On April 1st, Laura Purdie Salas’ new poetry picture book, Water Can Be, will arrive on your doorstep if you pre-order now! You can find all about Laura here at her website. You can find her blog, Writing The World for Kids, information for writers, for teachers, for students, and for visits to your classroom. Most recently, Laura became a new "teaching author" at the blog, TeachingAuthors. She is a busy writer, and writes wonderful books for children.
Among other books, Laura is most recently the author of the similar book out in 2012, A Leaf Can Be, receiver of numerous awards. A few months before, Bookspeak: Poems About Books, was also published, and is also the recipient of many awards.
Water Can Be, Laura’s new book, is filled with all the delight one can create when thinking about water. There are real things shown, like “tadpole catcher” and more abstract ideas, like “picture catcher” (looking at a reflection in a puddle). After enjoying the book for its beauty, I also imagine using it as a mentor text for writing about the uses of other things in life. Children’s imaginations will soar after reading this book.
I adored A Leaf Can Be, both Laura’s clever words, and Violeta Dabija’s gorgeous illustrations, and Water Can Be is as beautiful and informative. Both books should be in every classroom that studies nature and wants especially to emphasize its beauty and importance. I remember someone told me once that our planet should be named “water” instead of “earth”. Although about 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, only 2% of that is drinkable. Water is vital to survival, and clean water is something not everyone on earth can depend upon. For that reason, Laura is donating 10% of her royalties to a group that works hard to get clean water to those in need: Water Aid. Here is one of the book trailers for the book:)
I hope you'll explore all the links shared about Laura's new book. It's one of those that shouldn't be missed! Thanks Laura for allowing me a peek ahead of publishing, and thanks to Millbrook Picture Books!