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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fantastic and Fun New Books


I have a wonderful list of awesome new and upcoming books to share with y'all today...



It's a Puppy Life 
By Seth Casteel 
March 20, 2018 
National Geographic 

Since its debut in 2012, millions of people around the globe have fallen in love with New York Times best selling photographer Seth Casteel’s iconic and irresistible photos of dogs diving into swimming pools (Underwater Dogs, Little Brown). Seth has upped the cute factor with his picture book, It’s a Puppy's Life,  featuring gorgeous, never-before-published photographs of a day-in-the-life of a puppy.   The photos and light text that accompany them capture the innocence, fun, silliness and personality of each pup as they sniff flowers, snuggle in blankets, play tug of war, make a serious MESS, get a bath and then sleep, sleep, sleep.    Although written especially for young readers, this book is certain to appeal to the puppy-obsessed of all ages, from kids, tweens and teens to hipster parents and doting grandparents.  



Bursting with the cutest, most squee-worthy puppy photographs and sweet, fun rhymes, It's a Puppy's Life is a puppy lover's dream! I think every single person in my household has flipped through this book with a chorus of Awws and OMGs.


Dog Days of History: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends
By Sarah Albee 
March 27, 2018 
National Geographic Kids 

What is it we love about dogs so much? From ancient times to the present, dogs have guarded us, worked with us, marched off to war with us, and of course, just sat on the couch with us for a cuddle. Throughout the course of human history, this partnership deepened from dogs doing a service into friendship. Dogs have been by our side through it all, and this book by award-winning and New York Times best selling author Sarah Albee tracks our common story from wild wolves in ancient civilizations to modern-day breeds, highlighting famous pooches of the past and present along the way. This impressive volume is a complete story of man's best friend, from the first domesticated dogs, to the massive mastiffs that came over with Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World, to the pampered pooches of kings and queens, to hero dogs like Sergeant Stubby. 



What a fun, fascinating book! Chock full of intriguing and surprising doggy facts this is a definite page turner. I learned so many cool things from this book.


Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact 
By Jennifer Swanson 
January 19, 2018 
National Geographic 

Journey from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the farthest humans have ventured into space and learn what it takes to explore the extremes. You might just be surprised by how similar the domains of ASTRONAUTS and AQUANAUTS really are. 

Space and the ocean. If you don't think they go together, think again! Both deep-sea and space explorers have to worry about pressure, temperature, climate, and most importantly, how to survive in a remote and hostile environment. Join us on an amazing journey as we go up in space with astronauts and dive deep down in the ocean with aquanauts to explore the far-off places of our planet and the solar system. 
 With a strong tie into STEM topics--such as making connections, making comparisons, and recognizing patterns across content areas--readers will discover the amazing science and incredible innovations that allow humans (and sometimes only machines) to survive in these harsh environments. 

I've never seen space science and sea science compared and explained so deftly and captivatingly! With great images, accessible information, and seriously neat facts, Astronaut-Aquanaut is sure to intrigue and inspire young readers.



Try This! Extreme: 50 Fun & Safe Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You  
By Karen Romano Young 
Photographs by Matthew Rakola 
September 27, 2017 
National Geographic 

* A 2018 AAAS Subaru Children’s Science Book Prize Finalist 
* Junior Library Guild selection 
….readers will find a lot of unique, engaging, instructive, fun, and really cool activities. ….Filled with STEM and NGSS alignments and science fair ideas, this is great support for budding mad scientists…” - Booklist 

Science can be extreme! Let curious kids discover it for themselves in this fascinating book of hands-on science experiments that takes interactivity to a whole new level. 
 Weird, wacky science facts and basic principles are explained as a first step to launching these creative (and safe) science projects. Dynamic photos and art clearly highlight each step so kids can conduct experiments with confidence and accuracy. Projects involve kid-friendly subjects like force and motion and temperature and freezing points, and most experiments are based on materials easily found at home. Bonus projects throughout encourage curious kids to dig deeper and discover more! 

Your little scientists will have so much educational fun exploring all the easily doable and fascinating experiments in this book! Features great step-by-step instructions, engaging photos, and easily understood information.


You're My Little Cuddle Bug 
By Nicola Edwars 
Illustrated by Natalie Marshall 
February 1, 2018 
Silver Dolphin Books 

Celebrate your little cuddle bug with this sweet and colorful rhyming board book!  

Celebrate your little cuddle bug with this sweet and colorful rhyming board book! With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut cuddle bugs to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story. 




What a sweet and lovely little board book! Tiny readers will love the bright colors, 3D aspects, and simple rhymes.


Anna and Johanna
A Children's Book Inspired by Jan Vermeer 
By Geraldine Elschner 
Illustrated by Florence Kcenig 
February 20, 2018 
Prestel 

This delightful tale about two young friends in 17th-century Holland is inspired by Vermeer's two masterpieces, The Milkmaid and The Lacemaker. 

Although one is the daughter of a wealthy Dutch family and the other a household servant, Anna and Johanna become friends. Born on the same day, they celebrate their joint birthdays by making gifts for each other. But then a letter arrives that changes their lives forever. Told against the backdrop of the 17th-century Dutch city of Delft and its thriving commercial and artistic culture, this story of an unlikely friendship echoes the themes of Vermeer's luminous depiction of domestic life. Florence Koenig's brightly colored illustrations evoke Vermeer's style through the city's multifaceted landscapes, from misty mornings by the canals to busy households preparing for a special day. Young readers will be fascinated by this uplifting story of friendship inspired by Jan Vermeer.  

I absolutely love the stunning illustrations in this picture book that pair with the sweet, heartwarming story perfectly!


Dinosaurium: Welcome to the Musuem 
Curated by Chris Wormell and Lily Murray 
April 10, 2018 
Candlewick Press 

The newest title in the Welcome to the Museum series focuses its attention on the impressive beasts that once ruled the world: dinosaurs.  

With artwork from Chris Wormell, this stunningly curated guide to dinosaurs gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book. Featuring a wonderful range of dinosaurs, from the much-loved triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex to lesser known species such as coelophysis and tsintaosaurusDinosaurium is a fascinating display of the impressive beasts that once ruled the world. 


Young readers will feel like they're exploring the coolest museum exhibit as they flip through the pages of Dinosaurium! With expertly gathered information and absolutely beautiful illustrations, this will be a reader favorite!



*I received copies of the books above for review/feature purposes.


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