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Pre K–2

THE FIRST MEN WHO WENT TO THE MOON

  THE FIRST MEN WHO WENT TO THE MOON It was the summer before I started college.  It was very late at night, and my parents gave up and went to bed after the initial Moon landing, but I wanted… Continue Reading →

Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf

  Olivia’s Birds:  Saving the Gulf I just recently discovered a marvelous book by a then 11-year-old girl, Olivia Bouler.  She created this wonder in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest… Continue Reading →

Ada Lace on the Case

Ada Lace on the Case There is so much for your 5—10 year-old to like about the chapter book, ADA LACE:  ON THE CASE! Poor Ada has just moved to a new city, and has a broken ankle, too!  Plus,… Continue Reading →

Terrific Tongues

Terrific Tongues By Maria Gianferrari I won a non-fiction picture book by Maria Gianferrari:  TERRIFIC TONGUES!  And I think it is pretty terrific!  Did you know that “if you had a tongue like an arrow, you might be a Chameleon?” … Continue Reading →

A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet

A is for Astronaut:  Blasting Through the Alphabet     Have you ever gazed up at the stars and tried to imagine what it would be like to travel there?  I grew up with Sputnik!  Yes, I’m as old as… Continue Reading →

ZOEY & SASSAFRAS: MERHORSES AND BUBBLES

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 →