Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WATCHING A SOLAR ECLIPSE, from SUN FUN by Caroline Arnold

Pinhole eclipse viewer, from Sun Fun, text and illustrations by Caroline Arnold
My book SUN FUN, originally published in 1981 and now available as an ebook on Amazon, includes eleven projects for primary school age children to learn about the sun. With the solar eclipse coming on August 21st, making a pin hole viewer is the perfect activity to safely observe the eclipse. (The illustrations in the book are my own, created in the days of pre-separated art. I had to make a separate drawing for each printed color.)
Enjoy watching the eclipse safely!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

IMAGINE II: Illustrators Art Exhibition

A Day and Night in the Desert, 9:00 am
I am pleased to have two pieces of art from my book A Day and Night in the Desert in IMAGINE II: The Art of Children’s Books, an exhibit of art by children’s book illustrators at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, California.The exhibition runs from August 12 - September 23, 2017.  It is co-hosted by the SCBWI, with many thanks to Gina Capaldi. I am one of many Southern California illustrators whose work is displayed. The featured artist this year is through the family of Caldecott winner Leo Politi. One wall will be dedicated to his work.

A special VIP Illustrators and Librarians Reception will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 5 pm. This event will include the Pomona Library Foundation and the Pomona Unified School District and book sales! We encourage you to join us. The famous Downtown Pomona Art Walk will follow from 6-8 pm.



Where:
dA Center for the Arts
252 South Main Street
Pomona, CA 91766
Phone: 909-397-9716

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 4pm (til 9pm on Thursday)
A Day and Night in the Desert, 3:00 am


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

AFRICAN ANIMALS is Now a Kindle Book

My book, AFRICAN ANIMALS is now available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle. It was originally published by Morrow Junior Books in 1997 and is out of print. The cover has been redesigned but the text and full color photos inside are the same as in the original book. AFRICAN ANIMALS was my 100th published book! It is illustrated with pictures that I obtained through photo research from a variety of sources including my own collection. Photo research is a bit like being on a treasure hunt and as I searched for just the right photos to illustrate this book it brought back memories of my trip to Africa twenty-five years earlier. I am happy to have it now available to new readers as an e-book. You can read it with a Kindle app on various devices (I use my iPad) or on your computer.

REVIEWS
School Library Journal, March 1997
Superb full-color photography, simple but intelligent language, and excellent organization make this a standout in the growing field of nonfiction for the very young. Almost two dozen African species, mostly mammals, are brought to life and placed in the context of their environs. A brief introduction to this lush continent, and a final note about extinction will get children (and the adults reading to them) thinking about their own place in the world. Animals are grouped by habitat (grasslands, forests, and deserts), and basic locator maps show the extent of each area on the continent. . . .Occasional questions provide a natural segue to open discussion. . . . This is a book that youngsters will want to return to again and again. Share it with story-time groups or suggest it for one-on-one reading.

Booklist, March 1997
Prolific wildlife writer-photographer Arnold takes a lucid look at 20 African animals. arranged by habitat (grasslands, forests, and deserts), the book features color photographs of such wild beasts as zebras, warthogs, and gorillas. . . . They show close-ups of the crocodile's sharp teeth, the dark markings on the cheetah's nose, the python's scaly skin, and the leopard's rosette-shaped spots. Given the brevity and simplicity of the text, it is surprisingly informative. Basic characteristics are cited along with questions to the readers: "How would you like to sleep in a tree at night?" Well done.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Walk in the Desert Snap Words

Vocabulary words from my book A Walk in the Desert  flash on the screen in this YouTube video for children to recognize and read. The video is by Sharon Sinclair.
Reading Street Grade 2 Unit 1 Week 4. Published Oct 4, 2014.