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Brush Bots: DIY Toothbrush Robots

Brush Bots: DIY Toothbrush Robots

This DIY robot was fun to make and surprisingly easy to make. It went off without a hitch, except for cutting the toothbrush end off.

Brush Bots: DIY Toothbrush Robots

 

My husband came up with an ingenious way to use friction and heat  while bending it back and forth with pliers to cut it. My son trimmed the rough edge with scissors (not really necessary) and then we started the project.

Brush Bots: DIY Toothbrush Robots

Brush Bots: Turn a Toothbrush into a Robot!

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My Favorite #WomensHistoryMonth Books for Kids

My Favorite #WomensHistoryMonth Books for Kids

I’ve rounded up every book review that I could think of over the last seven years of blogging to try to compile my #WomensHistoryMonth book list below. What are your favorite books celebrating women’s achievements? Thanks for sharing!

My Favorite #WomensHistoryMonth Books for Kids

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

My daughter  and I love this gorgeously illustrated and designed book celebrating 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world. So many of these female scientists were overlooked and not given credit for their achievements because they were women. The women of color even more so. For example, Rosalind Franklin actually discovers the structure of DNA. “James Watson and Francis Crick snuck a peak at Rosalind’s work, without her permission, and used her findings to publish their own work without giving her credit.” [picture book biography, ages 8 and up]

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Katy Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl

I love everything about this short biography picture book from the Andy Warhol inspired images to the selection of activists and trailblazers that are highlighted in this book. [picture book biography, ages 8 and up]

What’s the Big Deal about the First Ladies by Ruby Shamir, illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Learn about the achievements of the First Ladies. Did you know that Edith Wilson helped decode secret messages during WWI? Rosalind Carter encouraged world leaders to help suffering refugees, and Laura Bush helped millions of people in Africa get medicine for AIDS. With an engaging format, this picture book is full of interesting factoids about our amazing first ladies. [picture book, ages 6 and up]

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found Faces of the Depression by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sarah Green

Dorothea Lange had childhood polio which left her with a limp, but also a sense of empathy that shaped her view from behind the camera. Her famous photo of a migrant mother and her kids has a backstory: the family was stranded and starving after rains had destroyed the pea crop. 📸Dorothea’s powerful image was published in the newspaper, and then the government rushed ten tons of food to the camp. Lange captured powerful images of The Great Depression and Japanese Americans in internment camps. She also documented the conference that created the United Nations. Read this inspiring picture book biography that shows the power of art in the fight for social justice. [picture book, ages 5 and up]

Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports by Phil Bildner, illustrated by Brett Helquist

My 12-year-old son just read it and said, “I like the way he writes this book because it’s not like he’s writing a (boring) biography. It’s like he’s telling their story.” Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova were such a study in opposites. Martina: all heart and emotion. Chris: cool as a cucumber. And they were close friends as well! I love the causal tone of this book that really brings their great rivalry to life, and illustrates good sportsmanship. Readers also get a mini lesson on The Cold War. Two great champions. Two great friends. [picture book biography, ages 7 and up]

Swimming with the Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang, illustrated by Jordi Solano

In the 1930s, almost no one studied the depths of the ocean, and none were women but that didn’t stop Eugenie Clark from dreaming of becoming an ichthyologist. She got her master’s degree in zoology and became a research assistant to a fish scientist, soon specializing in sharks. Her research showed that sharks were not voracious killers. Despite facing discrimination as a woman and racism because she was Japanese American, she never stopped learning, publishing over 175 articles about fish. She died in 2015 at the age of ninety-two, still researching! [picture book biography, ages 6 and up]

Abigail Adams by Alexandra Wallner

Abigail Adams was the wife of a president, and the mother of a president. Both her husband and son became presidents of the United States, and while that is what she is famous for, she worked her entire life for women’s and civil rights. While women’s roles were defined by running the household, Abigail spent her life trying to change things she found unfair, and downright wrong. She fought for woman’s rights, though her husband, did not agree. She taught a black servant to read and write. This picture book shows a side of Abigail that is lesser known, one of American’s earliest proponents of women’s rights, and civil rights for people of color. [picture book biography, ages 6 and up]

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Changing Seasons #DiverseKidLit

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in March is the Changing Seasons. Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

Here are two cute spring books that I love.

