Each month Kate from Ballast Books kindly provides us with their recommendations for books depending on the themes our classes are focusing on. Below are what they suggest!
2023 Family Astronomical Almanac
Find out what to look for, when to watch, scientific explanations, and tips for getting the most out of 2023's night skies in The 2023 Family Astronomical Almanac. Gorgeous photos and simple diagrams accompany each entry along with hints about lunar brightness (which can diminish visibility) and best nighttime viewing periods. Covering everything from meteor showers to eclipses, lunar cycles to seasonal milestones, and a ton more, this handy guide will make sure your family never miss another celestial event again!
Backyard Explorer: Bird Watch
Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch leads kids aged 4 and up through the basics of birding, from identifying common birds to learning about habitat and migration and listening for bird songs. The pages are packed with prompts and activities, including 12 interactive field guides (for common birds, nests, eggs, tracks, and more), sensory scavenger hunts, activities such as building a bird nest, matching games, and simple discovery zone pages about food chains and the life cycle of birds. Equipped with a real magnifying glass, stickers, and a birding log for recording sightings and encounters, this book is the perfect take-along for any nature adventure.