All About Bones Event with Gabrielle Balkan

Saturday, October 3, 1PM CDT/ 2PM EST

Photo description: Author Gabrielle Balkan seated on a stool, holding up and looking at a model human skullBone up on your skeleton knowledge at this interactive virtual event with Gabrielle Balkan, author of the new board book Whose Bones?: An Animal Guessing Game and the fantastic book that inspired it, Book of Bones: 10 Record Breaking Animals. We'll learn some interesting facts about animal skeletons from Gabrielle, who doesn't have a dishonest bone in her body, and have a trivia challenge, complete with prizes! No bones about it, this event will be perfect for kids and families.

This event will take place on Zoom Webinar. Click HERE on 10/3 at 1PM to join (or copy and paste the Zoom Webinar link at the bottom of the page).

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Saturday, 3 October 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Whose Bones?: An Animal Guessing Game Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781838661519
Availability: Usually Ships from Wholesaler in 1-5 Days
Published: Phaidon Press - September 16th, 2020

A playful, informative introduction to bones for the youngest readers, by the author and illustrator of global bestseller Book of Bones

Set up as a guessing game with visual and narrative clues, Whose Bones? invites readers to examine six animal skeletons and guess to whom they belong. The answer is exposed in a vibrant, **foldout** reveal, accompanied by an explanation as to why each animal's bones and bodies are so special. It's a humorous, informative introduction to bones and anatomy, where young children learn about the bones in their own bodies by comparing them to those in animals.

Ages 2-4

Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780714875125
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Phaidon Press - September 18th, 2017

It's a book of world records... of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

An International Literacy Association Teachers' Choice Title (2018)

A Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Title (2019)

Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals' skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood — and humorous — explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!

Book of Flight: 10 Record-Breaking Animals with Wings Cover Image
By Sam Brewster (By (artist)), Gabrielle Balkan
ISBN: 9780714878638
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Phaidon Press - June 5th, 2019

A stunning world-records book of animal flight, by the author-and-illustrator team behind the bestselling Book of Bones!

Meet ten fascinating flyers through a series of superlatives – and guess who's who while learning about airborne animals. From the fastest (white-throated needletail) to the most acrobatic (flying fox bat), and from the best glider (colugo) to the best backward flyer (hummingbird), each master of flight is cleverly depicted in a blueprint-inspired diagram, accompanied by playful, informative text. The stunning page-turn reveal features a full-color illustration and an explanation of what makes each animal's way of flying so special.

Ages 5-8

The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps! Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sol Linero (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781847807113
Availability: Backordered
Published: Wide Eyed Editions - October 1st, 2015

In 51 charmingly illustrated infographic maps, explore every state of the USA from Alabama to Wyoming and the nation’s capital to discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, cities, nature, and historic events that have helped make America what it is today. You'll also get an expansive guide to the state flags and US presidents.

Ghost towns, swamp tours, the center of the universe…bacon donuts, brainy berries, salmon jerky…The French Fry King, The Mother of Oregon, The Queen of Blues…be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty, and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact-filled maps.

On each wonderful map, find:

  • A welcome box with a short introduction to the state
  • Key facts, including the capital; state bird, flower, and tree; and statehood order
  • State icons celebrating the state’s people, places, and history
  • Six inspiring people who have a connection to the state
  • Region spotlight bubbles to allow you to discover more about one particular place
  • A moments to remember box with a list of significant dates and their events in the state’s history

Each state’s map also contains information about which states it neighbors, its bodies of water and borders, as well as where it is situated in the country. Did you know that while Hawaii shares its border with no one, both Missouri and Tennessee border eight other states? Many state parks, battlefields, national forests, and reservations are also included to inspire you to respect and explore the great outdoors.

So pack your bags and say later ‘gator…the great States await!

50 Cities of the U.S.A.: Explore America's cities with 50 fact-filled maps (The 50 States) Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sol Linero (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781847808707
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Wide Eyed Editions - September 7th, 2017

Explore skyscraper streets, museum miles, local food trucks, and city parks of the United States of America and discover more than 2,000 facts that celebrate the people, culture, and diversity that have helped make America what it is today. From Anchorage to Washington D.C., take a trip through America’s well-loved cities with this unique A-Z like no other, lavishly illustrated and annotated with key cultural icons, from famous people and inventions to events, food, and monuments.

Cities include Anchorage • Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Birmingham • Boise • Boston • Burlington • Charleston • Charlotte • Cheyenne • Chicago • Cleveland • Columbus • Denver • Detroit • Hartford • Honolulu • Houston • Indianapolis • Jacksonville • Kansas City • Las Vegas • Little Rock • Los Angeles • Louisville • Memphis • Miami • Milwaukee • Minneapolis-St. Paul • Nashville • New Orleans • New York • Newark • Newport • Oklahoma City • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Pittsburgh • Portland, ME • Portland, OR • Rapid City • Salt Lake City • San Francisco • Santa Fe • Seattle • St. Louis • Tucson • Virginia Beach • Washington, D.C.

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