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


Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. Spring break season is upon us, which means lots of time to sit around pouring through some of The Eight-Year-Old’s favorite reference texts. This week, The Eight-Year-Old takes a refresher course in dinosaurs, fancifully illustrated mechanical objects, and natural disasters.

A sampling of this week’s books:

This week, The Eight-Year-Old discovered a book in her school library on Hurricane Katrina. The book was written for middle-schoolers, not third-graders, and not surprisingly, it was too graphic for her taste. The photographs of the devastation wreaked by the flood gave her nightmares.

I had expected her to stay away from books about floods altogether after that experience, but she surprised me by bringing home Rebecca Johnson’s account of the Johnstown Flood yesterday. My daughter is made of sterner stuff than I had realized.

The Eight-Year-Old also found time this week to revisit one of our favorite subjects here at Caterpickles: dinosaurs. Mommyo had to renew her passport, and Michael Benton’s Kingfisher Dinosaur Encyclopedia proved to be the perfect companion for the hours we spent waiting in the passport office. The Eight-Year-Old had enough time to read the entire book twice.  When we got home, she returned it to the bookshelf, after assuring me that it wasn’t the book’s fault that she got a little bored with it the second time through.

As I type this she’s pouring over David Macauley’s The New Way Things Work, giggling over the silly illustrations and learning a few things about wheels and axles in the process.

In the news:

As always, the Caterpickles News Desk is overflowing with news. Here are a few of the articles that caught our eye this week:

Related Links:

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, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-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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