How Can I Get My Child Interested In STEM?

How Can I Get My Child Interested In STEM?

Children are naturally curious. In fact, children are capable of understanding science,  technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects before they’re even a year old.  But, like other concepts, STEM skills need to be intentionally developed as a child grows.

Children are capable of complex thinking skills prior to being able to speak, but different  types of play are critical to develop skills related to STEM fields. These skills include  questioning, analysis, and curiosity.

Unfortunately, many children in the U.S. aren’t getting the play and stimulation they need  to develop these critical skills. 

Up to 40% of American children aren’t ready for kindergarten and only 34% of kids in  Grade 4 were proficient in science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. 

These numbers don’t reflect the child’s interest in learning. According to the National  Research Council, children have developed their own ideas about the social, biological,  and physical worlds and how they work before they enter school. Educators, including teachers and parents, can develop these ideas by taking the child’s  thoughts seriously,listening to the child, and building on what they already know and are  able to do. But why is it important to get your child interested in STEM in the first place? Isn’t it enough  for a child to goto school and learn about STEM fields in class?

Setting the Stage for a Successful STEM Education

STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Although your child learns about science and mathematics in school, STEM isn’t a single  educational program or subject.

General STEM subjects are often included throughout your child’s school curriculum, but  programs inengineering and technology are lacking. It may not be until middle or high  school that your child learns about engineering and technology. Researchers say that an early education in mathematics and other STEM fields can  improve a child’s learning abilities and narrow the gaps between children’s educational  achievements. By making STEM interesting to a child at a young age, you can improve  their chances of greater success later in life. Since 1990, employment in STEM fields has jumped from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, or  79%. And, compared to non-STEM occupations, those in STEM occupations earn up to  26% more on average. Unfortunately, adults may curb or even crush the enthusiasm a child has for exploring  STEM fields. This is often done in one or more of three ways including fear, disapproval,  and absence. When a child is afraid of new things, they’ll stay in their comfort zone and be unwilling to  explore the world around them. This effectively crushes their curiosity.

Disapproval such as biases and attitudes can also keep a child from exploring and  developing STEM skills. In fact, disapproval is one of the top reasons why there are so  few women in male-dominated areas of STEM.

Only 14% of those in the field of engineering and only 15% of those in computer science  are women. Compare these numbers to the 47% of those in life science and 75% of  those in healthcare that are women. 

Because these areas of study are often lead by men, girls are often pushed to stop  developing STEM skills and to turn to other areas. Even those who don’t receive  disapproval may be affected the absence of an invested and caring adult or role model. A caring adult provides a sense of safety to the child to explore new things. It also gives  them the ability to share their discoveries, thereby giving them the positive reinforcement  they need to continue making those kinds of discoveries. How can you be a caring adult to your child and cultivate their curiosity and other skills  that would get them interested in STEM?

Stimulate Your Child’s Curiosity With Science

 One of the best things about getting your child interested in science is that  there are many different kinds of activities you can do together that are not  only fun but also simple. Here are a few activities you can do with your child to get them invested in science from a young age: Explore the great outdoors. You don’t need to be a fan of camping to teach your child about the great outdoors. Kids love to explore and you can find plenty of things to teach them about right in your own backyard. From grass to water, soil to rocks, there are plenty of natural materials they can learn about.
Let your child safely interact with animals. Some animals don’t do so well with
small children, but others are kid-friendly. Consider teaching your child about the
biology of your family dog, the fish at their doctor’s office, or the sheep at your local
petting zoo.
Encourage your child to ask “what” questions. You may be tempted to  encourage your child to think about science by asking “why” questions, but this isn’t always the best idea. “Why” questions can give the impression that there’s a
right or wrong answer, which can keep them from wanting to answer at all.  Instead,encourage your child to ask “what” questions such as “What happened  here?” and “What have you changed?”
Give your child four ways to play. There are four different types of play   that can help to boost your child’s science skills. These include pretend play,  exploratory play, guided play, and free play. Pretend play is when your child uses their imagination and exploratory play is when your child can experiment  and take things apart. Guided play is when you, an adult, interact with your child,  and free play is when an adult isn’t involved.
Conduct fun experiments with your child. Some science experiments your child
can’t do on their own. The good news is that they’re fun and simple to do together.
Consider making a lava lampwith your child, creating a leak-proof bag, and even
walking water.

