Made by Maxine and Smartypants Celebration with Ruth Spiro

The exciting thing about being a Maker is that it’s perfectly fine to start “where you are.” Author Ruth Spiro will discuss the educational benefits of making and tinkering, and share resources for finding the perfect projects for your family.

Ruth's talk at 12:30 will be followed by a book signing with Boswell Books and a Smartypants Celebration with hands-on activities for young children and families.

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Ruth Spiro

Ruth Spiro

Ruth Spiro never imagined she’d be a writer… until she tried it! Now she writes innovative books for children on the topics of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She hopes her books inspire kids to observe their world, ask questions, and when it comes to their futures, DREAM BIG. Ruth’s popular Baby Loves Science board book series includes Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!, Baby Loves Coding!, Baby Loves Green Energy!, Baby Loves Structural Engineering! and more. The series has received praise from The Los Angeles Times, Popular Science, The Planetary Society, Working Mother and NPR. Baby Loves Science is illustrated by Irene Chan. Her new picture book series, Made by Maxine, is about an inspiring young “maker” who knows that with enough effort, imagination, and recyclables, it’s possible to invent anything. Made by Maxine is illustrated by Holly Hatam. Ruth’s debut picture book, Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist won awards from Writer’s Digest and Willamette Writers, and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book. Her articles and essays have appeared in FamilyFun, CHILD, and The Writer, and also in many anthologies, notably The Right Words at the Right Time (Vol. II), edited by Marlo Thomas, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul titles.