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Best Kids Book About the Way Things Work
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
When my grandson was little, there was The Way Things Work. Now, there's The New Way Things Work, by David Macaulay. This little guy seemed to awake each day with a head full of questions about how things work. The older he got, the more he wanted to know how stuff works.
So, I set out to find the best kids book I could about "the way things work." And I found just that ... in fact, one with that exact title. It was supposedly for ages 9 to young adult. However, it was a BIG help to me in answering a seven year old's constant questions. I learned a lot from it myself!
Before long, we were looking up things, and reading together. Not surprisingly, I found that far more rewarding than fumbling for sufficiently expert, yet appropriately simple answers to his surprising questions.
You just might, too!
Can You Already Answer All Their Questions - About How Things Work?
Can you answer every question a six, seven, or eight year old can ask?
My grandson once asked "How does a key make a door unlock?" I could show him how you insert the key in the lock and turn it.
But he didn't need a demonstration. He wanted to know how the key interacted with what was inside the lock, Yeah, something about tumblers, and . . .
That just happens to be one of many things that is thoroughly explained - and brilliantly illustrated - in The Way Things Work!
Could you use a little help answering a child's questions on occasion?
The New Way Things Work - My Grandson LOVED The Way Things Work
This is a book a child can grow up with - literally.
When my grandson was younger, we would read a topic together to answer one of his latest questions.
By the time he was 9, a question would occur to him, and he would head for The Way Things Work, to look for the answer himself.
Even as a teenager, he still returned to it from time to time. By then, of course, he was reading from a different perspective, and absorbing the workings of things in a more complex way.
This author really does know how to write something that serves different learning levels!
Now, author David Macaulay has updated the award winning book with new entries about the way newer things work - things that children (or the world in general) hadn't been exposed to when the original version came out.
I'm sure The New Way Things Work is every bit as engaging to today's curious children as the original was to my grandson over a decade ago
David Macaulay is an Award Winning Author
of Non-Fiction for Kids
Non-fiction for kids doesn't have to be boring, just because it presents fact rather than fantasy. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay and Neil Ardley is thoroughly engaging, yet incredibly accurate. It's not only well researched, but also beautifully illustrated.
Macaulay is an award winning author and illustrator. His lovable woolly mammoth wanders from page to page among the technical drawings that illustrate precisely how different items are put together and function.
Did I say "Award-Winning?"
While Macaulay has won many awards, The New Way Things Work, in particular, was won:
The Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation - 2000
The New York Public Library Recommendation - 2000
The Not Just For Children Anymore! Selection - 2000
The Parents' Choice Gold Award - 1999
A Science Kit - for Kids Ages 8 and Older
Here's some great food for hungry young minds! Feed your youngster's brain with a science kit for kids!
This science kit for kids helps them understand basic principles of physics as they build simple, fun machines, including a windmill, a sail car, a mars robot, and more.
Includes a 64 page instruction book.
(Amazon rated for ages 8 to 12)
If your child is curious, and enjoys the way things work. they will probably also enjoy this hands on approach to finding out about how science works!
Are Non Fiction Books for Kids Boring?
No, no, a thousand times NO!
Kids are naturally curious. They want to know answers to questions that begin with the words HOW and WHY and WHEN and WHO. Non-fiction for kids answers dozens and dozens of those questions. It tells them about things they want to know about - at just the level and in just the amount of detail that they really need.
Every child should have his or her very own personal library, and that library should include both fiction and non-fiction.
Make sure their selection of non-fiction books include some reference books written specifically for children, like The New Way Things Work. That way, they will begin learning from an early age that they can "look up" the answers to things they wonder about.
When they are ready to graduate to "grown up" reference volumes, they'll be comfortable with the concept of research, which won't seem like a chore to them. The admonition to "Look it up" will be a welcome reminder, rather than a turn-off.
How many non-fiction books for kids?
How many non-fiction books (including childrens' reference books) are there in your child's own personal library?
Other Books About How Stuff Works - for kids nine and older (available on Amazon)
These are mostly rated for children ages 9 - 12, but you may find that even 7 and 8 year olds will appreciate your reading to them from them, especially on topics they have asked questionis about.
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