Ivy & Bean What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows (Giveaway!)

It’s the Science Fair, and the second grade is all over it! Some kids are making man-eating robots. Some kids are holding their breath for a very, very long time. Some kids are doing interesting things with vacuum cleaners. The theme, obviously, is global warming. But what should Ivy and Bean do? Something involving explosions? Or ropes? Something with ice cubes? Or maybe . . . maybe something different.

Read an Excerpt!

About the Author and Illustrator

Annie Barrows is the author of many books for adults, including the bestselling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include Ruby’s Wish and Meet Wild Boars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Chronicle Books has developed some activity ideas inspired by What’s The Big Idea. Though they were designed for bookstores and libraries, readers may have fun doing these activities with their own kids too.


On page 38 of What’s The Big Idea, Ms. Aruba-Tate shows the class the Certificate of Achievement they’ll earn at the Science Fair. Kids can print out their own Certificate of Achievement here: 


Learn more by visiting the publisher’s website at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,books/products_id,8981/

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