The unofficial start to summer is here! While 2020 has not been smooth sailing, we are happy that we can continue to share quality reading and fun activities with little ones and today we are kicking off Summer Reading Under the Sea.
Splash around through 24 underwater and beachy ebooks through August 31st on arbordalepublishing.com. We choses a few of our classic favorites along with some of our newer titles and a mix of fiction and nonfiction for readers to enjoy!
Don’t miss out on the fun! Read our blog weekly for crafts, scavenger hunts, and coloring pages to go along with a theme! Join us next week as we explore the darkest depths of the ocean and the strange creatures that live there!
We’re celebrating the release of The Forest in the Treesby Connie McLennan. This book takes readers high into the canopy of the world’s tallest trees, a forest where very few human eyes have spied the lush greenery and animal inhabitants that call the coast redwoods home.
Connie was inspired by botanist’s research. The scientists
were able to climb the trees and explore the landscape to identify many different
plants that thrive high amongst the clouds. Learning more about the discoveries
is easy. In The Forest in the Trees, readers find a new plant or animal
with the turn of a page!
Test your own skills at identifying trees and plants with our
observation and identification guide:
About the Forest
A forest is an ecosystem. This ecosystem requires just the
right soil for trees to secure their roots and grow tall trunks for the leaves
that soak up the sunlight.
The plants and animals in this ecosystem need the trees,
just as the trees need them to thrive. One ecosystem is found on the ground
where we can walk around and marvel at the amazing size of the trees. The other
is high in the sky, and only a select few botanists have laid eyes on this
So, what do botanists look for in this ecosystem? Take this observation guide on your next walk
through the forest and see if you can identify the trees and plants you find.
We’re giving away three copies of our new fall releases! Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Forest in the Treesand Animal Skins. Winners will be contacted on September 30th!
This week is a busy one for scientists. Today is National STEM/STEAM Day, and Saturday is World Science Day. As you can imagine we are big fans of these two days, so here is a compilation of some of our best activities celebrating science in our “For Creative Minds” sections.
Click on the Cover to learn more about the book, or the “For Creative Minds” section to start the activities!
Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant
Cao Chong was a very creative thinker. You can stretch your imagination testing buoyancy with a Sink or Float activity and learn how scales work.
Living Things and Nonliving Things
A living thing moves, but so do airplanes, and they are not living. How do you decide what is living and what is not? The checklist from Kevin Kurtz’s book is a great way to perfect your classification skills although some may not be as cut and dry as you might think!
Newton and Me
If you push a ball how far will it go? If you push harder, how much further does it travel? Experiment with push, pull, force and motion with Newton!
Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea
Animals of the sea use slime to move, protect themselves, and clean themselves. Learn about crazy animals many have never seen. Then, make your own slime.
Pieces of Another World
Watching meteors is an amazing family activity and the Geminids peak in December. You can get ready and even bake comet cookies for the event with the recipe and tips in Pieces of Another World!