What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

1-8-2016

Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old discovers to her horror that she missed the November release of the latest installment of one of her Top Ten Absolute Favorite Books/Series Of All Time.

A sampling of this week’s books:

In the news:

National Geographic’s Photo of the Day Collection

This week, The Eight-Year-Old and I discovered National Geographic’s stunning photo of the day collection. It’s chock full of breath-taking images, like this one by Carsten Krüger.

Island of Silence and Heat (Photo: Carsten Krüger for National Geographic Your Shot)
Island of Silence and Heat (Photo: Carsten Krüger for National Geographic Your Shot)

San Diego polar bears have surprise snow day (video via The Guardian) 

The weather outside was frightful for many of us over Christmas week, but the polar bears at San Diego Zoo managed to have a great time anyway.

A smart watch for the visually impaired (Smithsonian)

A new smartwatch, nicknamed Dot by its makers at the University of Washington, translates tweets, texts, and ebooks to Braille. Dots on the face of the watch rise and fall to create the characters. When it’s not translating text, the watch face defaults to telling the time.

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