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

June10

Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Nine-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Nine-Year-Old tempers a nearly fatal overdose of cute with some good old-fashioned cat humor.

A sampling of this week’s books

Zoos and the animals who live in them have been much on The Nine-Year-Old’s mind lately, for obvious reasons. That’s no doubt why I found her mulling over Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland’s adorable little book, Zoo Borns, this week. Filled to the brim with snuggly pictures of baby tigers, mongooses, sea turtles, wildcats, and other little critters born at accredited zoos and aquariums throughout the world in 2008-2010, Zoo Borns also includes basic facts about each animal, including its preferred habitat, conservation status, and the role responsible zoos can play in long-term species survival.

Georgia Dunn’s Breaking Cat News takes cuteness in an entirely different direction. A comic strip based on Dunn’s own real-life pets, Breaking Cat News features field reporters Elvis and Puck bringing such ground-breaking stories as The Vacuum Cleaner is Back!, The Woman is Cooking Bacon!, and Mysterious Red Dot Appears in Living Room!, for anchor kitty Lupin back at the Cat News desk. Cat people will enjoy this book nearly as much as The Nine-Year-Old does.

In case you also missed it — A sampling of mostly recent science news

As you know, The Nine-Year-Old loves reading dinosaur, space, and animal news each week. But I don’t love her browsing the web unattended. Usually I print out the articles I link to here on Caterpickles for her, but last week our printer ran out of toner, so I used Storify to collect the stories for her instead. She loved it, so that’s where you will find them this week as well.

Science News 6-10 S

Take a look.

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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, 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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