At 5 o'clock in the morning, a curly-headed toddler went missing from his bed in the spacious mansion in the English countryside, never to be seen alive again. Young Saville Kent's soon-to-be-discovered vicious murder at the hands of someone who was surely a family member or trusted servant excited the press, the populace, and the authorities and ultimately drew the attention of one of Scotland Yard's first and finest detectives, Jack Whicher. Like the fictional Sherlock Holmes, Detective Whicher had a keen mind and almost sixth sense for uncovering criminals in the most unlikely places. With no forensics lab modern or otherwise to help him discover the identity of Saville's killer, Whicher used reason and intuition when setting about his task.
When “Baltimore boy” and chef John Shields brought his Chesapeake Bay-style cooking to California years ago, he was urged to write a cookbook about the regional cuisine. Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields is in its 25th anniversary edition now, but its recipes and reminiscences are as fresh as they are delicious.
If your young child likes vivid photographs with lots going on and lots to think about, your family will enjoy sharing Spectacular Spring: All Kinds of Spring Facts and Fun, by Bruce Goldstone. Like many of the Dorling-Kindersley books, this one has two ways to read it.
For example, one headline reads, “Days Get Longer." You might prefer to just go from headline to headline for the youngest listeners. As your children grow and their interest levels in the details of the world around them increase, bring in the rest of the words on the page. Below "Days Get Longer," you'll see, “Spring begins on the vernal equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, that’s a day near March 20 when day and night are both 12 hours long.”
For older readers/listeners, there are also pages devoted to some of those how-and-why questions, with their own bright illustrations, such as, “How Do Umbrellas Work?” and “Seeds Travel in Many Ways.”
Chris Barash’s Is It Passover Yet? is a sweet and gentle choice for young children who are excited as Passover draws near. Through simple rhyming text and bright, clear pictures, we first see the signs of spring—animals frisking and plants growing. Then, we see a human family is getting ready for a special time, too. They clean the house together and make traditional dishes for their expected visitors.
Your yard has the potential to be a charming garden.
Whether you’re a serious film enthusiast, intrigued by others' lives and cultures, or want to learn more from The Great Courses, Kanopy is your ticket for terrific viewing options. New to Kanopy? You can learn the details and sign up for the streaming service here. Love Kanopy already? Then you'll be thrilled to know you can now check out 10 videos a month!
For Women's History Month, these documentaries let us experiences the challenges of being a woman in other countries, in other times, and behind prison walls:
This gentle, jaunty rhyming book is perfect for springtime. With Everybunny Count! children will not only be counting the many interesting things the bunnies see as they go on their hide-and-seek hunt for Fox. They will also be encouraged to name what they see:
“We’ve spotted something in the tree,
Everybunny count to THREE!”
Have you met Flavia de Luce? The girl genius/sleuth, whose adventures began with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, finds her young and eventful life in discord after the events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd. In the latest mystery, The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, Flavia, her family, and her faithful, brilliant, and PTSD-stricken family retainer Dogger, whilst taking a lengthy boating outing complete with picnic hamper, snag something utterly unlike the fish they hoped to enjoy for dinner. No, indeed, their catch is a young man—or, was a young man—dressed in tights and wearing one red silk slipper.
Is your child Deaf or does your family know someone who is Deaf? Are you or your family simply interested in learning basic sign language? American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language for thousands of Deaf* children and adults in the United States. Gallaudet University, a four-year liberal arts college focusing on deaf students, has produced materials to help people of all ages learn ASL for years. The new Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language is a welcome resource for the Deaf community and those who love them and work with them.
Will Somers was nobody’s fool—until he became the King’s Fool. Born in the medieval English countryside, he should have led the rest of his life unremarkably, as an undersized farmhand who happened to be able to read and write and add figures—and tell jokes, which there wasn’t much need for on his uncle’s small farm.