Our August Book Picks From DK Canada

Today I am sharing our top August book picks from our friends at DK Canada.

We selected some great books this month, and the boys are enjoying them all. These are perfect to enjoy during the last weeks of summer break!

For the little coders in your life:

If your child is interested in coding or has started to learn how to code using Scratch, then the Coding series is perfect for them. We got both the Coding Projects in Scratch and the Coding Games in Scratch books, and they both have been a hit with our 8-year-old.

The books are filled with step-by-step guides that are easy to follow along with and easy to understand. A must-have when looking to introduce your child to beginner’s coding.

Coding Projects in Scratch

A step-by-step visual guide to creating your own projects using Scratch 3.0.

Techy kids will get familiar with Scratch 3.0 using this beginner’s guide to coding. Difficult coding concepts become easy and fun to understand as budding programmers build their own projects using Scratch 3.0, the latest software from the world’s most popular programming language for beginners.

Make a Dino Dance Party or create your own electronic birthday cards. Build games, simulations, and mind-bending graphics as you discover the awesome things computer programmers can do with Scratch 3.0.

Coding Projects in Scratch, 2nd Edition uses a visual step-by-step approach to split complicated code into manageable, easy-to-digest chunks, so that the most impressive projects become possible.

Coding Games in Scratch

A step-by-step visual guide to building your own computer games using Scratch 3.0. Scratch 3.0 has landed, so stay ahead of the curve with this fully updated guide for beginner coders. Kids will love the step-by-step, visual approach that makes even the most difficult coding concepts fun and easy to understand. Coding Games in Scratch, 2nd Edition blends coding theory with the practical task of creating exciting games. Children will learn the fundamentals of computer programming by showing them how to build their own games.
 
Coding theory is taught through practical tasks, so young programmers don’t just learn how computer code works, but also why it’s done that way. Jumpy Monkey will show them how to simulate gravity in their games, or give Dog’s Dinner a go to learn about collision detection. Once they’ve whizzed through the book, the possibilities are endless!
 
For the little learners:
 
Our 5-year-old is going into First Grade this September and we have been working on teaching him how to tell time. This book is the perfect book to help them understand the basics of telling time, and it is super interactive. The cover features a clock with moveable hands hat is great to encourage kids to practice and learn how to tell time. We are loving it!
 
 

How to Tell Time

A fun first guide to how to tell the time, this bright and bold lift-the-flap activity book features a clock with moveable hands!

Telling the time is a key topic for early learners. This charming and colourful book helps kids understand the basics of telling the time. Fully interactive, the book features lift-the-flap puzzles that help kids to relate telling the time to everyday life – posing questions such as “It’s 8.15 – is it time for breakfast?”, “Does it take 2 minutes to brush your teeth?”. How to Tell the Time introduces kids to how we measure time using seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years. It gets kids learning to tell and write the time to the nearest five minutes. There is a flap attached to the front jacket that opens to reveal an amazing clock with moveable hands. Quiz questions that relate to the clock are found sprinkled throughout the book, encouraging kids to move the hands on the clock face and tell the correct time. Telling the time is often a subject that children find hard to grapple with. This book is just what those children need, as it tackles the subject in a fully interactive and playful way.

For history lovers:

This book was requested by our 8-year-old. He loves to read about history and this encyclopedia covers a lot of information and historical events in a friendly, easy to read format. Highly recommend this to keep in your home library for reference.

First History Encyclopedia

Key history topics are simply explained in this friendly and informative reference book.

First History Encyclopedia covers everything a child needs to know about historical events. It follows the curriculum for grades 1 through 6 and provides a strong foundation for history learning through the rest of the school years. It’s the perfect homework help book to support children as they begin to learn about history.

This history book is part of DK’s best-selling First Reference series. It introduces exciting areas of history that will get kids hooked on learning about the past, including the Romans, Ancient Egypt, the Vikings, World War I, and World War II.

For curious minds: 

Both my boys have very curious minds , and they are constantly asking how things work. This book covers a great amount of information for the science curriculum for grades 1 through 6 and asnwers many questions with fun and easy to understand details on how everyday things around our world work.

First How Things Work Encyclopedia

All the most important science topics for kids, from magnets and sound waves to how planes and cars work, are simply explained in this fun and informative illustrated STEM book for children in grades 1 through 6.

First How Things Work Encyclopedia covers everything a child needs to know. It follows the curriculum for grades 1 through 6 and provides a strong foundation for science and STEM learning through the rest of the school years. It’s the perfect homework help book to support children as they begin to learn about how things work in the world around them.

This book is part of DK’s best-selling First Reference series. It introduces exciting areas of science that will get kids hooked on learning about how things work, including your eyes and ears, engines, lightbulbs, laptops, and rollercoasters.

So many great books this month. Can’t believe the kids will be back in school so soon! Are your little ones ready to go back to school in a few weeks?

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with DK Books . However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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15 responses to “Our August Book Picks From DK Canada”

  1. Shirley P — August 20, 2019 @ 2:37 am (#)

    These are all great choices there is so much for children to learn and its good if they can have fun while learning.

  2. Janet M — August 20, 2019 @ 8:33 am (#)

    We would like the First History encyclopedia, but all choices are fun.

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 20, 2019 @ 9:56 am (#)

    I love reading and you’ll nearly always find me with a cup of coffee in one hand and a good book in the other. Doubt that the coding books would be something I’d want to read but good for kids who are interested in that sort of thing.

  4. Lynda Cook — August 20, 2019 @ 4:05 pm (#)

    I love that book, How to Tell Time kids need to learn this. I read somewhere that the schools are removing the clocks and replacing them with digital because the kids don’t know how to read a clock, very sad!

  5. Micheline — August 20, 2019 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    All great books I think the book “First How Things Work Encyclopedia” would be hit here.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 22, 2019 @ 8:29 am (#)

    Love the hieroglyphics on the spine of First History Encyclopedia, so much more attractive than our alphabet.

  7. AD — August 24, 2019 @ 5:13 pm (#)

    Thank you for the recommendations; I am always looking for new books for my nephews, nieces and godson.

  8. Marina Mikhaylova — August 25, 2019 @ 6:41 am (#)

    Did know that there are books about coding in Scratch! Will buy it for my son who would like to program.

  9. ivy pluchinsky — August 26, 2019 @ 4:02 pm (#)

    I love these book picks

  10. Sarah — August 26, 2019 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    These all sound like great titles. I think my daughter would dive right in.

  11. Lisa Giewercer — August 26, 2019 @ 5:24 pm (#)

    Awesome coding books! Didn’t know they had these for kids!

  12. Micheline — September 2, 2019 @ 4:13 pm (#)

    I think I will have to read the children’s coding books, I’m out of the loop on coding.

  13. nicky — September 11, 2019 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    DK books are the best! “How to tell time” would be a great one for our kiddo.

  14. Stephanie LaPlante — September 17, 2019 @ 9:13 am (#)

    All of these titles sound awesome. Books like these make learning a lot of fun.

  15. kristen visser — September 20, 2019 @ 8:13 am (#)

    ooo i want to get the book “how to tell time”. Its something i have been wanting to teach my middle daughter

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