Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan. Besides pursuing a BA in English literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern. Karuna is fond of tea, Korean […]
I always, always encourage families to support their children’s reading interests, and to allow their children to have some choice in the books they read – it’s one of the simplest and most effective ways to help build and foster a life-long long of reading. It’s really quite simple, when you think about it – reading can quickly lose its shine when you’re constantly told what to read, and forced to read books that bore you to tears, or that don’t align in any way with your passions. Whether a child is obsessed with superheroes, horses, trains, or dinosaurs, that childhood enthusiasm can be harnessed and as a means of connecting with and supporting young readers. And thanks to publishers like National Geographic Kids, you can now find high-quality titles that can please both caregivers and kids.
Having been absolutely, completely and entirely obsessed with dinosaurs as a child, this magical book would have made my little heart sing:
As soon as I see that yellow border, I know I’m in for a treat – National Geographic absolutely knows its young audience, and consistently produces nonfiction titles that somehow manage to simultaneously engage, excite, entertain and educate young readers. The Ultimate Dino-Pedia is no exception – this ode to all things dinosaur is an absolute winner, both for budding palaeontologists and casual readers alike.
There are so many dinosaurs in this book! This celebration of dinosaur diversity claims to cover almost ever dinosaur currently known to science. 125 species are featured in greater detail, with Scientific Name, Discoverer, Place and Date of Discovery, Length, Habitat, Diet, Fossils, Fun Facts, and Range Map provided for each dinosaur. The images, as you would expect from National Geographic, are highly detailed and extremely engaging, and the book is divided by period into the best-known and most popular Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous eras.
Nonfiction titles like The Ultimate Dino-Pedia are a great recreational reading option that shouldn’t be overlooked. While age-appropriate and accessible, the text never talks down to children, and clearly introduces complex scientific vocabulary. Because the book is heavily illustrated, and the information is provided in bite-sized chunks, it can seem more approachable to students who might be intimidated by longer texts, or who are less interested in fictional stories, making it suitable for a wide range of readers.
AND there’s even a corresponding app! The app builds on the text with additional media, including short videos and audio presentations, which help bring over 600 dinosaurs vividly to life.
Thoroughly researched, clearly and carefully presented, and enthusiastically illustrated, The Ultimate Dino-Pedia is a fantastic nonfiction title for dinosaur enthusiasts and casual readers alike, though it would also be useful in a classroom setting as a tool for dinosaur research. Whatever the reason, this is another absolute win from National Geographic Kids – though really, at this point, I would hardly expect anything less from this stellar publisher.
Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous […]
Welcome to Behind the Blog, a new monthly feature here on the Book Wars where we take you behind the scenes of some of our favourite children’s and YA book blogs! We’ll be kicking off the series with Ricki and Kellee, the fantastic team behind the kids lit blog, Unleashing Readers. Here we go! Please introduce yourselves! My […]
After years of research, reading hundreds of books and countless articles, watching documentary films, visiting museums and libraries, speaking with many people, including surviving code talkers, there was an immense amount of history that I felt needed to be told. As a result, [my] first full draft was so heavy with facts — names, dates, […]
Hardcover, 32 pages Published March 7th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams Source: Raincoast Books This book is beautifully packaged. With a red cloth spine and the title in gold, it is definitely one of the better looking books out there. Moving on to the contents of the book itself, the picturebook is written in verse […]
I use a lot of sing-along books in my story times, especially with my toddlers. You know the ones I’m taking about – Old Macdonald Had a Farm, The Wheels on the Bus, If You’re Happy and You Know It, etcetera etcetera. These illustrated songs and nursery rhymes are a great way to engage wiggly […]
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature from The Broke and the Bookish and this week we get a “Summer Freebie”–so we’re going to take the opportunity to talk about books that are sunshine in the form of bound paper, the stories that make us feel warm, and the ones that make it easy to ignore the […]
Bear and Hare Go Fishing Bear and Hare are an adorable pair, and in this instalment of Emily Gravett’s charming series, Bear and Hair try their hands (er, paws) at fishing! Bear is less than successful, reeling in pretty much everything but fish, but he doesn’t give up, and his patience is eventually rewarded with […]
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. […]
Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family’s bodega. Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can’t tell anyone who she really is. Elvin’s living on Harlem’s cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was […]