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The contest Save the Picture Book has ended. Telling people about funny, informative, beautiful, or generally awesome picture books continues. I also share middle grade books, book apps, and educational apps that my kids and I like.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to Participate in Save Everything! (and the Picture Book) in January

Picture books are imagination factories. And with imagination, anything is possible.

How to Save the World! (and the Picture Book) in 6 Easy Steps

1. Choose One (or More):

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: a Compost Story by Linda Glaser, photos by Shelley Rotner

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter and Red Nose Studio

Redwoods by Jason Chin

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss, ill. by Rosemary Woods

How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, ill. by Marla Frazee

When It’s Six O’Clock in San Francisco: a Trip Through Time Zones by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu and Randy DuBurke

□ Did you know that larvae were the original recyclers—by digesting waste and enriching the soil? That’s why What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae: a Guide for Insect Parents (and Curious Children) by Bridget Heos, ill. by St├ęphane Jorisch, completes our Save the World! List. Watch for it this Spring from Lerner/Millbrook!

2. Check the picture book out from the library, or buy it.

3. Read it to kids (or have them read it.)

4. Have them write a review. Little kids can draw a picture and a smiley face if they like it. Big kids can write a couple paragraphs, complete a book review worksheet, or do something creative. For ideas, see the next post.

5. Send the reviews to authorbheos@gmail.com or 7443 Walnut, K.C., MO 64114. Include the child's first name and age, and the parent's or teacher's email address (which won’t be shared.) If you are a teacher sending in reviews, please send them in together. Watch for select reviews to appear here.

6. Give yourself a gold star. You have saved the world! (and the picture book.) You may also have won a prize.

Teacher Prizes! The first teacher to send in 20 book reviews will win Guinness World Records 2011, a 60-piece sphere world puzzle, and one of our featured picture books: When It’s Six O’Clock in San Francisco: a Trip Through Time Zones by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu and Randy DuBurke.

Kid Prizes! One book reviewer’s name will be drawn to win a U.S.A./Canada map puzzle and a picture book.

Be sure to check back in February for a sweet book list and some sweet prizes!

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