Magnolia Mudo and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe

By Katey Howes, Illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti (Sterling Children’s Books – 2018 )

Magnolia Mudo is a high-energy inventor, and her favorite lab partner is her Uncle Jamie. But when she finds out that he’s marrying Miss Emily, Magnolia is blown away. She will not wear a flower-girl dress. Uncle Jamie promises Magnolia that she can be part of the wedding in a different way, so she creates inventions based on various wedding traditions from around world-with hilarious results!


Samira and the Skeletons

By Camilla Kuhn (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers – 2016)                                         When Samira learns about the skeletal system in class, she begins to imagine everyone in school as a walking skeleton. She starts avoiding her class mates, even her best friend, but Samira can’t escape her own skeleton. >>>Camilla Kuhn is a Norwegian children’s book author and illustrator. Her website: Originally published this book in Norway in 2014.
IMG_2466                                                                                         Samiraはクラスで骸骨の仕組みを学んだが、その後学校で出会う誰もが骸骨に見えてしまった。クラスメイトを避けるようになり、大事な親友さえも骸骨に見えて、近ずきたくなかった。しかし、自分自身の骸骨から逃れようがなかった。>>>制作者はノルウェイ人であり、この絵本は2014年にノルウェイで初めて出版された。制作者のウエブサイトはこちら

Hey-Ho, to Mars We’ll Go!: A space-age version of “The farmer in the dell”

By Susan Lendroth, Illustrated by Bob Kolar (Charlesbridge – 2018)                                Don your spacesuit, dive through the hatch, and say good-bye to Earth. It’s time for a trip to the Red Planet….this book invite you to space travel and to turn the book as you do for a reading experiences that defies gravity. Each page has an educational information, and more details about travel to Mars found on the last page.
                                                                                         宇宙服を着て、ハッチを潜り抜けて、地球にお別れをしたら赤い惑星への旅が始まる。この絵本は読者を宇宙旅行へ案内してくれる。読み進むうちに、重力の異変に気ずかせてくれる様に、絵本を読む位置も変える必要が出てくる。馴染みのある童謡”The farmer in the dell” に合わせた詩が記載されているが、教育的な解説も各ページにあり、巻末には火星旅行に関する詳しい情報がある。

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras 

By Dungan Tonatiuh  (Abrams, Inc.- 2015)                                                                              In Spanish, the word Calavera means “Skull”. Mexican artist, Lupe Posada (1852-1913)  learned the art of printing at a young age and drew political cartoons. He became best know today for his Calavera drawings. This is his life story along with developing printing technology. >>> Detail information found on the last pages. Dungan Tonatiuh’s other books; Dear Primo, and  Separate is never equal

.                                                                                           スペイン語でCalaveraとは、骸骨の意味。メキシコ人アーティストのLupe Posada (1852-1913) は、若くして絵の印刷を覚え、政治風刺漫画を描いた。今日では、骸骨の動き回る絵が彼の作品の中で最も親しまれている。この絵本は、印刷技術の発展と共に人生をすごした彼の物語である。>>>巻末に詳しい資料が記載。同じ制作者の他の作品は:Dear Primo,  Separate is never equal.

A Book of Bridges: Here to There and Me to You

By Cheryl Keely, Illustrated by Celia Krampien (Sleeping Bear Press – 2017)           What is a bridge? Is it just a structure to connect one point of land with another? Or is it much more? Discover the many ways bridge can bring us together. Fun, bouncy text and informative sidebars are complemented by colorful, detailed illustration in this around-the world journey.
>>>After reading the book and getting idea of bridge, children can try to create own bridge with everyday goods to improve own STEM skill.


A Computer called Katherine

By Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison (Little, Brown and Company – 2019)                                                                                                                                   Inspired the life story of mathematician Katherine Johnson. Katherine knew it was wrong that African American didn’t have the same rights as others. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmate, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where here calculation helped pioneer American’s first manned flight into space, is first manned orbit of Earth, and the world’s first trip to the moon!