Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights

The stunning photographs featured in W.H. Beck’s new book, Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights, will immediately catch the interest of a wide range of young readers. The book starts out by introducing and defining bioluminescence, the process that allows some living things to make their own light. Then, each page shows a gorgeous photo of a glowing animal on an all-black background and provides information about how bioluminescence helps that animal survive.

One thing that I particularly love about this book is that the text caters to a wide audience. Each page has a short sentence in a larger print that gives a simple description of that animal’s reason for glowing. For older, more advanced readers, there’s also a longer, in-depth explanation. For instance, on a page featuring a picture of a jewel squid, the short sentence says: “They glow to hide.” The longer description reads: “Many ocean creatures, such as the jewel squid, use counter-illumination. They can adjust their lights so that their undersides match the sunlight above the water. Then the fish hunting them from below can’t see them.” So, depending on the age of your audience, you can read the easy text, the difficult text, or some combination of both.

This is a neat, informative book that will be a hit with the most curious of kids!

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