STEM Friday: Physical Science for Kids @NomadPressVT

Four titles in the Picture Book Science series by Andi Diehn and illustrated by Shululu (Hui Li) coming out March 1, 2018:

Energy, Forces, Matter, and Waves will appeal to the young reader who loves to learn about words. Andi Diehn has a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing, so her approach is to make vocabulary shine. The titles start with a lively poem to introduce the topic. Next, the author shows how words can have one or more meanings in everyday usage. Finally, she exposes readers to the more specific definitions of the terminology as it is used in the physical sciences and delves into the concepts.

The creative and textured illustrations  by Shululu (the pen name of artist Hui Li) add just the right amount of fun to every page.

“Try This” sidebars with instructions for simple hands-on activities are included in each book to encourage children to explore the concepts further.

Specific details for each book:

Energy: Physical Science for Kids (Picture Book Science)

This book explains what energy is through numerous examples, such as chemical energy, heat energy, electrical energy, and light energy.

What deserves a gold star:  Encourages the reader to think about whether plants — which don’t move around — need energy, and if so, where do they get it if they can’t eat?

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Nomad Press (March 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1619306417
ISBN-13: 978-1619306417

Forces: Physical Science for Kids

Readers explore the concepts of gravity, friction, and magnetism.

What deserves a gold star:  The concept that forces can work against each other.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Nomad Press (March 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1619306387
ISBN-13: 978-1619306387

Matter: Physical Science for Kids

  An opportunity missed:  On page 16, the discussion of states of matter suggests water disappears when it evaporates. A better explanation would be it changed state from liquid to a gas.

What deserves a gold star:  Air is made up of matter, even though we don’t see it.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Nomad Press (March 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1619306441
ISBN-13: 978-1619306448

Waves: Physical Science for Kids (Picture Book Science) by Andi Diehn and illustrated by Shululu (Hui Li)

Relates the physical waves that we can see to light, microwave, and radio waves.

What deserves a gold star:  Comparing the motion of a wave to a crowd in a stadium doing “the wave.” That example is an excellent way to allow children to understand that the water in a wave isn’t moving sideways across the surface, but is simply traveling up and down in place.

Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Publisher: Nomad Press (March 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1619306352
ISBN-13: 978-1619306356

Overall, this series would be perfect for children who are struggling to understand scientific vocabulary or wanting a quick introduction to the physical sciences.

For hands-on science activities to accompany each of the books, see our sister blog, Growing with Science.

Disclosures: These books were provided for review purposes by the publisher. I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at not extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

Come visit the STEM Friday blog each week to find more great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math books.

#ReadYourWorld Personalized Bilingual Book from @TimTimTomBooks

This Saturday, January 27, 2018, is Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Be sure to check out all the fabulous sponsors and activities surrounding the event in the links below the “I am a Multicultural Children’s Book Day Blogger” button.

The celebration is designed to highlight multicultural children’s books. Today we have a bilingual personalized book for children from TimTimTom Books. The title I received is an underwater adventure called Leah and the Dolphin, with “Leah” being any child’s name you choose. The story is by Saskia Reusens and illustrated by ‎ Katrien Van Schuylenbergh.

When families speak two languages or are trying to learn two languages, it can be hard to find appropriate picture books to read. These books fill that gap because they are available in any two of nine different languages:  Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Chinese (Simplified or Traditional). You can also personalize the gender, appearance/skin tone, and write your own dedication message. I chose English and Traditional Chinese for the book our family received.

The story is about the main character’s adventure underwater. When she goes to the big pool all by herself for the first time, the main character doesn’t know what to expect. What she finds in the water will delight imaginative youngsters.

The illustrations are bright, with lots of fun things to discover in each spread. The personalized main character is featured prominently, which will make the child feel like he or she is right in the middle of the action.

This video shows how the personalizing works:

There is a lot to like about these books. They are bound with a sturdy hardcover, so will likely last for years. We were pleased to see the stories are not merely translations, but are retold to sound authentic in both languages. They also begin with a letter to the child, engaging them from the start.

Because each book is personalized and must be printed on demand, the customer support is critical. Based on my experience, the process of picking out details I wanted for the book was easy and straightforward, and the customer service from TimTimTom books was outstanding.

If you are looking for a special bilingual book to share with a child, TimTimTom Books are the way to go. They would make excellent gifts for any special occasion.

Suggested activity:

Want to learn more about marine animals? Check out a related STEM post at Growing with Science.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

#ReadYourWorld How to Say I Love You in Five Languages

Right in time for  Multicultural Children’s Book Day (January 27, 2018) and also for Valentine’s Day, we are featuring the interactive board book How to Say I Love You in Five Languages by Kenard Pak.


Meet five children who speak different languages:  English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin. The text offers a greeting, a simple phrase, and “I love you” written in each language (accompanied with English translations). Press the buttons on the right side of the book to hear the children say their version of “I love you.”

Youngsters soak up languages, so it is important for them to be exposed early. Even if they don’t formally study the language, recognizing a few phrases will expand their vocabularies and grasp of grammar. Children also enjoy interactive books, which makes this a winning combination.

On a practical note, if you’ve had “speaking” books in the past, you know that the batteries can wear out quickly. If the battery is hidden within the book, there isn’t much you can do about it. The designers of this book took this into account. The battery pack is exposed in the back of the book, so you can change the battery. The designers also provided a tiny on-off switch on the battery pack, which you’ll need to make sure is “on” before you hand the book to a child.

How to Say I Love You in Five Languages is a delightful book to give as a gift for a young child. It is love in book form.

Public domain photo found on TrendHype

Note:  This book is offered for pre-order until its release February 14, 2018.

Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Board book: 10 pages
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions; Ill edition (February 14, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1786030810
ISBN-13: 978-1786030818

 

Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes. I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

#kidlit Stellar Writing: Beyond the Bright Sea

Have you discovered Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk yet?

The writing in this novel is so beautiful it makes your eyes tear up. While you are reading, you want to soak the words into your skin.

You know it is going to be special from the first page.

My name is Crow.
When I was a baby, someone tucked me into an old boat and pushed me out to sea.
I washed up on a tiny island, like a seed riding on the tide.
It was Osh who found me and took me in. Who taught me how to put down roots, and thrive on both sun and rain, and understand what it is to bloom.

Along with the gorgeous writing comes a compelling story full of mystery and questions. Where did Crow come from? Why did her parents send her adrift in the sea? Why do Osh and Miss Maggie live like they do?

The setting features real life Penikese Island, which is part of the Elizabeth Islands chain off the coast of Massachusetts. It is cold, desolate, and powerful. The island actually did have a hospital for people with leprosy, as discussed in the story.

Public Domain NOAA Map of Elizabeth Islands from Wikimedia.

This novel is wonderful. If you are interested in children’s literature, Beyond the Bright Sea is a must read and, for many, a must have.

For more about the book, try another review at Fuse#8

Looking for children’s books set in Massachusetts?  Visit Reading Through the States.

 

Age Range: 10 and up
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 2, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1101994851
ISBN-13: 978-1101994856