Gift Ideas this Holiday from Tilbury House Publishers + Giveaway

I am a firm believer in giving children the gift of education. These titles from Tilbury House Publishers teach children about nature in a fun way. Please enter to win and share these fun gift ideas with your loved ones!

If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold and illustrated by Greg Newbold : In this sequel to the tour de force children's art-history picture book If Picasso Painted a Snowman, Amy Newbold conveys nineteen artists' styles in a few deft words, while Greg Newbold's chameleon-like artistry shows us Edgar Degas' dinosaur ballerinas, Cassius Coolidge's dinosaurs playing Go Fish, Hokusai's dinosaurs surfing a giant wave, and dinosaurs smelling flowers in Mary Cassatt's garden; grazing in Grandma Moses' green valley; peeking around Diego Rivera's lilies; tiptoeing through Baishi's inky bamboo; and cavorting, stampeding, or hiding in canvases by Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Franz Marc, Harrison Begay, Alma Thomas, Aaron Douglas, Mark Rothko, Lois Mailou Jones, Marguerite Zorach, and Edvard Munch. And, of course, striking a Mona Lisa pose for Leonardo da Vinci.

As in If Picasso Painted a Snowman, our guide for this tour is an engaging hamster who is joined in the final pages by a tiny dino artist. Thumbnail biographies of the artists identify their iconic works, completing this tour of the creative imagination. Color throughout.

Mother Earth’s Lullaby: A Song for Endangered Animals by Terry Pierce and illustrated by Carol Heyer is a gentle bedtime call to some of the world’s most endangered animals. Rhythm, rhyme, and repetition create a quiet moment for children burrowing down in their own beds for the night, imparting a sense that even the most endangered animals feel safe at this peaceful time of day. In successive spreads, a baby giant panda, yellow-footed rock wallaby, California condor, Ariel toucan, American red wolf, Sumatran tiger, polar bear, Javan rhinoceros, Vaquita dolphin, Northern spotted owl, Hawaiian goose, and Key deer are snuggled to sleep by attentive parents in their dens and nests under the moon and stars.
Brief descriptions of each animal appear in the back of the book. Color throughout.

How Nature Works: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson and photographs by Andrew Martinez: The role of venoms in nature … and in human medicine.
Why are toxins so advantageous to their possessors as to evolve over and over again? What is it about watery environments that favors so many venomous creatures? Marine biologist Paul Erickson explores these and other questions with astounding images from Andrew Martinez and other top underwater photographers.  GREAT for teaching STEM Marine Biology.
Scorpions and brown recluse spiders are fine as far as they go, but if you want daily contact with venomous creatures, the ocean is the place to be. Blue-ringed octopi, stony corals, sea jellies, stonefish, lionfish, poison-fanged blennies, stingrays, cone snails, blind remipedes, fire urchins―you can choose your poison in the ocean. Venoms are often but not always defensive weapons. The banded sea krait, an aquatic snake, wriggles into undersea caves to prey on vicious moray eels, killing them with one of the world’s most deadly neurotoxins, which it injects through fangs that resemble hypodermic needles. The Komodo dragon, an ocean-going reptile, tears into a water buffalo with its blade-like teeth, then secretes a deadly toxin into the open wounds.

If Picasso Painted a Snowman - A big, brightly colored, playful introduction to various important painters and art movements.
If someone asked you to paint a snowman, you would probably start with three white circles stacked one upon another. Then you would add black dots for eyes, an orange triangle for a nose, and a black dotted smile. But if Picasso painted a snowman…
From that simple premise flows this delightful, whimsical, educational picture book that shows how the artist’s imagination can summon magic from a prosaic subject. Greg Newbold’s chameleon-like artistry shows us Roy Lichtenstein’s snow hero saving the day, Georgia O’Keefe’s snowman blooming in the desert, Claude Monet’s snowmen among haystacks, Grant Wood’s American Gothic snowman, Jackson Pollock’s snowman in ten thousand splats, Salvador Dali’s snowmen dripping like melty cheese, and snowmen as they might have been rendered by J. M. W. Turner, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Georges Seurat, Pablita Velarde, Piet Mondrian, Sonia Delaunay, Jacob Lawrence, and Vincent van Gogh. Our guide for this tour is a lively hamster who―also chameleon-like―sports a Dali mustache on one spread, a Van Gogh ear bandage on the next.
“What would your snowman look like?” the book asks, and then offers a page with a picture frame for a child to fill in. Backmatter thumbnail biographies of the artists complete this highly original tour of the creative imagination that will delight adults as well as children.

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  1. "Which title are you most interested in winning? Who would this be for?" All of the books would be good to give to a deserving relative, and "If Da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur" looks especially fun!

  2. I would love to read Da Vinci Painted a dianosaur

  3. I do like all of these nice books, I would read this one to my grandson first; Mother Earth’s Lullaby: A Song for Endangered Animals by Terry Pierce

  4. Don't mess with me! I'd like it for my cousin.


  5. mother earths lullaby for my granddaughter

  6. My nephew would love How Nature Works: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures by Paul Erickson.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  7. I would be most excited for If da Vinci painted a Dinosaur for my son.

  8. I'm most enterested in How Nature Works: Don’t Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures. These books would be for my granddaughter. Thanks.

  9. I would be most excited for How Nature Works; Don't Mess With Me for J. I also would love to share
    If Picasso Painted a Snowman with F. I read Mother Earth's Lullaby at the library and thought it a beautiful book.

  10. I am excited about the book If Picasso Painted a Snowman .
    I would give this prize to my son.

  11. I am most interested in if Davinci painted a Dinosaur. I would give it to my grandson.

  12. I am most interested in If Picasso Painted a Snowman. This would be for my daughter.

  13. I’m most excited about the book If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur for my granddaughter who is fascinated by them.

  14. Da Vinci Painted a dianosaur looks amazing

  15. Don't Mess With Me would be a book I would like to give to a boy I tutor. He is very interested in dangerous creatures.


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