Teaching Tech Through Technology Activities

 Technology activities are activities that help children learn how to use technology  to solve problems. They teach kids how to use technology for logical and helpful  reasons rather than just to socialize and have fun.

These activities can include weather technology, science equipment, computers, and more. You can help your child learn more about technology and how they can  use it in the following ways: Cut out shapes with scissors. There are several shapes drawn on a piece of  paper.  How can your child get these shapes out? By carefully using a pair of children’s  scissors,  your child can learn how to use technology to cut out different shapes from the  paper.
Build a house of cards. By building a house of cards, your child can learn about what holds the cards up (friction) and why they might slip or fall. You can also  conduct experiments with the cards. For instance, would using baby powder on  the cardsincrease or reduce friction? Sprinkle baby powder over the cards to see how it changes your ability to stack them. Try adding small weights like coins, too.
Play logic games. Fun brain teasers, puzzles, and logic games can help your  child develop greater problem solving skills. They’re learning about different ways  to solveproblems, both physically and mentally, which can help them develop  solutions to similar problems later in life and in other activities.
Take a picture of a block structure and have your child replicate it. This is a visual exercise in technology where your child uses replication. They’re able to  look at thestructure in the picture, analyze it, and determine which blocks go where to problem solve and build the structure themselves.
Create a scavenger hunt with a map. Kids like scavenger hunts, but you can makethe game that much more educational by using a map. Your child can learn how to usethe map to find different locations, where the objects are relative to their  spot, and how to get to them.

Entertaining with Engineering: Learning How 

Things Work

Your child has learned how to use technology to solve problems, but now it’s time  they learn about why that technology solves their problem. Engineering is crucial to  teach your child at a young age because they won’t be exposed to it until their later  years in school when their interest in STEM may have already been crushed. Here are a few ways you can get your child into the interesting and entertaining  world of engineering:  Teach them about levers and pulleys. Levers and pulleys are some of the first  things you’ll learn about engineering as a child. They’re also some of the most  simple types of engineering projects to make and learn about. Consider introducing  your child to gears, wheels, and pulleys. Then make a pulley system with your child  using string and a spool.One of your child’s smaller toys can be used as a weight.
Plan and design a structure with blocks. In the previous section, we mentioned an activity where your child looked at a picture of a block  structure and replicated it using their own blocks. Now, have your child  design their own structure on a piece of paper with the blocks they have.  Using their own instructions, have your child build the structure they’ve  designed.
Build a ramp. Like building with blocks, help your child design a small  ramp structure for one of their toys. This works best for small remote  control cars. With a ramp, you can not only design and build the structure  but you can also determine which heights and angles work best for the ramp.

Don’t Miss Out On Math Activities

 Many children don’t like math when they get older. This is often because  mathematics can be challenging. Unfortunately, math’s difficulty can often  cause children to become frustrated and believe they’re not good at the  subject even if their grades are fair.

You can help to curb this frustration and make math more manageable  using certain activities to stimulate their problem solving skills. Here are  a few math-centric activitiesto give your child’s skills a boost.
Baking. Concepts are always more fun when you can see the end result.  Through baking, you can teach your child the importance of counting and using the right measurements of certain ingredients to bake a cake,  cupcakes, or cookies.
Pretend play with monetary value. Pretend play is great for math activities.  Have your child pretend to be a cashier or a waiter/waitress and you pretend  to be a buying customer.Have certain objects set up for the game with specified prices. Your child can then sell anitem to you and give you change or add the  prices together.
Play addition and subtraction games while waiting. Oftentimes, your child  will want to play a game with you in the car or while you’re waiting for food at a restaurant. Rather thanplaying the classic I-Spy, consider playing an addition and subtraction game. Take turns soyour child feels on equal ground  with you in terms of problem solving. Not only will this helpyour child with their own math skills, but it can also keep your mind sharp as well. You never know  when your child will ask a hard question! It’s never too late or too early to help your child discover a love for STEM. The  earlier you encourage your child to embrace their natural curiosity and wonder  about the world, the easier it will be to create a positive attitude about STEM and forge their foundational skillsfor future STEM success.
You can keep your child involved in STEM by engaging them in everyday  STEM activities like cooking, buying food, building with legos, and more.  Do fun experiments, go exploring,and visit museums that encourage your  child to learn and grow.  Whether or not your child decides to go into a STEM career later in their  life, they can use the problem solving skills and techniques they learn through STEM activities and conceptsin every aspect of their lives.  After all, the goal of STEM isn’t to push your child toward any one career but to get them ready for the future lives they want to lead.

