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Hello Pluto!

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Today’s a good day to be an earthling. Sure, we’ve still got war, famine, drought, and melting glaciers, but today we’ve also got pictures of Pluto.

STEM Friday! Physics: Investigate the Forces of Nature

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When skateboarder Tony Hawk performs his signature move, the Ollie, he might not be running actual calculations in his head. It’s probably second nature for him to figure out how much force he needs to exert on his board and how far he needs to bend his knees to cushion the landing. But every move […]

The Lessons of Carli Lloyd

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You might have heard—Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick to bring the USA Women’s Soccer Team to victory at the Women’s World Cup on Sunday. I’m not a sports fan and even I am excited about this. For one thing, when a women does something incredibly athletic that the entire world celebrates, that’s a good […]

Wattpad: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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Is Wattpad good for kids? My oldest son is a fairly typical 13-year-old. His room is a mess, he fights with his brothers, he loves to go hiking (with friends, not parents) and he stays up very late at night. He used to stay up late reading books and I could always pat myself on […]

We Love Librarians!

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Have I mentioned how much we love librarians? Librarians have been on my mind this week because of the ALA conference. Every day I send out tweets about the Nomad booth at ALA (Booth 1337! Stop by! Great show deals!) and how we love librarians.   I love librarians both as bridges between Nomad Press books […]

A Different Kind of Professional Development

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How to Become Better at Your Job Without Really Meaning To Professional development—that’s such a dry phrase, isn’t it? Imagine if we called school “academic development.” Doesn’t quite trigger thoughts of inspired learning and creative thinking, does it?  

Tips for Storytime: It’s Not All About the Book

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Librarians all over the country are gearing up for summer reading programs. You know what that means: storytimes galore! Everyone is trying to beat the summer slide, when kids lose two to three months worth of learning over summer vacation. Studies have shown that reading is a major factor in keeping brains thriving on these […]

Three Tips to Beat Summer Slide

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Help your kids beat summer slide and have some fun this summer! My kids are enjoying their last days of school today. They’re going to meet their new teachers, eat some cake, turn in their textbooks, and get their final report cards. And then they’re going to come home and play video games. For twelve […]

Bill Nye, Science Guy, Sets LightSail

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The Planetary Society, with Bill Nye, succeeds with LightSail despite a number of setbacks. You might have heard of Bill Nye. Super famous science guy known for getting kids all over the world excited about science? Well, check out his latest project: LightSail!

I Hate Science

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A mere 24 hours after writing this blog post, I wanted to eat my words. Well, I wanted to eat something. I was hungry because dinner was late (later than usual) since I was helping my fifth grader glue construction paper to a tri-fold cardboard display. “I hate science,” my son muttered when he realized […]