October 05, 2007

Planet Earth

A visual odyssey that will change the way we see our planet, this remarkable book, companion to the acclaimed Discovery Channel/ BBC series, is an enduring and awe-inspiring record of one of the most ambitious natural history projects ever undertaken. Using the latest aerial surveillance, state-of-the-art cameras, and high definition technology, the creators of Planet Earth have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs from around the globe.

Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before Book (Hardcover)

January 28, 2007

One Grain Of Rice

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi, is a beautifully illustrated book that demonstrates a simple mathematical concept. Is it a fairy tale, or a math lesson? I'd say it's both.


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December 27, 2006

Roman Numerals I to MM

Cute little piggies help you practice your Roman Numerals in this picture book: Roman Numerals I to MM.

The Penguin Family Book

"The Animal Family books are not just written by their authors. They are studied and researched and lived into existence. Each book helps to make the world of nature that much more real, more understandable, and more valuable to children." ~Description from Stacey's website

The Penguin Family Book

November 11, 2006

One Night in the Coral Sea

Robin Brickman steals the show with her illustrations of One Night in the Coral Sea. She creates intricate textures and forms with paper cutting, paint, and glue. Just stunning!


Math-terpieces, by Greg Tang, combines Art and Math in charming rhymes and puzzles. How could I not love it!? The puzzles are based around some of my favorite modern art pieces including April Showers (by Renoir) and The Starry Night (by van Gogh).

If you're looking gifts for a grade-shooler, you could get a few of Mr Tang's math-picture books. They're all fantastic!

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November 08, 2006

A Remainder Of One

A Remainder Of One, by Elinor Pinczes and Bonnie Mackain. This is a really fun little book, and painlessly teaches about remainders. How can you loose when you combine cute marching bugs and math?!

October 14, 2006


Rob Gonsalves' paintings are reminiscent of M.C. Escher, not to mention utterly delightful. Both of my kids really like these books. If I absolutely had to choose only one, I'd go with the second one:

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September 21, 2006

Peter Sis

treeOfLife.JPG Peter Sis's illustrations are in a class of their own--combining traditional etching with and modern techniques. His illustrated biographies of Charles Darwin and Gallileo Galiliei are detailed and mesmerizing. He captures the brilliance of these two great thinkers, and adds his own. These two books are essentials for any library, for either children or grown. I bought them for myself, but my kids love them.

August 08, 2006

Leon the Chameleon

leonChameleon.JPGLeon the Chameleon, by Malanie Watt.

Leon is a chameleon, and changes color...but not quite the same as other chameleons. Leon just can't help changing the opposite color. This wonderful book about finding one's place, is also a great way to introduce color theory to kids. This is one of my all time favorites, for reading to my own kids.

Dinos To Go

dinosToGo.JPGDinos To Go: 7 nifty dinosaurs in 1 swell book, by Sandra Boynton.

This is such a fun book for little kids!

Visual Encyclopedia of Science

visualEncyclopediaScience.JPGDK Visual Encyclopedia of Science

I love DK books, and their fantatic photo illustrations. While this book is really a reference, it's also lots of fun to cuddle up with your pre-reader and explore page after page of fascinating pictures. You can read the captions for the images that interest them. A great way to spark curiosity early, and get them excited about "looking it up".

Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs

diggingForBirdDino.JPG Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar

August 07, 2006

There Was A Bold Lady

boldLady.JPG There was a bold lady who wanted a star. This wonderful book, by Charise Mericle Harper is a variation on the old lady who swallowed a fly story. But in this version, a bold lady travels to reach a star. Vivid and fun illstrations, with whacky animals and even a turtle rocket salesman.