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

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups by David Wisniewski

The Ten-Year-Old doesn’t want me reading this book. Apparently the stash of secret knowledge it gave her about the reasons why grown-ups make up all those rules is too important to share with me. So you’ll just have to take her word for why you should read this book.

Why The Ten-Year-Old thinks kids should read this book: “I liked that it was hilarious and had hilarious explanations for these normal rules. One of the rules doesn’t affect me, but it still made me laugh. I liked the way it described vegetables as gigantic carnivores that ate people, so people had to start killing the veggies and turning them into salad. Then people learned they liked salad, and so now we have to eat it. I also like the rule about the cows, but you’ll have to read that one for yourself.”

Muse Magazine by Cricket Media

This monthly magazine appears to be written by grown-ups nearly as curious about the world as The Ten-Year-Old is. Each issue answers questions like “what’s a gentleman lady bug called?” and “do video games really kill brain cells?”

What The Ten-Year-Old likes about it:

“I really like the cartoons. I also really like the pages where kids can write in about stuff. Most of the time the questions are things like whether mealworms eat styrofoam, which apparently they can do. I also like the news page, where one of the news stories is fake and the rest are true. At the end of it they tell you which one was the fake one. Sometimes I can tell while reading it which one will be fake, but sometimes the write-ups are so good I can’t.”

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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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