summertime books of the week…water and weightlessness

Today’s titles are perfect for the youngest, most inquisitive minds:

Water Can Be cover imageWater Can Be…by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrations by Violete Dabija
published in 2014 by Millbrook Press

How appropriate that Laura Purdie Salas, hailing from The Land of 10,000 Lakes (that’s Minnesota, if you didn’t know!) water can be by salas and dabijahas written a book about water.

Water plays many roles. Some are easier to think of — “thirst quencher” and “kid drencher” for example. But how is water a “home maker?” Have you ever seen it as a “ship breaker?” How can water be both a cooler and a warmer? 

Sparkling, rhyming couplets make up the whole text which is full of  food for thought as we explore four seasons with water.  Illustrator Violete Dabija comes from Moldova.  Her cheerful, colorful, kid-friendly illustrations are saturated with a variety of watery blues.

water can be by laura purdie salas, illustration by violeta dabija

Ages 2 and up will love this.  A couple of additional pages awash with more watery info are also nicely suited to preschoolers. A refreshing read for a hot summer day!

gravity cover image jason chinGravity, written and illustrated by Jason Chin
published in 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

Gravity in the simplest terms. Concise. Clear.  “Gravity makes objects fall to earth. Without gravity, everything would float away.” What an amazing notion to ponder.

Just a few sentences make up the entire text of this cool book. These are vividly illustrated and playfully paced to capture the curiosity and attention of very young children.gravity illustration by jason chin

The genius of this book is not only the way Chin has pared down such a massive and abstract concept, delivering to us just these few, intriguing ideas, but in his imaginative illustrations which combine the mysterious, black, expanses of outer space with an Orange Crush, prime-time, toy astronaut and kickin’ red rocket.

gravity illustration2 by jason chin from blaine.orgBrilliant. Surprising. Friendly. Not words you would naturally associate with a book about gravity, but Jason Chin has done it. Preschoolers will get sucked in like a vortex, and elementary-age siblings will easily absorb the added factoids in the final pages.