This week’s What to Read Wednesday installment is in the same back-to-school vein as last week’s: Last week, math; this week, Science! In actuality, I could double down by utilizing last week’s selection of The Martian for both– it also aligns perfectly (<– see what I did there?) with the total solar eclipse that we enthusiastically celebrated on Monday.
As a child my hubby aspired to a career in astrophysics & aerospace exploration; both our daughters hope to pursue vocations in marine biology (one to work with manatees, the other to be a professional mermaid); judging by our son’s affinity for all things electronic I’d not be surprised should he grow up to be a video-game designer. We’re a science-y family.
Author Andrea Beatty’s character profiles from the vibrant second-grade classroom of Blue River Creek are my favorite science-centric books for young readers. Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist are empowering sing-song tales with vivid illustrations and inspiring messages– fab STEM [science, technology, engineering, & math] additions to any home library. I pray she expands the collection further and solemnly swear to purchase & every addition.
As for a chapter book, one of the first I read aloud to the girls as newly minted homeschoolers four years ago was The Swiss Family Robinson. Chock full of zoology, survival skills based on farming & engineering, botany, oceanology/marine biology, meteorology and more, it’s a winsome tale that makes me long to escape to a deserted island with my family and start afresh. Like last week’s recommend of The Martian, it covertly sneaks education betwixt the pages so readers absorb science lessons virtually unawares– like the squash oft hidden in my homemade chili.
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