Pre K–2


ZOEY & SASSAFRAS: MERHORSES AND BUBBLES So what’s wrong with mixing science and fantasy in a book for ages 4-10?  I can’t think of a better way to engage both the mind and imagination!  I only wish I had books… Continue Reading →

Dear Sun, Dear Moon

Dear Sun, Dear Moon With the “Great American Solar Eclipse” rapidly approaching (Aug. 21, 2017), teachers, parents, and grandparents are frantically searching for books on eclipses for their students/children. Deborah Paggi’s book is a cleverly written conversation between the Sun… Continue Reading →

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

My favorite genre of books to read in elementary school was biographies (after The Boxcar Children, and before I discovered Nancy Drew!).  Any young child with the slightest interest in math and science will love Ada Byron Lovelace and the… Continue Reading →

Touch the Brightest Star

Touch the Brightest Star With Daylight Savings Time ending, and the largest full moon in years, I thought it would be a good time to get your little ones outside to look at the night sky. What child has not… Continue Reading →

Whizzy Science: Make It Zoom!

Whizzy Science:  Make It Zoom! When I look at children’s’ science trade books, I find lots and lots of them about animals and ecology, and precious few about forces and motion. Why? Animals are adorable, and kids love them! Forces… Continue Reading →

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children     I am mad! I just learned that my very favorite childhood book was one of a series, and no one ever told me about the rest of them!! In the 3rd or 4th grade (I… Continue Reading →

The Fairy Houses Trilogy

The Fairy Houses Trilogy     A favorite springtime activity of my grandchildren is to create a fairy garden every year.  They love searching my backyard for interesting items to leave for the fairies.  Maple seeds, rocks, and acorn caps… Continue Reading →

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean   I began reading Gail Langer Karwoski’s book without any “pre-reading” with my granddaughters.  The six-year-old quickly made a discovery: Coral:  There are no fish in this book.  They all breathe air.  We discussed… Continue Reading →

Raindrops Roll

Raindrops Roll   In my opinion the mark of a good science trade book is whether it leads to the child wanting to know more, especially if it starts the journey into an inquiry activity.  Raindrops Roll by April Pulley… Continue Reading →

Mickey Mouse Club House Minnie’s Rainbow

Mickey Mouse Club House Minnie’s Rainbow   April showers bring May flowers and also rainbows! Your little ones (ages 3–5) may like Minnie’s Rainbow by Sheila Sweeny Higginson.  Your children will not only learn the order of the colors in… Continue Reading →

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