Friday Faves // Earth Day Children’s Book Roundup
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It’s April, which means spring is in the air– finally! With the world turning beautiful green after a chilly winter, it’s almost enough to make you want to hug a tree. And with Earth Day just around the corner, we have some great books to celebrate our planet!
Debbie Diesen is the New York Times-bestselling author of the Pout-Pout Fish series. Her gentle storytelling here is reminiscent of the warm and funny text in Pout-Pout Fish books. Perfect for spring! A feel-good story that uses the fall-planting/spring-blooming growing cycle of flower bulbs as a metaphor for growing up. Loads of Mother’s Day appeal, as well as possible milestone or graduation gift. Mom and daughter are different races to reflect today’s diverse families. This story attests to the constancy of love between a mother and child that grows ever steady and stronger.
Each page has a perforated edge so colorers can tear out and display their completed maps! Bold illustrations are filled with small snippets of information and bite-sized captions, making this book a great way to learn about and explore the world around you!
In our fast-moving world, Harriet the tortoise reminds readers to slow down and appreciate what’s around them. Harriet’s travels through the Galapagos Islands become a fascinating survey of the animals who live there. A fact-based story provides accurate information about Galapagos tortoises and other animals and their habitats. Brightly colorful woodblock style art brings this inspiring tale to life.
Chin goes from small to big and past to present all within 56 pages in this elaborate story of the life of the Grand Canyon. This is the most comprehensive (and most beautifully crafted) guide to the Grand Canyon on the market. This isn’t just the tale of how the Grand Canyon came to be. Through strategically placed die-cuts and a longer, this book offers an in-depth exploration of almost every aspect of the Grand Canyon while following a father and daughter team on a long hike. Jason Chin’s reputation as a master nonfiction storyteller grows with every book. His previous books were all critically acclaimed and GRAND CANYON, his most intense venture yet, is no exception.
Science-oriented nonfiction for this age range can tend towards goofily condescending or drearily dry, but First Second’s SCIENCE COMICS comes from a place of straightforward delight. With its playful, wide-appeal tone and lively, virtuosic art, this series appeals to trade, but it works perfectly for the institutional market as well! Most of the books in this series spend some time examining how we know what we know, and the ways that our ideas about these topics have changed—an active interrogation of the topic that is perfect for classroom use. There’s no better way to learn a topic than to read a great graphic novel about it. Hit nonfiction graphic books like Logicomix, Feynman, Understanding Comics, Primates, The Influencing Machine, and many more all prove that this format is uniquely suited to introducing readers to all manner of nonfiction topics. Despite the incredible possibilities of science-oriented graphic novels for kids, the books that are out there are largely disappointing. SCIENCE COMICS brings top-notch writing, world-class illustration, and a discerning editorial eye to this problem, and offers one hell of a solution.
A relatable message about the difference people can make in sustainability. Energy Island has sold more than 25,000 copies, received two starred reviews, and was translated into five different languages. Green City was a JLG selection, received two starred reviews, and was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Backmatter includes information about biking around the world as well as a bibliography with additional resources. Bicycling is fun and kid-friendly—the most accessible topic Allan Drummond has tackled yet!
All the same wonderful characters from Newbery Honor winner The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and its sequel, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, are back, with some new friends and family! Callie’s continued adventures will captivate a whole new generation of readers. Squeamish Travis and spirited Callie’s dynamic is endlessly entertaining. Told with humor and love, the story of their relationship—and the many animals that bring them together again and again—is heartwarming. This story takes place in Texas in the early 1900s, and is full of historical and scientific information. As Callie and her grandfather learn about the natural world, readers will, too. In this series, Callie assists veterinarian Dr. Pritzker and finds herself dealing with all manner of animals. In book one, a skunk becomes a family pet! In this second book, Callie repairs a butterfly wing and assists in the birth of a breech lamb. With line illustrations by the talented Teagan White, this younger series is perfect for bringing new fans to the world of Calpurnia Tate.