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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018- February 21, 2018

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Ella: Queen of JazzElla: Queen of Jazz by Helen Hancocks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting surprising friendship is the center of this picture book. I love how the author kind of made it a mystery of sorts who the influential friend was so I was kind of bummed I read the book flap summary. Mini bios of the two friends are included in the back.

Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don QuixoteMiguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote by Margarita Engle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been wanting to read this elusive (at least, to me) picture book since its release. Thankfully, my library has a great “suggest a purchase” feature so a big shout-out to the Multnomah County Library.

Told in verse, Margarita Engle shares the early life of Don Quixote’s creator. Miguel Cervantes took solace in his imagination to escape his family’s troubles. Raul Colon provides fitting artwork. Notes from both the author and illustrator are included in the back as well as a mini bio of Cervantes’s life and his cultural legacy.

Hello, World! My BodyHello, World! My Body by Jill McDonald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hello World! is a board book series that introduces the youngest readers to nature and science concepts. Colorful images and question prompts are mixed in with the story text. For this book, kids discover their many body parts.

Hello, World! DinosaursHello, World! Dinosaurs by Jill McDonald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hello World! is a board book series that introduces the youngest readers to nature and science concepts. Colorful images and question prompts are mixed in with the story text. For this book, kids discover different dinosaurs. Fun for parents to read and learn how to pronounce the names!

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- February 19, 2018

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

This week, I posted:
Picture Book of the Month: Caldecott winner Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
The Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award Book Reviews
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– CYBILS edition

Bear and WolfBear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely tale of friendship of two different creatures who discover a similar taste in enjoying a winter wonderland. A quiet picture book that will resonate with its readers.

Bunny SlopesBunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of Press Here will enjoy helping Bunny ski in this charming interactive book.

BubBub by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bub can tell you being the middle child- even if it literally consists of monsters- isn’t easy. So he decides to do something about it. A cute story of being part of a large family.

My Pet Wants a PetMy Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This picture book tells the story of a boy who wanted a pet- and got it. Then, his pet wanted a pet- and got it. See what happens when the pet’s pet wants their own pet to take care of! I love the message of the rewards of taking good care of something or someone.

Be KindBe Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great perspective of what an act of kindness can do even if we don’t bear witness to it. And it’s so important to not only think about being kind but doing it as well.

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of KindnessI Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoeet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet story of how we can always stand up against bullying and that we don’t have to do it alone, that often acts of kindness can inspire others to do the same.

Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness (Gabriel Finley #2)Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness by George Hagen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the first book in this series and was surprised to see there was a sequel.

I really wanted to read this for some reason and, despite the fact that I finished it at a time when my focus was all over the place and haven’t really been able to concentrate on novels, I didn’t really like it.

It didn’t live up to the first book. This one seemed less sophisticated, less polished. The best way I could compare it to was if you really enjoyed a film in the theaters and then discovered it had a direct-to-DVD sequel.

Review Notes
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2018- February 14, 2018: CYBILS Edition

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By now, the CYBILS winners have been announced. I recommend that you check out the site to discover them for yourself.

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It’s been great to be part of CYBILS again. This year, I was a Round 2 judge for the Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction categories. I don’t think I would have been part of it if it wasn’t for the wonderful NFPB community!

Here are my reviews for each of the finalists in their respective categories.

Elementary Nonfiction Finalists

Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de MéxicoDanza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan Tonatiuh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Duncan Tonatiuh delivers another stunning performance with his picture book about Amalia Hernandez, a Mexican dancer and choreographer who founded a dance company that would win hearts all over the world. I loved how Amalia was influenced by many forms of dance and inspired by her country’s rich history to tell stories through movement and music. Includes an author’s note and a glossary.

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of ConfusionDazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This has been getting lots of positive buzz- and rightly so.

First, let’s talk about the artwork because that’s what’s going to grab your attention the first time. I mean, look at that cover! Victo Ngai’s illustrations are truly stunning. Gorgeous. And perfect for the subject matter. And, based on the illustrator’s note, will definitely invite readers to look again and again to catch details they may have missed the first go around.

The text starts with some background info and then into the story of using camouflage as a war-time defense mechanism. Fans of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales and older readers will appreciate this picture book with its unique subject matter and the details provided. In fact, the author’s note is fascinating in how the research for this book was done.

Includes a timeline and (black and white) photographs.

Hatching Chicks in Room 6Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline Arnold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simple yet fascinating. It’s like getting to visit a classroom as they learn about the life cycle of chickens. How interesting it must be to watch a live creature come out off an egg!

The book includes photos. I appreciated the questions and glossary at the end.

What Makes a Monster?: Discovering the World's Scariest CreaturesWhat Makes a Monster?: Discovering the World’s Scariest Creatures by Jess Keating
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book in the World of Weird Animals series is the stuff nightmares are made of! Readers will be delightfully creeped out by these creatures.

As I was reading this, I thought to myself, “There’s some serious Game of Thrones things going on here.” (Admittedly, I’ve only read the first novel in the series so I can’t say how accurate that statement actually is.)

I also thought that with a little reformatting, these books would be great for adults.

I love that the main point of this series is conservancy, bringing attention to animals in a very unique and unusual way. A glossary is also included at the end.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless ScientistShark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another winning nonfiction picture book about someone who was told she couldn’t do what she wanted but not only did she defy them but broke new grounds with her discoveries and paved the way for other female scientists.

Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy's Story of SurvivalAdrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The true account of one family’s escape from their home country to avoid persecution to a potentially safer place via a very dangerous sea escape. Tuan Ho recounts how he, his mom, and two of his sisters- already separated from the dad and other sisters- placed their lives in danger because the choice of staying was no life at all. They set sail towards North America on a fishing boat.

I guess I wasn’t really paying much attention because I thought they were really only just relying on that fishing boat to get them across the Pacific Ocean but, fortunately, there was some back matter that explained they were really trying to land in other Southeast Asian countries which would then help them resettle in other countries like the United States and Canada.

Once Upon a JungleOnce Upon a Jungle by Laura Knowles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With its large stunning illustrations and rhythmic text, this nonfiction picture book would be great for story times. A fold out provides a view of the jungle landscape and some information about the food chain.

Middle Grade Nonfiction Finalists

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice)Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been meaning to read this book for awhile now and I’m glad I finally did. Very timely with what’s going on and the fact that Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution is recognized in a few states on January 30th.

I’m looking for future titles in the Fighting for Justice series.

I have to admit that I was initially put off by the layout but grew to appreciate it as I got more comfortable with it. In fact, ultimately, it’s a great way to present all the information this book gives.

Each chapter starts off with a biography in verse of Fred’s life in increments from childhood to wartime to imprisonment to reparations. Then with timelines and focus on certain topics as well as a built in glossary, readers are able to go a bit deeper with what they’ve read.

A couple things I appreciated were the discussion prompts and the paintings done by Japanese Americans. There’s so much in this book that seems perfect for classrooms and libraries. I hope people check it out.

It reminded me, too, I should renew my ACLU membership!

Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13 by Tod Olson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good golly, this was a gripping read. I couldn’t put it down. I was engaged from the get go even with all the technical terms. I was really impressed by the storytelling style in this one. Switching perspectives from the space crew, their family and the control center created a suspense that kept me turning pages.

Photographs every other page or so provided welcome distractions. I’m sure kids will love this as much as I did!

It was funny I didn’t make the connection that this mission was what the Tom Hanks movie was based on.

Pathfinders: African American Men and Women Who Made a DifferencePathfinders: African American Men and Women Who Made a Difference by Tonya Bolden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the format of this biographical collection of black Americans of different talents and various contributions. With quick overviews of their lives, it’s easy to keep on reading and lose track of time. Includes a short timeline for each as well as sidebars of what historical events were happening during their lifetime as well as mentions of other people in similar fields.

Zoo Scientists to the RescueZoo Scientists to the Rescue by Patricia Newman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fascinating nonfiction picture chapter book that delves into the importance of zoo scientists, the changing roles of zoos, and the dangers of certain animal’s existence. It’s divided into three big chapters each focusing on a zoo scientist and an animal that they are helping educate the public about- from orangutans (and how the use and making of palm oil is dangerous for them,) black-footed ferrets (and saving them from extinction,) to rhinos (and how poachers and old-fashioned and completely false beliefs about their horns have affected their existence.)

Full of photographs, side bars, and maps, there are so much information to get from this. I would suggest taking the time to go through this and learn what you can do to help be part of the solution, especially if you’ve ever been to a zoo. (Do the products you use contain palm oil? There’s an app that can tell you and whether it’s from orangutan-friendly sources. And if it isn’t, then maybe you can write the company about it!)

I loved viewing zoos as living libraries and conservation centers. (After I read this book, I checked whether the zoo I go to was a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The only weird thing to me was the mention of online dating sites. Maybe it was just mentioned once but it was enough for it to stand out and it got me thinking about how will the targeted age group of readers even know about that.

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I can see why others readers may enjoy this book. The gaming element is fun. Great for readers who enjoy the Who Will Win? series.

This would have worked better if it were different books because to me it felt too scattered. I enjoyed the mini truths and lies sections in each chapter- as well as the Talk It Out and Try This parts!

My most favorite thing about this book was that it encourages readers to think for themselves, to do research, and question their sources to differentiate fact from fiction. The back matter includes a Research Guide, answers, and a bibliography.

This would be fun to pair with Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein.

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald EagleBeauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t normally read photo-based nonfiction for some reason but I’ve got to say I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

I feel I have to tackle the book into two parts. The first part being the actual subject of the book: Beauty. It was a fascinating look at how Bald Eagles live in the wild. And, when part of her beak was got shot off, it was incredible how humans tried to fix it through modern day technology. For some reason, I was expecting a happier ending which may have affected the rating of this actual part of the book.

The second part of the book is the intensive back matter material. It’s very impressive. I may have actually preferred the book more if it was just this. Some back matter content included an update on Beauty and her beak, some words on prosthetic devices and what advances in technology could mean for them, the importance of Bald Eagles, and the dangers they face despite them no longer endangered. Plus, there’s the whole section from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where readers can scan QR codes to access more information as well as information to access the free book companion app.

Another thing I appreciate about this book- or maybe books like this in general- is that readers can get a sense of the roles they play in nature- how humans are both the causes of lots of animal’s problems as well as the potential solutions to them!

Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and SurrenderRed Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender by S.D. Nelson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Told from the perspective of Chief Red Cloud, he recounts the battles between different tribes and with the US Government. It’s an interesting read of the difficult choices a leader makes in order to save his people. Meticulously researched.

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The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award: Nominations Due Valentines

If the Llama Llama books have been favorite read-alouds in your life, then you’d love the way Penguin Young Readers, Every Child a Reader, and the Children’s Book Council are honoring Anna Dewdney- with an award that encourages reading as a bonding experience.

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You can nominate up to 5 picture books released in the past 5 years which are “a superb read aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection.” Nominations run through Valentines Day and the winner announced during Children’s Book Week which will be April 30th to May 6th this year!

More details and the nomination form can be found here.

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I decided to read the books that won during its inaugural year so here are my reviews.

Last Stop on Market StreetLast Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Christian Robinson has become an illustrator whose books I always look forward to reading. This one is no exception. Matt de la Pena writes a wonderful story about the beauty of one’s city told through the relationship of a boy and his grandmother.”

That was my review when I first read it last year. And it’s been one of my favorite books to recommend. After sweeping the ALA YMA, I wanted to reread it, especially for the text only but I couldn’t help starting over yet again- so caught up I was with the illustrations.

It is a darn good story.

Mother BruceMother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A bear becomes an unlikely mother figure to goslings when his breakfast eggs hatch! A fun story about how one family comes to be.

Edward Gets MessyEdward Gets Messy by Rita Meade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I checked this picture book out after discovering it was the inaugural winner of the Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award.

A cute story about a particular pig whose tendency to not want to get dirty prohibits him from enjoying certain things. Until one day and one spot of paint changes his whole outlook.

TobyToby by Hazel Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet story based on the author’s real life about adopting a dog from their local shelter. Little does the boy know how much work getting a dog is especially when it comes with its own baggage. Ultimately, it’s a lesson in patience and friendship.

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in HaikuWon-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A picture book told in mini chapters and in haiku about an adopted cat getting used to his new home.

Have you read any of these?

Which picture book would you like to get the Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award?

Don’t forget to vote now!

 

February’s Picture Book of the Month- And the Title is…

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As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

Previous posts:
All posts pertaining to January’s Picture Book of the Month pick have been archived over at Picture Book It.
World Read Aloud Day
My Caldecott Contenders

February’s Picture Book of the Month is…

Wolf in the SnowWolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A warm comforting read perfect for a snuggly story time these cold winter nights!

In two parallel stories involving a girl and wolf cub, they get separated from their tribes and find one another during a snow storm. A friendship is formed and acts of kindness are received and given in this sweet picture book.

Have you read this book yet?

What did you think of the Caldecott titles this year?

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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- February 12, 2018

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

This week, I posted:
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday
Picture Book It: My Caldecott Contenders

PetraPetra by Marianna Coppo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful quirky story about a rock that is more than a rock. Great to pair with Rot by Ben Clanton as they both celebrate being oneself!

Kate, Who Tamed the WindKate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was immediately drawn to this story about a solution-based girl who helps a stranger with his problem in a very innovative and environmentally conscious way! Fun rhythmic read which should be a hit during storytimes.

The Big BedThe Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A playful picture book which I was already planning on reading but was intrigued after a customer said it didn’t really have a resolution. Maybe if the title had to do with who should win the Mom’s undivided attention, it would have been enjoyed better. I thought it was cute.

