I’ve got some new books to add to my kids’ reading lists this time. First off are a couple of graphic novels. My kids LOVE graphic novels, so it’s a bonus when they can learn some science while reading (and rereading).
The Hub had a list of science graphic novels. Sadly, our library didn’t have many of the books (all of which looked wonderful). However, we do have a couple of the Howtoons graphic novels in the system. Specifically, Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless! and Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction by Saul Griffith. The principle behind these books is to teach kids (targeted at ages 8-15) to take household items and build something cool from those items. Looks pretty cool! I hope the kids try one of the projects in the books.
Changing gears slightly (but sticking with The Hub for inspiration) is a memoir: Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir, about Stan Lee. The post was all about books to inspire teen writers. Mr. Curiosity would be interested in this title because he’s big into comics and especially the Marvel universe. Stan Lee is a character and a half, and was influential and creating many of the comic book characters we know and love today.
And finally, a couple of books for Miss Adventure from a post at Modern Mrs. Darcy about books for tween girls. Most of the books looked great (I’ve read several, including Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Making, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler), but there were two I thought for sure Miss Adventure would like. The first book in the list, Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George, caught my eye because it mentioned it had a Hogwarts feel to the story. Miss Adventure had read the Harry Potter series multiple times, so I’m sure something similar would be right up her alley. I also thought The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series) by Jacqueline Davies, sounded interesting. Real world math, sibling rivalry – sounds like an interesting combination.
Should be some good books to read as we’re finishing up the school year and looking for some summer reading. Anything else in the middle grade or YA sections I should introduce to my kids?
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