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Your Amazing Skin from Outside In

AmazingSkin.jpgYour Amazing Skin from Outside In (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018) by Joanne Settel, PhD, and illustrated by Bonnie Timmons is a fun factual book about skin and why it does all the good and weird things it does.

The book is told in rhyme which flows well and is matched by humorous illustrations. Kids (and adults) can learn why they get pimples and goosebumps, sunburns, their skin color, and a lot more.

I think my favorite page of text is the one discussing layers and layers of skin and how they are shed. A portion of it says,

"These cells are tiny, small, and thin.
You'll never see them leave your skin.
But actually, they're everywhere.
They make the dust that fills the air."


I love so many of the illustrations, it's hard to pick one, but the spread with someone who is green is especially fun.

There are bonus facts about animal skin too.

Dr. Settle has written other science books for children. Read more about her and her other books here.

Read about author/illustrator Bonnie Timmons here--I can see why she was selected to do this book just from her bio.

Each time I pick this book up, I find myself smiling.

sewingstories.jpgSewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015) by Barbara Herkert is a delightful picture book biography. The warm illustrations are done by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Read the illustrator's comments about the book here.

The story takes Harriet from slave child watching the adults quilt to becoming a free woman, quilter and artist. When I read it, I almost cried when Harriet has to sell her story quilt. Besides the lyrical text of the story, there are patchwork boxes with extra information on each spread.

The back matter is very interesting in this book, too. It includes explanations about her quilts, tells more of her story, and even shows a picture of Harriet.

If you are a quilter or love quilts, this is a "must have" book. But it's also a good story for kids to understand that even when life is hard, there can be joy and beauty.

Barbara Herkert had another artist biography come out last month as well: Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter with illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska. Other books are in the works; read more on the author's site.

Book just came out - God's promises...for boys...

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God's promises...for boys... (Tommy Nelson, 2010) by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker is very kid-friendly. Each entry begins with a short poem and then is followed by Bible verses (International Children's Bible). The opening title under the section God's Promises When... is "You Want to Be Cool." Don't all boys want to be cool?

Additional sections are:

  • God's Promises About...

  • God Wants You To...

  • God's Promises of Help When...

  • God's Promises about Making a Difference...

  • God's Promises about Jesus

  • God's Promises for You...

This book could be used as a devotional or a resource when a boy has a question. Reading age 8-12, but I'd definitely read it to my younger grandsons.

It has great illustrations, too, by Richard Watson. See more details at thepublisher's site.

Author Jack Countryman created the God's Promises line. Read more here. Together he and Amy Parker wrote this book and God's Promises...for girls. Amy is also the author of A Night Night Prayer.

Your Amazing Skin from Outside In

Book just came out - God's promises...for boys...