A few fun and informative picture books to look for this month:
Pigeon Math by Asia Citro
A narrating pigeon is trying to tell a story about ten pigeons hanging out on a bright, sunny morning, but has trouble keeping up with how many there are as some of them come and go. One cat shows up which doesn't help matters. With some counting and addition, this is a fun book incorporating math. The pigeons are pretty cute, too.
Fungus is Among Us! by Joy Keller
The narrator of this book discovers she can't escape the fungus that is all around us. Although she runs from it at first, she learns to appreciate the fungi of the world. Facts about fungi, including information about various kinds, are interspersed throughout the book. An interview with a mycologist, a scientist studying fungi, is included at the end. This is an informative book that would be useful as a mentor text.
The House That Cleaned Itself: The True Story of Francis Gabe's (Mostly) Marvelous Invention by Laura Dershewitz
Francis Gabe hated cleaning so she set out to create the first self-cleaning house. Although her house was impractical and it never became a world-wide success, she thought up many ideas and almost seventy inventions. This is a unique biography because it shows that ideas may not always lead to total success, but it's still worth being a problem-solver and innovative thinker. One never knows where ideas may lead.
Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter by Christine Evans
This is another insightful biography, telling the story of Evelyn Cheesman, an entomologist who discovered new species of insects. She was an explorer and adventurer who didn't let the expectations the world had for women during her lifetime stop her from achieving her heart's desire. She's not only an interesting person to read about, but someone who shows the importance of resilience and determination.
Thanks to The Innovation Press for providing review copies of these books.