If your child love adventures and short stories, this book is you! Adam Monk-Daschke's stories are filled with magical characters who taking interesting adventures. You will meet Baby Panda, Mummy Panda, Mr. Snowman and lots more friends from different worlds. Great stories to read after tea! We give this book 4 stars.
Olivia Lauren says:
I liked this book because it is very calming for like a bedtime story. I liked that is has more than one
story. I did not like that the illustrations were on the side. I prefer when the picture is in the story. I think this
book is best for kids 4 -7. I give this book 5 stars.
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CaT Bobino is a speaker, radio and tv host, biologist, professor, STEM organizer, and author. CaT Bobino is spreading the knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math on various media and in the community. She been a guest speaker for numerous organizations.
She has been featured on the show, Genius, with Stephen Hawking.
She has also written, directed, and starred in programs for KQED. She also hosts her own weekly show, In the Know with Cat Bobino, where she interviews diverse STEM professionals to showcase the array of opportunities available for students interested in STEM. She currently teaches Animal Biology at California State University.
As the founder of In The Know Consulting LLC, a family run company, she focuses on STEM education in and outside of the classroom. The goal of this consulting company is to bring STEM to life through mentorship, demonstrations, dynamic speeches, written materials, and social media. She organizes trips to various STEM centers. At only 35, how does she do it all? To find out, read her book, In the Know, which is available on Amazon.
In the know is a self-help book for parents with children interested in STEM fields. As a social scientist and a mother of two daughters, I was really glad to have this resource. Both my children are naturally gifted in performing arts. But my love and knowledge of STEM wants to them to love and appreciate STEM too. This book is unlike other help guides. This book is more of an autobiography of Cat Bobino’s life combined with places for the reader to make journal entries. The book has 14 short chapters. Each chapter is filled with inspiration and wealth of knowledge. It covers the importance of reading, networking, traveling, expecting, and impressing. Although it is a parent book, this book would also serve as a great gift to middle school students heading to high school.
Although STEM careers offer a variety of opportunities with job security and growth, studies show a huge disparity between the number of students who express interest in STEM degree programs and the number who actually enter them. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs have played a significant role in driving the modern economy. In fact, the growth of STEM jobs are three times faster than that of non-STEM jobs in the United States over the last decade (US Department of Commerce, 2011). Most STEM jobs require a postsecondary degree or other advanced technical training. Previous research indicates that family background, financial resources, and parent's academic achievement can be used to predict whether a student will enroll in a STEM major. Inadequate preparation for higher level STEM skills and other aspects of college readiness also deter the number of students entering STEM fields (Wang, 2013).
In sum, there are a demand for STEM workers and STEM jobs pay well. Therefore, parents should be encouraging their children to at least be skilled in the field whether or not they choose to pursue it. Bobino’s book gives the necessary support you need to guide your child on the right path. The book is personable, memorable, relatable, and easy to read. CaT Bobino is a STEM Ambassador who has it going on and is in the know!!!
It’s Back to School time!!! Every parent is screaming YAY!!! It’s that time of the year where we find ourselves spending money on school supplies, school clothes, and books, instead of excessive trips to the grocery store (those kids can eat), the movie theater, amusement park, beaches, fairs/festivals, zoos/aquariums/museums/science centers/parks, and summer camps (they need constant entertainment! otherwise you hear the resounding "I'm bored"). Speaking of books, I really hope you didn’t forget trips to the library this summer. My 9 year old, Olivia Lauren read a picture book every day or a chapter book every 2-3 days and helped me review them for her summer reading project.
Last fall we read 4 really great books about Back to School and thought we would share them again! Below, I have reviewed our favorite three.
Mission: Back to School
This is a hilarious, fun, and quick read for any kid who enjoys the idea of completing a mission. The author introduces a robot as the narrator to encourage the characters and her readers of what is to be expected or needed through the school day. Using step by step lists, the robot guides the characters through 19 steps from selecting what to wear to school to returning home. I loved the colorful and diverse illustrations, the introduction of new vocabulary words such as rendezvous, decoding, fugitive, and rogue. The author is articulate in her ability to make school sound like a Mission (Im)Possible episode. She does it in no time at all using quick and efficient dialogue between the characters. Olivia read this 30 paged book in 3 minutes. After reading this book, even the most anxious child should get excited about his or her first day of school. It was a joy to read. She writes really well and the illustrator demonstrated diversity above and beyond gender and racial/ethnic diversity. The author also included language, thereby teaching children to say hello in 6 different languages. This book makes learning sound like a whole lot of fun and adventure. Kudos to the author for a job well done.
