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How to Make Electricity (Lite) app review

How to Make Electricity (Crayon Box, 2015; iOS only) invites you to experiment with various objects to explore how electricity works. The app offers four “labs” covering different electricity-related topics: “Battery,” “Hydroelectric Generator,” “Thermal Power Generator,” and “Solar Panel.” Battery is available for free in the “Lite” version; the full version with all four labs […]

Review of Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt [Scientists in the Field] by Mary Kay Carson; photos by Tom Uhlman Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    73 pp. 1/17    978-0-544-41671-0    $18.99 In 2015, after nine years in transit from Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew past […]

Here Comes Science…Marchers

On Saturday morning (a.k.a. Earth Day 2017), my friend, fellow science-enthusiast, and Scientists in the Field author Amy Cherrix and I braved the damp, drizzly weather to head down to the Parkman Bandstand, where the Kids’ March for Science Boston was taking place next to the adult march on the Boston Common. We only stayed […]

She Blinded Me with Science!

My family and I attended the March for Science Boston on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. My boys started out grumbling about having to participate in another march (Geez! We’ve only been to three since January 21st—it’s not like we have to demonstrate every day…yet), so I was grateful that this march had a very […]

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth

Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth [Sunlight] by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm; illus. by Molly Bang Primary    Blue Sky/Scholastic    48 pp. 1/17    978-0-545-80541-4    $18.99 Bang and Chisholm bring their energy-centered perspective on Earth systems to the water cycle. As in prior volumes (My Light, rev. […]

Women in STEAM

Burleigh, Robert  Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor Gr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Simon/Wiseman Illustrated by Raúl Colón. This book spotlights groundbreaking scientist Marie Tharp, the oceanographic cartographer whose mapping of the Atlantic seafloor yielded key evidence confirming the theory of continental drift. Tharp holds the narrative reins here, […]

Review of Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley; 
illus. by Jessie Hartland Primary    Wiseman/Simon    40 pp. 10/16    978-1-4814-5249-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5250-2    $10.99 Stanley emphasizes Ada Lovelace’s right- and left-brain pedigree (her father, whom she never knew, was the poet Lord Byron; her mother, a scientist and mathematician) beginning with the […]

Review of Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer

Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson; 
illus. by the author Primary    Abrams    40 pp. 8/16    978-1-4197-1872-4    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-1-61312-913-5    $15.54 Whisked away as a newborn by Anne Milbanke, her strait-laced mathematician mother, Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) never knew her father, the impetuous Romantic poet Lord Byron. […]

Review of Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Roaring Brook    56 pp. 2/17    978-1-59643-950-4    $19.99    g Vacationing in Grand Canyon provides a father and daughter — and readers — numerous opportunities to explore this National Park’s geology and ecology. Travel guide–like narration (“After climbing out of the Inner Gorge, you’ll find yourself […]

Review of Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird

Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird [Scientists in the Field] by Pamela S. Turner; photos by Andy Comins; with art by Guido De Filippo Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    73 pp. 8/16    978-0-544-41619-2    $18.99 Turner’s latest Scientists in the Field entry returns to the fascinating topic she explored in The Dolphins of […]