Picture Books

 

The Earth: One of a Kind Planet

(Nomad Press, March 2021)

Earth is our home, but how much do we really know about this planet? Quite a lot!

In The Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet, the narrator, who just happens to be the Universe, explains where Earth is located in the solar system, how Earth was created, how life evolved on Earth, and more. Universe uses a friendly, relatable tone to engage young readers and explain complex science content in ways kids can understand and relate to. And the alien commentators are hilarious for both kids and adults! Read a review here.

The Moon: Small-but-Mighty Neighbor

The moon is one of the smaller celestial objects in the universe, but it has some very important jobs. Without it, Earth would be a very different place!

Narrated by the character of the Universe, The Moon, offers up clear scientific explanations designed to gets kids excited about astronomy, covering topics such as the moon’s phases, eclipses, and humans’ long history of watching the moon. A hands-on project, fun facts, and a poem offer more opportunities for learning and language connections, while two alien commentators make the whole package delightful and hilarious. Perfect as a read aloud or for beginner readers, with a glossary to support language development.

The Stars: A Gazillion Suns

The Universe is full of hundreds of billions of twinkling stars that humans have used to tell stories, navigate, and make wishes for centuries.

But what is a star made of? How long will its light last? In The Stars: A Gazillion Suns, the character of the Universe takes us on a journey among the stars and explains how they are born, what makes them twinkle, how many there are, and even how they will come to an end. Through a hands-on science activity, fun facts, a poem, and a glossary, kids are invited to explore a world previously out of reach! Perfect as a read aloud or for beginner readers.

The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System

There are trillions of stars in the universe, but one is particularly important to people on planet Earth—our sun.

What’s the sun good for, anyway? Find out as the Universe explains just what makes the sun so important to planet Earth in The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System. In this nonfiction picture book, children ages 5 to 8 learn how the sun creates the days, seasons, and years we experience on Earth and even affects our weather and water. Funny aliens provide a running commentary on the Universe’s clear explanations of complex science topics and a hands-on activity provides an extra layer of learning. Plus, a poem at the beginning offers a language-based introduction to science details. A great choice as both a read aloud and for early readers. Read the review of The Sun from the Bookworm for Kids here and Dorine White’s review from The Write Path here.

Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations

(Nomad Press, August 2020)

Not all birds build nests with sticks and have good manners. Some birds build nests with their own saliva, while another bird uses its vomit as a defense! Spit Nests, Puke Power, and Other Brilliant Bird Adaptations will introduce you to those odd adaptations and many others. Layered text and back matter provide more information to encourage further discovery of other odd bird adaptations. Classroom guide available here

VERDICT from School Library Journal: “A cool science title for younger readers to learn about bird adaptation. Educators can use this text in the classroom; many STEAM lessons could be inspired by these funky adaptations.”

 

Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations

(Nomad Press, August 2020)

Amphibians spend part of their time on land and part in the water. So how do sunscreen and mucus help them survive?  Find out how one frog gets its sunscreen to protect itself through the dry season and how another uses its own mucus to create a cocoon in Sunscreen, Frogsicles, and Other Amazing Amphibian Adaptations. Layered text and back matter provide additional information. Click here for a classroom guide.

 

Stink Fights, Earwax and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations

(Nomad Press, August 2020)

All mammals have unique adaptations that help them survive in their environment. But have you ever considered how stink fights and earwax help?In Stink Fights, Earwax and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations, learn how lemurs settle arguments and how earwax increases a whale’s sense of hearing, along with a host of other deliciously strange-but-true tales! Includes layered text, back matter, an activity and a classroom guide!

VERDICT from School Library Journal: “Enjoyable, light reading for browsers and fans of animal nonfiction. A good addition to classroom libraries.”

 

Water-Walking, Sidewinding, and Other Remarkable Reptile Adaptations

(Nomad Press, August 2020)

A lizard that runs on water? A snake that slithers sideways? In Water-Walking, Sidewinding, and Other Remarkable Reptile Adaptations, you’ll learn how and why green basilisk lizards run on water and that sidewinders snakes have a very good reason for moving the way they do. You’ll also discover other strange-but true remarkable reptile adaptations. Layered text and back matter provide further information and detail. Click here for a classroom guide.

 

Antifreeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations

(Nomad Press, August 2020)

Fish have gills and fins that help them survive in the water. But they also have other adaptations, like proteins in the blood that keep Antarctic fish from freezing, and a fancy leaf costume that provides excellent camouflage. In Anti-Freeze, Leaf Costumes, and Other Fabulous Fish Adaptations, you’ll be awed by all of the fabulous adaptations of fish. Layered text and back matter provide more information and invite further exploration. And, check out the classroom guide!

VERDICT from School Library Journal: “An inviting addition to the children’s nonfiction section. Everyone needs more cool fact books, and this title is a part of a science-centered series.”

 

The Fort

(Page Street Kids, April 2020)

The boy uses the fort in the woods as his royal castle. The girl uses it as her pirate ship. When they cross paths one day at the fort there’s a spirited battle of wills until creativity and compromise lead them to re-imagine it as something they can use together. Click here for lesson plans, an activity guide, and a coloring page.

Read Daddy Mojo’s review of THE FORT here.