Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Cover Reveal - Seashells: More Than a Home

Though I love many of Melissa Stewart’s books. one of my favorites is Feathers: Not Just For Flying.

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When I heard about a companion book, I selfishly wanted it to be released immediately. Yet, writing and illustrating and publishing takes time. I might want to wish for a book to be released quickly but honestly, I want an author or illustrator to do their best work and if that means waiting, then I wait.

I am excited to share that the creative team of Melissa Stewart and Sarah S. Brannen are back with their companion book, Seashells: More Than a Home.

And now for the cover reveal…

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When I first saw the cover of the book, I wanted to reach out and touch the picture. I almost expected to be able to feel the sand on the cover of the book.

Here’s a description of the book:
Young naturalists discover thirteen seashells in this elegant introduction to the remarkable versatility of shells. A dual-layered narrative highlights how shells provide more than a protective home. The informative sidebars underscore characteristics specific to each shell. Elegant watercolor illustrations create a scrapbook feel, depicting children from around the world observing and sketching seashells across shores.

Now for a sneak peak of the inside…

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Stewart is a master at crafting engaging text. I always feel like each and every word is chosen with care to communicate content but to also draw readers in and keep them reading. Seashells: More Than a House is another excellent example of Stewart’s skill in writing for young readers. I look forward to sharing this with students and utilizing the book as a mentor text for writing.

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Congratulations to Melissa and Sarah. Seashells: More Than a Home was selected as a Junior Library Guild pick. Now mark your calendar for April 2, 2019 so you won’t forget when it comes out.

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About the Author: Melissa Stewart is the author of more than 180 science-themed nonfiction books for children, including award-winning A Place for . . . series. She holds a degree in biology from Union College and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. www.melissa-stewart.com

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About the illustrator: Sarah S. Brannen is the author and illustrator of Madame Martine, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding and the illustrator of Feathers: Not Just for Flying; Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik; and At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui. She lives in Massachusetts. www.sarahbrannen.com

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Cover Reveal: Power Up by Seth Fishman

Back in December 2017, I did a guest post with Seth Fishman about his book A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS. You know I really like a book when I keep including it on lists or through recommendations, blog posts, and in special posts about math and science books. 

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So, when I was invited to do a cover reveal for Seth's upcoming book POWER UP: YOUR INCREDIBLE, SPECTACULAR, SUPERCHARGED BODY, I definitely said "yes". 

Here is what Seth has to say about his upcoming book:
"Power Up is a follow up to Isabel and my first picture book, A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS, but instead of looking at big numbers in the world all around us, the book turns inwards, to the amazing things our bodies can do, both literally and theoretically. For me, the book is just as much about empowerment as it is about fun facts, and I hope readers enjoy and gather as much inspiration as information when reading the pages." 

Are you ready to see the new book cover? Well here goes...

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Power Up: Your Incredible, Spectacular, Supercharged Body
by Seth Fishman; Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg
Greenwillow Books
Nonfiction * Science & Nature * Biology
Pub date: March 19th, 2019
Preorder: IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Description of Power Up: "An exploration of the relationship between the human body and all the energy that it takes to make it go"--

Don't you love the new cover? I know that I am excited to see the final version of this book. Mark your calendar for March 19th or pre-order it on IndieBound or Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

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About the author: Seth Fishman is a native of Midland, Texas (think Friday Night Lights), and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He is the author of two young adult books, THE WELL'S END and THE DARK WATER, and the picture book A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS, which won the Mathical Book Prize and was named a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor.  He lives in LA with his wife and son. 

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About the illustrator: Isabel Greenberg is a London-based illustrator and writer. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton and has done work for The Guardian, The National Trust, and The New York Times. Greenberg is the author and illustrator of two graphic novels for adults, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, which won the Best Book category at the British Comic Awards, and The One Hundred Nights of Hero.

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Cover Reveal: Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers

Sometimes a request comes and you are honored to be the one asked. I am excited to be able to host the cover reveal for author, Melissa Stewart's 2018 title - Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs (Peachtree Publishers). I had the opportunity to read a very early copy of the book and I love it. Melissa uses her skill as a writer, understanding of the animal world, and knowledge of what children will love to create a fabulous new book that you need to add to your "list of books to read". 

Thank you Melissa for sharing the cover of your upcoming book and telling us a little about it. Let me turn the blog over to Melissa for her thoughts on the cover and ideas behind the book.

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs   by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis Peachtree Publishers (September 2018)

Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs
by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
Peachtree Publishers (September 2018)

Don't you just love this cover? 

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Okay, now here's the back. It's just awesome right?

Stephanie Laberis is crazy talented! The animals she creates are scientifically accurate and a whole lotta fun. Her style is absolutely perfect for this book.

Here’s the publisher’s description:
“Puny? Poky? Clumsy? Shy? Written in a lively and playful voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs introduces young readers to a variety of “animal underdogs” and explains how some of the surprising characteristics we see as weaknesses actually play a critical role in their survival.”

There are lots of books out there about the biggest, fastest, tallest, strongest animals. You know,
creatures we admire. If they were people, we’d give them shiny gold medals. But our book isn’t
about them. Instead, it focuses on some of the world’s underappreciated animals and shows that
they’re pretty amazing too.

Even though the information is presented in a fun way, the book’s central nugget, its creative
core is serious. I was severely bullied as a child, and this book is my way of offering hope to
children who might be facing something similar right now.

Here’s my favorite spread in the book:

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I was a clumsy, uncoordinated, unathletic kid, so the western fence lizard is kind of my hero. See how its “weakness” helps it catch prey? Let’s face it. Eating is pretty important if you want to stay alive, and this lizard has come up with a completely unique way to getting the job done.

Everyday across America, children get picked on for being small or slow or shy or overweight or clumsy, but sometimes these perceived flaws turn out to be a core part of what makes them successful adults. Using examples from the animal world, I encourage children to flip their thinking, and to be kind to one another. 

Thank you Melissa for stopping by and sharing your new cover and a few thoughts on your upcoming book.

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About the Author: Melissa Stewart is the author of more than 180 science-themed nonfiction books for children, including award-winning A Place for . . . series. She holds a degree in biology from Union College and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. www.melissa-stewart.com

Illustrator Bio:  Stephanie Laberis is a character designer and Illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation and children’s publications. She has illustrated several picture books, including My Little Golden Book of Sharks and Grumpy Cat ABC Book. She lives California. Visit her website at www.stephlaberis.carbonmade.com.

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