On any given day my kidlets ask me hundreds of questions. “Who is picking me up from school today?” “What are we having for dinner?” “Where are my sneakers?” “Why do I have to brush my teeth every day?” “When will you stop telling me what to do?” These questions are pretty simple for me to answer. I don’t even have to think twice about my reply because there is no doubt that I have the correct answer.It’s when my kidlets ask me questions such as: “Why is the sky blue?” “Where does the wind come from?” “Where do plants come from?” and “What are clouds made of?” that I feel like I’m on the hot seat. Not only do I want to be able to give them the correct answer, but I also want to answer them in an age-appropriate way for them to understand.
That’s why I’m a big fan of Sterling Publishing’s Good Question! book series. These books introduce kids to basic information and principles about science, nature and history and explain them in a simple yet factual way for children to comprehend. Each book is 32 pages in length and answers a list of questions about a specific topic, highlighted through illustrations or photos. This is a thought-provoking book series and is designed to inspire young readers to continue questioning the world around them and learning about the events that have led us to where we are today.
There are currently 11 titles in the Good Question! series, here are the latest seven additions:
Follow the journey of a caterpillar as it becomes a butterfly and discover the role it plays in nature. How much does a caterpillar eat before it changes? What is a chrysalis? How does a new butterfly break out of its cocoon?
How Does a Seed Sprout? And Other Questions About Plants
Written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Carol Schwartz
Learn about the reproduction of plants and how they survive. What is a seed? What happens to plants in winter? Why do leaves come in so many sizes and shapes? Do insects help plants, or harm them?
Introduces readers to how our senses work and the purposes they serve. What are the five senses? Why are two ears better than one? Why does food taste worse when we have a cold?
Fascinating facts about our universe. Why is there life on earth? How did Saturn get its rings? Which planet is biggest, which one’s hottest—and which has a cloud named Scooter?
Basic scientific facts surrounding planet earth. Where is planet Earth—and how big is it? Does the ground move under our feet? What would we find if we dug down all the way to the Earth’s core? Why is the sky blue?
Westward ho, with the American pioneers! Why did pioneer families risk it all to move west? Who settled the frontier towns of the Wild West? Did pioneer children go to school?
An overview of our nation’s most significant historical events. Who fired the first shots in the American Civil War? Where were the fiercest battles fought? How did Lincoln free millions of slaves with one document?
Upcoming Good Question! titles include the US Constitution, Woman’s Suffrage, Underground Railroad, Dinosaurs, the Human Body and Oceans. Good Question! books are available in either hardcover for $12.95 or paperback for $5.95 and you can get them either online or at your local bookstore.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s the toughest question your child has ever asked you?
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