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#blogbookaday: Animal Ark

12 Apr

Animal Ark.jpgSummary:  “A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world.

Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature’s markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore’s lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Anytime you get a book with photographs of animals by National Geographic photographers, you’re in for a visual treat. Plus, adding Kwame Alexander’s lyrical text to pair with the illustrations is an absolute delight. I love that this book can introduce kids to poetry in an accessible way that makes it interesting and exciting. Kids can learn adjectives as well with this book – even the opportunity to use a thesaurus to learn new words!

Personal Reaction: I love the beautiful close up photographs and the gatefold spreads have even more photographs to pour over. I also really enjoyed how the text in this book uses different size and shape to stress certain words or the shape of certain animals. April is National Poetry Month, making this a great title to share with the kids in your life.

Title: Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World In Poetry and Pictures
Author: Kwame Alexander
Illustrator: Joel Sartore
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

12 Apr

World Make Way.jpgSynopsis: “‘Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.’ —Leonardo da Vinci

Based on this simple statement by Leonardo, 18 poets have written new poems inspired by some of the most popular works in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum. The collection represents a wide range of poets and artists, including acclaimed children’s poets Marilyn Singer, Alma Flor Alda, and Carole Boston Weatherford and popular artists such as Mary Cassatt, Fernando Botero, Winslow Homer, and Utagawa Hiroshige.” (Taken from Goodreads)

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Mathical Book Prize Announced!

2 Mar

Mathical-H-Logo_Books2“The Mathical Book Prize aims to inspire a love of mathematics in the everyday world in children of all ages. Each year’s winners and honor books join a selective and ever-growing list of new and previously published fiction and non-fiction titles for youth.

These titles are as varied as the intersection between literature and mathematics — that is to say, they encompass picture books, novels, poetry collections, puzzle books, biographies, and more!

The Mathical selection panel is drawn from librarians, teachers, mathematicians, early childhood experts, and others. The jury selects winners in five grade-level categories: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.” (Mathical website)

I love this concept of combining math and reading together! What I like is that they don’t just hand out prizes, you really have to earn it. This year there is no prize for a 6-8 grade title or a 9-12 grade title and I appreciate the honesty of the selection panel for not just picking a mediocre title, but really looking for high-quality material. Check out the 2018 winners:


Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke (PreK)


Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s by Judy Cox (K-2)


A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman (3-5)

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