10 great kids' books to read in November 2016
November 8th. World Urbanism Day
Has your child ever asked questions about the town or city you live in, wondered why streets and buildings are the way they are, or why all towns look so different from one another? Cities are not built at random, they are carefully planned, and every little detail matters when it comes to creating a place where people can live comfortably. Urbanists are in charge of thinking about these details, and finding realistic solutions to each problem. Most people don’t really know what urbanism and town planning really are, which is why World Urbanism Day is celebrated in more than 30 countries on November 8th! While it may seem very specialized and not really useful to the general public, it is good to keep in mind that urbanism has an important role to play in building greener cities which use less resources and are more sustainable, so it really is a modern issue which concerns all of us. To celebrate with your child, read one of these two great books, or maybe challenge your kids to plan and build their very own city…out of lego bricks!
Our kids love this amazing book - even our 3 year old son! While the editor recommends the book for children ages 10 and older, I would say anyone can enjoy this book. Young children can enjoy looking at the pictures, while older kids will be interested in the evolution of human settlements through time and in learning more about world history. I was just as fascinated as my kids to see how a street has evolved from 10,000 BCE to the present day.
The book starts with the first human settlements in the Stone Age and shows us how these people lived in skin tents by a river, building canoes and performing ancient rituals. The small settlement then grows into a city, is struck by war and plague, and later develops trade and industry. You will find a huge amount of interesting - and sometimes very funny - details in the illustrations. Our kids particularly liked the one about Roman times, which shows how the small village becomes a bustling city full of schools, baths and townhouses. What a clever way to learn history with your kids!
You and your child will find all you’ve ever wanted to know about buildings in this very detailed book. Learn how they are built, their history, what they look like around the world…as well as lots of fun facts about famous or remarkable buildings such as the Pyramid of Djoser or the Pompidou Center. This is a very beautiful, high-quality book, full of gorgeous realistic illustrations that take the reader inside each building as the text explains its characteristics. It is made up of two parts: a short historical view of the very first buildings, when cavemen decided to build their own shelters, and of their evolution through the ages and continents.
The author then explains that “every building has a story to tell” and goes on to tell us the story of a few famous buildings and of their creators in the second part of the book. Each of these has its own large foldout illustration to show what it looks like in fine details. This is all in all a very good introduction to the world of architecture that’s sure to get your kids interested.
November 10th. World Science Day for Peace and Development
Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on November 10th. It offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in debate on related issues. The aim is to ensure that citizens are informed of developments in science, while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.
We are currently working with scientists on our application about dinosaurs. It is amazing experience, because we use quality information written by professionals and teach kids with their help. I am truly convinced, if scientists would cooperated closely with the community, the world would be a different place. In a good way.
What a great book! Organized in a question/answer series, the book uses experiments to get kids interested in science. The questions cover biology, chemistry and even basic physics! Your kids will discover interesting things like how to peel a raw egg and the logic behind why they can’t taste medicine if they plug their nose. This is also a great resource for unique science fair project ideas for your kids to create.
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and is not afraid of failure. She embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. This book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams.
November 11th. Origami Day
Japan celebrates Origami Day on November 11 and reveres the paper crane as a symbol of peace. Each year World Origami Days, held from October 24 – November 11, celebrates the international reach of the art of origami. Everyone is encouraged to participate in every way possible - teaching origami classes, showing others how to fold on the bus, or giving your friends origami. The founder of the first origami group in America, Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), was born on October 24. She was amazed by the magic to be found in a single piece of paper. Join us in celebrating and sharing origami with the world!
My First Origami Kit is a lovely way to introduce origami to children. It includes 22 origami-for-kids projects for beginners (birds, beasts, vehicles and etc.). It includes special origami paper and stickers for creature's eyes and noses. Both paper sides are decorated based on the subject—feathers for the duck, metal plates for the airplane, scales for the cobra, and other surprises. You'll end up with a great looking paper model no matter which side you start with. You can add fun stickers to your finished models—to make eyes, ears, paws, and other features.