Repost with permission from Stem

10 Captivating Fantasy Books For Young Readers

By  Hgiardina & Ezvid Wiki EditorialThu, 14 Mar 2019

1.Charis: Journey to Pandora’s JarNicole Y. Walters
2.Sir Princess PetraDiane Mae Robinson
3.The Hob and the DeermanPat Walsh
4.Fog IslandTomi Ungerer
5.There May Be a CastlePiers Torday
6.Mabel Gray and the Wizard Who Swallowed the SunClayton Smith
7.DreamwoodHeather Mackey
8.The Secret Life of Daisy FitzjohnTania Unsworth
9.Bad MagicPseudonymous Bosch
10.The Mad Wolf’s DaughterDiane Magras

Fun Activities For Young Fantasy Fans

How to Encourage Kids to Read

A great way to start is to get a bookshelf for your child’s room. If they have access to their own collection of books, it’ll be easy for them to read at their own pace. And if they’re looking at the shelf everyday, reading will always be on their mind. It’s also important to give your kids a comfortable place to sit. This can be anything from a rocking chair to a couch to a dedicated reading nook. If they have a space that’s just for them, it makes reading time all the more special. As they grow, your young ones will start to read more challenging books with words they don’t know. Encourage them to look up unfamiliar terms in the dictionary so they can expand their vocabulary. Finally, if you’re having trouble getting your kid interested in books in the first place, try bridging the gap between visual media and literature with graphic novels.

What is Fantasy?

No genre can capture the imagination quite like fantasy, where readers are invited to envision impossible worlds, daring heroes, and strange creatures living in the land of myth and legend. There’s a reason why so many speculative stories spellbind young readers with their tales of misfits, outcasts, and kids with untapped stores of tremendous bravery.

For young readers on the lookout for adventure, here, in no particular order, are some stunningly imaginative books that will bring out the magic in everyday life.

In the #1 spot is “Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar” by Nicole Y. Walters. Charis has been waiting all her life for a chance to show her stuff. Now, it’s up to the hyper-imaginative thirteen-year-old to save the world by visiting Pandora’s Jar, the place where demons and kind spirits dwell. The catch? She’s only got five days to release the spirit of Hope from the jar before mankind is officially doomed forever. With the help of a few trusty deities and her best friend Gabe, Charis has to summon up all her courage to set things right.

At #2, we have Diane Mae Robinson’s “Sir Princess Petra.” Even Princesses get bored of being pampered sometimes. In this series, nine-year-old Petra decides that she wants to become a knight. But even though she’s got courage and cunning to spare, knighthood comes with its own set of pressures and obstacles, like having to silence a dragon and visit the spooky Forest of Doom. If she can overcome a few kooky quests, she’ll find her true place in the kingdom.

At #3 is “The Hob and the Deerman” by Pat Walsh. Crowfield Abbey is a peculiar place. It’s a portal, of sorts, between the world we know and the Otherworld, a place where demons, boggarts, and all kinds of creatures freely roam. When Walter, a “hob” spirit, returns to find everything in disarray, he knows he needs to take action to help put all the troubled spirits in the abbey to rest. But it will take a lot of help, and a lot of courage, to cross paths with the Deerman of the forest and live to tell the tale.

At #4 is Tomi Ungerer’s “Fog Island.” No one ever returns from Fog Island. It’s a place shrouded in mystery, a place that Finn and Cara have been warned against visiting. But when the two siblings disobey their father and head for the far-off island, they’re in for more than they bargained for. Is the ancient place just a pile of ruins? Or is there a deeper mystery lurking, something that only the mercurial Fog Man can unlock?

For #5 we have “There May Be a Castle” by Piers Torday. Eleven-year-old Mouse knows he shouldn’t have survived the car crash when he was thrown from the vehicle during a Christmas Eve drive to his grandparents’ house. He woke totally fine, but in a world he barely recognized. With the help of a magical sheep and a sardonic talking horse, he’ll need to find his way to the castle if he wants to regain entry to his own life. That is, if this place everyone speaks of is more than the stuff of legend.

