what books do you think are excellent for children?
I'm particularly interested in STEM books for a 7 year old, but please don't feel limited by that. I'm interested in any books for children that you particularly like.
The more sophisticated child should probably be introduced to actuarial consideration of how pig lives relate to absolute construction costs and the potential negative effects of increased hut construction regulations on the overall economy. Extending the exercise to draft lobbying positions may or may not be appropriate, i.e. should the construction of wolf-proof structures be left entirely to the private sector seeing as public funding for wolf shelters would provide good projects for engineers?
STEM and 7 in the same sentence make me sad.
Why? there are some excellent non-fiction for 7 year olds. In UK 7 year olds are learning science and math in school.
eg The Way Things Work https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0241227933/
The Awesome Body Book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Awesome-Body-Book-Adam-Frost/dp/140...
Just a Second https://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-Second-Steve-Jenkins/dp/132874...
Some children are naturally curious and can't get enough of this stuff.
STEM is a non-word used to discount art and literature and dance and history and everything expressive. It reflects the idea that human existence is about getting ahead versus falling behind relative to the conveyor belt created by the Sputnik Crisis. Absent are notions of blossoming and flowering and joy. STEM is white papers by think tanks and research grants and educational politics. STEM is an agenda.
A book about trucks, ships, and planes is a book about trucks, ships and planes.
I understand the appeal of introducing your child to your passion, particularly if it's an employable skill, but IMO at 7 years old... just buy them whatever books or encyclopedias for children they find interesting. It's not going to hurt them! Though definitely share technology with them.
I'm curious why you think I'm not doing this? Why have you assumed I'm imposing what I want my child to read, rather than listening to what he wants?
Neuro-atypicallity exists, and some children do not enjoy fiction.
So a book like Budgie the Little Helicopter is a book about a helicopter, but I know my child will prefer a non-fiction reference book about helicopters. And this non-fiction reference book is a STEM book.
Of course Wind in The Willows is still one of my favourite books that I read as a kid and I can quote you large sections of it. Still read sections of it now and then...
I loved the Willard Price "Adventure" series of books. I read "Volcano Adventure" when I was 7. After that I became obsessed with volcanoes and Willard Price books. I drove the librarians nuts about those books and they had to bring them in from libraries near and far until I'd read them all. Grin.
The Willard Price books had a big impact on me though. I grew up and have lived those books - I've dived wrecks and reefs, explored jungles, gone on safari, I worked for four years in Africa, travelled all over. I even climbed up a live volcano. Funny how these things stay with you. Of course highly frowned upon these days as politically incorrect. Ditto the Biggles books.
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late
We also started this book recently, and he has really enjoyed it so far:
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
When my oldest was being homeschooled and no amount of science was ever enough, I subscribed to some kind of science magazine for him. We also had a lot of "cartoon guides... " They occasionally have off color humor, so some people think they aren't appropriate for age 7. But I had no problem with it.
There are also nifty math books out there, like The Number Devil, Alice in Flatland and ...memory fails me. But I imagine all of these are listed on Hoagies.
One of my favorites is "The Bravest Ever Bear". I think a 7-year-old would get a lot of enjoyment out of it. It's not STEM at all (though an interesting engineering problem does show up).
Picture books for young children- We really enjoyed I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" written by Jon Klassen and illustrated by Mac Bennet.
Books (with some illustration) for older readers- We're enjoying The Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones and illustrated by Michael Foreman.
You will need to provide historical context, and point out and countervail all the racist, nativist, etc. parts.
It contains stories of 100 famous women throughout history to inspire young girls to be whatever they want to be.
Maybe I should have got this instead? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Science-Fearless-Pioneers-Cha...
I also remember having a book similar to this around that age (maybe a couple of years older): https://www.dk.com/us/9781465414175-knowledge-encyclopedia/
The nice thing about the latter one is that the pictures will be enthralling now, and as your child grows they'll be able to understand more and more of the book :)