School’s First Day of School
When I started to read this book, I didn’t know what to expect at first. But my doubt quickly became a warm and welcoming pleasant surprise. This lovely book takes a very unusual perspective of narration. Rather than a 1st person or 3rd person narration, the school is the book’s main character. Using dialogue between the school and janitor, the author cleverly disguises the lesson of emotions surrounding the issue of the first day of school for different types of children---from the most eager, the bully, and the shy. Even the illustrations are quite simple in nature at first, not having very much detail. Some of the faces lacked facial features. But as the story progresses, the characters become more detailed and the illustrator is very intentional in addressing diversity. There are construction workers at the school that are male and female; black, White and Latino. The school is named after Frederick Douglas, an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. There is much diversity in gender, race, ability, body size, and as mentioned before, emotional expressiveness of the children. My daughter and I read this book in under ten minutes. The author does a great job in showing that school’s aren’t as scary as one would think, but there is a lot to anticipate. Finally, everyone is unique and different, and that’s ok. Everyone is valuable, full of potential, and welcomed by the school.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School
Apparently Olivia and I saved the best for last. This book had us cracking up laughing from beginning to end. The main character Amelia is very comical and quite literal. The author introduces homonyms and puns in such a clever way. Examples include name tag vs. playing tag; here vs. hear; Clay vs clay; assemble vs. assembly, and understanding the terms “Nose in a book” and “Glued to one’s seat.” The illustrator did a great job introducing characters that were diverse in gender, race and ethnicity. Well, the children were diverse. I did notice however that the three teachers and staff represented were all White women, which happens to be very characteristic of elementary schools in the U.S. (80% in fact). Despite that the story was great and took under ten minutes to read. It also shows the reader that students are not the only ones with concerns about their first day of school, but so do the teachers. Emotions range from nervousness, fear, excitement, doubt, and relief. This book uses a lot of humor and is equally suitable for that kid who is excited and ready to run out the door to go to school and the one who isn’t quite sure what to expect.
Olivia really enjoyed these three Back to School themed books. She is quite a critic and tough book reviewer. She was bummed that when we finished reading it was her bed time. But there was no regret concerning reading these really great stories. I shall be hitting the sack as well. Hope your little ones are looking forward to a safe and productive school year. Have a great time at open house meeting all the new teachers. Please be especially courteous to them. They do so much for so little. With that, I bid you
Good night and Sweet dreams
Buenas noches. Que duermas bien
Bonne nuit et Fait de beaux rêves
Wǎn'ān, zuò gè hǎo mèng
Laila sa'eda wa ahlaam ladida
Other recommendations below:
Title: When I grow up, I want to be myself
Author: A. Cole
Publisher: Self-published, 2016
Pages: 24 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
Author A. Cole urges children to be themselves! When I first opened the book, I immediately loved it looking at the beautiful illustrations of a happy, little, African-American, confident, girly girl. I loved what I saw. But as I read, I wondered, would this be another self-esteem, love your hair, Black books? Not that it isnt an important message, but don’t we have enough of those?
But I was pleasantly surprised. As I read I really enjoy the story and I think children too (girls, especially) will enjoy the story because of the way it is written. It flows and shows a character with lots of personality. Children can relate to her pondering and self-reflection. I think what I like most about this book, is the author's ability to accomplish so much in so few pages. First, it covers the topic of IDENTITY. She lets children know that they should find out who they are and what they like. They should be proud of who they are and own their choices.
Second, it covers the topic of occupations. It teaches that there are lots of different jobs and no matter what you look like, you can be whatever you want to be. Don’t allow gender, race, ability or socioeconomic status to deter you from your dream. You have as many options as you believe are open to you.
Third, it covers the topic of the SUCCESS. Very early society tells children to pursue jobs that offer stability, status, and wealth. Success is often considered to be something external such as material gain, rather than an internal sense of satisfaction.
However, the author challenges the third notion with three main principles:
The last principle really stuck with me. We are so busy offering our children every opportunity to be successful such as a good education, a safe home, a million extracurricular activities, and teaching them about financial literacy. In an age of rampant bullying, harassment, and professional misconduct, it is very important that we as parents and educators try to foster and raise decent human beings for generations to come.
