Today, I decided to catch up on both posting and reviews for the many books I have read (some once upon a time) but not reviewed. Well, that number is tremendously huge but I have to start making a dent in that somewhere; so here are 3 wonderful children’s books for you. Today’s post focuses on children’s books as I make an effort to head back to a schedule I had set for myself ages ago when I wanted to blog about multiple things. Mondays were to be all about the magic of reading, more specifically the magic of children’s books.
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3 Wonderful Children’s Books
I picked today’s books keeping in mind this week’s national day and other world events 🙂 We have the International Women in Engineering Day on the 23rd of June, Make Music Day on June 21st, and International Fairy Day on June 24th. Incidentally, the pick for fairy day is the Andersen bio though I have also included additional reads for all later along with a fun printable.
101 Awesome Women Who Transformed Science
Title: 101 Awesome Women Who Transformed Science
Author: Claire Philip
Illustrator: Isabel Munoz
Length: 128 pages
Genre: Children’s Biographies /STEM, Inspiring Women (7 – 10 years, and up)
Publisher: Arcturus (February 2020)
Source: Originally, digital review copy from NetGalley + Currently, my personal copy
My Quick Thoughts: A comprehensive listing of awesome women in science; some familiar and many others I did not know of before I read this book!! The biographies themselves are concise and written to provide the perfect introduction to make readers of all ages inspired to learn more about the featured women. A must-read for everyone.
Hans Christian Andersen : The Journey of His Life
Title: Hans Christian Andersen : The Journey of His Life
Author: Heinz Janisch
Illustrator: Maja Kastelic
Length: 56 pages
Genre: Children’s Literary Biographies (4 – 8 years, and up)
Publisher: NorthSouth Books (September 1st 2020)
Source: Digital review copy from Edelweiss + Currently, my personal copy
My Quick Thoughts: Andersen has always fascinated me; as a child, I wondered how someone came up with the tales like he did (well, I wondered that about any and every author I enjoyed reading!) This book takes its readers on a beautiful journey of Andersen’s fascinating life. I love how Janisch uses a fictional tale of a shared carriage ride between Andersen and a young girl traveling with her mom to share his life story. Kastelic’s illustrations are simply amazing, and bring his life and his work to, well, life!
How to Build an Orchestra
Title: How to Build an Orchestra
Author: Mary Auld with Rachel Leach
Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli
Length: 48 pages
Genre: Children’s Books/Arts and Music (7 – 12 years, and up)
Publisher: Crocodile Books (October 13th 2020)
Source: Originally, digital review copy from Edelweiss
My Quick Thoughts: A lively, colorful, wonderfully formatted as well as beautifully illustrated with detailed artwork and information-packed book for all who want to learn the basics of how to build an orchestra!!
The book talks about the musical instruments divided by their families (strings, brass, percussion and so on) as well as the musicians. It moves on to how everyone rehearses together to play the orchestral pieces using examples of a couple of beautiful pieces and ends with how they perform in front of an audience. I love that it comes with a QR code to unlock so readers can listen to the sounds of the London Symphony Orchestra. The foreword by Sir Simon Rattle as well as backmatter (about included music and glossary) are not to be missed.
The Plus More
Word Search Printable
Here is a fairy tale word search for you. Click on the image to download the pdf which includes the answer sheet
Related Reads: Articles and Books
- 5 Ways to Support Women And Girls In Science. This previous post on my blog has tips on how to support women and girls in STEAM as well as lots of books you can pick up to read
- The Magic of Fairy Tales: Tell One Today. Discover how fairy tales help us in this earlier post.
- Fairy Tales and Finding Magic in Life. Another previous post where I explore fairy tales and life.
- Discover two sweet reads to do with fairy tales and such in this earlier writing on my blog.
Linking to TeachMentorTexts for Its Monday, What Are You Reading!
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Dear reader, have you read any of these books? Or other similar reads? Do share your recommendations. And as always, would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Is there something you would like me to add or include with my book reviews/recommendations?