Three Dawn Publications: Nature Picture Books One Day Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Debra Getsinger of Shelby, NC for winning these three titles!

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Dawn is a publisher dedicated to educating your children about nature. Their beautiful, affordable paperback books, apps and online activities offer a wide variety of subjects for teaching and learning.

Today I am giving away these three new titles which to be released on March 1, 2015, to one lucky winner. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter, and I will email the winner and announce it on my Facebook Page at 5:00 pm. today, February 24, 2015. Note: If you do not respond with your mailing address within 24 hours, you forfeit your chance to win, and I will select a new winner.

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Book #1

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Noisy Bird Sing Along

•        Targeted Audience: Preschool and Lower Elementary (Ages 3-8)
•        Genre: Nonfiction Picture Book
•        Author/Illustrator: John Himmelman
•        Publisher: Dawn Publications
•        Publication Date: March 1, 2015
•        Binding: Paperback
•        Dimensions: 9.5″ x 9.5″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 32 Pages
•        Retail: $8.95
•        ISBN: 978-1584695141

“The deep voice of a barred owl seems to ask a question. Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you allll?”

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Look, Listen and Learn

Noisy Bird Sing Along is John Himmelman’s third Noisy title. Children love to bird watch and listen to birds chirping, and inside the pages of this title, they will learn about the habitats and sounds of many of the species they typically hear. Every two-page spread features a different species of bird – thirteen in all – such as a white-throated sparrow, yellow warbler, hummingbird and downy woodpecker. The text is written on curvy lines and big bold letters reveal the sound each bird makes. The illustrations are large and colorful and are fun to look at, with wonderful details showing what the birds look like. Combine reading the book with Dawn’s Activities Page, where you can listen to actual sounds many of the birds make, and you’ve got a treasure of a learning tool for the youngest readers. There’s a page of Fun Facts About Birds and another of Birdy Things to Do, with tips on feeding and watching them, plus resources to learn more.

The book is fun to read, lovely to look at and so educational. Get outside with your young child and learn all about birds together!

Listen to sounds the birds in the book make on Dawn’s Activities Page!

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About the Author/Illustrator

Himmelman-John-SMWhen John Himmelman was eight years old, he started his first “Bug Club” in a friend’s garage, and he’s been playing with insects ever since. Even now, on summer nights John is often in his wooded yard in Killingworth, Connecticut, flashlight in hand, searching for little creatures. Some of his most exciting discoveries are found just a few feet from his house! John co-founded the Connecticut Butterfly Association, is past president of the New Haven Bird Club, and both gives nature programs and makes school visits. He is an author and illustrator of over 75 books for children.

Check out these other Noisy titles too:

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Book #2

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Over on a Mountain: Somewhere in the World

•        Targeted Audience: Preschool and Lower Elementary (Ages 3-8)
•        Genre: Nonfiction Picture Book
•        Author: Marianne Berkes
•        Illustrator: Jill Dubon
•        Publisher: Dawn Publications
•        Publication Date: March 1, 2015
•        Binding: Paperback
•        Dimensions: 9.5″ x 9.5″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 32 Pages
•        Retail: $8.95
•        ISBN: 978-1584695196

“Over in a mountain
Grazing in the morning sun,
Lived a wooly mother llama
And her little aria one.
‘Roll,’ said the mother.
‘I roll,’ said the one.
So they rolled in the dirt
Grazing in the morning sun.”

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Geography and Nature, A Beautiful Combination

Author Marianne Berkes spends her days teaching children about nature – whether she’s writing a new book or visiting a classroom.

My regular readers know how I feel about geography education and the lack of it in our schools, so I get excited when I see a book that teaches geography, especially to the youngest readers. Over on a Mountain introduces children as young as three to different mountain ranges around the world and the animals who live there. There are mini maps on each two-page spread showing where the mountains are, and delightful paper collages illustrating animal families. The text is lyrical and rhyming and makes for a perfect read aloud experience. In the back of the book is a big uncluttered world map, plus facts about mountains and animals that are not so easy to see in the mountains, because they love to hide. There’s more detail about the animals in the story, activity suggestions from the author, and even tips from the illustrator who talks about how she creates her fascinating artwork. But that’s not all, there’s lyrics and music to the tune, “Over on a Mountain” too.

You’ll love the depth and texture of the paper collage illustrations the illustrations. The animals’ fur really looks like fur! There’s so much fascinating information here presented in a perfect format for readers ages three and up. What an amazing book to use in a classroom!

Check out the Dawn Publications Activities Page for more information about this book.

