Classroom Books


Novel Engineering projects are designed around books that teachers choose, generally trade books with interesting plots, rich characters and detailed descriptions of the setting. As they read the text, students are prompted to identify
problems faced by characters in the text and whether these problems are ones that might be addressed with a product or process that the students could design in the classroom. Below are examples of books that some Novel Engineering
classrooms have used. Click one to view problems identified by the students and solutions designed and built by students.

Pop’s Bridge
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
The City of Ember
The Gorilla who Wanted to Grow Up
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Most Dangerous Game
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Snowy Day
The Tarantula in my Purse
The Three Little Javelinas
The Trumpet of the Swan
Tuck Everlasting
A Long Walk to Water
Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil Frankweiler
If You Lived in Colonial Times
Island of the Blue Dolphins
James and the Giant Peach
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Number the Stars
Peter’s Chair
The Invention of Hugo Cabret