How often do modern day parents take the time to teach the children the importance of being kind, giving, respectful, dressing with pride, and listening to your heart above the noise of the world with its naysayers and comparison makers?
The author concludes “Think about what type of person you want to be when you grow up” instead of what you will do to earn a living. “Being the best you” would really ease some of the anxiety and depression that I see amongst the college population that I teach. Thank you so much A. Cole for sharing your wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement with our young people. They really need to hear it. We really need to hear it. I also loved the diversity of the classroom scene. I give this book 5 stars.
Title: My little ol grassy waters
Author: Rickeria Lendale
Publisher: Smashwords, 2017
Pages: 14 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
Have you ever been to the South? More specifically, have you experienced grassy waters? Perhaps you have taken a swamp tour or swam in a lake? What images come to mind?
My little ol grassy waters is a children’s book where the main character reflects on life living near grassy waters. She recalls sugar cane, rabbits, alligators, dogs, children playing, and Southern charm. It is a sweet memoir of “home sweet home” and I love the melanin richness of the many characters in the story. If you are looking for books with African American characters, this one has plenty!
Although the author never states where this grassy water was located, it took me back to New Orleans. The language as seen in “little ol grass waters,” “my mind going back” and “Yes ma’am” reminds me of southern dialect. The main character yearns to be home. If you watch and enjoy Queen Sugar, I think you would enjoy reading this book to your children. It is short and to the point. She misses her grassy waters.
As a teacher I would have liked to see a lesson at the end of the book. Maybe the author could have describe locations where grassy waters are found. Or have a discussion about types of habitats with one being the wetlands. Or maybe a lesson on Southern charm. The story and the illustrations were beautiful but something felt missing. I give this book 4 stars.
Written by: Melissa-Sue Joh
Title: Old Man Sea
Author: R. M. Hedgcoth
Publisher: Sunstar Books, 2017
Pages: 24 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
I invited authors to share their books with me so that my nine year old daughter would read more and we could have something to do together that we both enjoyed. So far, we have been very busy with the number of books we received. That worked perfectly for us. We really enjoyed most of the books we read. However, we read two books for one author and she blew us away for a second time.
What was so fantastic about this book? Everything!
We loved the cover, the dedication, the quotes, the content, the font, the illustrations, the lesson, the good night greeting, and the about us page.
A way with words. For a children’s book, it isn’t so much story telling in the sense of several main characters overcoming a situation or dealing with conflict, as it is mesmerizing poetry on each page. The author can personify nature. The sea has its own life and conflict that mirrors human life and conveys a deeper message that is implied. For me, I grasped the idea that life, like the sea, has low tides and high tides in that it is full of ups and downs. During calm seas there are blue skies and during stormy ones there are gray ones. I garnered from the story that in life we work hard, we fall in crash into each other (symbolic of love and getting hurt or getting ill or weathered by exhaustion), but there is not anything that salt water can’t cure.
Captivating illustrations. Most times when you think of the sea you are looking above it and under it. However, the illustrator captures both the surface and the depth at the same time. It is so magical to be able to be in both places at once. This brother and sister team do a great job matching the story with illustrations that are compatible and deep. It is a little eery to be honest! Eery may convey strange or weird, but its more about exciting and invoking curiosity and wonder. Maybe mysterious is a better choice of words.
Fun Facts. I love a book that is entertaining and educational. After reading a beautiful and poetic story about the sea, children learn about tides.
Enjoyed by all. Many children books that we read were filled with bright colors and funny characters. But this uses dark colors that somehow make it majestic and mystical. This is magical for children, but mature enough for adults to enjoy as well.
Talented. It’s one thing to write one really great book, but to do it again and again shows real talent. Kudos to you, Rachel. We were quite impressed.
We really hope you continue to write and share your gift with the world. Thank you for sharing your books with us.
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Title: Sam Sam and Marzipan: The Cubby House
Author: Dan Ryan
Publisher: Self-published, Dan Ryan Books
Pages: 14 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
This book is about a story from the point of view of a young boy named Sam. The character in the story is known as Sam Sam. Sam Sam and his friend Marzipan, a white and ginger cat go on magical adventures inside a cubby house. In this house, inanimate objects come to life and go along on the imaginative journey. Sam Sam and his friends find themselves in usual places filled with treats- a true child’s fantasy. However, we can only fantasize for a while, then, oops, it is time for reality! The illustrations were cute and the story was short enough to hold a young reader’s attention. We recommend for preschoolers. We give this book 4 stars.