"Planets" developed by Dana Peters, is our recommendation this month. This free app lets you look at the planets from both a 2-D and 3-D perspective. It’s easy to use. Touch the Globe option to view 3-D models of each planet. The Visibility option lets you check out moon phases. Whisk fingers across the screen to see what’s around you. Available for both iPad and iPod, Planets is a free app has received great reviews.
There’s something marvelous in all things of nature. Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” These titles showcase the marvelous in nature.
Astronomy and space are great gateways into science. Who doesn’t love looking at the sky, day and night? This list of fiction and nonfiction books will deepen readers’ amazement and understanding of our universe.
Willy Wonka might have thought, “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple,” but we know better! Read about inventions in fact and in fiction in this collection of titles.
App of the Month
Go Out and Play!
Just in time for summer, Sheilah Egan has written an article, with recommended reading, on the importance of unstructured time out of doors. Her thoughtful writing addresses the reasons why kids’ free time outdoors has declined and the many values of outdoor play.
Meet Galen Goodwin Longstreth, whose first book Yes, Let’s takes us to the woods for an unforgettable day
Quote of the Month
“Our school is committed to engaging and nurturing the girls’ interests in science, technology, engineering and math. The database helps me flesh out areas of the collection that can quickly become dated; by entering keywords, I then find titles to plug the holes in my collection or to fill a new need. Titlewave and Amazon are not as good with their limiters [as CLCD].” Walter Mayes, Librarian, Girls’ Middle School, Mountain View California.
Search Tip of the Month
When you restrict your search based on Age, you are implicating restricting your search to books that have been reviewed, resulting in fewer hits. Age ranges are assigned by reviewers and are not available in records that do not include reviews.