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About the Author

Marianne_BerkesMarianne Berkes has spent much of her life with children as a teacher, children’s theater director and children’s librarian. She knows how much children enjoy brilliantly illustrated, interactive picture books with predictable text about real animals. She retired to write full time and visit schools, libraries and literary conferences. Marianne is the author of eighteen picture books about nature. The twelve books Marianne has published with Dawn Publications have won numerous awards and garnered exceptional reviews. Her verse is lyrical, reflecting the fact that music and theater have always been part of her life. Marianne lives near the ocean in Florida, where she still picks up beautiful shells to add to her collection.

About the Illustrator

DubinJill Dubin’s whimsical art has appeared in over 30 children’s books, including five Dawn Publication titles. Her cut paper illustrations reflect her interest in combining color, pattern and texture. She grew up in Yonkers, New York, and graduated from Pratt Institute. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia, including two dogs that do very little but with great enthusiasm.

Book #3

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Pitter and Patter

•        Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower & Upper Elementary (Ages 4-10)
•        Genre: Nonfiction Picture Book
•        Author: Martha Sullivan
•        Illustrator: Cathy Morrison
•        Publisher: Dawn Publications
•        Publication Date: March 1, 2015
•        Binding: Paperback
•        Dimensions: 9.5″ x 9.5″
•        Printing: Full Color
•        Length: 32 Pages
•        Retail: $8.95
•        ISBN: 978-1584695097

“The river poured into a wetland of tall, swaying grasses.
Hello crab.
So nice to meet you shrimp.
A happy day to you, heron.”

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The Story of Two Raindrops

Pitter and Patter are two raindrops go on an extraordinary visual outdoor adventure to teach children about the cycle of water.  They drop from a cloud one day to greet a squirrel, blue jay and caterpillar in an oak tree, fall to the stream below and get carried through a maze of wondrous places. Along the way they see so many different animals and landscapes, rivers and streams. I had the pleasure of interviewing artist Cathy Morrison about her astounding artwork in The Prairie That Nature Built. Her artistic genius continues with Pitter and Patter as she takes readers on a journey above and below ground and water with her vibrant digital illustrations that are incredibly detailed. Pair those image masterpieces with the simple text by author Martha Sullivan, written as though the raindrops are greeting the creatures they meet, and you’ve got an engaging book. There are a few Explore More pages in the back of the book introducing readers to how water constantly changes and moves (something my own daughter is studying as she is working toward a PhD is Geomorphology), definition of a watershed, different states of water – solid, liquid, gas – and  activities suggestions for further learning.

What’s not to love about a geology book for young readers with extraordinary illustrations and invaluable information?

Check out the Dawn Publications Activities Page for more information about this book.

About the Author

Sullivan-Martha-350Martha Sullivan is a children’s book author with a special interest in nature and sustainability. Born and raised in the US, Martha has also lived in Belgium, Austria, the UK, and most recently, County Clare, Ireland, where she enjoys kayaking, hiking, set-dancing, and gardening. Martha is passionate about her mission—helping children to connect with the natural world so that they are primed to protect it later in life. A Master’s thesis on Education for Sustainable Development through the University of Bath was the catalyst that moved Martha from the classroom where she taught Biology for fifteen years to the writer’s desk. She now focuses on stories that help children to understand the importance of biodiversity and conservation.

About the Illustrator

Morrison1408-011 copyCathy Morrison is an award-winning illustrator who lives on a shortgrass prairie in Colorado, at the western edge of the Great Plains in view of the Rocky Mountain National Forest. She watches the grasses, the animals and their burrows, as well as floods and fire—all close up and personal. She began her career in animation and graphic design, but discovered her passion for children’s book illustration while raising her two children. After several years illustrating with traditional media, she now works digitally, which helps the publisher adapt the art into interactive book apps.

Read my interview with Cathy Morrison

Read my review of The Prairie That Nature Built

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25 Thoughts.

  1. It would be wonderful to win these books for my daughter. She adores animals and would like to be a veterinarian when she grows up. She also loves to play-act as different animals; we never know if we’ll have a cat, a dog, or a leaf-nosed bat for a daughter on any given day 😉

  2. My son is learning to read and these look like some fun new books for him to practice with and my 2 year old daughter loves when we have reading time, so these would be some new books to introduce to her, as well.

  3. These books would be awesome for my grandchildren! My grandson is going to be 3 in a month and he loves reading to his 6 month old sister. Thank you so much for giving us all a chance.

  4. As a nature lover and homeschooling mama of a preschooler and Kindergartener, these three books would be a wonderful addition to our home library!

  5. Wow! These look like some terrific books. Will share these with my friends who are environmental educators. So glad you have a website where these books are all located. 🙂

  6. Wow, these are just so sweet! My son would adore having them as part of his ever-growing book collection. He loves forest animals and always gets excited when a main character is a furry creature. Great books!

  7. I love books that are not only educational but also fun. These type of books gets kids more interested in reading. Thanks

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