Welcome to Nonfiction Monday. Thank you for coming! You can leave your link below with Mr. Linky. Today I am having a cover release party for my debut book Animal Geometry. It will be published by EarlyLight Books in the fall. A big thank you to Dawn Cusick for taking a chance on me and for being so patient. If you haven't read any books from EarlyLight, you should click on the link. They are fun and informative books.
So what are we trying to accomplish with this book? It is a survey of geometry based in the animal world. I was teaching 5th grade last year and wrestling with topics in geometry and that is how this book was born. I want to make geometry more accessible and have students make connections not only to the animal world but to their world as well. While it is structured like a textbook, it doesn't read like one. I think you can approach informational text with a skewed eye and a sense of humor. It will be up to the readers to decide whether I succeeded or not. Although I wasn't thinking of the Common Core when I starting writing this book, I believe it is a great fit for this era. You can teach math, science, and language arts lessons with this text. Read the selection below and decide for yourself (hit control plus to get a better look!):
Thank you to the children's literature blogging community. This book would not have happened if not for your example, guidance, kindness, and support. I have learned so much. Another big thank you to Mary Lee (A Year of Reading) and Tricia (The Miss Rumphius Effect) for the generous book cover blurbs! Thank you, thank you, thank you!