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


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:


Unknown 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 @ 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!

GatheringBooks 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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