Monday, September 18, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


Inventions in 30 Seconds by Dr. Mike Goldsmith with illustrations by Chris Anderson offers 30 ingenious ideas for innovative kids explained in half a minute and will keep young readers engrossed as they explore the rich variety of subjects covered in 30 topics. 



Six sections: Making Life Easy, Communication, Travel (from wheel to Spacecraft) , Finding Out (telescope to satellite), Medicine (vaccination to implants), and Industry (transistor to robot) provide readers with clear organization and each begins with a Glossary of words pertinent to the content. Each of the topics covered in the section offers brief, well-written and fact-filled discussions paired with a 3-second summary, and an activity. As an example: Making Life Easy addresses basic innovations such as Weaving, Central Heating, and the Light Bulb. Communication looks at Writing (Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese Writing, Ancient Greek, and Mayan), the Printing Press, Telephone, Radio, and Internet. Each subject is paired with eye-catching illustrations.


Recommended as a handy resource for home or school – a thoughtful introduction to many of mankind’s most important inventions.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


Weather in 30 Seconds by Dr. Jen Green (in consultation with Professor Adam Scaife) with illustrations by Tom Woolley will keep young readers engrossed as they explore the rich variety of subjects covered in 30 topics. Six sections: Earth’s Weather, Climate and Seasons, All Kinds of Weather, Extreme Weather, Predicting the Weather, and Climate Change provide readers with clear organization and each begins with a Glossary of words pertinent to the content. Each of the topics covered in the section offers brief, well-written and fact-filled discussions paired with a 3-second summary, and an activity.



Earth’s Weather provides a thoughtful discussion of the sun, atmosphere, oceans and seas, winds, and the ways in which they influence weather. The final discussion in the section, Weather Power, looks at how sun, wind and rain are used to produce power. Climate and Seasons offers insights into how climate and weather differ, and looks at biomes, microclimates, seasons, and how animals and people adapt to varying climates. 

All Kinds of Weather delves more deeply into the water cycle with particular attention on rain and snow fall and the relation to high and low pressure. Extreme Weather covers not only the many different types of stormy weather, but also droughts. Predicting the Weather builds on the previous sections to examine the tools and methods employed in meteorology.  The final section, Climate Change, pulls the entire book together with a thoughtful exploration of forces behind climate change, effects of global warming, and future weather.

Each subject is paired with colorful illustrations. Reader-friendly content, thoughtful discussions, and a broad range of topics make this book an excellent resource for home or school.

Recommended as a handy introduction to a subject that we all must deal with on a daily basis.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


Oceans in 30 Seconds by Dr. Jen Green with illustrations by Wesley Robins offers a great deal more than the title suggests and will keep young readers engrossed as they explore the rich variety of subjects covered in 30 topics. 



Six sections: Blue Planet, Stunning Seascapes, Ocean Life, Ocean Perils, Exploring the Oceans, and Using the Oceans provide readers with clear organization and each begins with a Glossary of words pertinent to the content. Each of the five topics per section offers brief, well-written and fact-filled discussions paired with a 3-second summary, and an activity. As an example: Blue Planet addresses Oceans and Seas, Wind and Waves, Tides, Swirling Currents, and Air and Oceans. Each subject is paired with a colorful map or vibrant illustration.


Recommended as a delightful introduction to Oceans and a handy resource for home or school.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Picture Book Friday


I'm changing it up today. This isn't your traditional picture book, but still plenty of fun!

CAVERN OF CLUES by David Glover is a mystery wrapped in a puzzle for young adventurers 8-12 years of age. 



Armed only with a map and basic math skills, readers must negotiate their way from one challenge to another in their quest to discover the buried treasure of the fearsome pirate Black Beard.  Solve each puzzle correctly, and the reader moves forward through the story.  Make a mistake, and the reader will find an explanation of what probably went wrong before being sent back to try again.

This is one in the Math Quest series of books designed to encourage and develop math skills in an entertaining format. Colorful illustrations paired with a lively text draws the reader into the story. A glossary of Calculation Words explains terms and demonstrates methods to provide support for readers on a variety of topics from addition to percentages.

Not every reader will become a math whiz, but they will discover that math can be fun even when it's also a challenge which is a great confidence booster for reluctant mathematicians.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Writers Wednesday

Jean Bregman’s debut novel, TheTimeKeepers, is a legal thriller built around idealistic lawyer, Sarah Brockman’s sudden descent into a dark world of greed, corruption, and murder built on insurance fraud that works both sides of the system.



After witnessing a near fatal hit and run, Sarah finds herself unable to say no when the victim’s son appeals for her help in filing a suit against the driver. It’s just the kind of personal injury case that keeps her barely able to pay her bills, but as she begins to investigate, she discovers this case is nothing like she expected. Her vicious adversary is playing for keeps and Sarah is clearly in over her head. No one can be trusted…not even, Sam, the new man in her life, who’s working the same case, but from the other side.

If you’re a Grisham fan, check this out!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Nonfiction Monday


What's your geography IQ?

A new book by TIME FOR KIDS, 50 STATES: Our America, offers young readers a chance to check their knowledge. What was the last state to join the United States -- Hawaii in 1959. Can you name the oldest city in America -- St.  Augustine, Florida founded in 1565.



This quick reference guide devotes a page to each of the states. Individual entries include basic facts such as date of admission to the union, postal abbreviation, capital, nickname, population, land area, state tree, and state bird, along with an illustration of the state with major cities identified. A brief write-up highlights historical facts often beginning with Native American inhabitants and ending with present day.

The book opens with sections on Tribal Nations Before European Settlement, European Settlement, Westward Expansion, and The United States of present day.

The Federal District of Washington, D.C. receives a double page spread similar to that of the states with historical details. The inhabited U.S. Territories and Commonwealths of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are treated to a brief discussion and facts: Status, Capital, Population, Geography, and Economy listed. Uninhabited Territories and Commonwealths are listed and mapped.

The five geographical regions of the United States: Northeast, South, Midwest, West, and Pacific States are mapped and discussed with a focus on climate, industry, agriculture, and recreation.

Colorful artwork, maps, and photographs provide visual interest and support the child-friendly text.

Recommended as an introduction to the subject or a quick reference source for home or school.

Friday, July 28, 2017

SAVE THE DATES! If you have always dreamed of writing or are currently working on a book, here's an opportunity to explore your writing options and sharpen your skills.




The Gingerbread Cowboy Book Trailer