Acadia Files – Encouraging a Love of Science and Critical Thinking

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

Go Out and Explore Nature!

There are many books that talk about women from the late 1800s and early 1900s who were forerunners of the study of nature, I wrote about a few of them once before. One of the newer additions to this collection is Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, written by Suzanne Slade … Continue reading Go Out and Explore Nature!

Curiosity and Creativity can Make a Difference

Air pollution. It is everywhere. As a child in Los Angeles, I remember having smog alerts and days where they didn't want you to play outside because the air quality was not great. Some have made great strides to reduce the pollution that we produce, but it continues to be a problem. In the US, … Continue reading Curiosity and Creativity can Make a Difference

How to Code a Sandcastle – a Picture Book for the STEM revolution

The world of coding is growing by leaps and bounds. A few years ago, Reshma Saujani started Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization formed to help close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. They want to help encourage girls to get active in the … Continue reading How to Code a Sandcastle – a Picture Book for the STEM revolution

Margaret and the Moon

Hidden Figures sparked a lot of thought about women and space. The movie really got a lot of people thinking and talking about how women were treated differently in the quest to get to the moon, but also how vital they were. Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, by … Continue reading Margaret and the Moon

Let’s Hear it for the Girls! Picture Book Biographies of Amazing Women

May is Women's History month, so I wanted to get at least one post out with great books about great women. There really are so many to choose from that it can be hard, but the amazing thing is that people are putting out spectacular nonfiction picture books that are a great way to get … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls! Picture Book Biographies of Amazing Women

Tide Pool Secrets

As a child, I loved visiting the tide pools. The wonderful sea anemones were always my favorites. I was very fortunate. I grew up in Los Angeles and I'm pretty sure that we took field trips to the Leo Carrillo State Park frequently and to learn about the amazing marine life that lived in tide … Continue reading Tide Pool Secrets