Our selected favorites feature beautiful bed-time books, magical tales of being a school-aged child, and biographies of visionaries and leaders. Which ones will you include in your library?
By Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Why we should teach our children about festivals from all cultures
By Anjali Shastry
Every year, we host a Cultural Celebration Series that introduces our young visitors to holidays from many backgrounds — especially ones that they may not celebrate themselves at home. Some of our celebrated holidays include Hanukkah, Diwali, and Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead.
We like to represent cultures and celebrate the rich diversity of San Jose and the larger Bay Area, but it’s about more than that. In addition to allowing children of all backgrounds to feel seen and appreciated by their…
By Heidi Lubin
Reflections of oneself and family are crucial in children’s literature and the following books are a testament to this! Below is a selection from Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose’s collection, specially curated for its Proud of My Family celebration.
By Suzanne Lang and Max Lang
Fun and colorful illustrations of animals walk the reader through different family configurations such as, “Some children have two dads. Some have one mom. Some children live with their grandparents… and some live with an aunt.”
By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole
By Anjali Shastry
The opening lines of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky are captivating, scene-setting, and memorable.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
It’s also hot nonsense. Literary nonsense, to be precise.
This is a genre that Carroll, Dr. Seuss, and John Lennon have made famous. Literary nonsense tickles our intellectual funny bones; it is gibberish, it is parody, it is satire. But it is also a distinct art form that allows us to bend our thought processes and entertain the impossible, the silly and…
By Anjali Shastry
Whether you’re taking a hike, gardening in your backyard, or even taking a walk around your neighborhood, math is all around you. Not just in the architecture of the buildings you see, or the physics and chemistry that goes into making streets and sidewalks, but also in nature itself.
Math can sometimes seem abstract, but it is found easily in the plants that surround us every day. Take a walk as a family in your neighborhood and see if you can find some of these basic mathematical principles at work in the flora you find!
By Brittany Waxman
Right now, families across California and the country are experiencing record levels of togetherness. We’re all eating meals in our homes and cooking together. To help stave off the boredom and find a new shared hobby, invite your kids into the cooking process!
Cooking with your kids is a great way to bond as a family, build young children’s self-esteem, and even help them develop healthy eating habits! In fact, when involved in the cooking process at a young age, young kids are more likely to overcome picky eating habits.
By Anjali Shastry with Larry Bain
What food do you associate with Thanksgiving? Definitely turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, and of course, no meal is complete without pumpkin pie!
Well, this is a pretty modern take on Thanksgiving; none of the dishes listed above made an appearance at the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. While we don’t know for sure what they had back then, historians have a pretty good guess — venison, fowl, fish, eels, shellfish, stews, vegetables, and beer!
Here at the museum’s FoodShed cafe, we were inspired by how the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people came together for…
By Jenni Martin
As a children’s museum, we have the idea that everyone should have a seat at the table, the opportunity to dream, a chance to delight in differences and find common ground.
Our newest installation, A Seat at the Table, celebrates this vision. Installed upstairs just as you walk out of the elevator, this exhibition was developed to encourage conversations between parents and children, using food and the different ways that we all prepare it as a connector. Colorful ceramic bowls, pitchers, placemats, spatulas, grinding tools, baskets and other kitchen items from around the world are displayed in…
By Makenzie Wesner, N.P.
As children grow, they engage in exploration and learning that challenges them to become increasingly independent. This can be a simultaneously exciting and frightening process. An anxious child may feel afraid to leave Mom or Dad’s side on the first day of preschool, nervous to take that initial jump into the deep end of the pool, fearful of the unfamiliar.
When these feelings are met with empathy and encouragement, most children discover that they can endure situations that scare them and get first-hand knowledge of what it is to be brave.
Overcoming anxiety is not always…
By Linda Fischetti
There is a lot of research to support the value of participation in the arts from a very young age. We know about the benefits of music on the developing brain, for example. But there is more.
Creating art provides an opportunity for experimenting, for making new connections, and for making choices in uncharted territory without worrying about finding THE “right answer”! A butterfly can move this way or that, and a tree can be purple or yellow — all based on your unique feelings about the situation and what you want to say. …