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Tag: Science

New Releases: Kids Highlights November 2014

by Dan
Kids / November 11, 2014

We have three fabulous new nonfiction titles for kids available this month!

The Lonely Planet Kids World Atlas

Lonely Planet

Finally, Lonely Planet has made the Atlas kids have been waiting for!

With 160 pages of illustrated maps, engaging infographics, mind-blowing photography and a large dose of humour, this is the atlas that shows kids what the world is really like. Touching on popular culture, sports and school life, this will bring the world to life for kids aged 8 and up.



Ages 8+ 

Available Now

How to be a Space Explorer

Lonely Planet

Everything young explorers needs to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit!

Unique illustrations take kids to the heart of the action and amazing photos show what the universe is really like.

Incredible stories of real-life space exploration for kids aged 8 and up, by author and astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake.


Ages 8+

Available Now

Henri Matisse

Meet the Artist!

Patricia Geis

Henri Matisse: Meet the Artist! takes young readers of all ages on a colorful interactive journey through the work of the beloved French painter and sculptor. Featuring flaps, cutouts, and pull tabs, this engaging pop-up book covers Matisse's entire artistic career, including his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and paper cutouts, as well as the story of his lifelong friendship with Pablo Picasso. With activities that encourage readers to explore the artist's signature methods, this hands-on introduction will inspire budding artists from eight to eighty.

Ages 7-12

Available Now

Let it snow!

by Siobhan
January 25, 2010

With less than three weeks until the Olympics, out here in Vancouver we're wishing for snow...

Saskatchewan was just blanketed in the white stuff, but here on the coast, the hills are still looking barren... some cherry blossoms have even started blooming! There was some snowfall up at Cypress mountain over the weekend, but according to Environment Canada, it's not going to last, as temperatures rise and the snow turns into rain.

Talking about the weather is a typically Canadian trait ("Cold enough for ya?") - and we especially love talking about snow...

If you're curious about the science of the white stuff, have a look at The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino, with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.

The book has received lots of recognition and praise from parents, teachers and librarians:

"With never a hint of hyperbole, the authors communicate such a contagious sense of wonder that few readers will be able to resist following the final pages’ simple directions for constructing a handheld snowflake observation stage and rushing outside at the first sign of snow in hopes of taking a closer look at one of nature’s most beautiful and ubiquitous phenomena." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Libraries in areas where snow falls will definitely want to add this title to their collections, but it would enhance lessons on weather anywhere." - School Library Journal

"Nature photographer Cassino's galley of snow crystals is the sort of riveting exhibition that will have eyes locked to the pages, mesmerized by the intricate forms themselves and the 'How did he do that?' wonder at Cassino's technique of capturing images of these ephemeral delicacies." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

You can read part of the book online:

The Story of Snow

Also be sure to visit The Science of Snow website - StoryOfSnow.com - and download a Teacher's Guide (PDF) for the book, which includes lesson plans for Science classes, as well as Language Arts, Music and Art.

But even after you've learned the science of snow, I'd still recommend keeping your fingers crossed for some snow to fall before the Olympics!