PURPLE! By Command Of The Queen!

“Make me a coronation crown of PURPLE velvet, and silver and gold,” commanded Queen Victoria.

Purple was tricky, until William Perkin came along. The rare color was reserved for Queens and Kings until William made PURPLE FOR THE PEOPLE.

How much do you know about Queen Victoria? She wasn’t always an old widow dressed in black. When Princess Victoria became Queen and commissioned her purple crown she was only 18 years old- just like William Perkin when he made his marvelous invention of purple dye and changed chemistry forever.

Royal_Reviewer is creating an excellent series that charts Victoria’s rise from Princess to Queen. Check out Elliot’s Victoria videos here.

PERKIN’S PERFECT PURPLE: How A Boy Created Color With Chemistry (Little Brown, 2020) will be in bookstores everywhere on October 6!


 The American Society for Engineering Education, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council selected INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED as one of 31 BEST STEM BOOKS for K-12!

We’re thrilled!

But that’s not all–

INSTRUCTIONS also was named a 2020 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book!

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council have named INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED as an OUTSTANDING SCIENCE TRADE BOOK! We’re so honored!

Hip Hip Hooray for Betty, Jean and Kay!

I’d love to share INSTRUCTIONS with your science class. Email me to arrange a free Skype visit.

Let’s Do World Read Aloud Day!

I love World Read Aloud Day– so I’ve turned it into World Read Aloud MONTH! All February I’ll be Skyping with schools, troops and kids around the world. And it’s FREE! Plus we’ll send free bookmarks for you to share with your students.

I’m a former elementary school librarian and I love to talk to students about inspiration, writing and research– with my books INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED and WE REALLY DO CARE. I’ll also give your kiddos a “top secret” preview of the AMAZING new books I have coming out in 2020.

My INSTRUCTIONS co-writer Debbie Dunn is also Skyping for WRAD. I’m managing both our WRAD schedules so you can book either one of us by emailing me. We still have a few slots available on February 5– and more on lots of other days in February.

Email me today to schedule your WRAD Free Skype visit with me or Debbie.

My email is TAMI@tamilewisbrown.com

I can’t wait to hear from you and to meet your students!

Women’s History Month is around the corner…

I have something VERY special planned for you, your class or troop to celebrate Women’s History Month all March long! Lots of scientists you need to know and lots of fun puzzles, games and activities!

Stay tuned and check back in February for all the details!

Texas Book Festival

Join Debbie and me at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas!

True Stories That Inspire

Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Authors Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn, and National Book Award Finalist Steve Sheinken with Moderator Diane Hernandez at Next Chapter Tent Congress Avenue, AUSTIN Texas

And at 2:15 we’ll be signing INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED in the Kids Signing Tent!

Do you love fun facts? Is social studies your favorite subject? Do you hope for a history lesson? Or do you just really like learning about awesome people from the past? We’ve got two stories of amazing women from history who took on the challenge of flight and engineering to change the world. Learn how the soared through the clouds and programmed the very first computers!

Steven Sheinkin’s new book is Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America. And guess what– Elinor Smith is one of the women included in his story!

Can you believe it? We’d love to hear what Elinor would have to say about that!

Debbie and I can’t wait to talk to Steve and to meet more Austin book lovers! Y’all come!

The Algorithm Game

Computer programs are written with a series of steps. An algorithm is that series or the order in which the computer performs the steps.

A story is also a sort of algorithm. In INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED the three young women, Betty, Jean and Kay wanted to be mathematicians and, later, more specifically, computer programmers. To accomplish that goal they studied, applied for a job as a “human computer” and worked very hard. They were specially selected to work on the ENIAC project. By using logic and mathematics they were able to enter complicated problems into the computer and commanded it to solve them.

The Algorithm Game is a fun way to use a story to learn about algorithms. Download a free PDF for The Algorithm Game here.

Coding With Cookies Activity Download

What’s as good as a girl scout cookie? A secret message– in cookie binary code. Girls have been computer programmers from the very start. Betty, Jean and Kay INVENTED computer programming. Read more about their work in INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED: How A Team Of Women Coded The Future.

You can be a coder, too. Get started with this unplugged basic coding activity, writing code like Betty, Jean and Kay, but we do have instructions!

Download a free PDF here.

Connect with Caring kids Around the world

We may eat different foods, celebrate different holidays and speak different languages but inside kids around the world are all the same. Empatico is a global movement to spread kindness and empathy through the world by connecting kids and classrooms and sharing our similarities and differences.

Nearly 25,000 educators in 141 countries have already registered. And it’s FREE!

Would your class like to learn more and perhaps make new friends in a different part of the world through Empatico? You can find out more on Empatico’s website. All you have to do is sign your class up on their website, watch a short video, choose a partner class and set up your exchange. It’s easy!

Empatico has designed loads of fun and educational activities to share what makes you and the place you live different and the same as the rest of the world. Check out their modules on introductions, foods, mapping and more.

A Great Kindness Curriculum

Caring is all around us.

One of the “good guys” I’ve found who do an amazing job promoting caring and kindness is the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to connect people with kindness and actively teach kindness by developing and distributing lesson plans, tools and resources. Plus it’s all mapped to curriculum standards, teacher approved, vetted by experts etc etc etc. This is the real deal. And while it may sound a bit dry believe me, the work they do overflows with joy and caring.

Recently the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation revamped their Kindness in the Classroom® curriculum. What was good is now incredible.

If you’re an educator or any grownup who wants to nurture caring kids check out their modules for K-5 and grades 6-8, along with the other materials on their website. (You must register on their site to download, but it’s free and easy. I searched and there is no secret political or religious affiliation, or anything like that, and they will respect your privacy. Also I don’t have any personal connection with them. I just think they do good work.)