STEM

Earth Day: Book Pairings

Earth Day is just around the corner! Take a quick dip (or a deep dive!) into rivers and watersheds with these book pairing ideas that complement THIS IS THE BOAT THAT BEN BUILT. Nonfiction WATERSHEDS: A PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR HEALTHY WATER by Clive Dobson and Gregor Gilpin Beck published by Firefly Books; Second Edition, Revised… Read more »

Book Birthday!

Today’s the day: This is the Boat that Ben Built is officially out in the world! I’m so excited for kids to read this playful book that Maggie and I created!   Many, many thanks to everyone at Pajama Press including our publisher Gail, editor Erin, graphic designer Lorena, marketing team (Dagmawit, Quinn, & Abhya),… Read more »

Waiting for spring: OWL

Last (but certainly not least!) in my series of wintering and preparing for the launch of THIS IS THE BOAT THE BEN BUILT: a look at what the great horned owl is up to! Unlike some other birds, great horned owls do not typically migrate during the winter. Instead they settle into nests they find… Read more »

Waiting for spring: MOOSE

Next up in my series of wintering and preparing for the launch of This is the Boat that Ben Built: a look at what the moose is up to! Moose tolerate cold weather much better than they tolerate hot weather, but food is scarce and they must conserve their energy to make it through this… Read more »

Waiting for spring: HERON

Next up in my series of wintering and preparing for the launch of This is the Boat that Ben Built: a look at what the great blue heron is up to! Great blue heron from north central North America are highly migratory because their feeding habitats ice over in the winter. Eastern great blue herons… Read more »

Waiting for spring: GOOSE

Who’s next in my series of wintering and preparing for the launch of This is the Boat that Ben Built? The  Canada Goose! The Canada Goose is another bird that normally migrates during the winter. The migration begins when the water and soil freezes on their northern breeding grounds. The majority of Canada geese migrate… Read more »

Waiting for spring: LOON

Next up in my series of wintering and preparing for the launch of This is the Boat that Ben Built: a look at what the loon is up to! Loons migrate during the winter, but not to a warmer southern body of water. They migrate to the Atlantic Ocean. They must time their migration well… Read more »

Waiting for spring: BEAVER

Next up in my series of wintering and preparing for the launch of This is the Boat that Ben Built: a look at what the beaver is up to! A beaver’s special waterproof coat gets thicker in the winter, and they continue to be active throughout the season. Their lodges, which are made of mud,… Read more »

Waiting for spring: FISH

It’s one month away from the spring launch of This is the Boat that Ben Built and I started thinking about what the animals in the book might be up to while I was wintering and preparing. I’ve got my warm coat, mitts, and hat… What are they up to as they await spring? What… Read more »