I read a lot of books for kids and teens, and it colors the way I see the world. I recently came across two articles on MAKE that immediately reminded me of two novels.
This interview with Sarah Hendren mentioned a project called Engineering at Home where she highlighted everyday engineering that has been done by a woman who became a quadruple amputee late in life. She was offered high-tech solutions that didn't really work for her, and came up with many lower-tech ones on her own that make it easier for her to move through the world. I highly recommend going to the site to explore all the adaptations it highlights. This reminded me of a recent book called Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling about a girl born without arms. You can read Tessa's review of it here.
This Maker spotlight on Maria Elena Cianfanelli highlights her unique lamps that accurately depict the surface of the moon, Saturn, and other celestial bodies. This naturally reminded me of When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore in which a boy creates all kinds of moons for his best friend and hangs them up around town.
Have you made any unexpected connections to literature lately? Let me know and I'll share them on our blog.