One Book Westwood
This year's One Book Westwood choice is "Down, Down, Down" by Steve Jenkins.
Copies of the book are available to check out! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Let's read and discuss this year's One Book Westwood, "Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea" by Steve Jenkins with an oceanographer and then make a paper collage similar to the book. (45 mins.)
Steve Jenkins, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose passion for science, as well as his meticulous and vibrant cut-paper collages, brought the natural world to life, died on Dec. 26 (2021) in Boulder, Colo.
He was 69.
"Over his long career, Mr. Jenkins illustrated, wrote and art-directed more than 50 books... they sold well over four million copies and were translated into 19 languages, including Catalan and Farsi. He also illustrated some 40 books for other authors. Among the many awards he received was a Caldecott Honor, one of the highest honors for illustration in children’s books.
“Children don’t need anyone to give them a sense of wonder; they already have that,” Mr. Jenkins wrote in 2000, when he won The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. “But they do need a way to incorporate the various bits and pieces of knowledge they acquire into some logical picture of the world. For me, science provides the most elegant and satisfying way to construct this picture.”