BLUE FLOATS AWAY
Travis Jonker, illustrated by Grant Snider
A little iceberg strikes out on a big journey in this new picture book that explores the wonders of the water cycleLittle Blue lives at the North Pole with his parents until, one day, he floats away and strikes out on his own. Along the way, Blue encounters new things (sharks) and beautiful things (sailboats). He starts to wonder which way is home when something unexpected starts to happen. Little Blue is getting smaller and smaller until . . . he transforms!After mixing with the warm ocean water, Blue reappears as a cloud. He encounters new things (airplanes) and beautiful things (birds). He charts a course for home. As it gets colder and colder, Blue gets bigger and bigger until . . . hey, is that a snowflake?A story about the water cycle, Blue Floats Away explores the power of transformation and growing up.
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian and the creator of 100 Scope Notes, a kidlit blog hosted by School Library Journal. He was a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. Jonker lives with his wife and two children in Zeeland, Michigan. Visit him online at 100scopenotes.com. Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day and an artist by night. He is the author-illustrator of graphic novels and picture books, including What Color Is Night? His comics have been featured in many major publications, including the New York Times, and The New Yorker, as well as The Best American Comics 2013 anthology. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife and four children. Visit him online at incidentalcomics.com.