30 The World of Ivy + Bean

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Annie Barrows United States

Annie Barrows is the author of many children’s books, including the Ivy + Bean series and The Magic Half, as well as several books for adults, including the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. Read more

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Performance Works
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

Ivy + Bean fans, come one, come all! This morning Annie Barrows brings you the 10th and latest adventure in the series, Ivy + Bean Take the Case. When asked what she wants children to take away from her books, Barrows says, “I just want to give them a laugh.” The series has sold 2.5 million books, has been translated into six languages and has provided laughs, giggles and smiles since its launch in 2006. If you’re discovering this pair of unlikely friends for the first time, you’re in for a treat.

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Suitable for grades 1–4

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The World of Ivy + Bean


Annie Barrows, Ivy + Bean Take the Case

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts
  • Identity, diversity and self esteem


  • Ivy + Bean are characters who choose to overcome their physical limitations in order to accomplish something. As a journaling activity, ask students to write “I remember when . . .” and share a memory of when they overcame a limitation placed on them because of age, size, ability, etc. An example to share might be, “I remember when I was able to ride my bike by myself for the first time.” Remind students to include sensory details. What do they remember seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling? How did that experience impact them? After completing the journal entry, ask students to share their experiences with their classmates.
  • Illustrator Sophie Blackall creates artful covers for the Ivy +  Bean books, which are both eye-catching and fun. Allow students to create a new, original cover for Ivy + Bean Take the Case, making sure to consider the important elements in the story. Alternatively, they can select a specific scene contained in the book and create an original illustration.
  • Friendship is at the heart of Ivy + Bean stories.  Ask students to create a short comic depicting an experience or adventure that they once had with their friends. The goal of this activity is to help young students understand how narratives are conveyed through a combination of images and words, offering a nice transition from picture books to the more text-heavy chapter books.