Books to pique your kids’ interest in science

 

 

Science and kids are two elements that should make a great combination, just think about it, how creativity and intuitiveness could not go well together? And, because to be interested in this field of knowledge one must first be infected with the `science` virus, today I have decided to write about the books that you can use to pique your kids’ interest in this domain.

  1. The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book by Tom Robinson. How to boil ice, float water or measure gravity? This fun book will provide all the answers your kid needs. With numerous science experiments veted as safe to perform by children, this book should keep the small ones on their feet and always wanting to explore and know everything in the field of science.
  2. Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Dominic Walliman. Written by a Ph.D. in quantum device physics receiver, this book is both informative and presents facts in a way that is both entertaining and `according to Hoyle`, two qualities that are prone to make you and your kid happy. Moreover, this book appeals to all those children interested in the stars, the galaxies and the universe as a whole. By reading it, he/she will embark on an intergalactic voyage alongside Professor Astro Cat that is surely not going to disappoint.
  3. Want your kid to know about the human body? Why don’t you buy Head to Toe Science by Jim Wiese? What stands out about this book is the fact that it helps your kid explore the human body with all its hidden corners, while at the same time it keeps him /her on his toes, so to say due to the fact that it has a lot of activities to do. To make things even more fun, the author has thought about making your kid discover science in the comfort of the house as there are over 40 activities that await to be explored and that only require household items to be put into practice.
  4. Full Speed Ahead!: How Fast Things Go by Cruschiform. If your kid is the type that likes to know-it-all, this is the book you need to order. Because it is filled with intriguing facts such as the clarification of a question such as `Did you know that a tornado travels faster than a race car?`, this book is, essentially, a spring of answered curiosities. Moreover, I am sure that by purchasing this book, not only will your child be happy but also some of your own curiosities will be answered.

So, don’t waste any more time and start reading with your child, I’m sure there’s plenty in the Universe that the two of you can find about together!

My favorite mystery and thriller books

 

 

Making lists with favorite books is, as any reader has experienced it, one of the most stressful situations a book lover is prone to place himself/herself into. However uneasy this experience may be for me, today I have decided to share with you my top three thriller and mystery books from all time. In my `selection process` I took into consideration those novels that changed the way in which I regard this type of literature. And, because thrillers and mysteries usually intertwine as genres, I tried to pick the books that could easily fall in both of these categories. As a disclaimer note, I should mention that, because I feel like you all should enjoy my selection; I refrained from making any spoilers. So, without further ado, here is my oldies but goldies selection!

If you usually enjoy a mystery book, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown should have a familiar ring and, if you by any chance by now have skipped reading it, I suggest you don’t waste any more time. This book, to me, falls into that line of tradition that mixes mystery with crime and detective stories, a combination that I believe was made in book heaven. In short, The Da Vinci Code will not only keep you on the edge of your (reading) seat but will also make you think about historical and religious concepts such as the Holy Grail or the history of Christianity, while still providing enough action to keep you hooked. So, in case you want to escape a boring and mundane Sunday afternoon, give Robert Langdon, the main character, a chance to make your day a bit more exciting.

Secondly, I recommend another highly appreciated thriller novel called The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, there is also a movie made after it, but I advise you to read the book before watching it. Also, you should know that this is only a book in a series written by Thomas Harris, a series whose subject matter will most certainly send chills down your spine. The story walks you through the life of serial killer and psychopath Hannibal Lecter, a charismatic cannibalistic killer hiding, you guessed it, in plain eyesight. The story is, of course, more captivating and complex and is sure to stir your interest.

I couldn’t end this top without mentioning the queen of thriller and mystery stories, Agatha Christie. My recommendation to you is to read Murder on the Orient Express, a classic of the genre and inherently a page turner. If you are a fan of smart detectives and époque settings, this story will blow your mind as Hercule Poirot is prone to fascinate and captivate any reader due to his witty judgments and genius solutions.

I hope my short top was able to stir your interest and I am looking forward to hearing your reading impressions.

Four amazing nonfiction books

 

 

Presenting a passionate rejection of pesticides, the book Silent Spring was dismissed by many as being the work of a hysterical woman when it was first published in 1962. Written by Rachel Carson, Silent Spring is now considered a pioneering text in the movement for environmental conservation.

This work is a classic of American advocacy. It not only brought about a nationwide condemnation against the use of pesticides but also inspired legislation that eventually undertook to put pollution under control. This sparked the modern environmental movement in the United States. Peter Matthiessen, himself was known as a great nature writer, singled out the book’s ‘fearless and succinct’ prose, defining it as ‘the cornerstone of the new environmentalism.’

