10 great kids’ books to read in February 2016. Part 2
Date: Galileo Galilei’s birthday
Book’s Title and Author: There's No Place Like Space! by Tish Rabe
Age Range: 2 and up
Grade Level: Preschool - Grade 2
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an Italian scientist, who made pioneering observations that laid the foundation for modern physics and astronomy. He was one of the first who, next to Nicolaus Copernicus, proved that the Solar system actually revolved around the Sun. In 1609, Galileo heard about the invention of the telescope in Holland. Without having seen an example, he constructed a superior version and made many astronomical discoveries. These included mountains and valleys on the surface of the moon, sunspots, the four largest moons of the planet Jupiter and the phases of the planet Venus.
We think that the Galileo’s Birthday is a good date to read about Space with your preschoolers. We recommend “There's No Place Like Space!” for every child who has a deep love for both space and Dr. Seuss. This book is creative, educational, accurate, and entertaining. It is written by Tish Rabe in true Dr. Seuss fashion, with humor, fun words and phrases, creative rhymes, and laughable images. It has a lot of quick rhymes to keep your kids entertained along with the illustrations. “There's No Place Like Space!” gives information to remember about each of the eight planets. Let me remind you that there is no Pluto in the book! In 2006, Pluto was voted out of the planetary club by members of the International Astronomical Union. Sorry, Pluto! =)
There is No Place Like Space is not simply talk about the sun, the moon and the stars, but this book goes into constellations, space exploration vehicle, the names of planets, the size of planets compared to other planets and so many more cool facts. Even as I young adult I was wowed by this book, because of not only the information and facts, but also because of the great illustrations done throughout the book. The wonderful illustrations will leave you wanting to just flip to the next page to see what picture resides there. I would highly recommend this book, not only to parents and teachers of young children, but to anyone who is interested in space and wants to be astounded by the Cat in the Hat’s astronomical knowledge!
"Mog the Forgetful Cat" is the first book from a series of children’s books about the Thomas family and Mog, their funny cat, who always seems to get himself in trouble. These books, written by Judith Kerr, have been popular since MOG was published in 1970. Judith Kerr wrote and illustrated the book as a mom for her own kids. As I’ve told before, the best books are often written by parents for their own children.
When we bought this book, our children read it all month long again and again.The story is about a cat who forget everything all the time. She raises a paw and forgets why she did it; Exits the house and forgets where the entrance is. Mop wants to sleep and goes to sleep in Ms. Thomas' favorite hat. But forgetfulness is not always uncomfortable and bad. The Forgetfulness Mog helped catch a thief. She became a hero and earned a boiled egg. We’re sure after reading/listening to this book, many readers will want to read further about the adventures of Mog and the Thomas family.
From Amazon review
Some stories stay with you forever...this is definitely one of them for me! I remember so many things from this book, "Drat that Cat!" being the number one thing. I also fondly recall the family sitting around the dining table eating breakfast and each of them having little egg cups for their soft-boiled eggs. How they served the thief (who wears a little mask over his eyes!) coffee while they wait for the policeman to get their statements. And of course the accident-prone yet loveable MOG!. Terrific and highly recommended book!
Date: World Read Aloud Day
Book’s Title and Author: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Age Range: 2 and up
Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Be sure to take a look: Michael Rosen performs "We're Going on a Bear Hunt"
“We’re going on a bear hunt”, by Michael Rosen is an award winning story (Winner of the Smarties Book Prize 1989), involving a family going on an adventure to find a bear, but they have to face numerous obstacles to get there, and once they arrive at the cave, they are scared by what they find. Numerous funny repetitions of various sound effects (“splash splosh”, “hoooo woooo”, “swishy swashy” and etc.) allow both parents and children to show off their acting skills while reading and to laugh together.
The book is a great read for both young and older children. Young children would be able to follow the story with the reader by reciting the words with them and doing actions for the story, while readers up to Key Stage 2 should enjoy the text level and illustrations of the book. The illustrations by Helen Oxenbury compliment the story greatly, they depict the beautiful landscape, which is the focus throughout the story, and emphasise each weather condition in the book.
This worthy winner of the Smarties prize in 1989 is a timeless classic that is enjoyed by children of all ages as well as by the adults who are continually asked to read it again and again. Follow the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. What a surprise awaits us all in the cave on the other side of the dark forest. Michael Rosen's lyrical, repetitive text reads aloud beautifully and Helen Oxenbury's delightful watercolour illustrations not only provide the perfect complement but also add another dimension to the story itself.
Date: Polar Bears Day
Book’s Title and Author: National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears by Laura Marsh
Age Range: 2 and up
Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (April 9, 2013)
Be sure to take a look: Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about polar bears with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic
Polar bears live along shores and on ice fields in the icy cold Arctic. These majestic giants swim from iceberg to iceberg in freezing waters, care for their adorable cubs, and are threatened by global warming. ‘The Polar Bear’ issue from National Geographic is very informative and will be a good read to start with. Complete with fascinating facts and beautiful images, ‘National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears’ uses good descriptive, easy-to-read language for kids.
Date: Leap Day
Title and Author: It's My Birthday Finally! A Leap Year Story by Michelle Whitaker Winfrey
Age Range: 5 and up
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4th grade
Publisher: Hobby House Publishing Group
We’re taking advantage of this special day which happens only once every four years to present the tenth book for the month of February. A leap year can be a strange and mysterious thing to children, and it can be a difficult thing to explain in simple terms, even more so when your child was born on the 29th of February and only has a birthday every four years!
"It's My Birthday... Finally! A Leap Year Story", like others in this selection, has been written by a parent for her child, as the author tried to explain to her son why he didn’t have as many birthdays as others. It is for more advanced readers than most of the other books we talked about, but it can still make a good bedtime story to celebrate this special year and this special day! It is full of humor and features some great illustrations. If you have older children or a kid born on the 29th of February, be sure to give it a try!
On February 29, 1992, Michelle gave birth to a wonderful little "Leapling" (That's a baby born on Leap Day). Michelle and her husband named him Miles. Four years later on February 29, 1966, Miles celebrated his first Leap Year Birthday. Being only one or four - depending upon how you look at it - was not important to Miles, at that time. All he know was that he was having a birthday party. Over the next four years, Miles learned about the calendar and realized that his birthday date did not appear on the calendar each year. Finally, February 29, 2000 was drawing near and Miles was finally going to have a birthday that appeared on the calendar. As a special gift, Michelle wanted to buy him a children's storybook about Leap Year. To her surprise, she could not find one. Making a note of this, Michelle began to outline, "It's My Birthday... Finally! A Leap Year Story." However, it wasn't until two years later that Michelle began to write this story... and here it is finally!
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