Inspiring a Love of Reading Together with Science and Math

We present a lot of books here at Mom-Spot as we have a passion for literacy as well as STEM.  Today, we wanted to introduce you to one of our favorite publishers as they share the same passion – Arbordale Press.  They are on a mission to inspire a love of reading together with science and math literacy for young children through picture books.  All of their books contain a “For Creative Minds” section with nonfiction activities in the back of each book. The activities are designed to engage children and may include matching, sequencing, true or false questions, or even maps.   Their books are designed to be fun reads in a parent’s lap, at bedtime, or in the classroom.

Their fall books are packed full of fun and some adorable creatures as well.  If you are looking for a new book, pick up one of these and read it along with your child this fall.

living thingsLiving Things and Nonliving Things
Using a wide variety of photographs, author Kevin Kurtz poses thought-provoking questions to help readers determine if things are living or nonliving. For example, if most (but not all) living things can move, can any nonliving things move? As part of the Compare and Contrast series, this is a unique look at determining whether something is living or nonliving.


night creepersNight Creepers
A simple rhythmic story about animals that prefer to prowl in the dark from the award-winning duo of Linda Stanek and Shennen Bersani. Young readers learn about crepuscular and nocturnal animals. Older readers learn more about each animal with sidebar information.
This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online.


cao chungCao Chong Weighs an Elephant
This is the story of one of China’s most celebrated boys. At six, he found a way to weight an elephant with no scale, a feat some of the most intelligent men in China could not accomplish. Cao outsmarted the prime minister’s most learned advisors by using buoyancy. This book showcases cultural history while readers learn a little science too.
This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement.


animal tailsAnimal Tales
Learn about ways animals use their tails: to move on land, swim, warn others, steer, hold on to things, keep warm, balance, fly, attract a mate, and to defend themselves. Apparently tails are not just for wagging when happy. Following Animal Eyes, Animal Mouths (NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Science Award), and Animal Legs, Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by exploring the many ways animals use their tails.
Animal Tails is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers.