Towner Award 2020 Book Nominees

  • What's on Your Plate?: Exploring the World of Food

    by Whitney Stewart Year Published: 2018

    What's on your plate? Chances are it's not quite the same as what's on other children's plates around the world. Come on a journey to see how people in different countries prepare, eat, and think about their food. Beautiful photographs and illustrations capture the food culture of 14 countries, from Brazil and Spain to Morocco, India, and China. Each spread includes an overview of the country and its native foods, photographs of the various dishes with pronunciations and descriptions, an easy recipe for kids to try, and an illustrated crop map of the country. With so many fun elements to intrigue them, young foodies will be excited to learn about how people eat across the globe!

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  • What Do They Do with All That Poo?

    by Jane Kurtz Year Published: 2018

    Find out what happens to all of the poo at the zoo in this funny and factual picture book!

    There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This zany, fact-filled romp explores zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to white hyena scat, and all of the places it ends up, including in science labs and elephant-poo paper--even backyard gardens!

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  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are

    by Julia Kregenow Year Published: 2018

    Do you know why stars twinkle? It's time to find out!

    Written to the classic melody of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by an expert in astrophysics, is the perfect primer for learning exactly what those twinkling little stars are doing way up high in the sky. Discover how stars are created, what they're made of, and even what makes them look like they're twinkling.

    Stars are not only great for wishing upon, but they are also spectacular examples of scientific magic. From atmospheric turbulence to fusing atoms, these delightful (more accurate!) lyrics will become your new favorite version of this classic tune. Instead of wondering what stars are, you will know for sure!

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  • Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story

    by Marc Tyler Nobleman Year Published: 2018

    In this important and moving true story of reconciliation after war, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, a Japanese pilot bombs the continental U.S. during WWII--the only enemy ever to do so--and comes back 20 years later to apologize.

    The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drew the United States into World War II in 1941. But few are aware that several months later, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped bombs in the woods outside a small town in coastal Oregon. This is the story of those bombings, and what came after, when Fujita returned to Oregon twenty years later, this time to apologize.
         This remarkable true story, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, is an important and moving account of reconciliation after war.

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  • Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

    by Susan Hood Year Published: 2018

    In this book of poems, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You'll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six year old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create.

    And those are just a few of the young women included in this book. Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belpré, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappé, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai--all whose stories will enthrall and inspire. This poetry collection was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author's note, a timeline, and additional resources.

    With artwork by notable artists including Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet.

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  • Highest Mountain, Smallest Star: A Visual Compendium of Wonders

    by Kate Baker Year Published: 2018

    An exploration of natural and manmade wonders told through stunning Victorian-style infographics.

    Do you know how tall the tallest mountain on Earth is? Or how deep the deepest ocean goes? Have you ever wondered how a dinosaur would measure up against the Great Pyramid of Giza? Or if a bird could fly faster than an airplane? Learn all this and more in this exquisite book of superlatives and comparisons. Illustrated by award-winning artist Page Tsou, this is a visual feast of a compendium that will fill readers with wonder at the world we live in.

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  • The Hen Who Sailed Around the World: A True Story

    by Guirec Soudée Year Published: 2018

    Meet Monique! In this true story, online phenomenon Guirec Soudée shares his adventures both unbelievable and heartwarming, sailing around the world with his brave, affectionate red hen, Monique.

    Monique is a highly accomplished chicken: she surfs, she skateboards, and she just crossed the world on a tiny boat with her human companion, Guirec, who helped steer. On their three-year journey, together they were unstoppable. When they became stranded in the ice off Greenland for four months, Monique, unruffled as always, kept Guirec alive with her eggs-- and they both made it home.

    Guirec and Monique are irresistible as unlikely comrades and friends taking on the world, and Guirec documented their journey with his remarkable, comical photographs. A deeply touching portrait of the real-life bond between animals and the humans who love them as well as a thrilling survival story, The Hen Who Sailed Around the World is an adventure for the ages.

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  • Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

    by Helaine Becker Year Published: 2018

    The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures.

    You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?

    As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe.

    From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

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  • The Bee Book

    by Charlotte Milner Year Published: 2018

    Explore the secret world of bees: how they live, how they work, how they support each other and their hive.

    DK's The Bee Book is a wonderful introduction to the humble honeybee: nature's hardest worker, and much more than just a provider of honey! Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and-most importantly-responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat! Find out how bees talk to one another, what it takes to become a queen bee, what the life of a worker bee is like, and more. The contents include bee anatomy, types of bee, hives, colonies, pollination, making honey, and more. Discover just how much they matter, why they are declining, and what you can do to help!

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  • Avalanche Dog Heroes: Piper and Friends Learn to Search the Snow

    by Elizabeth Rusch Year Published: 2018

    Summary: Follow along with Piper, a friendly border collie who came to the mountain as a smart but timid shelter dog, terrified by everything, as she confidently heads off to school on a chairlift to meet her canine classmates. Over a season they romp together through the snow, learning and practicing the skills they need to be avalanche rescue dogs and earn their rescue certification. You’ll also learn the warning signs and conditions that cause an avalanche, the types of avalanches and the basics of avalanche safety.

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