I’M A HARE, SO THERE!

When a chipmunk mistakes Hare for a rabbit, Hare puts him in his place.  Actually, the chipmunk is a SQUIRREL. Or so he says.  🙂 The clever dialogue between the characters on the differences between commonly mixed-up animals is a sneakily educational readaloud.  It offers a gentle lesson on appreciating differences and standing up for what you… Read More

TINKERING WITH CARDBOARD … Slotted Construction

With cardboard, scissors, and art supplies, our families can create DIY construction sets with interlocking slots. We all have a steady supply of cardboard these days,  so I started playing with the idea of making multiple pieces from cardboard.  I traced and cut out cardboard circles, then tested out ways to connect the pieces.  I cut… Read More

BADGER’S PERFECT GARDEN

This is a perfect story to share with our children at any time, but especially with a little gardener at springtime. Perhaps it will inspire you and your little helpers to plant your own perfect garden! *********************** BADGER’S PERFECT GARDEN Marsha Diane Arnold – Author Ramona Kaulitzki – Illustrator It is spring. Badger has dozens of… Read More

HOW DO YOU FIND A BIRD?

This book is a celebration of the wondrous variety, colors and sounds of the avian world.  It is sure to have our children grabbing their binoculars and heading outside to explore.  A veteran birder invites our young readers to look for the birds around them.  🙂 **************************************** HOW TO FIND A BIRD Jennifer Ward – Author… Read More

13 WAYS TO EAT A FLY

The title of this book is just too irresistible!  Thirteen flies become tasty snacks in this clever reverse counting book about subtraction, predators, and prey.   A swarm of thirteen flies buzzes along, losing one member to each predator along the way. Whether the unfortunate insects are zapped or wrapped, liquefied or zombified, the science is real–and… Read More

BEING FROG

This book is a stunning photographic look at the fascinating lives of frogs.  Our youngest readers will love the photographs and rhymes; slightly older children will also appreciate the author’s note about the difference between scientific and anecdotal research—and the value in both.  ********************** BEING FROG April Pulley Sayre – Author and Photographer Frogs are amazing… Read More

LITTLE FOX

Good parents everywhere know the tension of wanting our kids to be curious, to have rich experiences and friends…but to be perfectly safe while doing it. ******************************* A tender little story…… LITTLE FOX Edward van de Vendel – Author Marije Tolman – Illustrator   An exuberant young fox plays joyfully among birds and animals, not always… Read More

CURIOUS BY NATURE

Hands up if you ever had a question that no one could answer. Did you ever find an answer? Scientists spend their lives trying to answer questions………… Children are born eager to learn. Curious by nature, we can’t keep them from exploring as they try to comprehend their environment. Everything is a wonder.  When conditions allow… Read More

LIGHTS OUT

For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s encoded in the DNA of all plants and animals. Humans have radically disrupted this cycle by lighting up the night.  In a world marred by light pollution, this quest for true darkness is a clarion call to turn out… Read More

FLUTTERING IN THE WIND….

In a culture that prizes achievement, kids are often afraid to fail – failing to realize that some of the very ideas that don’t work are steps along the path to ones that will.  Persistence and creativity can lead to amazing things, as Leif the leaf discovers in this lovely book. ******************************* LEIF and the FALL… Read More