Science-Based Gift Giving Guide 2010

If you’re looking for the best gifts to give your science-loving family this holiday season, we have the perfect guide for you. Listed below, are all of the authors, artists, and products that have been featured on Parenting Within Reason (and Podcast Beyond Belief), including some book recommendations by Dale McGowan and Jim Randolph from our soon-to-be-released latest episode. Plus, you’ll find some brain boosting games recommended by Nurture Shock author, Ashley Merryman in our interview with her.

If there’s a product that you think our readers would enjoy, please list it in the comments section. And if there are some products on here that you really enjoyed, let us know, and be sure to click the link and review it on amazon too.

Books for Parents

Books for Kids




*Recommended by Dale McGowan

**Recommended by Jim Randolph

***Recommended by Ashley Merryman

3 Responses to Science-Based Gift Giving Guide 2010

  1. Chris says:

    I don’t have a specific book in mind, but I would like to suggest to find some on easy origami and/or paper airplanes (yes, somewhere in the house is an origami airplane book). There is a fascination with taking a simple piece of paper and making something out of it!

    Oh, and don’t forget a Spirograph.

  2. Jim Randolph says:

    Thanks for putting this up. I’ll link to this great list on Teacherninja. That other Mem Fox title I couldn’t quite get out was “Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge.”

    I enjoyed it, Colin and it was an honor to be on a podcast with you, Dale and Bed Radford. Wow.

    Thanks again,

    PS That book on death I mentioned was “Lifetimes: The beautiful way to explain death to children” by Bryon Mellonie

  3. Chris says:

    I was re-arranging one of the many piles of books in the house after buying another book case when I came across a book I bought for my daughter years ago. It is Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman.

    The level is upper elementary, about ages 9 to 12. It is a story set in Medieval England about a young woman who is basically apprenticed to a healer, Peg the Bonesetter. There is an interesting contrast between the self-taught group of healers (herbalists, barber surgeons, etc) to the learned physician who is actually more of an astrologer/dream interpreter. With interesting side notes on the usefulness (more like futility) of prayer and religion. The author ends with a note that is a short history of medicine, ending with a bibliography.

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