Saturday, October 03, 2020

A Back-to-School Giveaway from Prestel: Three Engaging Books that Encourage Imagination and Creative Play


Prestel Publishing recently published three charming picture books that are a great way to keep kids engaged and learning whether at home or school this fall. Learn more below and then find out how you can enter for the chance to win all three books!

How to Spot an Artist
by Danielle Krysa (9/1/2020; ISBN: 9783791374406; Hardcover $16.95; Ages 5+) is a vividly illustrated, funny, and endlessly encouraging picture book “about being an artist, even when someone tells you not to be."

With over 200,000 Instagram followers, Danielle Krysa has helped a lot of people overcome the fear that they "aren't creative," and in How to Spot an Artist, Krysa wants to reach readers as kids before their inner critics arrived on the scene, using her characteristic playfulness, lively illustrations, and humor to help kids overcome negativity about their artistic endeavors -- and to help them redefine what being an artist means. Every page delivers encouragement to the kid who thinks artists all live in cities, or that art has to look like something familiar, or that painting and drawing are the only way to make art. In a world that drastically undervalues creative freedom, Krysa's whimsical paintings and collages joyfully proclaim that art is essential and that artists are everywhere. Additionally, a page at the back of the book includes ideas for art projects -- because who wants fewer art projects? Nobody!

School
by Britta Teckentrup (9/15/2020; ISBN: 9783791374420; Hardcover $19.95; Ages 8+) takes readers inside a busy school to follow different students through their day -- in class, during free time, at lunch, and through swimming lessons.

We come across a variety of faces and expressions that reflect the enormous range of emotions and experiences that each school day brings. There are arguments and hurt feelings, encouraging hugs and deeply felt smiles. The gentle text explores issues that we've all encountered -- bullying and loneliness as well as friendship and achievement. While the school in this book could exist anywhere, young readers will recognize themselves in this beautifully and compassionately wrought story by bestselling author Britta Teckentrup, whose warm and wonderfully detailed illustrations are a marvelous portal to feelings, facts, and fun.

This Thing Called Life
by Christian Borstlap (10/6/2020; ISBN: 9783791374437; Hardcover $17.95; Ages 5+) shows the many shapes and forms life takes all around us, from the smallest specks of life to the largest creatures.

What is life? It's constantly moving, growing, reproducing, and dying. It's happening now, all the time, and it's everywhere around us. From little helicopter seed pods that float through the air to blue whales in the ocean, the world is filled with all different types of odd and familiar kinds of life. This whimsical picture book helps young readers see the connections between all living things. Author and illustrator Christian Borstlap's furry, feathery, smooth, and spiky creatures crawl, eat, growl, fly, and interact with one another. While most of his creations are imaginary animals, they all depict real things that organisms must do to survive and thrive. Bold and quirky illustrations tug at kids' imaginations and help demonstrate complex concepts that can be hard to put into words. The book leaves lots of room for discussion and for new discoveries with each reading.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive all three books from Prestel (ARV $54.85) featured above! Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, October 18, 2020.



15 comments:

  1. My two grandchildren are having a hard time dealing with school virtually, this book might be good for them, School by Britta Teckentrup

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  2. My two grandchildren are having a hard time dealing with school virtually, this book might be good for them, School by Britta Teckentrup

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  3. I would choose "How to Spot an Artist" as my first choice.

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  4. My granddaughter would like This Thing Called Life.

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  5. HOW TO SPOT AN ARTIST: My son is definitely going to be an artist when he gets older. His paintings at 5 are just magnificent.

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  6. Excellent giveaway chance!

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  7. I'd want to read School to the little ones first.

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  8. this thing called life love to read first

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  9. I think we'll read This Thing Called Life first.

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  10. Nancy8:50 PM

    All of these books look great. First we would read the book School, I think.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. I think we'd read This Thing Called Life first!

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  12. I would love to read This Thing Called Life with my children first.

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  13. I would enjoy reading This Thing Called Life to my niece.

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  14. I would read how to spot an artist first.

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  15. his Thing Called Life by Christian Borstlap.

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