How Nature Works – Two Cool Books about Natural Selection

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

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

Seeing Something New in The Third Mushroom

Life isn't a Hollywood movie. That's one of the many things that Ellie learns in The Third Mushroom, an incredibly satisfying sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. In this book, which I finished in under 24 hours, we watch as Ellie experiments with her first romantic relationship, works on a science fair project with her grandfather, … Continue reading Seeing Something New in The Third Mushroom

Dr. Jo – an Unknown Hero in Infant Health

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

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

Inspiring the Next Generation of Exploration

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

Tiny Stitches

Since being published in 2016, the book Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, by Gwendolyn Hooks, has garnered a lot of praise. This book is special because it tells the important story of Vivien Thomas - both his amazing contribution to the medical world and the struggles that he had to face … Continue reading Tiny Stitches