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YA Book Club POSTPONED! Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel this Saturday's YA book club meeting. We will reschedule and post it here and on our social media as soon as we can. 

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Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids

Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids

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Classic and innovative hands-on projects for kids ages 3 and up designed to teach both heritage skills and how to think creatively.

Handcraft is part of human nature: we build, we create, we innovate. The 20+ projects in this book from an experienced art educator weave a story of human innovation and creativity, from the very beginnings of building shelters in the woods to tinkering with recycled materials. Heritage skills teach children how to be independent and capable makers; fiber and wood projects offer rewarding crafts that also teach planning, preparation, and safe risk taking; and tinkering activities connect the low-tech process of making and doing with innovation. From soap carving and knot tying to building toy cars and junk robots, this book brings the fun of making things with your hands to young kids and links skills of the past with the present.

The book also explores how to set up a maker space and teaches foundational workshop practices that can easily be applied to the home studio. Each project offers extensions for different ages and abilities and provides guiding questions to enrich the experience for both the maker (teacher/parent) and the apprentice (child) to encourage and celebrate creative, practical play.

My First Book of Baby Signs: 40 Essential Signs to Learn and Practice

My First Book of Baby Signs: 40 Essential Signs to Learn and Practice

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Learn sign language alongside your baby with this adorable storybook for ages 0 to 3

Story time is the perfect time to practice sign language with your child. My First Book of Baby Signs is part storybook and part sign language guide, designed to encourage you and your baby to learn new words and signs as you read together. Practice communicating with important, everyday signs for everything from basics like "eat," "milk," and "mommy" to more advanced ideas like "help," "potty," and "I love you."

This book makes it fun and easy to learn helpful baby signs with:

  • Storybook style-Each sign is presented with picture book illustrations that depict the word as well as both written and visual instructions for how to sign it properly.
  • Interactive learning-Model each sign for your baby as you come to the word in the story, allowing you to learn and practice together.
  • 40 Real ASL signs-These signs are the accurate and up-to-date versions from American Sign Language, and you'll even find a guide to the full alphabet and basic numbers.
  • This book of baby signs is the perfect way to start communicating with your baby before they learn to speak.

    REAL CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTS: 40

    REAL CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENTS: 40

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    Full STEAM ahead!-21st-century chemistry for kids

    Chemistry for kids can be so much fun! Real Chemistry Experiments has 40 exciting and engaging experiments with a real-life STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) connection for kids.

    Become a better problem-solver, inventor, and innovator with these fascinating chemistry experiments. Each one has a clear purpose or question that's being asked, step-by-step instructions, a list of materials you'll need, questions to help you record your observations, and more. By the time you're through, you'll have chemistry for kids down to a science!

    This book of chemistry for kids includes:

  • Easy-to-find materials-From tap water and paper towels, to popsicle sticks and dish soap, the materials needed for these experiments are quick and easy to find.
  • Real-life science-Learn the real chemistry behind how and why each experiment works, like why water and oil don't mix in Oily Oceans, how geodes form in Eggshell Geodes, and more.
  • Chemistry basics-Get tons of info about chemistry and what it is, from the scientific method and the Periodic Table, to atoms and the five main areas of study.
  • Imagine all the things you can learn, create, and discover in this colorful book about chemistry for kids-the sky's the limit!

    SEWING FOR KIDS

    SEWING FOR KIDS

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    Get crafty with super fun sewing projects for kids ages 6 to 9

    From an adorable Needle House to an awesome Pizza Pencil Case, there are so many awesome things that can be sewn with just a needle and thread. Packed with beginner techniques for hand and machine sewing, Sewing for Kids takes you stitch-by-stitch from threading a needle to making your own Fingerless Gloves.

    Get started with the ins and outs of hand-sewing, like how to tie a knot or sew a whipstitch, and before you know it, you'll be sewing on a sewing machine! Wow your friends with your own handmade Fruit Purse―then, take your sewing up a notch with magical machine-sewing projects, like a Winter Beanie and Shark Tail Blanket.

    Sewing for Kids includes:

  • Needlework newbies―Start stitching with easy-to-understand techniques, safety rules, basic stitches to build on, and tips for filling your sewing kit.
  • Something for everyone―These fun and funky hand-sewing and machine-sewing projects increase in difficulty so you can get comfortable sewing and then practice your skills.
  • That's sew you!―Have a blast sewing handmade goods, like a Sloth Backpack Charm, a Tic-Tac-Toe Pillow, and a Beanbag Chair―or customize your crafts with tips to make it your own.
  • With Sewing for Kids, you'll have stitches of fun and a special skill you can feel proud of for a lifetime.

    Take Me Outdoors: A Nature Journal for Young Explorers

    Take Me Outdoors: A Nature Journal for Young Explorers

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    WINNER, Best Designed / Illustrated Book For Children, Junior Design Awards 2020 (Silver Medal)

    "A book to make going outside an inspiring adventure. This little paperback does much more than it says on the tin. . . It really should make young people see and think differently about the natural world around them, and packs in a great deal of information and stimulation."
    -- Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids

    With its smart design, beautiful illustrations and perfect size to pop in a backpack, Take Me Outdoors is a fun, lively way to engage with the wild and natural world. Each of the five 'adventure' chapters help children to engage with their surroundings, from their own backgarden or local park, to a beach, forest or lakeside. As they complete lists, draw pictures and answer questions, they will be thinking carefully about the environment and nature as they experience it - what they can see, hear and feel, and how they can look after it. A final chapter allows them to compare their adventures, and there's also a useful glossary so they can learn new words and ideas. Fun, quirky and bursting with facts about birds, bugs and plants; the weather and the environment; expeditions and explorers; and the artists and writers who have been inspired by nature, this book is a must for children curious about the incredible world they live in. It's both a great keepsake and a tool for sparking creative writing.

    Writer and illustrator Mary Richards is author of the Take Me series, which launched in North America in 2020. She has also written Splat: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time (Thames & Hudson), The Modern Art Journal (Tate Publishing), and is co-author of ArtSongs, a set of songs about art and artists (with David Schweitzer) for Tate. Mary was Art Publisher at the Hayward Gallery and an Editor at Tate Publishing. She lives in London with four children, two cats and a large collection of Lego.