August 14, 2020

BONUS: Help kids learn about various careers with these fun reads

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When it is too hot to play outside and, inside, the walls feel like they are closing in on the family, what can you do with your children? Read! It’s a great escape from the here and now, and can even provide kids with a glimpse into their futures with the right book selections.

Grab these books focused on various careers and help your child explore what they can be when they grow up:

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Highlighting STEM subjects and women in science, this book shows that science is fun.
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The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
Rhyming text and illustrations briefly point out what animals have teeth, their uses, and how to care for them.
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Sally Goes to the Vet by Stephen Huneck
Sally, the inquisitive black Labrador retriever, takes her very first trip to the vet!
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Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy
From weightlessness to schooling, this books covers what it takes to head to space.
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Farmer Brown Goes Round by Teri Sloat
A twister strikes Farmer Brown’s farm and mixes the animals all up, so that the cows oinked, sheep clucked, hens brayed and his hound neighed.
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Fire Fighters to the Rescue by Kersten Hamilton
From practical jokes in the firehouse to legendary bravery, every detail of a firefighter’s life is fascinating.
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Emotions are complicated. They’re so complicated that scientists still don’t even fully understand them! One thing that scientists do know, though, is that some of our biggest feelings are caused by a tiny part of the brain called the amygdala.

The amygdala is a bundle of important nerve cells deep inside the brain. Everyone has two amygdales—there’s one in each half of the brain. The amygdala works with the parts of the brain that control memory, behavior and emotion, and this tiny group of cells packs a big punch when it comes to emotions, especially stress and fear.

Most people don’t like to feel scared, but humans are fascinated by it! Think of all the spookiness in the month of October. The rush of energy and emotion people get by being scared can be enjoyable in controlled situations, like a scary movie or an amusement park ride.

No matter the source of the scare, the amygdala’s role is the same. The amygdala is like a bridge connecting two very different parts of the brain: the part that controls the body functions you aren’t aware of (like breathing) and the part that “thinks” for you.

This means that when your amygdala gets information that tells you something scary is happening, it can send signals that make your heart race and your breathing get faster, making you feel scared!