Solar power, Potential energy, Kinetic energy
In the third installment in the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series, Bear hits the road in search of adventure with his new friend, Sonny the Solar Car. But will they have enough energy to climb the highest hill in the neighborhood and return to Jack’s house before the big race against Jack’s sister’s Sadie Scientist doll? This fast-paced storybook explores concepts of solar power and potential and kinetic energy aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and will help young readers understand the importance of believing in yourself. It concludes with an interview with a solar energy expert.
Interview with Kevin Krull
Kevin Krull, Illustrator of The Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series discusses how he got his inspiration for the vibrant illustrations.
Author Gillian King-Cargile Talks Tides
Author extraordinaire Gillian King-Cargile, author of the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure series, talks about the second book in the series, the Toy and the Tide Pool.
Solar Power Designer
Discuss and then draw prototypes for a solar-powered invention write a short piece of writing that explains how the prototype works.
Use these pre-, during, and post-reading activities to help students engage with the concepts and characters in The Toy and the Test Drive.
Hello, Sunshine – Let’s Get Solar!
Create your own solar bracelets with UV beads that change colors in the sun; conduct experiments using the bracelets.
Learn S’more About Solar Power
Learn more about solar energy and how it can be used in unique ways by experimenting with a solar oven.
Author Gillian King-Cargile is director of Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read program (stemread.com), which introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction. She holds a BA in film production and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University, and lives with her husband and daughter in DeKalb, Illinois.
Illustrator Kevin Krull holds a BFA in illustration from Northern Illinois University. His illustrations have appeared in Creative Quarterly and have been shown in the Chicago area. He loved to color when he was a kid, and obviously he never quite grew up—he lives in Westmont, Illinois, where he continues to draw and color all day long.