Books on digital photography, Einstein geared toward teens |

Books on digital photography, Einstein geared toward teens

The Lake Tahoe Branch Public Library at Zephyr Cove stocks a variety of materials for teenagers and young adults. Many teens who do not enjoy fiction should give nonfiction a try. Three new juvenile nonfiction books particularly stand out as being good reads.

The first book, “The Kids Guide to Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Save, Play and Print Your Digital Photos” by Jenni Bidner, introduces teens to digital photography. The book enthusiastically describes why digital photography is easier than film photography. Chapters such as “Digital Basics” and “Software Magic” give teens the background necessary to take and manipulate digital photos. As the introduction makes clear, “If you can play games on your computer, then you have just about all the skills you need to get started with a digital camera.”

The chapter on “Fun Ideas and Projects” has ideas on how to create bookplates, stationery, invitations, gift tags and pet portraits. Befuddled adults and enthusiastic youngsters wanting a good introductory book on digital photography might also want to look at this book.

While there are many books written about Albert Einstein, “Genius: a Photobiography of Albert Enstein” by Marfe Ferguson Delano, stands out for its attractive format, which combines a variety of fascinating photos with solidly written text covering the scientist’s life, work and ideas.

The author’s sensitive use of black and white photos with quotes from Einstein adds an additional layer of meaning to this biography. Einstein’s theories are explained in a way that makes them understood by readers unfamiliar with the concepts. This book is both entertaining to pick up and enjoy and an excellent choice for reports.

“National Geographic Prehistoric Mammals” by Alan Turner and illustrated by Mauricio Anton is another beautifully illustrated book. The gorgeous paintings that illustrate the long-gone environment of these mammals bring the period to life for the reader. Well-chosen photos of the fossil remains, along with pictures of paleontologists and technicians working in the field, help explain how scientists are learning more about these animals. Charts and graphs describe how paleontologists can learn what extinct animals ate by comparing the fossilized jaws and teeth of those animals to modern day animals. Easy-to-read sections on mammal classifications and groupings show how scientists group animals based on their structure. A section at the end of the book lists museums that have first-class collections of mammal fossils.

If you are interested in any of these subjects, check out one of these books at the Lake Tahoe Branch Library at 233 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove. For more information call the library at (775) 588-6411.

– Dan Doyle is a senior library technician at the Lake Tahoe Branch of the Douglas County Public Library.

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