Monday, February 22, 2016

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Glow

Glow by W. H. Beck book cover nonfictionGlow: Animals With Their Own Nightlights
by W. H. Beck
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Dec. 15, 2015)
Informational Picture Book

Summary:

Why be afraid of the dark when there is so much to see? Whether it's used to hunt, hide, find a friend, or escape an enemy, bioluminescence--the ability to glow--is a unique adaptation in nature. In this fun and fascinating nonfiction picture book, join world-renowned photographers and biologists on their close encounters with the curious creatures that make their own light.


Why You'll Love It:
  •  Set against black backdrops, the photographs are often hauntingly beautiful, and closing pages note the creatures' habitats, actual size, and binomial nomenclature.
  • The cover photograph of a bizarre, long-toothed fish with a personal flashlight quickly catches the eye -- this book is sure to capture-and hold-readers' attention.
  • This overview is an effective jumping-off point for younger readers; for those interested in learning more, extensive back matter provides more detailed information on the animals discussed, as well as a bibliography. 

Who Should Read It:

Great for 1st-4th grade -- introduce the concept of bioluminescence with one of these video clips.


What Else You Should Read:

4 comments:

Sarah Anderson said...

I love the idea behind this book! Our fourth graders study animal adaptations and light. What a great way to incorporate both topics into a literacy lesson. I've added Glow to my Amazon cart. Thank you for sharing!

~ Sarah
One Modern Teacher

Jane @ raincitylibrarian.wordpress.com said...

Oooh, looks amazing!! I always enjoyed visiting the aquarium as a child, undersea life is just so strange and exciting to kids. Thanks for sharing this one, I'll have to see if we have a copy at my library, I'd like to book talk it!

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

It does sound like a fascinating nonfiction picturebook. Thanks for sharing.

Linda B said...

I loved this book, have experienced some of that in one ocean adventure-fascinating. Glad you liked it, too.

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