Saturday, October 10, 2009

Columbus Day Children's Books for Nannies and Au Pairs

Weekly Trip to the Library

You Wouldn't Want to Sail With Christopher Columbus!
By Fiona McDonald

This fun, interactive series that includes young readers in making them a part of the story. Readers will become the main character and can revel in the gory, dark, horrific side of life throughout important moments in history. Humorous "Handy Hints" that relate directly to the text are provided on each spread.

You (the reader) are a young boy living in a coastal village in Spain during the late 15th century. It's your dream to become an explorer, and you jump at the chance to join Christopher Columbus on his voyage to find a new route to Asia. Learn what tools are used for navigation, what life is like on a 15th-century sailing ship, and how Columbus accidentally finds the West Indies. After reading this book there will be no doubt in your mind that these are uncharted waters you'd rather not cross.

How We Learned the Earth Was Round
By Patricia Lauber

This book explains various changes beliefs about the shape of the earth, from the flat earth theories of the ancients to the round earth theories which were proven true by the voyages of Columbus and Magellan. The author describes the reasoning that led the early Greeks to come to the cnclusion that the earth is a sphere. Children are taught how to recreate the same logic.

The Ships of Christopher Columbus: Santa Maira, Nina, Pinta
By Xavier Pastor

The book covers lots of details about the ships that carried Christopher Columbus to the New World - the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Stop by again next Saturday for another Weekly Trip to the Library for nannies and au pairs.

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