Football. No one would ever claim that I was a big football fan. But the story of Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team is one that I would recommend to anyone and now I know of not one, but two marvelous books on the topic! I first heard of Jim Thorpe when … Continue reading The Unstoppable Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
One thing that stays pretty standard when you see kids go through a school library is that they love books about animals, especially dangerous ones. It can be challenging to find books that are a good mix of bold photography as well as information that a younger child can understand. For that reason, I was … Continue reading How Nature Works – Two Cool Books about Natural Selection
STEAM continues to be a big buzz word. There is the thought that it is the future. But it isn't necessarily the engineering, science, or computer world that STEAM is so important for. Regardless of whether your child wants to be a game developer, marine biologist, or an English teacher, they have to be able … Continue reading Acadia Files – Encouraging a Love of Science and Critical Thinking
When I was younger, I recall that a lot of history was taught as memorizing dates and very specific events. That never captured my attention. I realized early on that if I was to get into history, it had to be more anthropological or social. So when I opened Christopher Lloyd's brand new book, Absolutely … Continue reading Absolutely Everything – A Truly Readable History Book
The children's book industry is brimming with great titles about women in science and other fields who have made an impact in the way that we live. One such book is being published on October 9th about Dr. Sara Josephine Baker and how her work saved many children's' lives. Dr. Jo - How Sara Josephine … Continue reading Dr. Jo – an Unknown Hero in Infant Health
Last year I had the pleasure of being included in helping launch the Kickstarter campaign for Queen Girls Publications to present Bessie: Queen of the Sky and had a great interview with the team behind the books. So I am thrilled to announce that today they have launched their new Kickstarter campaign to promote their … Continue reading The Queen Girls are Back!
Did you know that M&M's were originally invented for the military? Did you know that battles were fought over cinnamon? Tanya Steel and National Geographic Kids have put together a fun book that teaches kids not only about food, but a bit of world history, geography and culture at the same time. The book is … Continue reading Food Fight!
Did you know that animals tongues perform a wide array of uses? I knew a few of them, but in the new book, Terrific Tongues! by Maria Gianferrari, we get to learn a wide array of how animals use their tongues. * Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange for a review copy of this … Continue reading Making animal facts fun!
There have been a number of books in the last few years that are collections of 1-2 page biographies about important people in history written in an exceptionally engaging manner for kids. From Rebel Girls to Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Women Who Dared to National Geographic's Book of Heroes. But one thing … Continue reading Three Cheers for The People Awards
We have long been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. The pyramids, in particular, are an architectural wonder and part of Jewish history. So when I came across the relatively new book, If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid, I had to check it out. Turns out that this is a series of pretty cool books … Continue reading If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid