Not everybody gets Family Day off to spend with their loved ones. Since it it a provincial holiday and not a federal one, it sems things are all over the place. And there are times when, even if you have the day technically out of the office, you are working with people who are still hard at it. If you find yourself working around, instead of relaxing with, your loved ones on this holiday weekend, I have a few book suggestions from Skypony Publishing that I think you will enjoy.
For your 10-12 year old – the new Project Droid series from Nancy Krulik and Amanada Burwasser. For all those people who have ever wanted a sibling, but never got one, this series is for you. When Logan’s scientist mother decides to create an android ‘cousin’ for him in her lab, there is no telling the adventures and mishaps that will occur.
E1 devoured each of these books in one night apiece. E2 took a bit more time and finished them in about two nights. They both tell me these books are ‘pretty cool’ and easy to read. And who doesn’t love a STEM mom and son duo?
Science No Fair! and Soccer Shocker! are available now. A third novel, Robot Ate My Homework, will be available in March.
Unless you have been living in a cabin in the woods for the past few years, you have undoubtedly encountered the digital phenomenon that is Minecraft. Our kids all play together – sometimes for hours on end. If you’re looking for a Minecraft activity that will keep your kids (and their audience) entertained, Sidesplitting Jokes For Minecrafters offers over 800 jokes. They range from the classic one liner and standard question/answer format to a variety of helpful hints and lists. Examples include ‘You might be a bad Minecrafter if…’ and ‘ Real world jobs for Minecrafters’. My 7 year old loves reading this one as well as entertaining whomever he can corral to listen to his stand up comedy.
All four kids are heavily into Lego building – with or without the designated sets. Sticker Your Bricks offers a huge selection of reusable stickers to change your ‘everyday’ creation into something even more fantastic. Not wanting to haul all those tiny bricks to grandma’s house? No problem. There are plenty of pages in the book where you can add these stickers to make your own scene without making a mess.
E2 is our artist in residence. I have no idea what exactly she is going to do with this deep well of artistic skill, but it will no doubtedly be something pretty awesome. Learn To Draw Pets makes a great book for car rides and trips to relatives’ homes. Not only are there step by step instructions, there are also practise pages right in the book. Now, I’d love to tell you that it could make even someone like me an artist, but it isn’t the Shroud of Tourin people.
Skypony #FamilyDay Giveaway Time!
Now, you won’t have these in time for Family Day, but I do know that March Break is coming and PD Day are still on the school calendar. One of my very lucky Canadian readers will get a copy of each of these four books. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.. Contest closes March 3, 2017, 11:59 pm ET. Approximate retail value of the prize is $60. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries.