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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Inspiring Spring Titles for Tweens and Easter Baskets!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge,from Parragon Publishing and Skyhorse Publishing, for blog review purposes on this blog. No  other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

Finding great books for upper elementary/younger tweens can be hard!

Today, I've got not 1, but 4 great books that will not only capture their imaginations, but might just get them off to learning more about the subjects, and maybe conducting a science experiement, or two!

Plus, they'd make great Easter gifts!

From our friends at Parragon Discovery, we have 2 titles from their new STEM Stars series:

STEM Stars Women Who Rocked Space

STEM Stars Women Who Rocked Space 

This  wonderfully inspiring book is perfect for any budding scientist who needs awesome girl role models. From the first woman astronomer, to the ladies known as "computers," to a record-holding spacewalker . . . Discover the inspiring stories of 19 of the most awesome female explorers of our solar system and beyond!

STEM Stars Who Rocked Medicine cover
STEM Stars Who Rocked Medicine

This inspiring book is for budding doctors or scientists, who need awesome girl role models. From the earliest female doctors, to pioneering geneticists, to amazing transplant surgeons . . . Discover the inspiring stories of 19 of the most awesome female scientists, inventors, and health-care providers who have dedicated their lives to healing the world!

Miss Grace LOVED these 2 books! They are easy readers, but featured many of the women she has already studied, and looked up more info on! Each page is given to a woman, allowing for her accomplishments to be notes, as well as how she shaped medicine or the space program. The books offered her some great ideas for future writing projects, as well as ways to mix some STEM projects in with bios of them! These books are great strting points for kidss interested in a career in medicine or space.

This new series also features books about the Solar System and Women who Rocked Rocket Science, 

and from Skyhorse:

The Colossal Fossil Fiasco: Lucy’s Lab #3 cover

The Colossal Fossil Fiasco: Lucy’s Lab #3
By Michelle Houts, Illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel

A girl-driven, school-based series ideal for budding scientists. Lucy’s class is learning about fossils and the plants and animals that left them behind. But when her own fossil goes missing, everyone in room 2C is a suspect. . 

If Lucy's Lab sounds familiar, it's because we shared books 1 and 2 with you before Christmas!  Miss Grace is ALL about fossils, so I new the title would have her grabbing the book as soon as it came in, and I wasn't wrong! Add in a mystery for Lucy and her friend's to solve, along with the reader,and she was quickly hooked on the book! the series is aimed at kids ages 7-9, but my 10 year old loved it as an easy quick read, so if you get the entire series for them, yours might too! It's a fun book, that gives science information, and gets kids thinking about the science ALL around them! We love the series and your kids will too! 

and a new series for kids ages 7-10:

The Gift: The Life and Time of Birdie Mae Hayes cover
The Gift: The Life and Time of Birdie Mae Hayes
By Jeri Anne Agee

The launch of a chapter book series about a plucky girl from small town Alabama who starts seeing things—before they happen! 

Birdie Mae Hayes has pretty much the perfect life. Her best friend Sally lives just down the street, she's becoming friends with the new boy in town, and Halloween is coming up. Her little brother Bubba drives her crazy sometimes, but whose doesn't?

Except, lately, Birdie can't stop feeling like something is about to happen. Then she starts seeing things happen―before they happen!
It turns out her Grandma Mae has the same ability. But Birdie doesn't know if she's ready to take on the responsibility of this "gift." Still, with the right attitude and some practice, she could help a lot of people. One thing's for sure: life is going to be real interesting from now on!

This was also a quick read for Miss Grace, and as she loves all things Halloween, she was eager to read it! 

She declared it a 'hoot' and made some asides about 'sounds like people I know' (we'll skip the Irish ancestry lesson for now,...). We had quite a discussion about whether you should tell someone about something in the future, or if you should let God's plan evolve like it was supposed to. Which led to if you change history, does God's plan still come about? I love when a book can entertain her AND provide her with topics for discussion. This is an equally cute book, and one we'd both recommend!

So there you have it- some great books for adding to Easter baskets this year!

Book 2 (Henry the Cat: The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes #2) will be out next week, so you have plenty of time to add it to the basket as well!(

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