Link Grab Bag

Link Grab Bag

(via: NYTimes, Library Catalog, What We Do All Day, USDA)

  • Reading to your children from birth is highly recommended, so the format of the book shouldn’t matter, right?  An e-book and a paper book will convey the same things to your children as you read?  This New York Times article looks at the (limited) research on the use of screens as reading tools with young children.
  • We love this list of the 50 best culturally diverse children’s books from the Guardian!  There are a lot of our familiar favorites mixed with books that are new to us.  We have some reading to do!
  • This list of research sites that Melissa Depper uses to find information for her blog is fantastic.  It is a great source for parents and people who work with children.  We’ve already bookmarked them!
  • We just had a post yesterday about the importance of failure in developing ideas and growing.  This article is a great walk through of how failure is an essential part of science.  We love the simplicity of the post and think it would be a great share with kids that are struggling with failure.
  • For years we’ve worried about the quantity of words that developing brains hear and learn to speak, but researchers are now looking at the quality of those words and how that effects children’s development. This article takes a look at that research and what it means in the real world.
  • How much does it cost to raise a child from birth to age 17?  This report and this calculator from the USDA can give you an estimate of what you should plan to spend.  More than you thought?


Sometimes you plan and plan and plan, and your plans bomb.  Those days are disappointing and frustrating.  They are also the best days for learning.  It is hard to remind yourself of what you learn from failure, especially in the moment.  It is easy to want to walk away, and stop trying.  But sometimes it is best to walk away, and keep planning.  Keep building on what you’ve learned from your failure. (Can you tell that I’m trying to convince myself right now?)

This isn’t the easiest lesson to teach kids, because most of us haven’t mastered it ourselves.  Staying positive and looking for new answers sometimes feels overwhelming or impossible.  But it is a pivotal lesson for kids.  Writers don’t write their best work the first time — writing and editing are an important part of the process.  Scientists don’t construct an hypothesis and prove it right — they test the hypothesis and look at the results.  In all fields, mistakes will be made and those mistakes will help lead to answers.

In celebration of mistakes, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite picture books about making mistakes.  These are books that show that the process is as important as the result.  I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped us!

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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
Princesses are Not Perfect by Kate Lum
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Beautiful, Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett