Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast! For more information, visit www.bookweekonline.com .
In celebration of Children’s Book Week, every blog participating in this hop is offering a children’s book (picture, juvenile fiction, middle grade, or young adult), or a gift card to purchase one. Now read on for my review and giveaway of a fantastic book…
My boys have always been fascinated by water animals. They recently visited the Miami Seaquarium and couldn’t stop talking about how they got to feed the manatees and the manta rays, and were splashed by the dolphins in the dolphin show! One of my sons did a school project on sharks and can now name all kinds of them. So, they were excited to receive a copy of the new children’s book, Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life, by acclaimed naturalist Jim Arnosky. Published by Sterling Children’s Books, this beautifully illustrated hardcover book features more than 200 marine species, along with fascinating information about them. As a bonus, it includes giant fold-out pages of life-size animals! Contents include
Inshore HuntersStingraysDolphinsJellyfishDeep-Sea HuntersSailfishCoral ReefA Good Place to BeSharksFighting FiddlersWaters of Wonder
Jim Arnosky functions as both author and illustrator, creating gorgeous, detailed -- and often life-sized -- drawings of the animals of the water. The text is his first-person account of seeking out these animals with his wife, Deanna, along with fascinating facts about each creature. As he notes in the introduction, “I wondered what it would be like to live in the sea, and I learned as much as I could about every creature I encountered. My wildlife journals quickly filled with sketches and notes of animals entirely new to me. I had found a naturalist’s paradise.”
This beautiful book will fascinate both children and adults. I hope you’ll pick up a copy for your family’s home library. And enter to win Shimmer and Splash below!
One lucky winner will receive Shimmer and Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life, by Jim Arnosky (hardcover)! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EDT on May 19, 2013.
Now hop around to the other blogs participating in the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop for the chance to win more great prizes!