Coming in at #6 is Clayton Smith’s “Mabel Gray and the Wizard Who Swallowed the Sun.” The people of Brightsbane have had a rough time ever since the eternal night started. After a wizard took away the daytime from the land, he decided he needed to come back to steal a book of magic spells that holds the key to the township’s total destruction. Luckily, a spirited orphan named Mabel is going to set things right.

If she can summon up the courage to deal with a series of fantastical creatures and hair-raising quests, she might find a way to break her hometown’s terrible curse forever.

At #7 is Heather Mackey’s “Dreamwood.” Runaway Lucy has a fair amount of experience with supernatural forces. Her father is an expert on the subject, and she’s on a quest to find him and bring him back so she doesn’t have to go to that dreadful boarding school anymore. The problem is, her father isn’t where she thought he’d be. Could it be that the enchanted forest of Dreamwood proved too powerful a match for him? There’s only one way to find out: by heading into the heart of the living grove, no matter the consequences.

Coming in at #8 is “The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn” by Tania Unsworth. Some might call Daisy’s life unusual: her best friends are a talking rat and a ghost, and she lives in an old estate that’s slowly falling apart. When her mother leaves on a strange expedition and doesn’t return, Daisy knows she can’t hide within the walls of Brightwood Hall any longer. She’ll have to do what it takes to save her home and keep her family together, with only the help of her eclectic sidekicks to guide her.

At #9 we find Pseudonymous Bosch’s “Bad Magic.” Clay knows there’s no such thing as magic. He’s seen a million sleight-of-hand shows and he knows they’re just tricks. That said, there are a few things happening at Earth Ranch that he can’t explain. Clay was supposed to be sent to the rehabilitation camp to be “scared straight.” But there’s more at work here than a few obstacle courses and hikes. For one thing, he’s having conversations with llamas.

For another, he may or may not have just seen a ghost. If there’s magic on Earth Ranch, Clay needs to make sure it’s not the deadly kind. If he can make it off the volcanic island without causing an explosion, he’ll count himself lucky.

Finally, at #10, is “The Mad Wolf’s Daughter” by Diane Magras. When Drest’s family of male warriors is taken captive, she finds herself in a unique position. All her life, her father and brothers took care of her. Now, she’s got to free her kin with the help of a witch, a soft-spoken knight, and her own fierce courage. With a mysterious bandit out to get her and her sense of independence growing by the day, Drest will find herself taking chances, slaying personal demons, and doing things she never dreamed herself capable of.

Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker – Book Review

Music Boxes

By Tonja Drecker

Middle Grade Fantasy / Performing Arts

158 pages

Dancing Lemur Press

Ages 9 to 12

  • ISBN-10:1939844568
  • ISBN-13:978-1939844569

About The Book:

“I only desire your talent…”

Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay’s biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.

When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can’t believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right…

One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

What I Thought:

Lindsey McKay is a wonderful main character: adventurous, passionate, caring, talented, and a girl who, unintentionally, will becomes the sleuth in solving the mystery of the missing ballerinas at Madame Destinée’s dance school. Madame Destinée’s is a well-portrayed villain and a force to be reckoned with, but through Lindsey’s sheer bravery and willpower, she must find a way to beat Madame Destinée and the powers of her evil magic.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Music Boxes. The adventure, suspense, and twists of plot were well paced. The characters become real to the reader in the first pages. And once the adventure began, it didn’t stop until the end.

Author Tonja Drecker has created a spellbinding and magical journey in Music Boxes; a journey every reader will be delighted in talking.

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Tonja Drecker is a writer, blogger, children’s book reviewer and freelance translator. After spending years in Germany exploring forgotten castles, she currently resides in the Ozarks with her family of six. When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.

