November 2011

Talking Turkey and Talking Trash!

Sustainability is a topic that pervades the blogosphere. Nonetheless, we’re rolling up our sleeves and digging in! At Nomad we’ve published a number of books lately that approach this subject from different angles. We’d like to use our blog to impart some information we’ve learned, share some of our favorite tips, and welcome yours. And with Thanksgiving upon us, let’s start by talking trash!



In our book, Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out with 25 Projects, our main point is a simple one: there’s just too much of it! This is no secret; you’ve heard it before. One great way you can help to cut down on your household garbage this year is to make a commitment to compost. And with those carved pumpkins rotting on your doorstep and Thanksgiving around the corner, there’s no time like the present!



A New Look for Nomad

Our blog and website are getting a brand-new look! Please pardon our dust if you notice any oddities during the transition period. We'll have it all spic-and-span very soon! Any major problems you see, please let us know right away. We'd really appreciate it!

Thank you!


Matt Damon, Ann Curry, or Penelope Cruz?

Who would you like as a substitute teacher for your kids? Here are your choices: Matt Damon, Ann Curry, Betty White, LeBron James, or Penelope Cruz. Go register your pick on the American Education Week poll. Don’t forget to tell us who you choose!

Lab Coats and Test Tubes: Who Does Science, anyway?

Do all scientists really wear white lab coats and pocket protectors? Take a look at what kids think in this fascinating video clip (just a minute-and-a-half long) by The After-School Corporation (TASC) in New York City. The clip highlights the preconceived notions many kids have about people who work in science. In response to the question, “Who does science?” students in an After-School Science PLUS program drew pictures of men in white lab coats, sometimes with eyes bloodshot and almost always wearing ties and pocket protectors. After a few months in the program, students dispelled this notion and began to think of science very differently. When they were again asked to draw pictures in response to the same question, the results crossed genders, races, styles of dress, and represented wide-ranging careers, from doctors and astronauts to outdoor educators and theater technicians.


Who Does Science? from The After-School Corporation on Vimeo.

Our own collection of science books covers topics ranging from an investigation of materials for Kindergarteners, to project-based books about food, the Industrial Revolution, and geology, to an exploration of what happens to garbage and lots in between!  


Kids ages 9-12 who read Industrial Revolution with 25 Projects  learn all about an important era in American history, while gaining an understanding that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, are what drive all technological advances. 



In Food, 25 Amazing Projects, kids investigate the history and science of what we eat. This book teaches kids how food gets from farm to table, including how food evolved and the impact of modern technology on food production, packaging, and delivery.


In Wool: Investigate Materials, young learners learn where wool comes from and how we use it, all through scientific inquiry. Fun photography engages this age group and teaches them to observe, sort, describe, and identify.



In Geology of the Pacific Northwest, kids ages 9–12 learn how geology and physical geography are intertwined as they explore the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Beginning with an exploration of the underlying forces of plate tectonics, young readers discover how mountains affect climate, how landforms affect people, and how people affect the physical elements. Kids can take these ideas further with hands-on projects.



Kids become "rubbish warriors" in Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out. Encouraged to think about the choices they make that generate garbage in the first place, readers learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycle—and rethink their actions. Along the way, kids explore the science of garbology, discover fascinating information archaeologists learn by excavating middens, and use projects to investigate the world of trash.

Check out these books and let us know what you think! We value your opinions!

Pam at Nomad

Photo Contest Winners!

A wherewolf, a hippo, and a pirate were among the many great entries we received for our jack o' lantern photo contest. Thank you all for your entries! Our 3 winners will receive a free set of Soccer World books. Congratulations goes out to:

Erin Cote for her Pirate;

KJ Dell'Antonia for the collection of great pumpkins her kids carved; and

 Lisa Rupertus for the monogrammed "J" for her 1-year-old!

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Hope the sugar crash isn't too rough on you today ~ Pam