Grassland Globetrotting: Biome Explorers

Book #3 in my upcoming picture book series is Grassland Globetrotting. In this book we journey across grasslands – wide open spaces of grasses, grazing animals, and frequent wildfires. They are places where there’s enough precipitation for grasses and flowers to grow, but not trees, and cover about 20% of Earth’s land area. The plants there are well adapted to this climate, with underground stems where new growth can begin and strong, deep roots that act like an anchor for the plant and can store water, energy, and sugar. The grasses also have narrow leaves so less water is lost to evaporation.

The first stop in the book is to the temperate grassland of North America’s Great Plains. Looking out across the sea of grass you might be able to see bison, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets, or a male greater prairie-chicken strut, strut, strutting his stuff trying to find a mate! The rich soil also hosts hundreds of different species of grasses and wildflowers, including milkweed which monarch butterflies depend on as they migrate.

The second half of our grassland journey takes us to a tropical savanna in Africa. This is where one of the greatest migrations on Earth occurs with over a million wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles moving across the savanna in search of water. This savanna is also home to lions, giraffes, elephants, and more.

On this journey you’ll also learn how fire is important to grasslands, and how about how the grazing and trampling of all those hooved herbivores is beneficial to the grassland plants. No spoilers here…you’ll have to read the book!