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Summer Reading with STEM Activity Books from QuartoKids

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Kids should be getting outside, exploring their world, reading books, and every else like that to live a balanced life.

It’s a tough balance. We want them to be outside soaking up the sun’s vitamins, but we also want to keep their minds stimulated and active.  And we  all know, if given the choice, our youngsters would probably choose gaming over a book!

The good news is that science and research are revealing more and more how helpful video games can be in a child’s cognitive development. Minecraft, for instance, helps with creativity, sharing, innovating, continuous learning, problem-solving, craftsmanship, teamwork, interdependence, flexibility, storytelling…just to name a few. Plus kids love it.

Quarto Knows is the home for books ranging from cooking, crafting, pets, and art to automotive, military history, design, and much more.
So the gurus at Quarto Knows came up with the perfect solution. Pair Minecraft with STEM for an unstoppable force for fun and learning! Quarto Knows is the home for books ranging from cooking, crafting, pets, and art to automotive, military history, design, and much more.

Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids:

Family Friendly Projects for Exploring Concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (Lab Series). I love Quarto’s “Lab” series! These well-done books serve as a bridge between parents, their children and STEAM and STEM concepts.

Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids

In Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids, you’ll find a collection of 48 creative projects that make learning science, technology, engineering, and math exciting for the whole family. Venture off on six action-packed Quests, each with four unique Labs that pair a hands-on activity with an in-game project.

But having this book, showing your kids how the skills they are learning inside the game are relevant in out-of-game experiences, is a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and for crafting and creativity. PLUS, authors John Miller and Chris Fornell Scott have recreated the delight of “quests” like in the game as well.  Here’s a sample of the genius this book holds:

Quest 1: Pistons, Rails, and Redstone.-Kids and parents can create a solar telescope along with many more super-fun activities.

Quest 2: Construction Zone- Make glow-in-the-dark slime, grow pipe cleaner snowflakes, and carve a crystal ice castle.

And soooo much more!

Here’s another winner I had a chance to read from Quarto:

Clay Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Make, Model, and Mold with Air-Dry, Polymer, and Homemade Clay by Cassie Stephens

Clay Lab for Kids, a new addition to Quarry’s Lab series, focuses on kid-friendly clays–air-dry, homemade, and polymer–that are safe and easy to use at home or in the classroom; no kiln required.
You may not think it, but this is an extremely important crafting medium. When creating with clay, kids are introduced to a wide range of cognitive and manual skills: they’ll work three-dimensionally; make figurative models; use their imaginations in making jewelry and toys; design with color; and decorate with paints. Read more about this amazing book on Quarto’s website here.
And lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention…

Geology Lab for Kids by Garret Romaine

Rocks! Oh, how our family loves ROCKS. And in Geology Lab for Kids rock-lovers will find 52 simple, inexpensive, and fun experiments that explore the Earth’s surface, structure, and processes. This family-friendly guide explores the wonders of geology, such as the formation of crystals and fossils, the layers of the Earth’s crust, and how water shapes mountains, valleys, and canyons. There is no excuse for boredom with a year’s worth of captivating STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities.
Geology Lab for Kids

In this book, you will learn:

  • How to identify the most common rocks and minerals
  • How to maintain and display your rock collection
  • How insects are trapped and preserved in amber
  • How geysers and volcanoes form and erupt
  • How layers of rock reveal a record of time
  • How to pan for gold like a real prospector

Geology is an exciting science that helps us understand the world we live in, and Geology Lab for Kids actively engages readers in simple, creative activities that reveal the larger world at work.

Three wonderful STEM and STEAM books that encourage kids to get their hands dirty and their brains out of “park.” Check out QuartoKids’ website for even more amazing books.

Quarto Kids

One More Thing

The much-anticipated sequel to JIAB intern, Hannah Rials’ runaway YA hit, Ascension. Book Two in the Ascension series is Clandestine and it’s already bringing in raves reviews.

“Gripping until the very end.”Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia

“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.” ~Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl

Clandestine by Hannah Rials

Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.

She is guarded constantly, separated from her best friend Anne, and desperate for any word from Eli and the witches. Meanwhile, her cousin Lilith has discovered that Cheyenne possesses all four vampiric abilities—unheard of for a Deuxsang—and intends to use her in the Ascending’s rebellious scheme.

At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.

Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies.

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