Jason Chin, Vermont Author and Illustrator



                                                                               Photograph by Corey Hendrickson.

Follow a Google Earth tour of Jason Chin's Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island.  See attached file at the bottom of this page.

Coming in April of 2014:

Starred Review - Publishers Weekly (Reviewed on: 01/27/2014 ):

Chin takes his exceptional artistic gifts into outer space, painting with disciplined exuberance a series of spreads that explain the fundamentals of gravity. A boy playing at the beach is startled when a book—a copy of this book, alert readers will note—falls from the sky and lands in front of him. The all-caps text reads like a series of booming declarations: “Without gravity, everything would float away.” On cue, the boy, his spaceman doll and rocket, and the very grains of sand on the beach lift slowly off the ground. The next page shows the whole lot drifting upward like a tide of debris into space. Chin does some David Wiesner–style visual punning as the pages of the boy’s book—illustrated with paintings of a massive, fiery sun exerting force on a tiny Earth and moon—do double duty as both an object affected by gravity and an explanation of how it works. In his embrace of the wild possibilities of a world without gravity, Chin outdoes himself. An illustrated afterword provides additional explanations of mass, matter, and force. Ages 5–8. (Apr.)

Release date: 04/29/2014

View an incredible photo mosaic of a gigantic Redwoods tree here.

Two videos that show the work that went into making this photo mosaic:

Do you like jigsaw puzzles?  Take a look at this one!

Click on: Forest in the Air   to see a close-up of what lives up in the canopy of a mature Redwood.

Photo Tours: Science Atop the World's Largest Trees:
View amazing photographs taken by scientists at Humboldt State University's Institute of Redwood Ecology.
Click here for a photo tour of redwoods.

Click here to see all the rigging the climbers use to explore the canopies of these trees.

Outstanding Science Trade Book: 2012 – National Science Teachers Association 

National Geographic slideshow of corals. Click here.

Video of Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (UNESCO/TBS).  Click here.

Another video of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (UNESCO/TBS).  Click here.

Visit Jason Chin's website to read about his thoughts on the octopus.

Read more about deep-sea corals here on the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reefs site.  Videos too.

ISLAND wins the 2013 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature! 

Galapagos Tortoises - National Geographic Kids

Read an interview with Mr. Chin by Rick Margolis for School Library Journal: "

My, How You’ve Changed!: Jason Chin’s ‘Island’ Charts the Galápagos’s Evolution | Under Cover"

ISLAND has won the 2013 Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature from the Center for Children’s Books!  The Gryphon Award is given each year by the Center for Children’s Books.  Here is the description from the CBC website:

The prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in kindergarten through fourth grade, and which best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers. With a core of regular committee members, the award has become a way to contribute to an ongoing conversation about literature for inexperienced readers and to draw attention to the literature that offers, in many different ways, originality, accessibility, and high quality for that audience.

And here is what they wrote about ISLAND:

“With exciting visuals and crystal-clear explanations, Island invites young readers into the changing ecology of the Galápagos,” said Stevenson. “This perfect balance of art and text immerses youngsters in the island world and draws their attention to aspects large and small, and readers will be rewarded with both delight and understanding.”

- See more at: http://jasonchin.net/2013/02/island-wins-the-2013-gryphon-award-for-childrens-literature/#sthash.2GwQNel0.dpuf

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Carol Scrimgeour,
Jan 25, 2014, 2:02 PM