06: The Steampunk Issue

Sometimes, you have to take things apart before you can put them back together.

For: Girls, 5 to 12, who love to tinker

Highlights: Make three DIY mechanical toys (with stuff around the house), build a rubber band-powered robot, ride in a submarine, start a bike journal, read a comic about a shipbuilder (and Navy Hidden Figure) Raye Montague, learn about the mechanics of the human body, talk to a steam hunter, read a story about a girl and her airship, make your own ice cream mochi. Plus: a dot-to-dot, spot-the-difference, a drawing challenge and more.

Featured experts: marine biologist Sylvia Earle, artist Bisa Butler, cyclist Juliana Buhring, toy artist Cecilia Schiller, Emmy-nominated costume designer Cynthia Summers, hiker Stacey Kozel, chef Suchanan Aksornnan, geologist Susan Kieffer, biomedical engineer Gilda Barabino

Short story contributor: Caldecott Medal winner Jane Yolen

Comics contributor: Yao Xiao

Specs: 64 full-color pages, soft-touch matte cover stock

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