Saturday, July 21, 2018

Book Review: Astronaut Aquanaut

ASTRONAUT AQUANAUT by Jennifer Swanson explores the similarities and differences between deep space and deep sea exploration.
This visually appealing informational text includes an introduction and five chapters along with a people page, space-sea comparison, glossary, and index. Bright colored photographs, illustrations, and page layout add to the appeal.
Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of space or sea exploration. Readers are invited to read facts, conduct experiments, try activities, and explore the lives of scientists.
Librarians will find this book provides an unusual and fascinating way to think about deep space and deep sea exploration. Weave the title into the science curriculum and work with science teachers to use the space-sea comparison as the basis of class projects. Create a display with books about both environments placing this title in the center.
Published on April 1, 2018 by National Geographic. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Website Review: Seeing Theory

SEEING THEORY is a visual introduction to probability and statistics.
Designed for AP high school and college students, this interactive mathematics book contains text and visuals along with engaging interactive visualizations that help learners view key concepts and examples in meaningful ways. The project is organized into six chapters with each chapter containing three parts. A printable draft is also available as a PDF.
Librarians will find this interactive textbook to be useful for students and teachers seeking a visual way to learn probability and statistics.
To visit the website, go to http://students.brown.edu/seeing-theory/.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Website Review: Americans

AMERICANS from the National Museum of the American Indian is a web project connecting American Indian culture to everyday life in America.
Based on a Smithsonian exhibition, this website highlights how American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. The project uses artifacts to explore four historical events including Thanksgiving, the life of Pocahontas, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn as reference points.
Librarians will find this powerful exhibition to be useful in providing insights into how American Indian images, names, and stories have become part of history, pop culture, and the cultural identify in the United States. Work with the history to connect the website to classroom activities focusing on these four historical events.
To visit the project, go to https://nmai.si.edu/americans/.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Website Review: Rethinking Guernica

RETHINKING GUERNICA is a web project exploring Pablo Picasso’s famous painting.
This website examines the artistic and symbolic values in Picasso’s painting produced for the Paris World’s Fair in 1937. The project includes a chronology exploring key events related to history and the painting. In addition, an itineraries section features stories, agents, primary source documents, and valuable background information. Finally, the gigapixel area of the website address the material nature of the painting.
Librarians will find this web-based project to be an excellent example of how artwork can be connected to contemporary and historical contexts. Use it to jumpstart in-depth inquiries into specific pieces of artwork. Ask students to create their own exhibition including a chronology, primary source documents, and an up-close examination of the artwork.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Book Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time

ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME is the first adventure fantasy in the Pandava quartet.
Aru Shah lives the Museum of Ancient Art and Culture where her mother works as an archeaologist. When Aru accidentally awakens an ancient demon known as the Sleeper, Aru must save her family and friends. Can she find the five legendary Pandava brothers and journey through the Kingdom of Death in time?
Librarians will find the connections to Hindu mythology appealing to middle grade children who enjoy other books featuring mythology such as the Olympians and Magnus Chase books. The female protagonist, fast-paced storyline, and Indian cultural themes will appeal to a broad audience.
Published on March 27, 2018 by Disney-Hyperion. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Website Review: Museum of New Zealand

The MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND provides rich teaching resources exploring people and places connected with New Zealand.
The website includes dozens of educational resources from across the curriculum. Of particular note are the lessons associated with language and art. Tales from Te Papa contains 120 mini-documentaries that explore the stories behind artifacts in the museum’s collection.
Librarians will find this resource particularly useful in classrooms learning about the countries of the world. The website provides a unique perspective on world events. For instance, children in the US often learn about World War I from an American perspective. This project contains learning materials that help students learn about the experiences of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Website Review: HarperCollins 200

HARPERCOLLINS is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary in book publishing.
This web project explores the history of HarperCollins as a publisher along with providing insights into the history of great books. Users can explore a timeline, stories, collection of titles, information about reading and writing, and a look inside the archives.
Librarians will find that this website provides a fascinating exploration of book history.
To visit the website, go to https://200.hc.com/.