Monday, July 29, 2019

Little Learning Labs: Bugs for Kids, abridged paperback edition

Bugs for Kids is book 5 of (currently) 8 books in the Labs for Kids series. Due out 3rd Sept 2019 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 80 pages and will be available in a paperback format. Aimed at younger readers (grades 3-7) and their adults (parents, guardians, school resource personnel/teachers etc), it includes more than 20 short lab units for diverse entomology related fun activities.

The book includes a surprisingly diverse selection of scientifically accurate and age appropriate activities. The note-keeping lab journal exercises which accompany the activities promote good observational and recording skills.  It's laid out in units which each contain several lab activities.  The introductory sections include information and instructions for adults/teachers/guardians assisting young people performing the labs. The following units cover: finding bugs, collecting and preserving,  the most common orders (Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, etc),  arthropods, and art and science projects involving bugs.  The emphasis is on bugs which are native to North America, but the basic information is appropriate and usable by readers in other areas.

STEAM learning is vitally important to our future and training our problem solvers now, and showing our young people how fascinating and fun biology is, is important.

This is a fun and worthwhile book. It would make a great classroom library book, resource book, homeschool book, or support text for kids. There's also a wide range of activities and the labs use easily sourced  (relatively) inexpensive materials. The photography is appealing and easy to follow.

Five stars. This is a great book and part of a solid series.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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