MS. KARA’S PICK: Just Like Rube Goldberg by Sarah Aronson
Have you heard of a Rube Goldberg machine? It’s what you call a series of chain reactions that achieves a final task. Many times you make one using whatever you have lying around the house. Well, Rube Goldberg was a real person who lived a long time ago. His parents wanted him to be successful, so he went to school to become an engineer. But his love was making cartoons, and so he worked hard and eventually became famous for making cartoons that used his engineering knowledge! He drew the most complicated ways to perform a simple task, like licking a postage stamp, and those machines he drew become known as Rube Goldberg machines. Read more about Goldberg and see some of his zany drawings in this book!
MS. KATE’S PICK: 101 Dinosaurs by April Jones Prince
101 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Reptiles (written by April Jones Prince and illustrated by Bob Kolar) is one of my favorite dinosaur books for young children! It’s a board book, so it is intended for younger children, but any dino fan will appreciate the colorful and detailed drawings and adults will love the fact that all of the dinosaur/reptile names are spelled AND sounded out! No more wondering how to pronounce “Parasaurolophus” (par-ah-SAWR-OL-uh-fus). Youngest children will enjoy the bright colors and fun rhymes, while older kids will enjoy the fun names and info. If you know a dinosaur fan, this book will likely be a huge hit!