Author: Matt

  • Children Just Like Me

    What is it Children Just Like Me is a book with profiles of children from around the world. Each profile includes a photo of the child (typically aged between 7 and 10) and family, a description of where they live, what they eat, how they play, and what they learn in school. It’s a fun, […]

  • Parts – Tedd Arnold

    What is it Parts is a book about a kid who thinks his body is falling apart. There are also two sequels: “More Parts” and “Even More Parts” The book is written in rhyme: “I stared at it, amazed, and wondered, What’s this all about? But then I understood. It was My stuffing coming out! […]

  • Brain Bashers

    What is it Brain Bashers is a collection of free logic puzzles updated every day. The puzzles come in easy, medium, and hard varieties and are implemented in JavaScript so can be played on any computer or smart phone. Puzzles include: Sudoku, 3-In-A-Row, ABC Path, ABC View, Battleships, Bridges, CalcuDoku, Fillomino, Futoshiki, Hitori, Kakurasu, Killer […]

  • Secret Coders

    From graphic novel superstar Gene Luen Yang comes Secret Coders, a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic coding instruction with a page-turning mystery plot! Follow Hopper and her friend Eni as they use their wits and their growing prowess with coding to solve the many mysteries of Stately Academy. What is […]

  • On Beyond Zebra!

    Dr. Seuss wrote more than 60 books, many of them selling 10 million or copies or more over the past several decades. While “On Beyond Zebra!” has never been as popular as “The Cat in the Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham”, it is one of his better ones, in my opinion. I don’t actually […]

  • Adventuron

    What is it Adventuron is a free web-based coding environment for creating text-based games. The games created in Adventuron are similar to the classic Infocom text-based games such as Zork or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (My personal favorite from that era was “Infidel”) Who is it for The user needs to be able to […]

  • Mug Brownies

    What is it A mug brownie, or brownie-in-a-cup, is a single serving of brownies made in a mug and cooked in the microwave. They take just a few minutes to make, are vegan, and very tasty. Mix equal parts flour, sugar, cocoa powder, oil, and water in a mug. Microwave for a minute. Done. i.e. […]

  • Idle Human

    What is it Idle Human is a game app that teaches human anatomy in a surprisingly fun way. It’s not easy to gamify a subject as dry as anatomy, but the developers of Idle Human (Funcell Games) have managed to do so. From the iOS app page: Have you ever wondered how the human body […]

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    [amazon_link asins=’0694003611′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=”] This is a strange book and I can’t understand why it’s a classic, but it is. We got multiple copies as gifts when the kids were born, and we got a bit of a nostalgia rush when we looked at it for the first time since we were kids […]

  • Sandra Boynton

    [amazon_link asins=’0689823223′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’77d14b2e-0854-11e8-a8f4-75e1b5145d38′] Sandra Boynton has had children’s books in print for the past 40+ years, ever since publishing “Hippos Go Berserk” in 1977. Her distinctive and very recognizable illustration style may be more familiar from her many, many calendars, coffee mugs, and cards. By her own estimate, she has drawn between […]