Tuesday, June 18, 2013

4 Kids | I Dare You

It's summer. No school. You've got nothing but time to do whatever you want! Yes, you can play outside, go swimming, practice baseball or soccer at the park, hang out with friends, etc., etc., etc. 

But right here, right now, I dare you to do something different. Learn something new! Seriously.

SSJCPL branches have the most awesome collection of non-fiction books for kids (that's informational books, by the way). They are filled with tons of cool information and great pictures.

So do it. I dare you. Learn something new.

by Etta Kaner. In this unique facts book, animals compete in sporting events such as high jump, swimming and weight lifting. Readers are encouraged to guess which animal will win before turning the page, while walrus and cockatoo "announcers" provide funny commentary and interesting statistics about the athletes' amazing abilities. So learn all about which animals can be faster, stronger and more powerful, and how humans compare!

I Wonder Why Volcanoes Blow Their Tops: And Other Questions About Natural Disasters by Rosie Greenwood. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about volcanoes in this easy question-and-answer format. Then amaze your friends and family with your indepth knowledge of all things volcano!

Get outside, explore and have fun. Using natural materials, you can learn how to make things AND cook things. One of the crafts involves making paper from corn! Who knew?

Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing the World by Janet Wilson. This around-the-world tour introduces readers to children who have taken on the role of social activist, fighting for human rights and social justice in countries as diverse as Yemen and Congo, Canada and the United States. For example, Anita Khushwaha fought against gender and class bias in her community in India. Emman Bagual founded Mind Your Rights to fight child labor in the Philippines. Zach Bonner walked 1,000 miles to raise awareness about homeless children in the United States. A diverse range of other issues is covered, including aboriginal rights, human trafficking and child soldiers, and the full United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child can be found alongside tips for how kids everywhere can make a difference.

Once again, I dare you: Learn something NEW. Expand your mind. 

And enjoy your summer!!

Happy reading!

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