Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 13, 2017

Two Book Giveaway: How to Survive As A … by Kristen Foote

Kristen Foote is a lucky lady. She has two new picture books How to Survive As A FIREFLY and How to Survive As A Shark. Lucky us, she has agreed to do the book giveaway for both books.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.

HOW TO SURVIVE AS A FIREFLY BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Listen up, larvae! I’ve been in the trenches for the last year and a half, and let me tell you, there is danger lurking behind every tree and headlight. With my expertise, you’ll learn how to hunt your first meal (snail soup anyone?), what makes your abdomen glow (put down the fire extinguisher!), and how to react when your mate wants to eat you for dinner (who knew fireflies could be cannibals?). Buck up, buttercup – you’re in for the flight of your life! If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stop goofing around and pay attention to How to Survive as a Firefly, or you might never make it to adulthood!

How to Survive as a Firefly, a Junior Library Guild Selection, provides a unique take on insect science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story – and after, a glossary of important terms and some real photos of fireflies. If you’ve ever wondered how these fascinating beetles grow and glow, and you like to laugh while you learn, this book is for you!

HOW TO SURVIVE AS A SHARK BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Ahoy, me mateys! Upset your Mom swam away after you were born? Cry me an ocean. You’ve got ME to show you the ropes! Well, at least until I get a craving for baby shark. Swim along and I’ll teach you how to hunt using all six senses (a whole sense more than a human), why you can NEVER stop moving (blimey, no – not even to sleep!), and what your most dangerous threat is (here’s a hint: those sneaky landlubbers don’t even live in our waters!). Aye, me hearties, learning How to Survive as a Shark is not as easy as it sounds!

How to Survive as a Shark provides a unique take on fish science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story – and after, a glossary of important terms and some real photos of great white sharks. If you’ve ever wondered how to think and swim like a shark, and you like to laugh while you learn, this book is for you!

THE BOOKS JOURNEYS:

I first wrote HOW TO SURVIVE AS A FIREFLY because I wanted to find a creative way to teach insect science. I have a daughter who loves fiction, but dislikes non-fiction, and a son who is completely opposite. This helped me to realize the value in writing a story that combined both to get reluctant fiction readers interested a book with a storyline, while teaching reluctant science-lovers that non-fiction can be just as interesting to read as fiction.

Growing up in Chicago, fireflies were the highlight of my summers, and upon researching them I found out that they are just as fascinating as they are fun! Usually in schools, complete metamorphosis is taught using butterflies – but fireflies ALSO go through complete metamorphosis and have so many interesting facts to go along with them!

After running the course through my critique groups, I sent my story out to agents. After many rejections, I decided to participate in the #PBPitch Twitter event, as a last-ditch effort to get my story out there. It was “hearted” by The Innovation Press, and after submitting, we signed a contract a week later! They asked me to come up with a second title to write so they could be released together, which is when I came up with HOW TO SURVIVE AS A SHARK (because, who doesn’t love sharks??). They were both released this Fall!

KRISTIN’S BIO:

Kristen Foote is the author of HOW TO SURVIVE AS A SHARK and HOW TO SURVIVE AS A FIREFLY, a creative non-fiction series. With a degree in Biology, she is a firm believer that learning about science can be fun (and funny!). She loves sharing her passion for writing and nature with kids and her community.  A Colorado transplant, when not writing, she is enjoying everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer with her husband and two kids.

Thank you Kristin for sharing your books and their journey with us. I know two people will be happy to receive a copy of your book to share with a young child or maybe just to enjoy on their own book shelf.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Wow, these look so much fun! Love the twist on learning facts – through the threat of impeding death – lol… I know when my kids were little they would have loved them – especially my daughter!

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  2. What fun books! Love the info woven within. I hope I survive the holidays 🙂 LOL Good luck. Always glad to review them if you are interested, too. http://www.literallylynnemarie.com

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  3. The both look like great books!

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  4. These books prove that science is fun! Can’t wait tor read both books.

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  5. Two great books!

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  6. Wow! What a great way to teach about insects and animals (fish?). Hope you write a bunch more.

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  7. Wow, doesn’t look like it’s luck at all – sheer talent! They look wonderfully fun and the illos are terrific!

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  8. cool artwork…

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  9. What a fantastic concept! Reminds me a little of the Isabella Rosselini video series, Green Porno — obviously not geared to young kids, but very funny and informative. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqL_bDP0eAM

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  10. What fun! I love that the books are funny, entairtain, and inform. And look at those illustrations!

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  11. These books are great! So cleverly presented I don’t see how any kid could resist them. Thanks for the chance to win.
    I tweeted a link: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/941028575100133376, and pinned an image on Pinterest as well: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772143961009.
    Thanks again, have a great day!

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  12. Love these! 🙂

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  13. I’ve admired the shark book for a while and it’s so wonderful to learn more about it and the additional book. Congratulations Kristen!

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  14. I tweeted!

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  15. I’ve seen these online and thought they looked fun and informative!

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  16. Kristen! These books look so cool. What a fun approach to nonfiction.

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  17. Sounds like these two books will be at the top of the list for nonfiction fun.

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  18. These sound hilarious! Great angle on popular topics.

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  19. What a great interview! And this is such a cute book. My kids just love it.

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