Is There a Young Explorer or Scientist on Your List? Space Books for Kids #giftidea #books #amreading

The Planetary Society has posted a list of recommended books about space for kids. Encourage the young scientists and explorers you know with some of these stories.

From pop-ups and ABCs a parent will enjoy reading to their toddler through middle school and high school, there’s something for every age. I read Generation Mars all by my adult-self without an 8 to 10 year old in sight.

Perfect story for kids around the age of the main character – a girl in third grade. She and her sister attend school and play in the underground colony. Then the big day comes when she takes her first walk on the surface. I like the final sentence, as her father talks with the girl: the future was hers, not his. The illustrations are delightful and showed up very well on my Kindle. As a bonus, the last third of the book offers facts about Mars. Fun with nothing scary for younger children. This would make an excellent gift. My review of Generation Mars

Thanks Emily Lakdawalla. Click here to see the book descriptions with suggested age ranges.

Holidays Are In Full Swing – Happy Hanukkah :) With More Celebrations to Follow – Books Make Outstanding Affordable Gifts, Never Again be Caught at Last Minute #HappyHanukkah #HappyChanukah #HappyHolidays

Happy Hannukah from Kate RaunerMay you have a joyous season.
Menorah set out – check.
Found grandma’s recipe for latkes – check.
Hanukkah bush is decorated – check (I am an American after all.)
Chocolate coins covered in golden foil – check.

Forgotten anything? Does your family exchange gifts? Maybe books or games?

Send an ebook anytime (or a paperback if you planned ahead.) Follow Emma Books make great Hannukah giftsto Mars to explore the Red Planet, build a new home, and face dangers with the first twelve settlers. Available from Amazon and other favorite online stores.

Not sure what your giftee likes? Send a collection of short reads, also on Amazon and other favorite online stores.

Try before you buy – online stores offer previews of every book – or just jump in.

Happy Christmas #merrychristmas #happyholidays #xmas #hannukah #HappyHannukah #Kwanzaa #HappyKwanzaa

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The holiday season is in full bloom. Solstice is behind us and I enjoyed walking a friend’s labyrinth at her party. It’s Christmas Eve, Hanukkah starts tonight, Kwanzaa in two days, and  other winter festivals you might enjoy: Saint Nicholas Day (Christian), Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican), St. Lucia Day (Swedish), Hanukkah (Jewish), Christmas Day (Christian), Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian), Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish), Omisoka (Japanese), Yule (Pagan), Saturnalia (Pagan). I wonder which holidays will follow colonists into space?

Personally, I’m a totally lapsed Catholic who still enjoys the traditions of my youth – I have one live Xmas tree and two artificial trees in my home. The cats are finally old enough (mature enough?) to refrain from knocking them over. 🙂

My best wishes to you and yours for the holidays and the New Year.