Diggin’ Dirt: Science Adventures with Kitanai the Origami Dog

by Thomas Kingsley Troupe (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator), Paul McDaniel (Consultant Editor), Lindgren & Smith Inc (Contributor), Terry Flaherty (Contributor)
Diggin Dirt Cover

An Origami Science Adventure series book!

Capstone Publishers bring together a series of Non Fiction picture books where “Art and Science collide in exciting science adventures”. Each book in the series features a fold origami character that journeys through a scientific exploration.

“Diggin’ Dirt” has clever illustrations, a mix media of realistic nature photographs and digital illustration. This book is sure to capture the attention of the youngest in the household.  Our favorite part was at the end of the book, where we found simple instructions to make our very own, cute little origami dog!  Smile

Find out more here @ StackingBooks.


Getting Outdoors with Gardening Lab for Kids

Today at Growing with Science we are celebrating spring with Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (Hands-On Family) by Renata Fossen Brown.


Renata Fossen Brown has gathered an inspiring collection of hands-on activities, one for each of the weeks in the year.

Kids can learn how to:

  • Make a rain gauge
  • Grow a pizza garden
  • Create a compost bin
  • Make a toad abode
  • Grow a sweet pea teepee

and more!

It is sure to make children want to get outdoors and give gardening a try.

See our full review for more information.


Celebrate Earth Day with Poetry


How can you resist a title like this? Footprints on the Roof by Marilyn singer is full of wonderful earth poetry. My favorite is “Burrows”  – where we walk across the ground not seeing the “mazy metropolises” beneath the earth. I particularly like the last bit:

I try to tread softly:

a quiet giant

leaving only footprints

on the roof

You can read the entire poem here at Marilyn’s website.

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The Greatest Dinosaur Ever

So which dinosaur was the greatest?

Was it the tallest, the biggest, the strongest, the smartest, the weirdest, the fastest, or the smallest? Or was it the oldest bird, the best parent, the one with the best night vision, the toughest armour, or the longest nail spikes?

There are a LOT of books about dinosaurs for kids out there. But there are also a LOT of dinosaur obsessed kids out there so there is always room for one more well-done book. Brenda Guiberson and Gennady Spirin (the same author-illustrator team that brought us the excellent Frog Song last year) have created a book worthy to add to this overcrowded genre.

For a full review visit Supratentorial.


Celebrating Earth Day: A focus on Molly Bang’s science picture books (ages 4-10)

Among my very favorite books are those by Bay Area author-illustrator Molly Bang. She captures a sense of wonder, respect for a child’s perspective and a passion for helping kids understanding the science that underpins the way our world works. I love highlighting these books as we celebrate Earth Day with our students.

Ocean Sunlight
How Tiny Plans Feed the Seas
by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2012
Your local library
ages 4-9

The ocean shimmers with the sun’s light, but did you know that the sun fuels a billion billion billion tiny plants called phytoplankton? “Half the oxygen you breathe every day … is bubbling out of all the tiny phytoplankton floating in your seas.” Bang and Chisholm capture this majestic beauty and fascinating science.

For more of Molly Bang’s “Sunlight Series” books, head over to Great Kid Books. Join me on Wednesday for an interview with Molly Bang.

©2014 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books


On the Move: Mass Migrations

On the Move: Mass Migrations
by Scotti Cohn (Author) and Susan Detwiler (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Imagine seeing hundreds of the same type of animal gathered at the same place at the same time! Right here in North America, many animals gather in huge numbers at predictable times and locations. Not all migrations are tied to seasonal food changes, some are tied to life cycles. Certain birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and even insects migrate during spring, summer, fall, or winter. Travel along with them as you learn about what puts these animals On the Move.

Snippet: Spring swoops onto the prairie on a brisk, bold breeze. A warbling, trumpeting, chirping noise gets louder and louder. Soon hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes fill the sky. They’re on the move!

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