Pre K–2

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 →

Little Kids First Big Book of Animals

Little Kids First Big Book of Animals     Coral:  We have that book in our library!  It talks about Dolphins.  I like Dolphins.  Their teeth look like pearls.  I would like to swim with dolphins someday. Rosetta:  It would… Continue Reading →

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa   If you want to share an inspiring true story about reforesting Africa with your students (ages 4—7), children, or grandchildren, this is the story! Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette… Continue Reading →

They Just Know: Animal Instincts

They Just Know:  Animal Instincts I’ve been taking my dog, a 9 month old Labradoodle, to the dog park a lot lately with the beautiful spring weather.  I was telling my muses about how the dog had been swimming.  They… Continue Reading →