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


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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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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