Our kids love the step-by-step instructions that combined with photographs. Even 5yo kids can follow them (with some help of parents). Usually I take the small-size book in my bag and play with kids during waiting the dinner at the restaurant or traveling by train or plane.
November 13. World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day is an international observance on November 13th. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations kindness NGOs. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates.
This story, written and illustrated by the husband and wife team, tells us the story of Amos McGee, a zookeeper, who gets out of bed, puts on his uniform, and goes to his job in the City Zoo. Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. one day Amos wakes up sick and has to stay in bed. His animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor. About what this book? About love and friendship, about kindness. About an important rule of life, that kind actions towards others are repaid.
A few words about the quality of illustrations. Honestly, I do not always like to see the animals in anthropomorphic execution style. Very often such illustrations are tasteless and frightening. This book is a brilliant example of how to draw animals endowed with human traits. Great graphics, subtle humor, and professional-grade work with color.
I used to work in an antique gallery and have held many antique books in my hands. This book is a work of art and I am impressed by a technique that Erin Stead, the artist of the book, used to work on the illustrations. She creates her illustrations by hand with woodblock printing techniques and pencil. It takes the reader back in time when typographic art of past centuries was popular.
CJ rides the bus across town every Sunday with his grandma. One day he looks around and wonders why he doesn’t have an iPod like the other boys on the bus and why they get off the bus in the dirty part of town. As he talks with his grandma she helps him see why their life is beautiful and unique. The energetic ride through a bustling city is engaging for young children and opens their eyes to what truly makes life beautiful. Every classroom would benefit by having a copy available to their students.
November 14th. Guru Nanak Birthday 2016
I’ll admit, I knew nothing about the Sikhs and their culture and traditions before we started to make the app for kids about warriors. Children today can use modern technology to learn all about beliefs and traditions of other people around the globe. Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is one of the most revered days observed by the Sikh community. It glorifies the tenets of Sikhism. Guru Nanak Jayanti commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. Gurpurab means ‘festival of the gurus’ both in the literal and spiritual sense. The historic day is celebrated across the world by devout Sikhs with great fervor and a collective spirit and effort, confirming the message of morality, hard work and truth which are inherent in the preachings of Guru Nanak. Owing to the fact that Guru Nanak enlightened the world with his profound teachings, the day is also known as ‘Prakash Utsav’.
Beautifully commissioned artwork is combined with clear writing to introduce young readers to some of the most significant beliefs, values, and traditions of the world's six main faiths. These books contain fact boxes about people, places, objects, and events, and a glossary of key terms. They have been produced in close associations with consultants from each of the six religions. Sikh Stories focuses on stories about the lives of the gurus.
November 24. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was published
On the Origin of Species (or more completely, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life), was published on November 24, 1859. As a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin it is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presents a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution.
How did we get here? Why did dinosaurs go extinct? The complex theory of evolution is explained in such simple and interesting terms that young readers will find this book fascinating. Learn more about British naturalist Charles Darwin and how he studied nature to develop his concept of natural selection and how modern science has added to his theory. This book is aimed at children and teens who want a solid understanding of evolution's fundamentals. From fossils to DNA there is always a simple way to explain nature so young students can explore the reasons behind science and become explorers on their own.
Young readers might be interested to know that even Charles Darwin had trouble loving school as a youngster. His teachers thought he was wasting time conducting, what appeared to be, useless experiments. Darwin loved science so much though that as an adult he spent five years aboard a ship, The Beagle, to explore the natural world even though he got seasick. As he discovered new creatures in South America, the Galapagos Islands, and Africa he developed theories that would change the face of science. 'Who Was Charles Darwin?' is full of interesting illustrations and stories to make Darwin’s discoveries come to life!
Maria Stavinski, Moona co-founder
Clémentine Carle, Moona editor and Journal Author