Fly! by Xavier Deneux

I love interactive board books and this one is unique in that the reader can remove shapes that come out COMPLETELY and put them back into place on the facing page. It’s like a puzzle and a book in one package! The illustrations are adorable and the story is a spring story of baby birds hatching. Perfect for Easter baskets or celebrating spring! [interactive board book, ages 1 and up]

The Sheep Who Hatched An Egg by Gemma Merino

This story has an unexpected plot twist about Lola, a sheep with beautiful, silky wool. After spring shearing, her wool grows back messy and wild and she’s despondent. An egg lands on her head, but she doesn’t notice; her wool is so thick! The chick hatches and they become friends. Soon it’s time for the chick to leave the nest and for Lola for her annual shearing. Now, she doesn’t care if her wool. This is a fun story about friendship and vanity that works for all seasons, but is especially fun for spring. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

 

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

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Kid Lit Blog Hop Now MONTHLY!

Kid Lit Blog Hop: Celebrating Spring!

We’re celebrating spring at the Kid Lit Blog Hop as well as any other KidLit posts on children’s books! Please check out the posts and add your own. Here’s my contribution: Top 10 Spring Picture Books

HAPPY SPRING! We welcome you to the March 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop. Apologies for missing last month’s blog hop, but life sometimes gets in the way. This hop takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month. It is designed to engage a  group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

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The Mystery of Pi for Pi Day!

The Mystery of Pi for Pi Day!

What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin π. Joke from comedian John Evans from 50 Interesting Facts About Pi

PickyKidPix came home from school after Pi Day last year determined to memorize 100 digits of Pi. Her math teacher offered 1 point of extra credit for learning Pi. He rarely offers extra credit so she decided that she was going to learn 100 digits of Pi.

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Sci-Fi Junior High Chapter Book GIVEAWAY

Did you know that author James Patterson of Maximum Ride series now has a publishing imprint through Little, Brown called Jimmy Patterson Books. The books that he’s putting out have his name on the cover: James Patterson Presents. This is an interesting concept of brand extension for authors.

I’m giving away a James Patterson Presents book, Sci-Fi Junior High by John Martin and Scott Seegert that is a notebook novel like Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This book is actually a hybrid — part doodles, part graphic novel pages, and part chapter book. This is a book to draw in reluctant boy readers with both humor and illustrations on every single page.

I’m giving away a prize package for Sci-Fi Junior High!

One winner receives:
Copy of Sci-Fi Junior High
Branded iron-on patch and pencil case
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Marvelous Machines in Real Life and in Brian Selznick Books

Marvelous Machines in Real Life and in Brian Selznick Books

Did you know that Brian Selznick’s grandfather’s cousin is the storied Hollywood producer and screen writer David O. Selznick, best known for producing Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940)? I only bring that up because Brian Selznick’s books have that same old-timey film quality despite being books. It’s like Brian Selznick himself is out of time; in our timeline but really from the past.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

It’s Brian’s storyline as well as his illustrations that look like storyboards for a movie that give that same old Hollywood film glamour to his books. It should be noted that his books look deceptively long, but three fourth of the book is illustrations (without words). In a future world where books are a multimedia event, I would like to see his illustrations made into stop motion animated movie to accompany the text. That would bring his book down to a slim volume, enticing even the most reluctant of readers. Read more…

Great Backyard Bird Count 4 Book GIVEAWAY

Great Backyard Bird Count 4 Book GIVEAWAY

The 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count just finished up and the next one is Feb 16 to Feb 19, 2018. Birding is a fantastic reason for families to get outdoors and observe nature—and to read nature books together!

I’m teaming up with Downtown Bookworks for a birding for kids book giveaway that can help prepare any child for the Great Backyard Bird Count—or any day of birding! Awaken the budding naturalists and ornithologists in your child, or just use these books as an excuse to get outside!

p.s. Doodles and Jots has a free printable Bird Journal for kids to track the birds they find!

doodles and jots bird journal

Great Backyard Bird Count 4 Book GIVEAWAY

PBS KIDS Look and Learn Birds by Sarah Parvis
Young birders  will get everything they need to get started with this kit that comes with a book, binoculars, and more.

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#DiverseKidLit & The Changing Seasons

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in March is the Changing Seasons. Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

I chose two nonfiction books today that show the biodiversity of the world we live in. I hope these books encourage kids to explore other countries and cultures.

Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them by Bernadette Purquié and Cécile Gambini

Learn about sixteen real but unusual trees like the chocolate tree, the upside-down tree, the rain tree, the chewing gym tree, and the ghost tree. Each tree is described in an intriguing way from the tree’s point of view, inviting readers to learn more. Use the maps on the end papers to find each tree. The beautiful illustrations ignite the imagination! [nonfiction picture book, ages 6 and up]

Things That Grow by Libby Walden, illustrated by Becca Stadlander

The life cycles of plants, animals, and the universe are explored in this pocket sized book. With postcard sized pages, this book offers short tidbits of information with beautifully designed pages. [nonfiction picture book, ages 6 and up]

 

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.

DiverseKidLit

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