Susan Buck

Kid’s Reading List! Texas Tales
March 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

To complement our new Texas! exhibition, we have created a book list for you and your kids to read. In today’s blog we talk about two books by Tomie dePaola. Few American artists are more beloved than Tomie dePaola.   Tomie and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award (awarded annually to the […]

December Book List: Holiday Classics
November 30, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

photo credit: Samdogs Everyone seems to have one special holiday book from their childhood that stands out because of the special memories it evokes.  For me, the book is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  This book was originally written by Robert May for his employer, Montgomery Ward, to give away during the 1939 Christmas season.  The […]

Book List: The Amazon and Rainforests
November 2, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

The Museum currently has an exhibition titled Spirits and Headhunters: Vanishing Worlds of the Amazon, so this month’s books feature the rainforest and the Amazon. For over 40,000 years, people have lived in the rainforests, hunting, gathering food and raising vegetables in addition to using the tropical plants for medicine, without harming their environment. Today, […]

Book List: Imaginary Places
September 28, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

Imaginary Places can be anywhere your imagination takes you—sometimes happy places, sometimes to the future or sometimes to worlds unknown.  Children know about the Wizard and the Land of Oz, some of the unusual characters Alice met when she fell down the rabbit hole or what happened when Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie venture […]

Book List: Water, from snowflakes to African ponds
September 1, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

photo credit: 416style There is an excellent article, “The Importance of Water to Human Life and to the Operation of the Human Body” where you learn that next to air, water is the most important element for life to survive.  Water is essential to the functioning of every cell in your body: 2/3 of your […]

Book List: Mythical Creatures
August 3, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

The sense of wonder is alive in children, and that may be the reason children love books about mythical creatures– unicorns, dragons, monsters, etc.  The pages of books are the perfect, safe places for these creatures to come to life. When I began considering books to write about one title jumped out at me:  The […]

Book List: Warfare and Soldiers
July 1, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

HMNS is currently hosting three special exhibitions, two of which are Genghis Khan and Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor, so the topic for this month’s booklist is soldiers and warfare. Jean Fritz, author of Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold, has written numerous books about American history and explains her work: “My approach is that […]

Gems and Minerals
June 5, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is currently hosting a special exhibition, The Nature of Diamonds, so this month our booklist features Gems and minerals. According to www.rocksforkids.com a mineral is the same all the way through, and  there are about 3000 known minerals on earth.  A rock, on the other hand, is made from two […]

Treasure the Summers of Your Life: Summer Camps at HMNS!
May 29, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

Summer is a time for exploring and growing, and there is no better place for learning and fun than at HMNS Xplorations Summer Camps! As a child, my very best teachers taught English and American History, so I grew to love these subjects.  Either my science teachers were not my strongest teachers or I fell […]

May Book List: Hispanic Culture
May 5, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the best ways for children to learn about different cultures is through literature.  When children read about other cultures, their respect for that culture grows as their knowledge of it increases.  And, when children see themselves in books it enhances their self-esteem and helps them develop pride in their culture.  In addition to […]



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