Rachel Carson managed to describe in a few brilliantly-written chapters the burning of the soil, the death of the seas and rivers, the silencing of the country’s birds, the obliteration of forests and plant life, the dangers of crop spraying and the murder of humanity itself. She also brings us face to face with the genetic threats that result from all the tragedies mentioned above, particularly in their disease-causing materializations.

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is a direct result of the author’s discovery that many of her former classmates felt dissatisfaction with their lives. The simple project evolved into the book that Friedan felt was “…as powerful, indeed mystical, as the forces” that seemed to take her over as she was working on it.

The Feminine Mystique sparked a revolutionary phase that managed to affect the lives of numerous American men and women in one fell swoop. Even Alvin Toffler described the book as something “that pulled the trigger on history.” Selling 300,000 copies in its first year alone, The Feminine Mystique came with 13 language translations in all.

Only 24 years old when he decoded the ‘molecule of life,’ Jim Watson worked in collaboration with Francis Crick to provide the solution to one of life sciences’ greatest enigmas, which eventually revolutionized biochemistry, thereby ensuring nothing would ever be the same again. A brilliant and daring American, Jim Watson arrived at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory in the autumn of 1951.

Awash with fame, success and the love of women, Jim Watson was a graduate zoologist from the Midwest who had grand dreams of copping the Nobel prize. Francis Crick was the equally self-possessed yet somewhat overlooked older man at the Cavendish, who was a 35-year-old would-be biophysicist.

The two became virtually inseparable. The Double Helix describes their unlikely collaboration on a race for immortality. It is a unique, compelling and partisan picture by Jim Watson of a scientific community beset with feuds, hatred, rivalries and ambitions. It is Watson’s personal account of his quest with Crick, a story that is both extraordinarily exciting and is a relentlessly honest portrait of two young men winning against the odds when they take on the Anglo-American scientific establishment.

Dreams of My Father has an opening line that demonstrates how special it is, ““A few months after my twenty-first birthday, a stranger called to give me the news…”. Released in 1995, the book was authored by Barack Obama, who wrote the book some years before the run up to the 2008 presidential elections in the US.

It is an exceptionally candid memoir from the then-junior senator from Illinois, and that revealed not just his literary talent but also gave a glimpse of how he became the force to change the face of US politics for many generations.

My all-time favorite microscope books

 

 

As you probably know already, I am a passionate reader, and I delve into all sorts of genres all the time, in search for something new. I’ve noticed that my interest in science has grown over the years especially as it has become such a great part of our day-to-day lives. Back in the day, I didn’t even imagine that there would be a remote control for the heating system, one for the alarm on your car, and another for all wireless devices in your home.

Something I have recently learned to appreciate is microscopy. My kids have been studying microbiology in school which has led to me piquing an interest in the field. I’m thinking of getting a portable magnifier so that we can all go back to the garden and look at insects, plants, tiny rocks, and all sorts of things that we might over there. I’ve also noticed that there are many alternatives that can be connected to a computer via WiFi, which means that I won’t have to use any pesky cables to transfer the images to a laptop and save them.

Getting back to the subject of books about microscopy, I’ve noticed that there are several ways of going about things. You can either address the topic in a somewhat scientific manner and get The Ultimate Guide to Your microscope or The Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope, or opt for choices that are a bit more user-friendly for the person who has less knowledge about the domain just yet.

If you intend to get a microscope book for your children, my personal advice would be to select something easier to understand. The Microscope Book by Shar Levine has gathered favorable reviews and comprises a good deal of experiments that you can do at home. Of course, the neat thing about them is that they aren’t in the least dangerous. Unfortunately, this is a somewhat old edition that was published back in 1998, which means that you might have a bit of trouble finding it new. However, it is available used for prices starting at three dollars.

If you have no means of getting your hands on The Microscope Book, perhaps you might want to try out Adventures with a Microscope written by Richard Headstrom. Despite the fact that it was published in 1980, this book remains one of the favorite choices of microscopy aficionados even today. It comes with 142 illustrations with the help of which you can explain to your child all there’s to know about the intricacies of the unseen world around them. While the Kindle edition of this book is budget-friendly, a paperback edition can cost as much as ten dollars or more.

 

 

Beginner’s books about microbiology

 

 

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If you are a mom of two like me whose children are fascinated by the world around us, getting your hands on a variety of books, particularly about microbiology, will be extremely helpful. With those kinds of books, on hand, you will always have an easy reference when your kids ask about microbes or microorganisms that they can study using such tools as the microscope.

Although a top-quality microscope is always a great tool to get for kids, a microbiology book full of information and knowledge about extremely tiny organisms should be a helpful tool for ensuring greater understanding.

These are what I consider great finds in the microbiology section of online sellers.

