As a child, poetry was an integral part of my reading life simply because it was wrapped up in the things available to kids. I was fascinated by Shel Silverstein and of course read a lot of Mother Goose. I don’t remember focusing on poetry until junior high where we learned all of the different … Continue reading The Poetry of US
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!
As spring starts to head our way, we notice the important changes. The temperatures begin to warm, plants that had gone dormant during the winter months are beginning to sprout new growth, and in many places a yellow pollen covers the ground for a few weeks. While most people appreciate the colorful flowers and greenery … Continue reading Bravo to the Bees!
Teachers and parents are all hoping onto the STEAM bandwagon. Seems like people have gotten the message that if we want to be world leaders, we have to raise creative thinkers and innovators. In years past, tinkering and creating were things all kids had to do to keep themselves occupied, but in our fast-paced world, … Continue reading Inspiring the Next Generation of Exploration
From time to time I receive books from National Geographic Kids to review. I'm always super amazed by the imagery they use and some of the books present really amazing information in a very fun way. Of all of the books I have received from them, The World of the Bible: Biblical Stories and the … Continue reading The World of the Bible – an Archeological Approach
In just over a week we will inaugurate this country's 45th President. In time for that event, National Geographic has released Our Country's Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency by Ann Bausum. In this outstanding book, not only does Bausum cover every president from George Washington through President-Elect Trump's victory speech, but she … Continue reading Our Country’s Presidents – Learn Way More than Just Who They Were
Every week I volunteer in one of our local elementary school's libraries. It is fascinating to see what the kids check out and which books get taken over and over again. One section of the library that is in constant rotation are books about animals. Kids are absolutely fascinated by them and each child has … Continue reading Ultimate Oceanpedia!
As J gets older, she loves to find out more and more about real people and the things that they have done. I think it is due, in part, to the fact that as kids get older, they truly become more aware about the world around them and learning about people who have made a … Continue reading Heroes and Heroines
It's Wednesday and that means the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy. We are pretty darn excited about the Olympics in this house so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight a visually stunning book about sports and the Olympics. This is the first time that both of my … Continue reading Ready for the Olympics
National Geographic knows that one of the best ways to capture anyone's attention is through stunning photography. We recently received two of their newest titles and they are visually outstanding and super fun. Awesome 8 is an outrageous collection of the "absolutely coolest, weirdest, and craziest things we could think of," explains the title page. … Continue reading Taking a Learning Adventure with National Geographic Kids