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Five Family Favorites with Michelle Schaub, Author of ‘Dream Big, Little Scientists’

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These days, with two children in college and one in high school, my family is not often under the same roof. But over the holidays, when we were all together, I asked them to help me select five favorite family books. We pulled titles from the bookshelves, made piles, discussed, reminisced, and then voted. Here are the results:

Book The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-PoohThe Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

Written by A.A. Milne

My husband was a huge Winnie-the-Pooh fan as a boy. When I learned I was pregnant with my first child, I gave him a copy of this book and signed it “For Daddy to read to his baby.” The adventures and philosophies of that “Silly Old Bear” were so much a part of our family’s life that we even named our first dog Winnie.

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Ages 5+ | Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers | October 1, 1996 | ISBN-13: 978-0525457237

The Going-to-Bed BookThe Going to Bed Book

Written and Illustrated by Sandra Boynton

When my children were little, our evening bedtime routine always ended with a reading of The Going to Bed Book. My kids giggled at the silly antics of an ark filled with eclectic animals, and they were soothed by Boynton’s rhythmic language. This is still one of my go-to books for baby shower gifts.

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Ages 1+ | Publisher: Little Simon | November 30, 1982 | ISBN-13: 978-0671449025

Book OmnibeastsOmnibeasts

Written and Illustrated by Douglas Florian

I love poetry. To instill that love in my children, I filled their bookshelves with children’s poetry collections and wove poetry into our reading routine. We especially enjoyed Florian’s quick and witty poems about a menagerie of animals, including a daddy longlegs that does “spiderobic exercise,” a vulture “weak on culture,” and a praying mantis that swallows prey religiously.

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Ages 6-9 | Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books | October 1, 2004 | ISBN-13: 978-0152050382

Book VerdiVerdi

Created by Janell Cannon

Although mother python tells her hatchling to “grow up big and green,” Verdi is not so sure he wants to become a giant, lazy snake. He loves being young, spry, and adventurous. Verdi’s antics entertained my kids while teaching them fascinating facts about green tree pythons. Nonfiction elements wrapped in a great story made this book a winner in our house.

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Ages 4-7 | Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers | April 1, 1997 | ISBN-13: 978-0152010287

Book The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

Written by Maryrose Wood

How can you go wrong with a book that’s billed as “Lemony Snicket meets Jane Austen?” When Lord Ashton, out hunting in the forest, discovers three children being raised by wolves, he brings them to his estate and immediately posts a notice for a governess. But can Miss Penelope tame these wild creatures? And why were they left with wolves in the first place? This mystery series is packed with rich language, literary allusions, and witty puns. We laughed and gasped through every chapter.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Balzer + Bray | February 16, 2010 | ISBN-13: 978-0061791055

About Michelle Schaub

Michelle Schaub is an author, a veteran teacher, and a poetry-in-the-classroom advocate. Her books include Finding Treasure: A Collection of Collections and Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market; her poems have appeared in And the Crowd Goes Wild, A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, and The Poetry Anthology for Celebrations. To download free activity kits and curriculum guides for her books, visit her website: http://www.michelleschaub.com/

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Book Dream Big Little ScientistsDream Big, Little Scientists

Written by Michelle Schaub

Illustrated by Alice Potter

Publisher’s Synopsis: Twelve kids. A dozen bedtimes. Endless sweet ways to say goodnight with science!

Spark curiosity and exploration with this innovative bedtime story for budding scientists that introduces eleven branches of science. From astronomy to physics to chemistry to geology, this STEM picture book will help kids get excited to explore. Includes further information about each branch of science.

Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Charlesbridge | February 18, 2020 |ISBN-13: 978-1580899345

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  • Michelle Schaub is a new Author for us. Cute video. Thank you for featuring Dream Big ,Little Scientists.

    February 18, 2020
    • You’re welcome! Thanks for entering the giveaway. Glad you like the sweet video. 🙂

      February 18, 2020
  • i would love this for the kids

    March 3, 2020

    Congrats to the winners of the DREAM BIG, LITTLE SCIENTISTS giveaway!

    One (1) grand prize winner:

    Melissa P. (MS)

    Two (2) additional winners:

    Julia P. (MA) and Linda G. (PA)

    Prizes will be on the way soon! Not the winner? That’s okay because you can order a copy via the link on the giveaway page. Enjoy!

    March 19, 2020

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