Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Yesterday, while at my friend's house, I was directed by her young cartographer son, Jude, to look on her refrigerator door at an amazing hand drawn aerial "map" of their house.  His mom told me that he had also drawn a map of the whole floor plan of Smart and Final (a huge grocery store.)  They plan on photo-copying the artwork and giving it to the store manager!  

I love supportive parents like my friend, who encourage and applaud their kids' talents and interests!  Books are also a great way to help ignite these sparks of interest (or fuel the fire that may already be there!)   If you have a little engineer or architect in-the-making, you should check out some of these great CHILDREN'S books on PHYSICS, TECHNOLOGY, INVENTIONS, AND ENGINEERING:

The Lever and The Pulley by Hal Hellman (ages 4-8)
Mickey’s Magnet by Franklyn M. Branley and Eleanor K. Vaughan.  One of my kids' favorites!  (ages 4- 8)
How Do you Lift a Lion? by Robert E. Wells (ages 4-8)
Wheels At Work by Bernie Zubrowski (ages 9-12)
Diary of an Early American Boy by Eric Sloane.  This is a reprint of an actual early-19th-century diary  of a 15-year-old boy.  The concise notebook is accompanied by Sloane's 72 drawings and explanatory narrative. (ages 10 and up)
Robots, What They Are, What They Do by Fredericka Berger (ages 4-8)
The New Way Things Work by David Macauley (And his others: CityCastle, CathedralPyramidUndergroundShipMillBuilding Big.  (ages 6 and up - young children will love just looking at the pictures; the story/text is written more for ages 10 and up).
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (ages 4-8)
Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness (ages 8 and up)
Eureka! It’s an Automobile by Jeanne Bendick  (ages 8 and up)  Out of print - look at the library for it.
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick.   Another of our family's favorites. (ages 9-12)
Rocket: How a Toy Launched the Space Age by Richard Maurer.  (ages 9-12)
Story of Inventions by Frank P. Bachman (ages 10 and up)
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.  Fascinating biography of Nathaniel Bowditch, an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard.  (ages 10 and up)

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