Five Starred Reviews of GRAND CANYON

Grand Canyon, will be published next month and it has received five starred reviews!  You can read excerpts below:

“An outstanding introduction to one of the world’s greatest outdoor wonders, with much to offer elementary students about Southwestern biomes, sedimentary geology, and the profound pleasures of observing nature” –School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Just watching the scenery go by in Chin’s sumptuous watercolors could be satisfaction enough for many readers, but textual commentary on the rock formations, as well as the ecological communities of flora and fauna in the changing climate zones, form the basis of a multidisciplinary science les- son far more engrossing than kids are likely to encounter in a classroom. The stellar book design is not only an aesthetic pleasure but it also assists readers in integrating various threads of the canyon’s complex story.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

“This representation captures the essence of field geology: artifacts of the earth are indeed conduits to the past, brought to life through scientific imagination. The perimeters of some pages are filled with delicate sketches and diagrams in muted colors reminiscent of the dry rock landscape. They go into incredible detail on how rocks and fossils form, the plant and animal species found in the various ecological niches present in the canyon, and the very formation of the canyon itself.” –The Horn Book, Starred Review

“Chin (Island: A Story of the Galapagos) packs the geologic history of the Grand Canyon into a stunningly illustrated story of a magical father-daughter hike. The duo’s daylong trek out of the magnificent landform becomes a journey through time, as discoveries along the trail transport the girl to various eras in the canyon’s creation.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Chin’s straightforward, lucid text seamlessly integrates concepts and scientific terms in engaging paragraphs full of surprising information, all of which is beautifully complemented by the illustrations. A culminating, panoramic gatefold spread reveals a breathtaking vista of the canyon, now made all the more incredible by the wealth of information in the preceding pages. Plenty of additional reading and information about the canyon closes out the volume. With vivid imagination, a crystal-clear grasp of the facts, and brilliant artwork, this illuminating look at one of the planet’s most fascinating features will entrance young readers.”  –Booklist, Starred Review

Publishers Weekly gives GRAND CANYON a Starred Review!

Here’s how it begins:

Chin (Island: A Story of the Galapagos) packs the geologic history of the Grand Canyon into a stunningly illustrated story of a magical father-daughter hike.

You can read the full review here:

Water is Water wins the 2016 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Beginning Non-Fiction

Maryland Library Association LogoWhat an honor!  Here is the their description of the book:

The water cycle is a topic children are exposed to daily – and it’s as mysterious as it is ubiquitous, making this book equally accessible and exciting. Miranda Paul seizes on this fact, using simple poetic language that allows young readers to flow through the book in the same way water transitions forms seamlessly page to page. Children will connect with Jason Chin’s beautiful illustrations of familiar environments, which expertly tie into and add depth to the text. Paul’s back matter elaborates on her water cycle narrative, providing facts, infographics, and calls -to -action for her readers, who will no doubt be drawn to Water is Water for both its information and beauty.

You can read more about the award here: and winners and honor books here:

Gravity is a Nominee for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award

I found out this morning that GRAVITY is a nominee for the NCCBA, an award chosen by the children of North Carolina.  The nominees will be read in schools and libraries across the state and voted on at the end of the school year.  As a part of the program, the NCCBA put together an activity booklet for teachers to use with the nominees.  You can find the PDF of the booklet here (gravity related activities are on p.10).

You can read more about the award on the North Carolina School Library Media Association website. All of the books on the list are well deserving–you can view them on the Charlotte Mecklenburg library website.  It’s a real honor to have had my book nominated!

Two Great Reviews of Water is Water

Here are two great reviews of Water is Water.  The first is from the blog Librarian’s Quest:

The second is on Shelf Awareness:

In the Librarian’s Quest review, a picture from the interior of the book is referenced, so I thought it would be nice to post it here: Water is Water interior_Page_07


Starred Review for WATER IS WATER from Publishers Weekly!

Publishers Weekly just gave Water is Water a starred review, calling it “…a story as enchanting as it is informative”

Full review here:

CCB names GRAVITY a 2015 Gryphon Honor Book

The Center for Children’s Books at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the Gryphon Award winners yesterday.  The Gryphon Award went to Skateboard Party by Sarah English, illustrated by Laura Freeman.  Three honor books were named and Gravity was one of them.

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