Books of the week

The first in a collection of state-by-state books from the best-selling 50 States series, Only in California! explores the most amazing sites, cities, history, and natural landscapes of the Golden State.

From the bright lights of L.A. to the natural majesty of the Redwood forests, this beautiful book is a deep dive into what makes California so great. Full bleed illustrations capture a sense of place, while pull-out spot artworks zoom in on the most fascinating facts. Locations also include: San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, Lake Tahoe, Central Valley, San Diego with its famous beach and boardwalk scene, the coastal kelp forests, Napa and Sonoma wine country, Yosemite Valley with El Capitan, the lowest point in North America, Death Valley, Big Sur, Palm Springs, and more. Each book in the state-by-state subseries covers the following areas:

  • Museums and parks
  • Food and drink
  • Animals and plants
  • Inventions
  • Fun festivals and cultural events
  • Changemakers and superstars
  • Quiz questions
  • Weird and wacky stats and facts
  • Historical timeline
  • Local sports

I really enjoyed reading this book and although I live in California, I learned a few things that I didn’t know! I highly recommend this one!

Introduce toddlers to farms and school with Spencer the Cat in adorable new board books

Meet Spencer, a sweet kitten friend who will familiarize babies and toddlers with lots of early vocabulary words! In Spencer on the Farm and Spencer Goes to School (Workman Publishing; on sale; ages 0 to 4; $6.95 each), Spencer embarks on exciting new adventures exploring a farm with his family and attending his very first day of preschool. In an adorable die-cut board book shaped just like him, bright, bold illustrations, simple text, and vocabulary labeled on each page help young readers with language acquisition and reinforcement. In read-along fun as little readers learn along with their new friend.

It’s Spencer’s first day of preschool in Spencer Goes to School, and readers will follow along as he:

·       Packs his backpack!

·       Meets his teacher.

·       Makes new friends.

·       Plays on the playground!

Spencer on the Farm introduces readers to Farmer Maddie, a floppy-eared bunny, and her colorful farm. On his trip to the farm, Spencer and his family learn:

·       What kinds of animals live on a farm (Pigs! Sheep! Cows!)

·       The sounds they make (Oink! Baa! Moo!)

·       What kinds of fruits and veggies farmers grow!

As a part-time Preschool Teacher, I highly recommend these books! They will make learning fun!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Information and images were also provided. Any opinions are my own.

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