Monday, June 25, 2012

Time for Kids: Big Book of What?

Toot! Toot! That's me tooting my horn. For the past year I've been researching and writing the 192-page Big Book of What? for the folks at Time for Kids. It came out this month and is available at Amazon as well as local bookstores.

The book, number three in a series, is divided into 12 chapters and covers a wide range of topics, including Animals, Space, Holidays and Festivals, Inventions, and Sports. It answers questions such as:

What is Skara Brae?
What is zorbing?
What is an orrery?
What is the body's strongest muscle?
What are some foods invented by accident?

Also included are activities and experiments designed and tested by yours truly. Kids can Make a Boomerang, Create a Solar Eclipse, Make Smoothie Pops, Make a Mancala Board, and more.

I had a lot of fun working on this book and hope kids will enjoy reading it. So far, it's garnered a five-star review on Amazon. A parent writes:

The true test of a book at our house is how my children receive it. My oldest son, 7, took the book around with him every where for a good week reading aloud from its pages. We learned about holidays in different countries, what an adam's apple is, and customs around the world. Then I found him making paper boomerangs from instructions within and eventually he even cooked up some pudding pops all on his own.. The Big Book of What kept him highly entertained with full page photos and how-to's. I would recommend it for children ages 6-12 and give it a full five stars for making a reluctant reader one happy camper!

Reviews like that make this writer a happy camper!

Time for Kids: Big Book of What?
by Catherine Nichols
Time Home Entertainment, 192 pages
Published: June 2012

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  1. Hi Catherine, while I admit that I don't naturally gravitate to books like this in the library, I remember how enamored I am of encyclopedia and big book of facts as I was growing up. I should revisit books like this next time I visit our library. Thank you for sharing this. :)

  2. How wonderful for you, Catherine! Congratulations! Although kids need no prompting to check out books like yours, I often recommend them to teachers prepping their students for Academic Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Battle of the Brains, or whatever they may be called in your neck of the woods. As a side note - I don't need to look up Zorbing - I've done it! Add in the Great Smoky Mountains, and it's well worth a trip to Tennessee!

  3. I so want to try zorbing. It sounds like a lot of fun. If I'm ever in Tennessee, I'll be sure to check it out.