Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments

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Title: The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults
Author: Rachel Miller, Holly Homer and Jamie Harrington
Publisher: Page Street Publishing Company
Copyright Date: 2016
Age Range: 5-12 years old
This book is brightly illustrated and nicely organized, it is easy to read and easy to follow along with the step by step processes. There are four chapters: kitchen chemistry, physics and making things move, exploring the world and the human body. The experiments offered will allow children to have fun while learning more about science.
Each experiment offers readers:
  • A mess meter
  • Whether or not there are safety precautions or adult supervisions needed
  • Prep time
  • Experiment duration time
  • Supplies needed
  • An explanation of the experiment, why it worked and outcome
  • Variation examples
  • “Did you know?” and “Try This!” sections (which gives readers tips and tricks)
As this book states this book is great for children and their caregivers, however, the book is also useful to librarians who want to do STEM programs with children or teenagers. There are many ideas that can be used to create and implement fun and engaging programs in the library. Children and younger teens would enjoy the science and reactions they would learn from the program and have fun during the process.

Read alikes:
101 Kids Activities That are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives and Babysitters! By: Holly Homer and Rachel Miller

100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids: Teach Reading, Writing, Math and More with Fun Activities by: Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park by: Liz Lee Heinecke

Website: The authors of this book have a blog that ties in very nicely with this book and their other books. It is called the Kids Activities Blog and it offers a lot of fun and exciting crafts and activities to do with children.

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World

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Title: She Persisted:13 American Women Who Changed the World
Author: Chelsea Clinton
Publisher: Philomel Books
Copyright Date: 2017
Age Range: 4-8 years old
Lexile Level: 1170

This book describes the lives of 13 incredible women who persisted to change the world. This book will inspire young girls to stand up for what they believe in even if it goes against what others believe is right or wrong. The book encourages girls to persist just like the women throughout our history. Each woman in this book is briefly described, illustrated and a quote of theirs is provided to the reader. At the end of the book, the author encourages the reader to persist just like the women in the book do, because everyone's voice is important.

Children will enjoy this book about strong women and it will hopefully encourage them to grow up just as strong as the women in the book. I think young girls will especially enjoy this book, but boys who are interested in history will also find interest in this book. Adults are sure to love this book as well and it would be a great storytime book choice to read in schools or libraries during women's history month in March.

Read alikes:
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by: Debbie Levy
This biography discusses Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and explains that disagreeing with others isn't always a bad thing. She stands up for others and stands up for what she believes in.

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History and Our Future by: Kate Shatz
Much like She Persisted, this book describes incredible women who have shaped history and fought for what they believe in.

Rosie Revere, Engineer By: Andrea Beaty
This picture book inspires young girls to follow their heart and do what they love even if it is out of the ordinary. With hard work and determination she is able to accomplish her goals.