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

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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