Monday, July 18, 2011

2011 University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Whooping Crane: Images from the Wild, Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells, and Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea were all selected for the 2011 University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, selected by a committee of librarians from the American Association of School Librarians and the Public Library Association.

Whooping Crane received a PLA rating of Outstanding! The other two received "regional" ratings.

Whooping Crane: Images from the Wild

Photographer Klaus Nigge, follows the last remaining natural flock of whooping cranes from Canada to Texas. Nigge is able to capture the beauty and essential mystery that have led humans all over the world to include cranes in their earliest myths and legends.

"Klaus Nigge's photography captures the rarely seen behavior and astounding grace of whooping cranes. More importantly, his photography gives voice to the cranes' continuing struggle for survival."—Kathy Moran, Senior Editor, Natural History, National Geographic

Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells

An essential book for every collector and researcher of American seashells, Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells is a complete sourcebook and up-to-date identification guide, covering an extraordinary 900 species of seashells and mollusks that reside in the marine habitats of the Gulf of Mexico.

"The book will be the new standard for the shells of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, for the foreseeable future. It is a must for Texas shell collectors."
-Lauretta Marr, The Epitonium

Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea

Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea: The Gulf Coast of Texas and Mexico will delight and enchant readers with its deeply felt personal narrative and the power and beauty of its images.

“Why should we love the world, the difficult world? Accomplished picture makers and storytellers, of whom Geoff Winningham is surely one, help us toward an answer by describing individual regions — in this case the relatively little known western Gulf Coast—so vividly and fondly that they impart even to our distant homes a borrowed splendor. I am grateful. Winningham knows that he has composed in some respects an elegy, but it is a tender and redemptive one.”—Robert Adams, photographer

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