December 30, 2016

The New Google SITES: Recommended Tutorials for Teachers

Updated Feb. 6, 2017 (at end of post)

The new Google Sites arrived for everyone in November (Finally!).  And according to many early adopters, Sites is a cinch to use.



First, of all, if you're still pondering a transfer to the new Google Sites, check out Mike Reading's comprehensive article comparing the classic Sites to the new:
What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version?. Mike Reading, Google Certified Teacher and Trainer and Microsoft Master Educator. Using Technology Better, no pub. date.
The new Google Sites, with 🎉 drag-and-drop and 🎉 real-time co-editing, is looking simple for the moment (just a few themes to choose from), but things are guaranteed to change, ala Google's MO. Luckily, my favorite feature is already in place: 🎉 seamless integration with other GSuite products. And a must-have feature? 🎉 automatic optimization of Sites for different devices.

(One drawback is that you can't move your classic site over to the new.)

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If you're the type who likes to jump right in and try new things, all you will need is the Google Sites Help Center website, and a Google Sites Cheat Sheet, which you can download HERE.

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For those who would like a little assistance with visuals (always pausable) and a friendly, authoritative voice, try the video tutorials below, created by excellent trainers I personally trust.

The video tutorials are in reverse chronological order. I will add more I recommend, as they become available. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage for the shorter tutorials, or linger with a second cup for the longer tutorials: your choice!

The All New Google Sites for Schools - Video Tutorial. Eric Curts. Control Alt Achieve. Article, with resources. Dec. 15, 2016. [Length: 1:16:23]



EdTechTeam Live: Google Sites Demo and Q and A. Emily Fitzpatrick, Director of Professional Development. EdTech Team, Nov. 21, 2016. [Length: 31:41]




NEW Google Sites 2016 for Educators. Flipped Classroom Tutorials, Nov. 20, 2016. [Length: 8:31]



I selected some pre-release tutorials, created by experienced trainers who had a sneak peak of Google Sites, out in Beta in June:

The NEW Google Sites - 2016 Tutorial. Technology for Teachers and Students, Aug. 22, 2016. [Length: 17:58]



How to use the New Google Sites - Tutorial 2016. Jamie Keet. Teacher's Tech, June 24, 2016. [Length: 16:03]




Teachers Rejoice! A New Google Sites. Jenn Judkins, Google Certified Trainer, PBS Digital Innovator. TeachingForward, July 16, 2016.

Walk-through with Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast. [Length: 1:01:31]



Two short tutorials, by Dean Stokes:

New Google Sites - Short Overview. Dean Stokes, June 16, 2016. [Length: 5:45]

New Google Sites - Deeper Dive. Dean Stokes, June 19, 2016. [Length: 5:58]



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If you like following step-by-step, written tutorials, try these easy-to-follow guides by Google Certified Trainers:

The New Google Sites Training17-slide tutorial. Gregory Montague, Dec. 22, 2016. Google Slides. (Creative Commons Attribution: ShareAlike 4.0 International License)

Sites: The New Google Sites. Jeremy Badiner, BadinerBytes.com, Dec. 19, 2016. Google Doc. (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License)

NEW Google Sites Cheat Sheet. Jenn Judkins, Dec. 17, 2016. Google Doc.(Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivs 4.0 International License)

New Google Sites. 25-slide tutorial. David Wolford, Nov. 23, 2016. Google Slides. (No license stated.)


New Google Sites tutorials I recommend will be listed here (uncategorized), as I find them:

What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version? Using Technology Better. Downloadable guide comparing the classic and new sites. Added Feb. 1, 2017.

The New Google Sites – GTT003. Podcast. Shake Up Learning, Feb. 6, 2017.




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Whichever way you decide to tackle the new Google Sites ... 

BEST OF LUCK! And remember to have fun with it.



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December 27, 2016

Fighting FAKE NEWS: Recommended Reading and Resources for Teachers (Updated 4.19.17)


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Added 4.19.17: medialiteracynow.org. Classroom "materials and curriculum available online or to order."

IMPORTANT NOTE, Mar. 31, 2017: This ongoing post of recommended reading and resources for teachers will continue to be vetted according to the code of ethics for excellent journalism and the celebration of a totally free press as protected by the First Amendment

I highly recommend bookmarking All Sides ("think for yourself") for an ongoing overall view of controversial issues, from the left, center, and right.
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FAKE NEWS! It's time for all of us to step up our efforts to fight fake news. Yes, all of us, not just social science teachers and librarians.

I've created a reading and resource list to help battle fake news at our school. Feel free to share these resources with your teachers!

History: Fake News isn't New

Three Historical Examples of "Fake News". Krystal D'Costa. Scientific American, Dec. 1, 2016.
The real history of fake news. David Uberti. Columbia Journalism Review, Dec. 15, 2016. Brief, selected history of fake news from 1807 to the present.
Long Before There Was 'Fake News,' There Were 'Fake Photos'. Angus Chen. NPR, Feb. 5, 2017.
Yellow Journalism: The “Fake News” of the 19th Century. The Public Domain Review, accessed Feb. 23, 2017. A project of the Open Knowledge Foundation.
6 fake news stories in real history.  Omaha World-Herald, Apr. 1, 2017.


Learn about Fake News

How We Got to Post Truth. Ruth Reader. Fast Company, Nov. 18, 2016. "'The whole flow of the information is a lot more conversational and a lot more decentralized,' says Rich Edmonds, media analyst at the Poynter Institute."
Facebook's fake news problem in one chart. Jeff Dunn, tech reporter. Business Insider, Nov. 18, 2016.

Infographic: Fake News Is A Real Problem | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Why do we fall for fake news? S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communication & Co-Director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University. The Conversation, Dec. 7, 2016.
•VIDEO: How to Fake News - FactCheck.org. 03:22 min. Uploaded by FlackCheck, Dec. 8, 2016.
How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News. Kalev Leetaru, data and society analyst. Forbes, Dec. 11, 2016.
The Five Types of Fake News. Dr. John Johnson, author of EVERYDATA: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day. Huffington Post, Dec. 14, 2016.
Many Americans Believe Fake News Is Sowing Confusion. Michael Barthel, Amy Mitchell, and Jesse Holcome.  Journalism.org, Dec. 15, 2016. Includes Pew Research statistics.
How Photos Fuel the Spread of Fake News. Laura Mallonee, arts and international affairs writer. Wired, Dec. 21, 2016.
366 links to understand fact-checking in 2016. Poynter, Dec. 21, 2016.
This Analysis Shows Which Fake News Stories Went Viral In 2016. Craig Silverman, Buzzfeed News Media Editor. Buzzfeed, Dec. 30, 2016.
Fake News and the Importance of Information Literacy. Becky Beville. ProQuest Share This, Jan. 18, 2017.

Take Action in the Classroom

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a "post-truth" world. Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication. School Library Journal, Nov. 26, 2016. A gold mine of resources, some of which are mentioned in this post. If you read only one article from this post, choose this one!
9 Lessons to Boost Media Literacy. Frank Baker, media literacy expert. ISTE, Oct. 31, 2016.
How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy). Sierra Filucci. Common Sense Media, Nov. 16, 2016.
Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources. The Learning Network, New York Times, Oct. 2, 2015.
How to Spot Fake News. Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson. FactCheck.org, Nov. 18, 2016.
How to Recognize A Fake News Story. Nick Robins-Early, World News Reporter, Huffington Post, Nov. 27, 2016. Nine basic tips, with a postable chart.
Teaching Information Literacy Now. Laura Gardner. School Library Journal, Nov. 28, 2016.
Try These Tools To Spot Fake News. Ann Auman, journalism professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Civil Beat, Dec. 1, 2016.
Reading News Across the Political Spectrum. Tasha Berkson-Michelson, Instructional and Programming Librarian at Castilleja School. Association of Independent School Librarians, Dec. 5, 2016.  Slide show of resources.
Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts. Wynne Davis. NPR, Dec. 5, 2016.
The Best Tools and Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More. Larry Ferlazzo, teacher advice columnist. Dec. 5, 2016.
The Honest Truth about Fake News … and How Not to Fall for It (with Lesson Plan). Matthew Green, The Lowdown, connecting newsroom to classroom. KQED Learning, Dec. 6, 2016.
•The Remedy for the Spread of Fake News? History Teachers. Kevin Levin, historian, educator. Smithsonian Magazine, Dec. 6, 2016.
FAKE NEWS vs. REAL NEWS: How to Determine the Reliability of Sources. Northern Essex Community LibGuide, Dec. 7, 2016.
After Comet Ping Pong and Pizzagate, teachers tackle fake news. Moriah Balingit, education writer. Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2016.
A Finder's Guide To Facts. Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's Morning Edition, NPR, Dec. 11, 2016.
Lesson plan: How to teach your students about fake news. PBS, Dec. 13, 2016. 50-minute social studies lesson plan, for grades 7-12.
Battling Fake News in the Classroom. Mary Beth Hertz, HS Art/Tech teacher, PA. Edutopia, Dec. 21, 2016. Ideas across the grade levels.
•The Classroom Where Fake News Fails (article). Cory Turner, senior editor, NPR Ed. NPR, Dec. 22, 2016.

Listen:
Lesson Plan: Fighting Fake News. Rachel Roberson. KQED Learning.
Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition. On the Media, Nov. 18, 2016. Interview with Melissa Zimbar, assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College, who has "made a list of more than a hundred problematic news sites, along with tips for sorting the truthful from the troublesome. She talks... about how to be a savvy news consumer in a misinformation-filled world."

Listen:

Cut out and post in your classroom:

•Lesson Idea: Media Literacy and Fake News. C-Span Classroom, Dec. 27, 2016. Handout and video clips, including the one below.

About The Onion, a satirical publication.

Fake News, How to identify and avoid fake news. Indiana University East LibGuide.
Indicators of Trust in the News. The Trust Project. Santa Clara University.
News you can use: Infographic walks you through 10 questions to detect fake news. Dahlia Bazzaz, Education Lab engagement editor. Seattle Times, Dec. 29, 2016. (Infographic from the News Literacy Project, trusted source listed below)
Can Your Students Spot Fake News? Here are 43 Links to Help. Julie Greller, Education Media Specialist, @cybrarian77. A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet, Jan. 1, 2017.
The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.  Linda Jacobson, education writer. School Library Journal, Jan. 1, 2017.
10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article. Michele Kirschenbaum. EasyBib, Jan. 4, 2017.
4 Steps Schools Need to Take To Combat Fake News. Sam Wineburg, Professor of Education, Stanford University. Huffington Post, Jan. 4, 2017.
How Savvy are Your Students?: 7 Fake Websites to Really Test Their Evaluation Skills. Michele Kirschenbaum. EasyBib, Jan. 10, 2017.
InCtrl. "Cable Impacts brings you InCtrl, a series of free standards-based lessons, originally developed by Cable in the Classroom, that teach key digital citizenship concepts. These lessons, for students in grades 4-8, are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative and creative opportunities."
Our Goal Should Not Be to Teach Kids How to Identify Fake News. Kerry Gallagher, digital learning specialist. Start With a Question, Jan. 18, 2017.
How to Identify Fake News in 10 Steps. Jeff Wyman. Proquest Share This, Jan. 19, 2017.
Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News. Katherine Schulten and Amanda Christy Brown. New York Times Lesson Plan, Jan. 19, 2017.
Information Literacy and Fake News. ACRLog ("blogging by and for academic and research librarians"), Jan. 22, 2017.
You're the Fact Checker Now -- How to become a better reader in the age of unreliable newsfeeds.  Stanford Alumni, Jan. 24, 2017.
Fake News, Alternative Facts and Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth. Jennifer Lagarde, teacher-librarian. The Adventures of Library Girl, Jan. 25, 2017. Contains downloadable 11X17 PDF of the handy poster below.


Ideas for E.L.L.s: Finding Reliable Sources in a World of ‘Fake News’. Larry Ferlazzo. New York Times Lesson Plans, Jan. 26, 2017.
Will we now take information literacy skills seriously? Doug Johnson, Director of Technology for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools in MN and author of nine books on leadership in schools. Blue Skunk blog, Jan. 26, 2017.
Media Literacy- Fake News- Responsible Research. Audrey O'Clair, Educational Consultant. Padlet collection of resources for teachers and students.
Identifying Fake News: An Infographic and Educator Resources. Michele Kirschenbaum. EasyBib Guide, Feb. 1, 2107. Includes infographic, lesson plan, News Literacy Project's Ten Questions for Fake News Detection, Websites to Test Your Students, and Skills and Strategies: Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources.
How to Spot Visualization Lies. Nathan Yau. FlowingData, Feb. 9, 2017.
News Literacy Resources, Lessons and Project Ideas! Shannon McClintock Miller, librarian leader. Van Meter Library Voice, Feb. 11, 2017. Ongoing collaborative Padlet of ideas.
School Library Journal's News Literacy Pinterest Board. 133+ pins, 5k+ followers.
5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News. Sophia Alvarez Boyd, NPR_Ed intern. NPR, Feb. 17, 2017.
3 FAST, FREE LESSON PLANS TO FIGHT FAKE NEWS. Vicki Davis. Cool Cat Teacher, Feb., 2017.
Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up. American Library Association Public Programs Office. Programming Librarian, Feb. 23, 2017.
On student scrutiny: two strategies. Joyce Valenza. School Library Journal, Mar. 10, 2017. Includes 2 time-tested tools for determining credibility, for (1) high school and (2) elementary and middle school students.
Fake News Resources for Teachers. Julie Smith, Media Literacy Educator, Author.
Fighting Fake News with Google. Linda Lindsay (me). Google Certified Innovator and Trainer. Hawaii Google Summit preso, Mar. 25, 2017.