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Some Common Writing Terminology

Illustration copyright Samantha Kickingbird

Acronym:  a word formed from the first letter or first few letters of each word in a phrase or title and sometimes pronounced as a word.  NASA is pronounced as a word and is the acronym for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. FBI is pronounced by its letters and is an acronym for Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Alliteration: A group of words that all begin with the same sound. 
Peter Piper picked a peck of pepper pickles.
Antonym: a word with a meaning that is opposite to the meaning of another word. Love is the antonym of hate. Happy is the antonym of sad.
Euphemism: a milder word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.
Spinning tales can be an euphemism for lying.
Homonyms: a word that is said or spelled the same way as another word but has a different meaning.
Write, right, and rite are homonyms.
Duck (noun) and duck (verb) are homonyms.
Metaphor: a word or phrase that is used as a symbol to make a direct comparison between two people, animals, things, places, or a combination of any two of these. A metaphor makes a stronger statement than a simile does by stating something “is” something else.
The king is a dragon today.
The raindrops were arrows.
Oxymoron: A phrase composed of two words with contradictory meanings.
Jumbo shrimp. Act naturally. Original copy.
Pun: A play on words that relies on a word’s having more than one meaning or sounding like another word.
A good pun has its own reword.
Horses are stable animals.
Simile: a figure of speech in which two un-similar things or people are compared by using “like” or “as” to connect the comparison.
The knight was as brave as a panther.
The dragon danced like a feather in the wind.
Synonyms: a word that has the same meaning as another word. Big, large, huge, and giant are synonyms.
Small, miniature, little, and tiny are synonyms.
Personification: a figure of speech in which a something non-human is given a human quality. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings.
The unicorn sang in triumph.
Flowers danced in the breeze.

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The Strange English Language

Illustration copyright @ Samantha Kickingbird

Some Fun Word Stuff

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.” 

There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

No word in the English language rhymes with month,orange, silver, or purple.

The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet. 

Hetronyms are words spelled the same as another but having different sounds and different meanings, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal).

Homographs are words with the same written form as another but different meanings, whether pronounced the same way or not, as row (an argument) and row (paddle the oars) and row (a straight line).

       The dragon wound the cloth around the wound on his leg.

      He could still lead the knights if he could get the thick lead door opened.

     The king had to refuse the dumping of more refuse.

     The princess did not object to the shinny object the dragon brought her.

     The royal carpenter built the door to close to the window—it would not close.

     The royal chef had a tear in his apron and a tear in his eye.

     Upon arrival, the royal dove dove through the window.

Deserting his dessert in the desert was not in the plan.

     The soldiers got in a row as they tried to straighten the row while rowing.
      The kingdom’s gardener was summoned to produce lots of produce, or else.

     The bass tuba had an etching of a bass on it’s stem.

     The prince, even in his present state, was to present the present to the princess.

     The wind was too strong to wind the kite string.

Then we could look at the word “Up”–quite possibly the strangest word in that it is an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun, and verbs: used with object, used without an object, or used as an idiom. Here are all the mind-boggling definitions of “Up”;

Want to have some grammar fun? The Dragon Grammar Book, for middle grades and up. An Bestseller in Language Arts Books.

The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom by [Robinson, Diane Mae]

Hurly Burly The Squirrel Next Door (Squirrel Facts Edition)-Book Review

By S.S. Bazinet

Illustrated by Laura Christine Tiralla

Publisher: Renata Press (October 26, 2015)

Age Level: 4 – 8 | Grade Level: P – 3

About The Book

Hurly the squirrel is as cute as they come, but would he make a good house guest?
When Hurly invites himself into a boy’s home, the boy quickly learns that squirrels do not have pleasing inside-the-house manners.

“He chatters and scratches, he picks at the latches
of cupboards that hold all my food!
And if they resist, his teeth will persist,
and sly is his favorite mood.”

This hilarious and brightly illustrated tale of how a squirrel can create chaos will delight young and old readers alike.

What I Thought

This is an ingenious picture story book–it’s an adorable, fun story and a fact book all in one! The story of Hurly Burly the squirrel, written in charming rhyme, unfolds as he invites himself to become a house guest of a little boy. Hurly Burly is trouble, for sure, but he’s the most lovable squirrel ever. So what can the boy do to keep Hurly Burly around but cut down on the chaos in the house?

The squirrel facts (included on every page at the bottom of the story) are delightful and will educate children while they are entertained with the humorous story.

Illustrator Laura Christine Tiralla has captured the essence of Hurly Burly with wonderful artwork.

Hurly Burly The Squirrel Next Door (Squirrel Facts Edition):

Author S. S. Bazinet

S.S. Bazinet Biography

My fondest wish is that my stories entertain my readers and also provide them with moments of clarity and a deeper connection to themselves. My books include The Vampire Reclamation Project series, the Sentenced to Heaven series, as well as the YA thriller, My Brother’s Keeper, and a dystopian novel, Dying Takes It Out of You.

Where To Find The Author

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Writing Competition for Emerging Writers in Canada

Re-post from The Writers’ Union of Canada


The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to launch its 26th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, which invites Canadian writers to submit a piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words.  A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is February 15, 2019.
The Competition aims to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of short prose. “Over its twenty-six-year history, the Short Prose Competition has served as a springboard to a successful writing career,” notes Executive Director John Degen. “A number of winners and finalists have gone on to publish many books and join the Union’s ranks.”
The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for the Competition:

  • Peter Dubé is the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books including the novels Hovering World and The City’s Gates, the short fiction collection At the Bottom of the Sky, the novella Subtle Bodies, which was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, and Conjure: a Book of Spells, a collection of prose poems that was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize. His most recent work is the short fiction collection Beginning with the Mirror.
  • Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer, scholar, and researcher. She is a fifth-year doctoral candidate with Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta but resides in Victoria, BC. Her book Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received the Danuta Gleed Literary Award in 2018. Her debut collection of poetry titled Eskimo Pie is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.
  • Pamela Mordecai is the author of over thirty books including textbooks, children’s books, six collections of poetry, a reference work on Jamaica (with her husband, Martin), and a collection of short fiction. Her novel Red Jacket was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award. A prolific anthologist, she has been a teacher, a trainer of teachers, an editor, and a publisher.

The Competition is open to Canadian citizens and residents who have had no more than one book published and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher for a second book. Authors not published in book format are also eligible. Members of TWUC are not eligible to enter. The entry fee is $29 per submission, and submissions are accepted online until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 15, 2019. The winner will be announced in late spring 2019. For complete rules and regulations, please go to
The Writers’ Union of Canada is the national organization representing professional book authors. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. For more information, please visit

For additional information:
Valerie Laws, Office Administrator
The Writers’ Union of Canada
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Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Recipients

Release Date: November 15, 2018

Literary Classics

SOUTH DAKOTA – The 2018 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced.  Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience.  In this highly competitive industry, these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was extremely impressive and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony,  gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10-12, 2018.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.

Top Honors Award recipients are listed below.  For a complete listing of Literary Classics International Book Awards all awards, categories  levels, please visit the Literary Classics Book Awards 2018 Book Awards Listing


The Enchanted Page Book Award


Arlo Guthrie

Illustrated by Kathy Garren

Rising Son International, Ltd.

Arlo Guthrie, Top Honors Book Award, Monsters, Children’s Picture Book










Lumen Award for Literary Excellence and Gold Medal Winner Educational Books

The Dragon Grammar Book

Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson Ink








The Eloquent Quill Book Award

The Great & the Small

Andrea Torrey Balsara

Common Deer Press









Words on Wings Book Award

Mourning Dove

Claire Fullerton

Firefly Southern Fiction









List of all the 2018 Literary Classics Book Award recipients:

The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in  2019

in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival in the City of Presidents.


Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The NORTH POLE – Book Review

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The NORTH POLE

by Barbara Ann Mojica

Illustrations by Victor Ramon Mojica

ISBN-13: 978-0-9989154-2-5

Age Range: 6 – 12 years




About The Book: Ever feel like you’re standing on thin ice? Here at the northern most point on Earth, no land lies below. Are there seasons? Who lives here? What does Santa look like and where does he live? Uncover the answers in this newest release of the award-winning children’s nonfiction book series.

What I Thought: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The NORTH POLE is another delightful contribution to this award-winning educational series! Author Barbara Ann Mojica has created another hit as Little Miss History travels to the North Pole and reveals all kinds of amazing facts that even i didn’t know. Kids and adults alike will simply love the incredible color illustrations that are a part of this series. And the word glossary at the end of the book is an extra special feature.

The Little Miss History series is the perfect combination of writing and illustrations that create this wonderful educational series.

About the Author: Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. Read more about the author.







Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2018 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.
The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on November 15, 2018. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10, 11 & 12, 2019.
The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.
List of 2018 Finalists:
Learn more about Diane Mae Robinson and her multi-award winning dragon books for children: