Perfect Picture Book Friday: SHARK NATE-O Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends.

First, some announcements.

Congratulations to Amber Hendricks. She was the winner of Patricia Valdez’ wonderful JOAN PROCTOR, DRAGON DOCTOR…and she has already received it…thank you so much, Patricia…you are FAST!

And the winner of Laura Sassi’s DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE is…

ANNE IVERSON…Congratulations, Anne…I’ll connect you and Laura so she can mail you the book.

Today’s wonderful picture book is by debut picture book author, Tara Luebbe and her sister, Becky Cattie. And guess what? Tara and her sister have TWO picture book debuting this year! And guess what else? Tara will be stopping by to chat with us tomorrow and share a yummy gluten-free recipe for a cookie that doesn’t have to be baked. AND, can you stand one more piece of awesomeness? Tara is graciously offering a copy of SHARK NATE-O as a giveaway prize. So, please don’t forget to leave a comment today and tomorrow. 

Shark Nate-O cvr (1).jpg


Written by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie

Illustrated by Daniel Duncan

Published by Little Bee Books (April 2018)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Swimming, sharks, overcoming fears

Synopsis: From Amazon: 

Nate loves sharks. He reads shark books every day, watches sharks on TV, and talks about them nonstop. He even likes to pretend he’s a shark wherever he goes! However, there is one small problem. . . .

Nate can’t swim.

When his older brother points this out, Nate works hard to overcome his fears and learn how to blow bubbles, use a kickboard, and finally swim without help, as quickly and as gracefully as a shark. Will he be able to beat his brother in a swim tryout and get his bite back? Kids will love this jawsome book complete with vibrant and whimsical art and a list of shark facts in the back!

Why I like this book:

  • I totally identify with Nate…I, too, was a nonswimmer…and had to overcome my fear of the water when I took swimming in high school and college. I’m still not a fan, but perhaps I could save myself if I had to.
  • Great text from the opening lines to the satisfying ending.
  • Super cool illustrations.


fingerprint shark art for kids

For detailed instructions, please go to:

Please make sure you leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway. And come come tomorrow to join us for Tara’s Q&A on Will Write for Cookies. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

If you have a few minutes, don’t forget that writing a review on a book site like Amazon or Goodreads is a wonderful gift to your favorite author.

And for more picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on April 6, 2018, in book giveaway, Craft activities for kids, Susanna Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. This is a gem!! And I love your activity!!


  2. I was a late-blooming swimmer too – can’t wait to read all about Nate! Congrats on another winner Tara!


  3. Becky Scharnhorst

    Oh, Vivian! Those fingerprint sharks are adorable! And congratulations on your new release, Tara! I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for a long time. 🙂


  4. This looks adorable! I live in a house full of swimmers (I grew up near the Jersey shore, so learning to swim is a must, my husband does triathlons, and three of my kids are on our local swim team) and we’re big shark-week watchers, so I’m sure this book would be a hit in our family.


  5. Humor is the best way to handle young children’s fears, and this book appears to do a great job addressing Nate’s “problem.” I especially love the shark activity with the fingerprints – and have to wonder – since they are not one bit smudgy – if they were made by you, Vivian?


  6. Thanks Vivian. This story sounds great. Looking forward to the interview.


  7. My son loved sharks, we must have read every book when he was little. He would have loved this one!


  8. Thank you, Vivian, great message for kids and a unique activity!


  9. Midge Ballou Smith

    Can’t wait to read this one!


  10. mariagianferrari

    This looks hilarious, Vivian! Thanks for sharing!!


  11. Adorable book! And love the craft, too!


  12. This is such a fun book! Kids will love the shark facts!


  13. Great review & activities Vivian. Thanks


  14. Congrats to the new authors! Looks like the perfect book for children who need to overcome the fear of water.


  15. Vivian, another great find! Thank you for showcasing this book. It seems fun and exciting for children to read. I can imagine the children at our daycare classroom liking this one.


  16. Yup! I was one of those reluctant swimmers, too, who held a fear of water until the summer before my freshman year of high school. I was plenty frightened, but sometimes we have to do what we don’t want to do. I’ll be adding this book about Nate to my list. Thanks for another great review, Vivian.


  17. This looks like a fun read! And kids will love that fingerprint activity. Adorable!


  18. Wish there were books like this when I was young — I was afraid of water. What a great book for kids who are afraid of learning to swim.


  19. I was a hesitant swimmer…had to take the guppie class twice before moving up to a minnow. I can’t wait to read how Nate overcomes his fear of the water!


  20. Susanna Tarpley

    Our students would love this book !


  21. Susanna Tarpley

    This book looks amazing !!


  22. Great pairing of sharks & overcoming fears! Congrats, Tara & Becky, on your debut!


  23. melanie huttner

    Looks like an adorable book!!!


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