Teacher’s Curriculum GuideFor Use with Common Core State Standards
This guide presents strategies for engaging readers before, during, and after reading Chin’s books. It also provides an extension strategy to further students’ understanding and enjoyment of the books.
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GRAVITY made Kirkus’ list of the Best Children’s Books of 2014! You can see the full list here:
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.
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 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/
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:
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!