Monthly Archives: February 2019

Awesome Planetary Formation Videos

I’d love to show you a whole bunch of videos that show planetary formation! Some showcase certain parts of formation better than others but they all are pretty awesome. Beginning of Solar System formation (from gas cloud to disk) from ESA (0:39) Why is the Solar System Flat? from Minute Physics (3:12) Planetary Formation – […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays: Dreamers, Yuyi Morales’ Authentic Immigrant Narrative

This year, the esteemed Pura Belpre recognition for illustration in Latino Literature was awarded to Yuyi Morales’ Dreamers. A heartfelt picture book with eloquent style and lovely illustrations, Dreamers tells the story of the author/illustrator when she and her infant son migrated to the United States from Mexico. Morales’ own experience shines through in her […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Tidy by Kate Gravett

“I did not have an intended theme, I just wanted to write the book about the badger.” says Emily Gravett, author of the post-modern fable “Tidy”. In it, Pete the Badger becomes increasingly distressed with how untidy the forest is and vows to clean it up. In his quest to sanitize nature, Pete bags up […] Continue reading

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The Invention Science Fiction Missed

“Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.” This quote from Isaac Asimov rings true to our modern sensibilities, as on a daily basis we converse with AIs similar to those featured in many science fiction stories, watch digital billboards like those from Blade Runner, and communicate over phones and watches strangely reminiscent of Star Trek […] Continue reading

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Climate Change: the thin line between science fiction and reality

Science fiction authors have written about the effects of global climate change for years. Many writers have imagined the measures we humans will have to take to survive what most scientists now believe is Earth’s sixth mass extinction. In stories like Mayflower II and Kyrie, humans have had to evacuate the earth, finding new living […] Continue reading

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Integrating Technology with Culture

I think technology and economic progress, when done right, can actually amplify a culture. One can easily imagine how, in the past, before industrial dyes, Wakandan dress-makers may not have been able to produce vibrant, long-lasting colors on their cl… Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

For my Winner Wednesday blog post I chose one of the 2019 Illustrator Honor books for the Coretta Scott Kind Book Award. This book is Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race written by Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrated by Laura Freeman. “The Coretta Scott King awards are given […] Continue reading

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I Understand Quantum Mechanics

 “What I’m about to say will probably be interpreted as a joke. It isn’t. I’m not joking. I’ve been working with quantum mechanics for twenty years now, and I’ve always been uncertain – pardon the pun – whether I could accept the foundation of the very discipline that provided my livelihood. The dilemma bothered me […] Continue reading

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The Fashion of the Future

Some of the most interesting things to examine when reading or watching Science Fiction are the differences between our world and the story’s world—I’m pretty sure that everyone can agree on that much. Most of the time, people focus on the differing technology or weird/alien social customs. However, not as many people talk about a […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: The Importance of Black History Month and connections to literature

In honor of Black History month, it is important to introduce our students to the lived experiences of Black Americans in the past and the present. The book I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan Collier illustrates and brings to life the poem “I, Too, sing America” by Langston Hughes. This […] Continue reading

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