katie Weymouth, is an illustrated book recommended for children ages four to seven. It follows a young girl named Audrey with a dream of inventing as she repeatedly fails to create working inventions. Audrey’s dad, a single father, gives her the advice that inventors often need to fail in order to succeed, which inspires her to continue working toward her goal. This story exemplifies the iterative nature of inventing and engineering, emphasizing the importance of testing and redesign. Additionally, Audrey builds all of her inventions with a specific purpose and end user (or client) in mind, which is an important component of engineering design. Overall, this book teaches children the importance of perseverance and failure in the engineering design process.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:  define a problem, test the solution, idea generation, plan a solution, create a prototype or process, make improvements to the solution, apply science knowledge

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: a problem to be solved, a client, a user        

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: creative thinking, design, problem solving, perseverance, iterative design


Overall ratings:

  • Children’s Reviews
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  • Parent’s Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • Tells the important message that “you got to try!”. Encourages a stepwise approach to tinkering – think, design, create. Has a girl as the protagonist. Important for young girls (like mine) to see how other girls could be
  • Engineering and STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I love it so much”