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Find more Book Links November 2020
I mean, maybe, but that’s neither here nor there. In an interview (p.29) where she discusses her newest book Who Gives a Poop?, Heather L. Montgomery points out that what’s gross is also often engaging, and when it comes to STEM education, engagement is key. Especially now, when both educators and students are dealing with burnout from remote learning and pandemic fatigue, keeping kids engaged is as challenging as it’s ever been.
It’s our goal to use our resources to help you through these times. In addition to Montgomery, we have an interview with Theanne Griffith (p.10), a neuroscience and professor whose activity-packed early reader books take kids on STEM-based adventures. We also talked to the renowned Andrea Beaty (p.19), who fills us in on how the maker-minded kid heroes of her Questioneers picture-book series would be weathering remote learning.
In our annotated bibliographies, we explore the ecology of urban areas (p.33), highlight marginalized figures in STEM professions (p.24), and outline books that sensitively depict Alzheimer’s and dementia for young readers (p.14). The arts don’t go forgotten, either; we include a piece on STEAM that zeroes in on how the sciences and the arts influence each other in exciting and inventive ways (p.4).
In our Teen Links column (p.39), new this year, youth and teen librarian Danielle Jones returns to the idea of engagement, focusing on ways to keep teens focused and busy. Here, she provides tips on how to help teens take ownership of their own library programming, giving them the tools they need to self-advocate and grow the leadership skills that have never been more important.
But it all comes back to poop in Book Hooks (p.40), our shareable, art-rich column that showcases a thematic group of books with intriguing questions intended to pique student interest. This time, in the bite-sized sections, columnist Angela Leeper examines how the details on everything from animal behavior to human science and history can be studied through the waste they’ve left behind.
Hopefully one day, this will all be behind us, too. Until then—better out than in.
Books and Authors
Books and Authors: Talking with Andrea Beaty
Books and Authors: Talking with Heather L. Montgomery
Books and Authors: Theanne Griffith
Classroom Connections: Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Classroom Connections: Inclusion in STEM Fields
Classroom Connections: STEM and STEAM, a Dream Team
Classroom Connections: Urban Ecology
Teen Links: Teens Lead the Way
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