Great Books to Get Kids Excited for School
Special to The Truth
As kids head back to
school, you can help put them in a learning mindset by
beefing up your home library.
Here are a few new books
to consider that can make learning fun, as well as support
STEAM education initiatives.
Created in association
with the Smithsonian Institute, The Elements Book: A
Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table is an
easy-to-understand guide to the 118 chemical elements that
make up our world.
Cataloged by type, each
elementís properties and atomic structure is explained. More
than 1,000 full-color photographs showcase the natural forms
of each element, as well as a wide range of unexpected
everyday objects in which each is found, to make them
relevant to a childís world. This guide brings the periodic
table to life for children ages 9 and above.
For kids ages 10 and over,
Coding Projects in Python teaches those with some
experience already how to build graphics, games and useful
apps. All they need is a desktop or laptop, and an Internet
connection to download Python 3.
with pixel art teach essential coding basics, like loops and
conditionals, and outline seven fun projects, including a
script that cracks secret codes, a quiz to challenge family
and friends and a tic-tac-toe game. Once kids are feeling
confident, they can creatively use the tips and tricks
provided to personalize each project.
Coding is a sought-after
skill that teaches kids how to think creatively, work
collaboratively and reason systematically.
With easily prepared
recipes, visual step-by-step instructions and charming
designs, Look Iím a Cook is a great activity book for
parents and little ones to share. From ice pops to chocolate
muffins, more than 20 hands-on recipes for kids aged
three-to-six will help children discover everyday science
and cook up fun-filled food.
More than 20 hands-on
projects await kids aged three-to-six in Look Iím a
Scientist. From an iceberg animal rescue to stretchy
slime, each sensory-friendly activity becomes an exciting
science experiment thatís easy to prepare and create. Visual
step-by-step instructions make it a fun activity book for
parents and kids.
Colorful and informative,
My Book of Rocks and Minerals gives kids the expert
knowledge they crave and will have them digging deep to
discover all they can about rocks, minerals, gems, and
fossils, from the deepest caves to outer space.
From crystals to
glow-in-the-dark minerals, illuminating images provide a
closer look at amazing geological formations. Kids can take
their fascination one step further and use the catalog and
activity pages to help them collect and group rocks to
discover how different rock types fit into the world around
includes 28 projects and crafts requiring only household
materials. From exploding volcanoes to race balloon rocket
cars, photographs and facts detail the ďwhy and ďhowĒ of
each experiment using real-world examples.
Help make this school year
a success by offering kids fun learning opportunities
outside the classroom.