Happy Captain Picard Day!

Happy Captain Picard Day! They look up to you, you know. Like a role model!

Happy Captain Picard Day!



June 16th is Captain Picard Day. Time to do something awkward with children!
Because they look up to you, you know. Like a role model!


© CBS Star Trek: The Next Generation : The Pegasus. Watch this episode featuring Captain Picard Day on Hulu Plus

 
Of course you are… Please can we get back to the bridge now?
 
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Can You Take A Baby to Comic Con?

Can you take a Baby to Comic Con? This Baby Starfleet Captain says Yes!

Can you take a Baby to Comic Con? This Baby Starfleet Captain says Yes!

 

So, can you take a baby to Comic Con?

We tried it a couple of years ago, and we weren’t the only ones. The short answer is: it depends on the venue, but almost certainly yes you can.

The longer answer is: be prepared to have a different Comic Con than most people!

Some may be wondering, “Why would you take a baby to Comic Con anyway?”

Well, why not?

We like it there, our older kids love it, and we’re not inconsiderate to those around us. And for a baby, Comic Con isn’t that different from a day out anywhere else with a lot of people around. Plus there are great photo ops 🙂

All in all, it makes for a great family outing.

Taking a Baby to Comic Con: Older Kids love this stuff. Babies don't even know it's scary.

See? Comic Con is a great family outing! (Older Kids love this stuff. Babies don’t know it’s scary yet!)



Anyway…

Tips for the Tricky Parts First:

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Books for Kids who Want to be Doctors

Here are some books that would make great gifts for kids who want to be doctors!

Jump to age group: 3+ years (Preschool), 4-8 Years, 6-7 Years, 8+ Years, 9+ Years, Middle School and Teens

Age 3+ years (Preschool)

Age 3 years and up
Size: 8 1/4 x 8 1/4, Pages: 16
Series: First Experiences
Author A. Civardi

Going to the Doctor

This wonderful story explains to kids the events at the doctor’s checkup.

Jenny and Jack go in for the doctor to examine a bruised arm and a sore throat. Joey has an infection treated.

The characterful images are a great vessel for discussion with younger kids. Older children may take in the story without their aid.

A small brightly coloured duck is hidden on every double page!

This book is an Accelerated Reader title. Accelerated Reader (AR) is the world’s most popular reading management software. it provides teachers with an easy and effective way to monitor all forms of guided reading practice and is used in nearly 60,000 schools.

To order disks or individual quizzes go to: www.renlearn.com

“First Experiences…are ideally suited to reading to young children, for sharing ideas with slightly older children and being read by early readers.”

Mother and Baby

Click to order ‘Going to the Doctor’ online from Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Books-a-million, AbeBooks.com
 
 

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Human Body Science Books for Little Kids: Poop, Gas, Scabs and Snot! :)

Here’s a great collection of gross science books for little kids about the kind of bodily functions that young children are always so curious about: poop, farts, scabs and snotty noses – all those things they love so much!

All About Scabs - Kids book about scabs

Age 4 – 8
Size: 9.5 x 8.5, Pages: 28
Series: My Body Science
Author & Illustrator: Genichiro Yagyu
Price (2014) from $9.99

All About Scabs

For all those curious children (and their parents) in the Crash! Scrape! Bam! stage of exploration – All About Scabs is exactly what the title says, and this non-fiction classic may even help with the healing process!

Reader Reviews

Cute & informative
Young kids can benefit from this even though it uses (and explains) a few vocabulary terms not used until later–such as “fibrin” and “capillaries.” It’s cute, though.
Date: 4/14/2014 11:06 PM

Scientific and charming
This book is actually very scientific and I find the graphics charming. Not an easy task considering the subject matter.
Date: 8/8/2014 5:57 PM

Critics’ Reviews

The Tampa Tribune-Times
Some suggest that the perfect gift for 5-year-olds is a box of bandages, because they are preoccupied with bodies and their protection. This, then, is the best book to accompany that gift.

Booklist
As with other books in this series of Japanese imports, the topic has plenty of kid appeal, and the very grossness of the presentation just adds to the allure.

 

Click to order ‘All About Scabs’ online from Usborne…
 
 


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Science and Technology Books for Kids Aged 8+

These science and technology books for kids make great gifts for technology minded elementary school kids aged 8 years and up, who like to know how things work!

See below for books about Space, Spying, Submarines, Helicopters, Motorcycles, and Survival, with scientific and technical information to interest the 8+ age group.

Space book for kids age 8

Age 8 years and up
Size: 5 7/8 X 8, Pages: 80
Series: Discovery Adventures
Author: Louie Stowell

Price (2014) from $8.99

Space

  • Where does outer space begin?
     
  • How do rockets work?
     
  • What’s a gas giant?
     
  • What do astronauts do all day?

This densely illustrated book answers these and other questions about the wonders of outer space with diagrams, picture-strip stories, photographs and giant fold-out illustrations.

Includes internet links to the latest space information.

Click to order ‘Space’ online from Usborne…

 
 

Spying book for kids age 8

Age 8 years and up
Size: 5 7/8 X 8, Pages: 80
Series: Discovery Adventures
Price (2014) from $8.99

Spying

The secrets of the shadowy world of spies, their dangerous missions and secret identities are revealed in this fascinating book.

Reveals high-tech methods used by spies working today, as well as more traditional spycraft used over the years.

Contains real life spy stories illustrated with graphic picture strips, full-color photographs and fact boxes.

With internet links to exciting websites, including the Usborne Ultra Message Decoder.

Click to order ‘Spying’ online from Usborne…
 
 

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