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life 1st Edition is also available in Kindle Edition for Android phones, iPad, HDX, iPhone, and more. If you already own the popular science classics such as The Selfish Gene and The Botany of Desire, this should make another great addition to have in your personal library.

This is a wondrously informative as well as a vastly entertaining examination that provides a delightfully microscopic view of the world that presents a reimagined picture of it. The human body along with the various bodies of animals around us serves as home to millions of bacteria and other microscopic organisms.

Ed Yong, who wrote this book, pokes fun at this fact so we can become more aware of how we are all interconnected with each other thanks to the way microbes protect our health, build our bodies and grant us unbelievable powers.

Microbiology: An Introduction (12th Edition) is coauthored by Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, and Christine L. Case. Comprising 960 pages, this hardcover edition is a superb textbook for those planning to major in microbiology.

It includes chapters in the classification of microorganisms, prokaryotes, viruses, viroids and prions, eukaryotes, the principles of disease and epidemiology, among many others. The last two chapters of Part Five are on Environmental Microbiology and Applied and Industrial Microbiology, giving readers plenty to think about on the various applications of microbiology.

Get this piece of scientific work for your child and have all those burning questions on tiny organisms answered easily.

 

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Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition is co-written by Bruce Alberts; Dennis Bray; Karen Hopkin; Alexander D Johnson; Julian Lewis; Martin Raff; Keith Roberts; and Peter Walter.

The book comes with an easily accessible introduction to the principal concepts of cell biology. The exceptional illustrations will have your young learner scrambling for their microscope to prove if cells look as colorful and intriguing as they do in the book.

This book is clearly written and uses lively language to get the learner excited about the biology of cells and molecules, their structures and other attributes.

There’s easily followed text that will surely engage the beginner microbiologist while molecular detail is reduced, so the reader gets a cohesive conceptual framework for the fundamental science that provides understanding of everything about biology.

If you have children who have unending questions about the science of microbiology, make sure you have at least one of those three books to refer to, okay?

Three books about finding yourself

 

 

As a mother of two, I find it helpful to enjoy plenty of self-help books. Doing that enables me to become a better mother and a better person in general. Inspiration is always lurking in the pages of such literary works, especially if you know just where to look. My journey to self-discovery has been a whole lot easier because of my fascination for reading those kinds of books.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, authored by Sheryl Sandberg and co-written by Nell Scovell, bears a title that has instantly turned into a catchphrase for women empowerment. Sheryl Sandberg, one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business, is also the COO of Facebook. In this book, Sheryl Sandberg draws on her personal experience working in some of the most successful businesses in the world.

Ms. Sandberg fearlessly looks at what the female of the species can do to help themselves. She teaches women how to make the small changes in their lives that can create change on a more global level. When this book was written, the statistics were not in women’s favor, despite there being an improvement over the previous decades. Of the 197 heads of state, women comprised only 22 of them.

Also, only 20 percent of seats in parliament were held by women worldwide. In the world of large companies, a measly 18 of the Fortune 500 CEOs were women. Through this book, I have proven to myself why Sandberg has sparked a fierce debate about women and leadership.Truly a fascinating read!

Tina Fey was a featured player in The Second City, a Chicago-based improvisational comedy group, during her foray into comedy. Joining SNL as a writer, Tina eventually became head writer and a performer known for her role as the co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment of the show.

She created the TV series 30 Rock for Broadway Video after leaving SNL in 2006. The Bossypants 1st edition is her autobiographical book that topped the New York Times Bestseller list for five weeks.

The book is a short, messy yet irreverently funny piece of work that provides captivating glimpses of this impossibly talented comedienne behind the curtain of modern comedy spiced with equal doses of candor, wit, and self-depreciation. She dishes out the unlikeliest advice on breastfeeding and talks about her cruise ship honeymoon, among many others.

However, we see how genuinely chaotic Fey’s life is when she describes how she divides her efforts equally among trying to get Oprah to appear in 30 Rock, rehearsing her Sarah Palin impression and planning a Peter Pan-themed birthday party for her daughter. This book shows us why Tina Fey continues to be adored. It has shown me too that I cannot be the perfect mom to my two lovely daughters no matter how hard I try, but the journey is always one worth taking as long as I am willing to laugh my mistakes off.

 

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay is a compilation of essays covering a broad range of topics from criticism, politics, and feminism put together by one of the most respected young cultural observers of her generation. Roxane Gay presents funny and insightful essays where she takes us with her through the journey she has taken on her evolution as a woman of color

She also allows us a glimpse of her journey through culture of the last few years along with commenting on how feminism is today. Through this book, I have learned much from being an exceptionally insightful woman who should constantly grow to understand herself and the society as well as being a part of one’s culture.