PBS Parents: Gravity a Best Picture Book of 2014


Gravity is a Kirkus Best Book of 2014!

GRAVITY made Kirkus’ list of the Best Children’s Books of 2014!  You can see the full list here:



Article in the Burlington Free Press


The Burlington Free Press ran an article about me today, written by Sally Pollack.  My wife’s comment: “they actually made you sound smart!”  My response: “I know, what a relief, I was afraid they’d portray me accurately.”  The article is very nice, and I hope you have a chance to read it.


Magnify the Universe

This is so cool I had to share it.  You can use the scroll bar to zoom from a single proton out to the entire universe.  It’s really cool to see the scale of things in this way. It’s well worth it to view it in full screen mode.

Copyright 2012.  Magnifying the Universe  by Number Sleuth.

4th Starred Review for GRAVITY from BCCB

I am so excited that GRAVITY has four starred reviews!  This one is from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (May issue, BCCB), and I’m especially excited about it because the reviewer praised the science in addition to the art:

Chin is also a dab hand at blending imagination with information…his universe-disturbing Gravity likewise delivers a solid science lesson.


Kids ready for a more traditional scientific treatment can share with an adult reader the double-page spread of brief paragraphs that pursue the relationship between mass, distance, and gravitational force, as well as how weight becomes “the measure of Earth’s gravity pulling on objects.” Concise diagrams and tongue-in-cheek pictures that accompany the instruction are as entertaining as they are effective.

And the end is pretty sweet, too:

Hopefully, elementary language arts and science teachers will wage a tug-o-war (and then share nicely) for this charming twofer. But they’d better be agile and quick, because plenty of kids will want to get their own hands on it just for fun.

Here’s the link to the full review:  http://bccb.lis.illinois.edu/2014/May2014/0514big.html#sthash.ziaPxbH5.dpuf

GRAVITY gets a starred review from School Library Journal!

GRAVITY has three starred reviews!  The latest is from School Library Journal and here’s an excerpt:

Chin introduces youngsters to the concept of gravity, presenting the information in highly understandable language and in captivating paintings that will delight young readers.

Read the full review here: http://www.slj.com/2014/03/reviews/pick-of-the-day/pick-of-the-day-gravity/

Speaking at UELMA and PLA

I just returned from a three day trip to Utah and Indiana.  In Utah I was the keynote speaker a the Utah Educational Library Media Association (UELMA).  Right after that event on Thursday I flew to Indianapolis for the Public Library Association conference (PLA) to speak at 7:00am on Friday.  And then home again after a mere 18 hours in Indiana.

Both events were great experiences.  The folks at UELMA were wonderful hosts and treated me so well.  Many thanks to them for there efforts.  Here’s  a photo from that event:

UELMA Keynote Address

At PLA I spoke during breakfast and signed books afterward. Macmillan brought in advanced copies of GRAVITY so I signed it for the first time!

PLA Breakfast Panel

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