BABY SCIENCE, SIBLINGS, AND ACCEPTING YOURSELF ARE TOPICS OF FOUR NEW LAURA GEHL BOOKS
Discovery is synonymous with early childhood. The first step is to explore the outside world; then to learn about relationships; and finally, children are ready to look at themselves in relation to others. Dr. Laura Gehl highlights each of these experiences with compassion and humor in her new May books. In Baby Scientist: Oceanographer & Baby Scientist: Astronaut (HarperFestival/HarperCollins, Ages: 0-4), Dibs!, (Carolrhoda/Lerner, Ages 4-9), and Except When They Don’t (little bee books, Ages: 4-8); Gehl provides fun reading and great jumping off points for discussion about new experiences and feelings.
Baby Scientist: Oceanographer & Baby Scientist: Astronaut are the first books in a series that makes science jobs fun and accessible for preschoolers – next up are botany and paleontology. In each, a toddler “scientist” names the things he or she observes in the world they explore – in the ocean, dolphins, fish, an octopus and algae; and in space, the moon, stars, a space station, and planets. Baby Scientist: Astronaut is just in time for this year’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing, July 20, 2019.
The siblings in Dibs! can get in on that anniversary too. In this book, with a rivalry that will be familiar to many families, Julian claims territory by declaring “dibs” on everything he wants – which works fine until his baby brother, Clancy, catches on and makes “dibs” his first (and, it seems, only) word. This escalates until Clancy calls dibs on NASA and blasts off into space. When Julian realizes the value of having a baby brother, he needs to harness the power of dibs himself in order to rescue Clancy.
Exploring different passions and different aspects of one’s identity is what Gehl explores in her fourth book, Except When They Don’t. Here girls and boys are at first shown in gender-stereotypical scenarios. But, the real learning is when Gehl points out, “You might think you need to choose/dolls or robots, pinks or blues…Except that you don’t.” The book concludes, “be exactly who you are!”. Except When They Don’t is published in partnership with GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and a portion of the sales will go to "accelerate LGBTQ acceptance". June is Pride Month.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Gehl is the author of popular picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, and the Peep and Egg series. Laura has four children. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Visit her online at www.lauragehl.com.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATORS:
Baby Scientist books – illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Daniel Wiseman likes to draw. A lot. He likes it so much, he’s made a career out of it. Usually he draws animals wearing clothes, or kids enjoying a good dance party. However, when prodded, he’s been known to draw pretty much anything else. Daniel lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He is online at www.danieldraws.com.
Dibs! – illustrated by Marcin Piwowarski
Marcin Piwowarski is a self-taught artist in traditional and digital illustration and has created illustrations for hundreds of books. His artwork is inspired by nature, daily life, and music, mixing magical and mysterious ambience with down-to-earth elements of everyday reality. Marcin lives in Portugal.
Except When They Don’t – illustrated by Joshua Heinsz
Joshua Heinsz is the illustrator of A Paintbrush for Paco. He has a love for bright and whimsical imagery with a flair for the fantastical and an air of nostalgia. He currently lives in Chicago. See more of his work at www.joshuaheinsz.com.
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Baby Scientist Series:
Baby Oceanographer • Written by: Laura Gehl • Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman • Ages 0-4 • HarperFestival/HarperCollins • ISBN: 978-0062841339 • $8.99 Hardcover
Baby Astronaut • Written by: Laura Gehl • Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman • Ages 0-4 • HarperFestival/HarperCollins • ISBN: 978- 0062841346 • $8.99 Hardcover
Dibs! • Written by: Laura Gehl • Illustrated by Marcin Piwowarski • Ages 4-9 • Carolrhoda Books/Lerner • ISBN: 978-1512465327 • $17.99 Hardcover
Except When They Don’t • Written by: Laura Gehl • Illustrated by Joshua Heinsz • Ages 4-8 • little bee books • ISBN: 978-1499808049 • $16.99 Hardcover