The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here's how. Linda Jacobson, education writer. School Library Journal, March 31, 2017.
International Fact-Checking Day, Apr. 2, 2017. How-tos, take quizzes and downloadable lesson plan.
How to Spot Fake News, added Apr. 6, 2017. Handy online guide by Toronto Public Library.
NCTE Media Literacy Lessons. (Added Apr. 11, 2017.)

Keep fighting, with some trusted sources 

FactCheck.org. "A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center"
On the Media. "WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. " WNYC.
Media Literacy. "Find and share resources to help students learn to analyze, evaluate, and communicate in a world with countless media sources and constant access to powerful computers." Edutopia.
The News Literacy Project. "... equips students with the tools to be smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed citizens."
Common Sense Media.
Digital Resource Center. Center for News Literacy.
The Trust Project. Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Santa Clara University.
All Sides. "Balanced news. News and issues from multiple perspectives, respectful dialog." Search the topics and issues HERE.
•Portland State University Library LibGuide: Identify and Challenge Fake News.
Poynter. Collects all of the International Fact-Checking Network's fact-checking articles.
medialiteracynow.org. Classroom "materials and curriculum available online or to order."

Online Guides, courtesy of the LibGuides (Librarian Authors) research community

Fact Checking, Verification, and Fake News. Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.
Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda. Harvard University.
Fake News. Indiana University East.
Fact or Fiction? How to Tell. Seabury Hall (us :D)
Search the LibGuides Community yourself.



Worth a second mention

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a "post-truth" world. Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication. School Library Journal, Nov. 26, 2016. A gold mine of resources, some of which are mentioned in this post. If you read only one article from this post, choose this one!

Will you be tackling fake news and teaching media literacy at your school too? Let me know how it goes!

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P. S. I posted this news sources chart created by patent attorney Vanessa Otero in our library. We like it a lot, and we're using it as a starting point for discussion about the trustworthiness of news sources in general.
#stayvigilant 


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November 28, 2016

Fact or Fiction? 8 TED-Ed Videos and a TED Talk to Show To Your Students



Wondering how to start the conversation with your students about fake news? TED-Ed (ed.ted.com) is a great place to begin the dialogue.

"Lessons worth sharing" at TED-Ed are created around a TED talk or a YouTube video. See all Lessons. Choose your level of involvement: share and discuss the video, share a lesson idea, or get involved with the organization itself.

You can use any or all of the 8 TED-Ed videos below to launch discussions with your students. 

Note: The Think link will take you to a quiz and Dig Deeper has additional resources for study. Discuss leads to online discussions already started, and if you join the TED-Ed community, you and your students can add your own discussion.

1. "How to choose your news"
Damon Brown
(4:49)
YouTube description: "With the advent of the Internet and social media, news is distributed at an incredible rate by an unprecedented number of different media outlets. How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart."

Think | Dig Deeper 

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2.  "How False News Can Spread" 
Noah Tavlin
(3:41)
YouTube description: "In previous decades, most news with global reach came from several major newspapers and networks with the resources to gather information directly. The speed with which information spreads now, however, has created the ideal conditions for something called circular reporting. Noah Tavlin sheds light on this phenomenon."

Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss

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3.  "Beware online 'filter bubbles' " 
Eli Pariser
(9:05)
YouTube description: "http://www.ted.com As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy. Read our community Q&A with Eli (featuring 10 ways to turn off the filter bubble)"

Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss
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4. "Not all scientific studies are created equal" 
David H. Schwartz
(4:26)
YouTube description: "Every day, we are bombarded by attention grabbing headlines that promise miracle cures to all of our ailments -- often backed up by a "scientific study." But what are these studies, and how do we know if they are reliable? David H. Schwartz dissects two types of studies that scientists use, illuminating why you should always approach the claims with a critical eye."

Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss
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5. "Capturing authentic narratives" 
Michele Weldon
(3:18)
YouTube description: "Journalism can be much more than reporting. An authentic, human narrative touches audiences and keeps them reading. Learn how to shape a human-centered news story, and the importance of facts, context and heart."

Think | Dig Deeper

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6. "The key to media's hidden codes"
Ben Beaton
(6:00)
YouTube description: "Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. Learn to decode the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life -- from media messages to traffic signs." 

Think | Dig Deeper
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7. "How algorithms shape our world"
Kevin Slavin
(15:24)
YouTube description: "Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. Slavin also warns that we are writing code we can't understand with implications we can't control."

Think | Dig Deeper
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8. "How statistics can be misleading"
Mark Liddell
(4:18)
YouTube description: "Statistics are persuasive. So much so that people, organizations, and whole countries base some of their most important decisions on organized data. But any set of statistics might have something lurking inside it that can turn the results completely upside down. Mark Liddell investigates Simpson’s paradox."

Conclusion: "All we can do is carefully study the actual situations the statistics describe and consider whether lurking variables may be present."
Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss
 
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I added this TED talk as a bonus. Perhaps you can create a lesson for it? It is most definitely worth your students' time and consideration.

TED talk: "Battling bad science"
Ben Goldacre
(14:19)
YouTube description: "Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry." 

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A YouTube Playlist of the above videos is HERE.

#stayvigilant 



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September 28, 2016

Shout-out to Kasey Bell aka @ShakeUpLearning for her #GAFE #googleedu Content!

PC: shakeuplearning.com

Okay, so yesterday's GEM from Kasey Bell did it. I had to write this appreciation post! 

Check it out:


The URL hints that Kasey started out with 20 Apps. I'm betting she'll keep updating us as more Apps integrate with Google. So handy!

I've been following Kasey for a while. She's on it, always making sure the neat lists and guides she creates are current.

These are just three of her other creations:


6 Steps to Google Certified Trainer
(Just updated)




You can subscribe to Kasey's website shakeuplearning.com to keep up with her latest goings-on. And of course you can follow her on Twitter at @shakeuplearning.

MAHALO, Kasey for your most excellent work to bring consistently useful Google content to those of us hungry for anything Google. (Yes, I'm a Google #fangirl from way back. Go 💖#GTANY! )

You make keeping up with the ever-changing, ever-integrating Google FUN, Kasey. Keep on being awesome!



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September 26, 2016

10 Children's Books (Almost) As Awesome as The Book of Knowledge

Old enough to remember this?
"My granddaughter is 6 now and in 1st grade! She's beginning to ask questions like "is air heavy?" When I was a kid my parents got me The Book of Knowledge. Why is the sky blue? How come things fall down, not up? I remember reading every page! Today the Internet can answer those questions, but how about those things you never think about? Can you recommend books with info about questions like these? What are today's successors to The Book of Knowledge?" -- Richard


As you know, Richard, new is not necessarily better. Wasn't The Book of Knowledge the BEST? Everything was in there!

Here are my recommendations:


The iconic National Geographic is #Awesome, with:

1. What in the World?
2. 5000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!)
3. Why? 1,111 Answers to Everything

These daring and dangerous books are timeless and ageless, and I ordered them for our library:

 


4. The Daring Book for Girls (and 5. The Double-Daring Book for Girls), by Andrea J. Buchanan
6. The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hall Iggulden

Saving the best for last:
Encyclopedic children-of-all-ages book publishing ROYALTY in my opinion is Dorling Kindersley

DK's consistently award-winning content and the distinctive look and elegant feel of DK paper books make for a most fulfilling book experience!

Here are my top four DK children's book recommendations:

 7.  Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia
 8.  First Encyclopedia
 9.  Merriam-Webster Illustrated Dictionary
10. Smithsonian Picturepedia

Save your pennies for when your granddaughter turns 8, Richard. You'll probably want to get some of DK's beautiful Eyewitness titles.

So the short answer is: it will take at least 10 books to replace our beloved Book of Knowledge!


On a serious note: Mahalo for passing on your reading love and thirst for knowledge to your granddaughter, Richard. She is one lucky girl. 


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P. S. This "books and reading" post marks the official merge of my SEABURY READS blog with mauilibrarian2.com. See my transition post at: SEABURY READS is moving to mauilibrarian2.com!