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The Brilliant Deep is the proud recipient of the ALA Notable Children's Books Award, the NSTA-CBC Best STEM Trade Books Award, the Junior Library Guild Selection and the ILA Teacher's Choices.
All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony in the ocean, one person to make a difference in the world, one idea to help us heal the earth. The ongoing conservation efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs—with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral—are the living legacy of environmental scientist Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation.
In telling the story of this sea conservation pioneer and marine life protector, Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe create a stunning tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope—a power even the smallest readers can access in their quest to aid our extraordinary planet.
Recommended by experts for children who are reading independently and transitioning to longer books, The Brilliant Deep is perfect for the following reading categories:
- Books for Kids Ages 5-9
- Children's Books for Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
- Nonfiction Science Studies Education
- Summer Reading
About the Author
Kate Messner is the award-winning author of Over and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the Pond, Tree of Wonder, and How to Read a Story, as well as more than a dozen other books for young readers. Kate lives on Lake Champlain in New York.
Matthew Forsythe is an award-winning artist and illustrator. He has worked with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, and Nickelodeon. He lives in Montreal, Québec.
"A charming piece of environmental good news for storytime." -Kirkus Reviews
"Fascinating, informative, and a solid nod to anyone who chooses to make a difference." --Books to Borrow, Books to Buy
"Both educational and gorgeous."--Book Riot
"A poetic analogy between people and corals. and the power of innovation."-Publishers Weekly
"Nedimyer's story and immensely inspiring work come alive in The Brilliant Deep." --Brain Pickings
★"Riveting. a book that can be used in so many ways-a study in biography, science, conservation, and volunteerism." —School Library Journal, starred review
"This timely nonfiction picture book that unfolds on three fronts: as science primer about coral, biography of conservationist Ken Nedimyer, and call to action for kids." --The San Francisco Chronicle
"The ocean comes alive in this dazzling, nonfiction picture book about the life of Ken Nedimyer and his efforts to save the coral reefs through the creation of the Coral Restoration Foundation." --Shelf Awareness, starred review
"The message of positive advocacy for the environment will inspire young naturalists."-The Horn Book Magazine
"Strong, expressive, luminous illustrations. An engaging and informative picture book." -Booklist
"Scientific storytelling at its best." --The Virginia Pilot