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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Recap

December 30, 2015

Participating in the Nonfiction Picture Books Challenge was a fun reading inspiration again this year. Only eleven of my #nfpb15 reads were blogged, but I easily met my goal of twenty-five. And thanks to the wonderful reviews from our host Alyson and all the other participants, my to-be-read list is even longer! Biographies & History Alice Waters and the […]

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday

January 21, 2015

Two excellent 2014 books begin this year’s nonfiction picture books reading. A historical biography and one STEM title. Dare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracy Fern, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully As a young girl, Ellen Prentiss’ father taught her to “have the caution to read the […]

Nonfiction Picture Book March Reads

March 26, 2014

I really enjoyed and learned a lot reading Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine and illustrated by T. S. Spookytooth. The combination of comparisons and questions is an effective method of teaching children about bones. I had no idea that giraffe’s and humans have the same number of vertebrae, but I’m sure […]

Nonfiction Picture Book January Reads

January 29, 2014

A STEM theme ran through my nonfiction picture book January reads: biographies of two scientists, Kate Sessions and Albert Einstein, as well as two bird books covering parrots and godwits. Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbure, collages by Susan L. Roth Roth and Trumbure chronicle the demise of the Puerto Rican […]

STEM Program Ideas for Libraries

December 13, 2012

There are a lot of great STEM program ideas out there. In addition to ongoing Tech Club and CoderDojo programs, here are some activities I am considering for the months ahead. Top of my list – Squishy Circuits! How awesome is this idea from St. Thomas University?! By using batches of both sugar-based and salt-based […]

Moon & Stars Storytime

March 1, 2012

From the summer reading theme, Dream Big Read, to the flurry of STEM initiatives, the moon and stars have had a good year. I jumped on the bandwagon last week with a Moon and Stars storytime for toddlers. Opener: Glad to Meet You by Peter and Ellen Allard Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes […]