Looking for some great fiction to add to your STEAM collection? I invite you to take the time to get to know Ada Lace, Nina, and their friends as they use math, science and technology to solve mysteries. I love the Ada Lace Chapter Books series because it reminds me of myself as a little girl. However, I didn’t have any characters, books or visible role models such as this for me to follow growing up. This series is a great way to show your little readers that science is for everyone, and can be used in everything we do!
Written by a NASA engineer Emily Calandrelli, we get to know Ada and her best friend Nina as they solve mysteries using different approaches- Ada uses science and technology, while Nina is more about the right-brained way of solving problems. Even though they are opposites, they work well together. I love this dynamic because it lends humor and depth to the characters, and a realistic portrayal of 3rd grade friendships. The series also addresses topics such as disagreements between friends, tension with parents, jealousy, and being overly- competitive. This series can really add depth to your STEAM collection by appealing to the fast growing group of girls that love science and can’t get enough!
By Laura Paff, Penworthy Sales Representative
Did you know that October is Global Diversity Awareness Month? An entire month dedicated to celebrating the world and it's many diverse facets from gender, to culture, to societal groups. And what better way to celebrate, than to discuss diversity in literature and what it means for today's children.
Diversity in literature can help us say goodbye to close minded opinions and welcome open hearts to all of the difference we see in the world. Presenting our differences in an easy to understand text, can help children relate and empathize at a young age. It expands their minds and helps them to see other cultures and races that they might not see otherwise. It is so important that we teach acceptance at a young age so children can grow into successful adults without any bias or prejudices.
Penworthy is proud to carry a large collection of diverse titles. We have titles that talk about what it's like to start school in a new country. We have titles that subtly feature diversity with a group of multicultural lead characters. We have titles that introduce diversity through new countries and different holidays. There is something that everyone can relate to, and can help explore the world of differences around our globe.
For ways to celebrate diversity, we have compiled some wonderful resources for you to use in your library:
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien.
This books is an insight of how difficult it can be to transition to a new country and to do it in elementary school. Kids have to work hard to understand language and customs. New alphabets in some cases, reading and writing are huge challenges. Making new friends can be also be a challenge with all of these other barriers. This book is written simply and shows the transition of adjustment. It is a necessity for kids to be exposed to this kind of story and it helps for them to be empathetic.
By Lauri Streeck, Penworthy Sales Representative
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