The blog’s been quiet this week, I know. I’ve been reading as usual, and I’ve been thinking about what I’ve read recently. The Magic of Reality, in particular (which I blogged about here). My daughter is too young yet for the book (aimed at teens and non-science-oriented adults), but she isn’t too young to start encouraging a sense of wonder at science and nature.
I’ve been immersed in science picture books for a work project recently, and wonder seems to be a theme this season. At least that’s what I see in books like A Leaf Can Be… and Step Gently Out. Both of these books use art and poetry to introduce the subject while creating a sense of awe, and they both offer more details in the back matter.
These are the sorts of books that I love to share with my daughter because they don’t really end when you finish reading the book. The best part is what happens after you read them. Maybe they’ll show up in a Picture Book Preschool post some time soon because they really do seem made for inspiring young science projects or at least a closer look. It is so exciting to see my preschooler notice nature in a new way or make connections she hadn’t before because of what we’ve read.
How do you encourage a sense of wonder in your children?
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