Because this week is National Garden Week, I would like to recommend
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers
Edition by Michael Pollan.
“What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.
I like learning about food and gardening so this book really had me thinking about what kind of food decisions I may make in the future. I really like food, but I want to make good choices about what I eat. What I like about this book is that author doesn’t try to tell you what you should eat, but he gives you a lot of information that you may not know about the food you find at the grocery store or at a restaurant. For example, did you know that the corn we find at the store once looked very different! I also like that the author uses a lot of photos and graphs to explain his research. If you like learning about food or about how food gets to your grocery store, this is a very interesting book
Look for this book in our juvenile nonfiction section under the call number j394.12 CHEVAT.
Happy Cubs Home Opener Day! To celebrate we’ve been thinking about some of the craziest ballpark food we’ve eaten, and we’re not the only ones: USA Today wrote an article highlighting the craziest food offerings for the 2017 MLB season. You can see the list by clicking here. I would be willing to try all of that, would you?
We noticed that Girl Scout Cookies have been delivered, and it started a debate of which Girl Scout Cookie is the best! We couldn’t come to an agreement but it made us very curious about what cookie was the most popular. So we found a survey that was done to identify the most popular Girl Scout Cookies in the United States and in each state. The product discovery and review website Influenster conducted a survey and found that Thin Mints were the most popular, as you can see in their neat infographic! You can read more about the survey and the findings: https://www.influenster.com/article/top-girl-scouts-cookies-by-state. Do you agree or do you have a different favorite cookie?
And the countdown begins for one of the best days of the summer…National Ice Cream Day on July 17! You should be totally excited, not only because ice cream is kind of the best treat ever created, but because most places that sell ice cream have deals during the summer. Places like Cold Stone will have a “buy one get one free” ice cream deal, but check with your local store.
Watch these kids try to guess 16 different flavors of ice cream!
Have you ever thought about turning your back yard into a mini farm? Want to try your hand at raising chickens? If you have the space and are willing to make a year-round commitment then raising chickens might be just the hobby for you. Here is a really cool link to get you started. http://www.mypetchicken.com/about-chickens/
Interested in experimenting in the kitchen? Here are some fun and simple recipes to get you started!
Macaroni and Cheese (not from a box) – or you can try the even simpler Mac & Cheese in a Mug.
Looking for more recipes? You can find these books for beginning cooks at the library.
How to Cook in 10 Easy Lessons by Wendy Sweetster
Starting from Scratch by Sarah Elton
Cooking Class by Deanna Cook
And a few more meals you can make in a mug!
March is a great month for scientists,gardeners, environmentalists, and curious minds alike. The weather is changing, the birds are back, and plants are growing (or not growing). Maybe seeing the bushes start to bud has got you thinking ahead to your summer garden.
Not a gardener? Well do you like to be green? Do you chant, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” every chance you get? Do you like trying experiments you see online? If you said “Yes!” to any of those questions, then I have got a cool experiment to share with you!
There are some vegetables you can regrow from scraps?!
Weird, right? Well take a look
green onions sweet potatos
Click the photo to see more!