Winter Solstice @ Tumblehome

Happy Holidays & Happy Winter Solstice from Tumblehome Books!  It’s been a great year for us, and we hope it’s been a great year for you too.

We are giving away free books, to our loyal newsletter subscribers, so you can start off the new year with some high quality educational STEM stories!  While we are giving away these books completely free (and we’re also paying for shipping), we’d like to ask you to help us out with one of the following:

  • Become our friend on FB and comment/like one of our posts
  • Do a quick review on Amazon
  • Write a brief blog about a Tumblehome book
  • A nice, meaningful note or testimonial about the use of Tumblehome materials in an educational setting
  • Something else cool that will help us spread the word about our mission to help kids develop STEM identity through stories

From now until January 10, 2020, send us an email at and let us know.  Feel free to choose from one of the following books, (while supplies last, so please choose a backup book as well), along with your preferred mailing address.  One per family, and we’ll try to accommodate your first request, while inventory lasts.  We will make sure to get back to every (legitimate) email and let you know when we’ve sent it out.  For more info on these books, you can find more details on this site, or on our old site,  Again we will mail you one copy of a book, FREE, from the list below until our local inventory runs out (approximately 200 books in total) :

  • The Perilous Case of the Zombie Potion
  • The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis
  • The Contaminated Case of the Cooking Contest
  • Missing Bones
  • Geology is a Piece of Cake
  • Jake & the Quake

Again, please be sure to send us an email before the new year, 2020 — and, thanks for helping us make Tumblehome Books what it is today!

For those of you curious about the picture we’re using in our card, and above, it’s a Startrails software-generated composite of pictures taken in MA, around the time of the Geminids, by one of our authors, Barnas Monteith. This is one of the best times of year to see meteors, and it’s also a great time of year to take pictures of stars, thanks to the cold weather. Click on the picture below to get a high resolution version of this photo; see if you can find any meteors (or other objects flying around in the sky!).

And, if you’re curious about how to take pictures like this yourself, below is a video tutorial that we made on how you can do it too! The answers to the question above are in the Youtube video by Barnas below.