Scientists tested reading and intelligence levels
“Youngsters who have a good reading ability in elementary school perform better in their teens in IQ tests for abstract thinking, general cognition and pattern finding, according to a new study.”
That’s math, science, computer programming–those are a whole lot of benefits, and the best part is…it doesn’t matter what kids are reading. If they are reading Captain Underpants or the Goosebumps series, they get the same benefits as kids who read classics, like A Wrinkle in Time or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
But I believe that love of reading starts with the picture books that we read aloud to kids on our laps. It’s the time and good memories that we invest early, that pay dividends.
Science for girls
Speaking of scientists…check out these children’s picture books that inspire curiosity with true stories of women scientists and also teach basics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This amazing kickstarter campaign for this series of books is not only fully funded, but it continues to grow way beyond expectations!
Free Counting Book
For your wee little ones–not quite old enough for physics because they are still learning to count!
p.s. I’m working on something new and science related–illustrating complex concepts like aerodynamics in a fun new book series. Here’s a sneak peek from my sketch book!