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Trivia Time! #15DaysOfMayhem

Join Nomad Press for a Mystery & Mayhem trivia contest and enter to win free books! Here’s how it works. Follow our social media pages (you can find links at the bottom of the page) and watch for trivia posts with #15DaysOfMayhem twice a week from mid-July through the month of August. All trivia answers […]

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How Fireworks Work!

Nomad authors are a dedicated bunch! All the activities in Nomad Press books are vetted by the authors (and often their children, classrooms, and neighborhood kids). Sometimes that makes for comical outcomes, like the experiment described in the following guest blog post from Nomad author Susan Berk Koch! Luckily, Sue’s porch is just fine. Have a […]

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5 Tactics to Supercharge the Last Month of School

Ah, May, when the weather turns warm, the flowers bloom, and schoolchildren everywhere start daydreaming of summer vacation a month before it actually starts. This last stretch of the school year defines the laws of quantum physics by both flying by and lasting forever. It flies because there’s still so much work to be done during […]

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Isn’t Water Renewable? So Why Conserve?

We’ve all heard that fun fact about how the water you drink today could be the same water a dinosaur drank millions of years ago. In fact, there’s always the chance that the water you drink could be—dinosaur pee! It’s true that there’s a finite amount of water no matter what we do. The amount of […]

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Best Podcasts for Middle Schoolers!

I hate running. But I love having gone running! One way I fix my motivation hiccup (it’s just so much nicer on the couch with tea and books) is with podcasts. When I run, I get to listen to an episode, and that’s enough to make me want to lace up my sneakers and head […]

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Wattpad: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Is Wattpad good for kids? This blog post was originally written in July of 2015, and Wattpad, like the rest of the world, has changed considerably since then! As with any social media site, be wary of security and inappropriate content. If your teens are on Wattpad, talk with them about what they’re reading and […]

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The Science of Bottle Flipping

Remember this fad? While the initial fever seems to have worn off, every so often it loops back around in my house and that familiar “Ka-chunck” echoes from the rafters, accompanied by cheers and groans of my boys. While adults might be immune to the charms of bottle flipping, kids understand the pure sense of accomplishment […]

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Why’d the Chicken Cross the Mobius Strip?

To get to the same side! A strip of paper connected into a half loop is one of the most intriguing shapes you’ll ever encounter! For such a seemingly simple shape, it has some amazing qualities. For example, it has only one side. What?! How is that possible? The Mobius strip was discovered in Germany […]

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STEM Education: The Way of the Future?

If you work in education, have children, edit children’s nonfiction books, or spend any time on social media, you’ve probably heard of STEM education. STEM education focuses on the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And you might have come across STEAM education as well, which adds the Arts. Schools, administrators, parents, researchers, and […]

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5 Genius Upcycling Projects for the Classroom

Teachers are experts at making the most of slim resources. A paper bag, some bath tissue, a few markers, and a little imagination, and they can sweep students on a journey between the stars or diving down through the deepest, darkest depths of the sea. Like modern-day alchemy, the process of turning trash into treasure […]

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