Architecture, Engineering, Design
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.
Building Bridges with the Society of Women Engineers
For our unit on Iggy Peck, Architect, we talk to two members of Northern Illinois University’s branch of the Society of Women Engineers to talk about mechanical engineering, and how to become an engineer yourself!
The Joys of Mechanical Engineering
Alanna Wilcox is a high school student, and already doing cool stuff using STEM! She is currently a senior, and is an industrial engineering intern at Custom Aluminum Products in Genoa, IL.
Engineering & Discovery with Author Andrea Beaty
Join Andrea Beaty as she talks about, and reads passages from, her inventive book Rosie Revere, Engineer and demonstrates how science and art are related.
Build a Bridge
Iggy saves the day by leading his class in building a bridge. Use this simple activity to introduce young learners to concepts in architecture, art, and design.
Interview a Classmate
Discover the incredible talents of someone you know as you interview them to learn more about their awesome abilities. Learn interview techniques, develop great questions, take turns asking and answering questions with a partner, and present your discoveries to others.
Construct a City
Iggy discovers his talent and constructs something amazing! Learn about architecture, design blueprint drawings and work together to build a collaborative city sculpture.
See more great activity ideas for Iggy Peck, Architect on andreabeaty.com.
Video Discussion Guide
Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.
Andrea Beaty: From Orange Crush Lover to Author
Andrea Beaty grew up in a small town in southern Illinois. She spent her time drinking Orange Crush, reading Nancy Drew, and secretly dreaming of becoming a Broadway star. Instead of belting out show tunes for a living, Andrea decided to go to college.
She attended Southern Illinois University and majored in Biology and Computer Science. After working at a computer software company and as a technical writer, Andrea began writing for children. You can learn all about Andrea and her books at www.andreabeaty.com.
Other Books by Andrea Beaty
- Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
- Iggy Peck, Architect
- Dorko the Magnifiicent
- Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies
- Secrets of the Cicada Summer
- Doctor Ted
- Firefighter Ted
- Artist Ted
- Hush, Baby Ghostling
- When Giants Come to Play
- Hide and Sheep