Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Last of the 66 Essential Preschool Books to Read this Year!

Preschool Books to Support Sand and Water Sensory Play

A Handful of Dirt by Raymond Bial
Jump Into Science: Sand by Ellen Prager
First Nature Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
Messing Around with Water Pumps and Siphons by Bernie Zubrowski
Sail Away by Donald Crews
All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon
Water Dance by Thomas Locker
The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch
Different Kinds of Soil by Molly Aloian

Preschool Books to Support Grinding Table Play

Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris
Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat by George Levenson
See Inside How Things Work by Conrad Mason
Mr. Santizo's Tasty Treats by Alice Flanagan
Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Thornton Dooley
Grains to Bread by Inez Snyder

Hope you enjoyed these suggestions! Supporting STEM learning in your home
is easy and fun. If you need any suggestions for STEM activities, please ask
any of the librarians in the Children's Department!

Happy Holidays! ☃☃❄❄❅❅❆❆⛄⛄⛄⛄
~Miss Elena

Thursday, December 15, 2016

More Essential STEM Preschool Books to Read This (or Next!) Year

This post continues the list of books that are recommended to support STEM learning.

Books to Support Studio Art

Chalk by Bill Thomson
Happy by Miles Van Hout
A Piece of Chalk by Jennifer A. Ericsson
Andy Warhol's Colors by Susan Goldman Rubin

Books to Support Play with Physics

Move It: Motion, Forces and You by Adrienne Mason
Roll, Slope and Slide: a Book About Ramps by Michael Dahl
Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer
Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Inclined Planes to the Rescue by S. Thales
Rolling Rose by James Stevenson
Motion: Push, Pull, Fast and Slow by Darlene R. Stille

Books to Support Light and Shadow Play

All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer
Light and Color by Peter Riley
Pantone Colors by Pantone
What is a Scientist? by Barbara Lehn
All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt
Oscar and the Moth by Geoff Waring
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons

Check some of these wonderful resources out!
Next week I'll be listing books about sand and water sensory play and grinding table play!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Essential STEM preschool books to read this year

I came across a list of 66 essential STEM preschool books to read this year and I wanted to share them with you.

This post will list books recommended to support construction and engineering, wind science, and systems thinking. I will have future posts on books that support Studio Art, Play with Physics, Light and Shadow Play, Sand and Water Play and Grinding Table Play.
Enjoy and share these titles with your budding scientists!

Construction and Engineering

Build It Up and Knock It Down by Tom Hunter
Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
What Do You do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada
The Wonderful Towers of Watts by Patricia Zelver
Bridges Are To Cross by Philemon Sturges
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting
Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds
Roxaboxen by Alice McClerran
Architecture Shapes by Michael J. Crosbie
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons
Building a House by Byron Barton

Wind Science

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
Like A Windy Day by Frank Ashe
I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman

Systems Thinking

Because a Little Bug Went Kachoo by Rosetta Stone (Dr. Seuss)
Gong Places by Paul H. Reynolds
Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea by Anna Humphrey
What is a Pulley by Lloyd G. Douglas
Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry by Mike Venezia
Rosie, Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

10 Holiday Children's Books With Rich Latino Holiday Traditions

Whether you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for your budding bookworm or a gift that will teach your kids about their cultural roots, look no further than these holiday-themed books.
Here are 10 books that celebrate diverse Latino families and their rich holiday traditions.

  • A Piñata In A Pine Tree, by Pat Mora

    In this Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” a little girl recounts the gifts her amiga gave to her, including doce angelitos celebrando (twelve angels rejoicing) and a piñata in a pine tree. The book includes both English and Spanish phrases, and features a handy glossary and pronunciation guide. 

  • ‘Twas Nochebuena, by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the jovial Latino family in this book is stirring up hot chocolate and decorating the house in preparation for a traditional Latino celebration known as Nochebuena

  • Merry Navidad, by Alma Flor Ada

    This book contains a collection of English and Spanish Villancicos (Christmas carols) from Peru, Chile, Argentina and many other Latin American countries.

  • When Christmas Feels Like Home, by Gretchen Griffith

    After moving from Mexico to the United States with his family, Eduardo’s family promises him that he will feel at home by Christmas. Though initially doubtful, Eduardo soon realizes his family was right.

  • Feliz Navidad, by Jose Feliciano

    Set to José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” this book teaches children about traditional Puerto Rican parrandas, a holiday tradition in which households are visited by a group of dancing and singing friends, family and musicians.

  • Pablo’s Christmas, by Hugo C. Martin

    When young Pablo’s mother announces that she is going to have a baby, his father decides to find work in America to support them. Pablo tries his best to fill his father’s shoes during the holidays by finding and decorating a Christmas tree and making his own gifts. In the end, Pablo receives a surprise gift of his own.

  • The Miracle Of The First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story, by Joanne Oppenheim

    Poinsettias are native to Mexico, but they can be found in households around the world during the holidays. This book tells the tale of how this beautiful red plant came to be.

  • Mimi’s Parranda, by Lydia M. Gil

    Parrandas (Puerto Rico’s version of caroling) are Mimi’s favorite holiday tradition. But when she finds out she and her family won’t be able to make their annual Christmas trip to Puerto Rico, she becomes morose and decides to spend the holidays in bed. That is until Mimi hears the familiar sounds of guiros, maracas and tambourines outside her bedroom door. Could it be that her family brought the parranda to her? 

  • Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto

    Maria and her cousins offer to help her mother make tamales for Christmas Eve. Things were going well until Maria accidentally drops her mother’s diamond ring into a giant batch of the holiday staple. Children will enjoy reading about how Maria and her cousins attempt to eat their way out of trouble.

  • The Night Of Las Posadas, by Tomie dePaola

    Sister Angie always leads Las Posadas — a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter. But she’s too ill to attend this year. Making matters worse, the people who were supposed to play Mary and Joseph in the procession are caught in a snowstorm. But thanks to a mysterious couple who step in at the last minute, the show goes on and the town is able to celebrate this cherished religious tradition.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems Exhibit

Do you love books by Mo Willems? The New York Historical Society Museum and Library has an awesome exhibit right now called "The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems" until September 25, 2016.
Read below from their website!:

Mo Willems’ beloved children’s book characters speak with a distinctly New York accent, from Trixie’s very first Brooklyn “Aggle Flaggle Klabble!” utterance to the Nichols and May-esque comedy duo of Elephant and Piggie to a public transportation-obsessed Pigeon. This spring, the New-York Historical Society presents The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, a rollicking journey across a career that started on Sesame Street and led to a laundromat in Park Slope.
Since the publication of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! in 2003, Willems has amassed an impressive list of New York Times best-selling adventures that have garnered him three Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Medals, five Geisel Honors, and an inaugural spot in the Picture Book Hall of Fame. Previous to his publishing career, Willems won six Emmy Awards for his writing on PBS’s Sesame Street, created the Cartoon Network’s Sheep in the Big City, and was the head writer for Codename: Kids Next Door. He has written two musicals based on his books, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical and Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In a Play!, both commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 
The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems exhibition brings together original art, sketches, and inspirational drawings from Willem's most popular series, plus stand-alone classics such as Leonardo the Terrible Monster and That is NOT a Good Idea!. It displays the efforts behind the effortlessness, the seriousness behind the silliness, and the desire, as Willems says, “to think of my audience, not for my audience.” His ability to crisply weave together life lessons and humor creates artful volumes that speak to all, regardless of size.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Unbury the Past

The following apps and websites on ancient history help present  old information through a new lens, and may just pique students' interest in an ancient culture or civilization.


Ancient History Encyclopedia

Free Grades 7 and up

The AHE cites itself as a small nonprofit dedicated to providing high-quality history content to enthusiasts, teachers, and students for free. Students can explore topics using a time line, a geographical search, and natural language searches. The site is well designed and organized and contains information in many formats-videos, photos, maps, and text.

Free Grades 6 and up
Part of the greater National Geographic site, AWN is of the quality one would expect for NatGeo.  Highlighting contemporary news concerning discoveries about the ancient world and ancient artifacts, this site connects current events with ancient history.  Some recent examples include the destruction of ancient sites by ISIS, an in-depth look at the life of Bronze Age women, and the Shroud of Turin.  Since AWN is a part of the larger NatGeo site, natural language searches aren't as fruitful as on a dedicated site.

Free Grade 5 and up

Truly an online version of a textbook, the site features information about major aspects of prehistoric world an takes readers through Egypt, the early Middle East, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Africa, South Asia, China, Japan, and South and Central America.  Accessible language is used to describe the time periods and major events; sidebars contain links that lead to external websites on the topic.  While some of these links may be broken from time to time, they do provide additional information on most subjects.


Timeline Eons (iOS)

Free version; $5.99 paid version Grades 4-8

This powerful app features a time line of  the history of the universe, complete with images, photos, and clean, explanatory text. Though the app itself doesn't provide many options for  interaction-save for scrolling through the history of the Earth (and the universe)-teachers and librarians could use it to challenge students to find a historical  event and unearth an unusual fact.  A good resource that offers a clear, visual representation of the history of the planet, which might just blow some kids away when they see the vast amount of time Earth has been around.

Mummy (iOS)

$1.99 Grades 6-8

A powerful, in-depth look into the preservation of the dead in ancient Egypt.  Hortesnakht, a priestess who lived sometime in the third century BCE, is a well-preserved mummy, which has been studied by researchers at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.  The app includes a slew of facts about Horesnakht's life and death, including photos of her mummified body-wrapped and un-wrapped.  Photos of her body being transported and examined and the resulting CT scans are included, but perhaps the most compelling illustrations are the facial reconstruction images.

Britannica Kids Ancient Egypt (iOS)

$4.99 Grades 5-8

Essentially an interactive textbook on Egyptian history, Britannica Kids Ancient Egypt is a rich resource with detailed information. The all includes sections on hieroglyphics, gods and the afterlife, dynasties of Egypt, a sampling of photos, and an interesting section on everyday life.  The app even has few games that will appeal to users seeking a history-themed break from what can become monotonous reading in some of the other sections. 

Fun Twitter accounts to follow

@historyancient (History of the Ancient)
Fun quizzes and punchy pictures serve as reminders of yesteryear.

@bennu (Talking Pyramids)
Peruse daily postings of "breaking news" about ancient history.  An original platform for hearing about new academic projects centered on history.