So, today is the last day of the Children’s book workshop, and it’s been a nice change of pace for sure. The instructor, Susan Juby, was excellent and the content generally helpful and did I say, nice change of pace? I also picked up a few great quotes about children in general, and in children’s lit specifically.
Two of my favourites have been:
“We know nothing of childhood, and with our mistaken notions the further we advance the further we go astray. The wisest writers devote themselves to what a man ought to know, without asking what a child is capable of learning. They are always looking for the man in the child, without considering what he is before he becomes a man.” ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau (this was one serious dude when it came to what he thought about kids, but this quote is nice)
“Nothing that happens after we are twelve matters very much.” ~JM Barrie
Anyway, this is all converging to a question I’m going to throw out there:
Are there any children’s books that are dear to you, either as a child or a parent, and especially ones that perhaps strike a chord with those from a science sensibility? Just curious really. And it doesn’t have to be a picture book, doesn’t even have to be a children’s book – just a book that, for whatever reason, worked for you.
And in the spirit of summary, here were the children book reviews I’ve done this week in one easy to find list:
- Something I’m guessing, you wouldn’t expect on scienceblogs.com: Children’s Book Review Week.
- Science Book #1: About pace, and the desire for fixes – “The Missing Piece” by Shel Silverstein.
- Science book #2: About silliness and running amok with a scientific theme – “Your Disgusting Head” by Haggis-On Whey.
- Science book #3: About picking up the jargon – “Katie and the Dinosaurs” by James Mayhew
- Science book #4: About just looking gorgeous – “The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin” by Peter Sis
- Science book #5: About nothing to do with science, about everything to do with science – “Once Upon an Ordinary Day at School” by Colin McNaughton and Satoshi Kitamura.
- Science book appendum: Maurice Sendak was a science illustrator