Friday, October 14, 2016

New Children's Book Inspires Readers to Get Outside

Numerous studies have shown how beneficial nature is to the developing child yet society is becoming more and more removed from the natural world and closer and closer to technology. A Beauty Collected (September 6, Familius), encourages children—and parents— to rediscover the beauty of the earth by giving readers visual access to ordinary and extraordinary items found in nature.

By featuring items that can be found in one’s own neighborhood (dandelion, bark, herbs) along with more exotic items (gold nuggets, meteorites, crystals), the imagery in A Beauty Collected is both accessible and designed to expand a child’s mind beyond the backyard. From the book:

A is for aloe, to soothe and to heal, for apple, and artichoke, leaf-by-leaf peel. A is for arrowhead and antlers that spear. A is for ash—a fire was here.”

Whether the item is a porcupine quill or vanilla pod, A Beauty Collected encourages curiosity and adventure.

Full-color, high-quality photos captured by new author, mom, and professional photographer Rachel Garahan, illustrate each letter of the alphabet enticing children to discover the vibrant world around them. Rachel has traveled the world and has a keen eye for seeing the simple beauty in what is around her. From the wings of an insect to the roots of a plant, A Beauty Collected brings out readers’ natural inquisitiveness for the world around them.

Sixteen final pages of the book contain a glossary of terms with phonetic spellings, historical facts, and scientific information that helps parents engage with their children. By discussing this information with their children, parents can help entice their young readers to learn more about and experience the great outdoors. A Beauty Collected isn’t simply about learning about nature; it’s about experiencing it as a family.

About the Author: Rachel Garahan is an LA-based photographer and creative consultant who has spent her career building brands while photographing people and places around the world. As an intrepid traveler, Garahan is no stranger to the outdoors, most recently spending two months living on the beaches of Nicaragua with her husband and infant son. While she calls Los Angeles home, Garahan was born and raised in Vermont and spent her young adulthood traveling through Australia and the South Pacific before graduating from the University of Arizona with a BA in Journalism. A Beauty Collected is Garahan's first book set to be released in September 2016 by Familius. The book is an ode to nature, inspiring children and readers of all ages to look closer at the world around them. Garahan lives with her husband, two dogs, and one- year-old son, Benjamin River. You can find her on her personal blog One Part Gypsy or on instagram and pinterest: @onepartgypsy.

About the Publisher: Familius is a family and parenting media publisher devoted to creating content that helps build strong values and happy families. As a digitally savvy, multi-media publisher, we share our family-driven content in multiple formats, including print, e-books, videos, apps. Through Familius.com, we also provide an online community where parents can seek out and share advice and access a wealth of contemporary parenting content, tools, and resources rooted in traditional family values. Let’s Talk Family.
Title: A Beauty Collected 
Author: Rachel Garahan 
Publisher: Familius 
Publication: September 6, 2016 
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 9781942934707 Hardcover
*Available from bookstores, online booksellers and www.familius.com

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