Amazing Learning Reading

Oh my it has been a round and round and round summer.  I loved the time I had with the Grandbabes and the week afterwards with Romy.  In the ups and downs and around the bends of it all, books have been read, shared and followed many of them home.  So here is my Summer Roundup of Kiddo Reading.

We are going to continue with Amazing Learning

I love teaching new things to the Grandbabes.  Also to teach them new people too.  This is slated to be a special gift for my oldest.  Wonderful way to bring history alive.  Move over, Thomas Edison! Nikola Tesla takes the spotlight in a biography of the man who pioneered modern electrical engineering—and changed the course of history. From using alternating current to light up the Chicago World’s Fair to harnessing Niagara to electrify New York City and beyond, Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary ahead of his time.

I have always had a hard time understanding numbers.  Little on mixing them with letters.  But here is the way to make math fun to learn and share.  An interactive, engaging and exciting exploration of math! Clear, humorous text, bright illustrations and interactive novelties help explain topics including numbers, geometry, probability, transformations and statistics. The focus is on making math accessible and exciting, so each topic has an investigation for young numbersmiths to try at home.

I love to eat but more so I love to cook.  Having the Grandbabes around I get to do just that.  Cook with them while teaching them what the meal is made up of.  This is brought home here when you learn not only what your are eating but where it came from too.  It’s easy to forget where all our food comes from—especially once the hustle and bustle of back-to-school begins! Luckily, Chris Butterworth is here to provide answers to curious youngsters in this relevant, colorful story and the American Farm Bureau’s book of the year.

Doodle with Maisy

Are you a Maisy fan?  I am.  This is a hard one to share with the kids.  Why?  Well because I want to doodle too.  Yes, I am going to share but next time I am the one who gets to play.  Creative Maisy fans - it's time to make your mark!  Take your pencil on a doodling adventure in this irresistible Maisy activity book created by Lucy Cousins.  There’s hours of fun—and something for everyone—in this hands-on Maisy doodle-fest!

When Romy had to go home I knew it was going to be a long 3 hour ride.  Sitting in the back seat is never much fun.  So I sent snacks, drinks and of course this book to keep her entertained.  Princess Sapphire and Emerald the Witch live in the mixed-up land of Mixtopia, where everything is just a little bit odd…let’s face it, perfect princesses and scruffy witches are not usually best friends.  Doodle, design and draw while you read and make Sapphire’s birthday wish come true!
Here is my new go to book for fun around the house on craft days.  I already had plans for this trip but you know I am bookmarking pages already.  For young artists, tricksters, and crafters, here is a hip, friendly how-to manual for creating removable and shareable art projects from easily found materials. The sneaky part is in the installation! Each work of art is custom-created for display in public places. This utterly unique guide offers a stylish and sweet “made-you-look-twice” spirit of fun meant to put a smile on the faces of strangers and loved ones alike.

Let's Build a Playground
Okay here is the book that I want to sit down with Dear Hubby on.  I have always wanted to have a playground for the Grandbabes.  I know we can not do what is required for an amazing one but you never know we might have one that is worthy of an afternoon of fun.  What’s your dream playground? Grab a piece of paper and let your imagination go wild! That was the first step when two hundred kids and grown-ups got together to build the playground in this book—one of two thousand that KaBOOM! has helped create. Michael J. Rosen’s lively free verse, together with colorful photographs, capture the enthusiastic teamwork leading up to the final build of a playground in one day—a playground that will welcome kids of all ages well into the future.
We spent day after day out playing.  Be it at the park or the lake or the back yard.  I loved it as a kid and still do as a Nonnie.  Better yet is teaching my Grandbabes to do the same.  Yes, get up and go outside and play! Here, at your fingertips, are how-to's for more than seventy best-loved games, all set to spread the fun of active play to kids of all ages. This lively, infectious guide to games runs the gamut from classic to contemporary: freeze tag, blindman’s bluff, red light green light, four square, duck duck goose, and so many more. It’s all sparked by KaBOOM!, a nonprofit with a passion for creating outdoor play spaces nationally and around the world.

Here is the book I want to share with my friends Grace and Mindy.  They have the best yard for bird watching.  From feeders to beautiful plants to natural habitat.  So for their annual Cousins Camp that is hosted right next door I contribute this book.  This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader.
I would tell you that the kids loved this book but it was absconded with by my big kiddo friend.  Kathy (my dear) had to run across country to help her mom who was ill.  I do not know Where Waldo IS Now, but I do know he is safe in her hands.  This book was a great way to pass the time on the plane and in hospital waiting rooms.  And Waldo will return home as soon as Kathy's mom is up and running again. 

Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers by Marilynn Halas 

This is the 5th book in the Fuzzwippers series.  We follow Alexandra and her friend, Fuzzany,  to Hawaii.  I love sharing how they jumped right into a new place.  Learning words, trying new foods and of course hitting the waves.  Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers ends with their signature saying: “you are loved no matter where you go”—providing kids with the security they need to leave home and embrace the unfamiliar.

I wish to thank 4 Sunflowers Media and Candlewick Press for sharing so many wonderful books with us.   This was a great way to entertain the Grandbabes while they where hanging out with me for a week.  They always know that Nonnie has a stack of books to read on each visit.  I could not do it without y'all.  

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