Student uses Makey Makey to add sound to Where the Wild Things Are picture book.

Webinar: Build a Better Book & Makey Makey (May 14, 2019)

May 15, 2019

Hear how BBB team members and partner educators have used Makey Makey, together with other makerspace tools, to creatively make books, games and other products accessible for all with sound and interactivity!

Two workshop participants sharing ideas.

Training: New Partner Sites

February 28 - March 1, 2019 / Congratulations to our sixteen new partner sites! The Build a Better Book network is expanding with new partners representing eleven different states, libraries, schools, makerspaces, and community partners working with physical and learning disabilities. We are excited about the diversity of the new sites and their outreach to new communities.

2018 - 2019 School Year Build a Better Book is partnering with Technology Student Association in support of their middle school and high school competition category for Children's Stories. This year's theme for Middle School is a Tactile STEM Book. Students will design a tactile picture book that explains a STEM concept of your choice for children with a disability. The High School there is a Multi-Modal Picture Book. Students will design a book with tactile and auditory features that enrich the storybook e

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2018 - 2019 School Year / Build a Better Book is partnering with Technology Student Association in support of their middle school and high school competition category for Children's Stories.

3D Model of a hatching chicken and an egg in a nest.

Exhibit: Norlin Library/ University of Colorado - Boulder

Through Spring 2019 / Tactile books created by students in the Pre-Collegiate Summer Camp at University of Colorado - Boulder will be on display at Norlin Library.

Dalton, B. & Musetti, K. (2018).

Dalton, B. & Musetti, K. (2018). Tactile picture book making and multimodal composition: Students design for equity in English Language Arts. In (Eds) E. Ortlieb, E.H. Cheek, Jr., & P. Semingson, Best Practices for Teaching Digital Literacies (p. 195-213). London, UK: Emerald Publishing. Doi10.1108/52048-04582018000000915

Tactile graphics help illustrate human body structures.

Build a Better Book: Creative Design in Library Makerspaces (2018 STEM for All Video)

May 14, 2018

Build a Better Book's second video for the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase provides an update about the project, including program impacts. This video received a Facilitators' Choice award in the 2018 STEM Video Hall Showcase.

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Update on the Build a Better Book project (radio interview)

Jan. 13, 2018

Build a Better Book team members Shalini Menon and Stacey Forsyth provide an update on the project to The Beacon podcast.

Team member Shalini Menon feels a tactile diagram of an eye.

Blind researcher brings magic touch to book project

Dec. 5, 2017

As a child, Shalini Menon used tactile graphics to aid her in her science and math studies. Now, she brings her experience to the Build a Better Book project, helping to improve the tactile materials produced through the program.

Teen participant displays his tactile book.

Designing Multi-Modal Books to Engage Youth in STEM (2017 STEM for All Video)

May 15, 2017

View a short overview of the Build a Better Book project, produced for the annual NSF STEM for All Video Showcase. This video was awarded a Presenters' Choice award in the 2017 video showcase.

A blind child explores a tactile book with her fingers.

Imagining a new way to read, one 3D-printed book at a time

July 3, 2014

CU Boulder researchers have begun a new project to create 3D-printed tactile picture books.

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