This Is Not a ValentineThis Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely tribute to friendship all the days of the year. A sweet message that this is not a valentines because love transcends a space a calendar.

No Biggy!: A Story About Overcoming Everyday ObstaclesNo Biggy!: A Story About Overcoming Everyday Obstacles by Elycia Rubin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good book to teach kids how to deal with frustration. Although, it seemed like an act-first-apologize-later behavior but then I may have been having a cranky day when I read this dealing with people who like to make mess in places they shouldn’t.

Apparently, this was first self-published then picked up and redid with a new illustrator.

Each Peach Pear PlumEach Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another classic. Another delightful read. Simple rhyming text with an “I Spy” element.

I also noticed there was an audio version of this picture book and I wonder how that goes.

Idea JarIdea Jar by Adam Lehrhaupt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Immediately after reading this, I couldn’t wait to recommend it teachers who come to the store. A fun book about what to do with a collection of ideas.

Grace for GusGrace for Gus by Harry Bliss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish I enjoyed this picture book graphic novel more. I love all the call backs to other comics and the story of this shy but smart and super talented and creative girl. But a couple of New York character cameos annoyed me when I saw them.

Winterhouse (Winterhouse, #1)Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect for fans who enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society! List-making and puzzle-loving girl ends up staying at a hotel full of odd guests and family secrets. She ends up more involved than she anticipated as she finds a much sought after book in its library.

I didn’t realize this was a trilogy. So now I wait for the next installment although it pretty much wrapped itself up.

Review Notes
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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February’s Picture Book of the Month- My Caldecott Contenders

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As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

Previous posts:
All posts pertaining to January’s Picture Book of the Month pick have been archived over at Picture Book It.
World Read Aloud Day

February’s Picture Book of the Month is…

Whatever wins the Caldecott Medal this upcoming Monday! I’m very excited as I’ve read all the winners as one of my reading challenges a few years ago and kept at it as new ones have been added. You can watch the Youth Media Awards presentation here.

Until then, here are my picks for this year’s Caldecott, in no particular order. And, I’ll be honest, I’m basing this on how the book’s illustration affected me and not following the criteria guidelines.

The Book of MistakesThe Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This will make any reader- young or old- fall in love with picture books. In fact, I would suggest adults buy this for themselves even if they don’t have kids.

Fans of Barney Saltzberg’s Beautiful Oops! and Kobi Yamada’s What Do You Do With an Idea? will be quite taken by Corinna Luyken’s The Book of Mistakes.

The story starts off with a mistake but, instead of giving up or starting over, the story embraces its mistake. And it leads to unexpected discoveries, more mistakes, and well… you’ve got to read it for yourself.

The illustrations is truly a piece of art and that’s why this is one of my picks to win a Caldecott!

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up AgainAfter the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again by Dan Santat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dan Santat read the advanced copy of this picture book when he read at the store last month. (I still need to write about that most wonderful day on my blog.)

A familiar nursery rhyme is scrambled into a delectable egg-celent dish that will make you savor each moment until the final bite!

ClaymatesClaymates by Dev Petty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of my favorite picture books of the year and also one I want to win a Caldecott. Great fun concept of what two balls of clay can be. I would love to see a behind the scenes video of this book was made!

The Wolf, the Duck, and the MouseThe Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was as good as everyone said it would be. It’s a completely absurd premise that only Mac Barnett can come up with paired with Jon Klassen’s signature style. Guaranteed to be a storytime favorite!

The Purloining of Prince OleomargarineThe Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a truly special book. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but wonder how amazing it was that I would experience a new story from Mark Twain and then have the Steads work their magic on it. The unfinished manuscript of this fairy tale was given to Philip Stead to complete- or, at least, make something of it- and then Erin Stead brilliant and gorgeously illustrated it.

I can see this as being a popular gift for years to come.

I attended a bookseller’s conference earlier this year and I got to hear them speak about how this book came to be. It was fascinating. In the exclusive first look copies, they included a peek behind Erin’s art which I wished they included in the final product!

Grand CanyonGrand Canyon by Jason Chin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such an outstanding picture book and it’s my first pick to be Caldecott contender! The fact that it’s nonfiction shouldn’t deter readers from picking it up as a read aloud. It follows a father and daughter as they hike through the various eco-systems of the Grand Canyon.

You’ll learn about the living organisms that call it home, even traveling back through time to see how things have changed. The best part of any nonfiction book in my opinion is seeing how much research was done and to present it in a way that makes people wanting more. This book was full of information- with an impressive back matter content to boot!

Readers will want to explore this book over and over again!

Are you excited for the Youth Media Awards?

What are your Caldecott picks?

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