Monday, December 15, 2014

Useful Websites to Encourge Student Creativity

The following websites are wonderful in terms of supporting your little student's creativity.

3D Printing for Dummies
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/3d-printing-for-dummies-how-do-3d-printers-work-8668937.html
Andrew Walker explains how 3D printers work.

Activities for Kids from Smithsonian
http://www.mnh.si.edu/education/studentactivities.html
This site provides activities for young people.

Building Big
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/index.html
Students learn what it takes to build big as they explore structures such as skyscrapers, tunnels, domes, among others.

Code Monster
www.crunchzila.com/cide-monster
This site contains 58 short lessons that teach kids to program, from basic resizing objects to more complex animation.

Crypto Kids
www.nsa.gov/kids/
At this site from the National Security Agency, you can learn all about codes and ciphers and even create your own. Many games and activities are included.

Kids Science Experiments
www.lovemyscience.com
This site provides many links to kid-friendly experiments and games in different areas of science.

More to come!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Excellence in Science Book Awards


The finalists are:

Picture Books:

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisolm
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird by Rita Gray
Parrots Over Puerto Rico  by Susan L. Roth
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies

Middle Grades Science Book

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scinetific Mystery by Sandra Markle
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman
Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns
Mission: Mars by Pascal Lee
Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman

Hands-on Science Book

Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments that Don't Cost a Thing by Bobby Mercer
Kids Guide to Exploring Nature by Brooklyn Botanic Educators
Plant a Pocket of Prairie  by Phyllis Root


 These books would make wonderful gifts for anyone interested in great science books!

Jacqueline Woodson wins the National Book Award

Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming has won this year's National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category. Here is a review:

Woodson tells the story of her life against the backdrop of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s in this fictionalized memoir. Beautifully written in verse, it shows the difficulty of not feeling at home in any one place. Jacqueline was born in Ohio but moves to South Carolina with her mother, brother, and sister at age one, when her parents split. Her grandparents become like mom and dad, especially when her mother moves to New York looking for work. Just as she feels she has found her place in Greenville, her mother moves them to New York with her, where she feels she does not quite belong. When she goes back to South Carolina for the summer, she does not feel quite at home there anymore either As she grows, Jacqueline finds her purpose in the telling of stories, despite her early difficulty with reading. Her proudest moment is when a teacher identifies her as a "writer." Poetry is an excellent vehicle for illustrating her emotions while she tries to make sense of the world that is changing so rapidly around her. She conveys a genuine feel for the experience of African Americans in the era where they are moving from the back of the bus to being accepted everywhere, especially from a child's point of view.

The other four finalists include: Eliot Schrefer's 'Threatened,' Steve Sheinkin's 'The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,' John Corey Whaley's 'Noggin,' and Deborah Wiles's 'Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy' (book two).


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Publishers Weekly Unveils The Best Children’s Books of 2014



 As the year 2014 comes to a close, we love to see lists of what the best children's books of 2014 were.

Below are  Publisher's Weekly lists for their opinion of which books these are. There are 3 catagories: Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult. Click below to see what made the list!



‘Publishers Weekly’ Unveils The Best Children’s Books of 2014 | Children's Book Council

Michael Bond to Appear in a Cameo For the Paddington Movie!



 For all of you Paddington fans,  Michael Bond, the English author behind the Paddington Bear book series, will make a cameo in the upcoming Paddington movie! Click the link below to find out more!

Michael Bond to Appear in a Cameo For the Paddington Movie | Children's Book Council

Early Chapter Books About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming! Check out the link below for some wonderful chapter books on Thanksgiving.

Early Chapter Books About Thanksgiving | Parents | Scholastic.com

Have a wonderful holiday!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Tis’ the Season — For Great Fall Picture Books!

'The Huffington Post' rounds-up 50 new picture books to be on the lookout for this season!
Here are some of the titles:

Firebird by Misty Copeland
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
Blizzard by John Rocco
The Boy on the Page by Peter Carnavas
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Forget Me Not by Nancy Van Laan
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Look for the rest here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/minhle/50-new-picture-books-for-_b_5808186.html