Friday, June 12, 2020

6 Summer Reads to Encourage Outdoor Exploration


Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

From award-winning author and photographer April Pulley Sayre comes a stunning photographic look at the fascinating lives of frogs.

A frog is a being.
It is watching.
It is seeing…

Frogs are amazing creatures, and this book offers young readers an up-close and revealing peek at their everyday lives. Follow them from egg to tadpole to froglet crawling up onto land for the first time. Watch them resting on a favorite log, searching for food, and leaping through the air. And see how frogs are unique, individual beings with rich lives all their own in the wild.From award-winning author and photographer April Pulley Sayre comes a stunning photographic look at the fascinating lives of frogs.

A frog is a being.
It is watching.
It is seeing…

Frogs are amazing creatures, and this book offers young readers an up-close and revealing peek at their everyday lives. Follow them from egg to tadpole to froglet crawling up onto land for the first time. Watch them resting on a favorite log, searching for food, and leaping through the air. And see how frogs are unique, individual beings with rich lives all their own in the wild.
Stunning, up-close photographs and rich, evocative language immerse readers in the watery world of frogs, allowing them to experience daily life from an amphibian’s perspective. Follow frogs as they transform from egg to tadpole to froglet and hop onto land. Join them as they rest on a favorite log, search for food, and leap through the air. Discover how frogs are unique beings with rich lives all their own. An author’s note clarifies the difference between scientific and anecdotal research—and the value of both.



Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendell Minor, Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House

Using a clever compare-and-contrast text structure, this charming book offers a fascinating look at diurnal animals that surround us when we’re awake as well as nocturnal critters that are active while we’re sleeping. Simple, lyrical text and lifelike illustrations invite readers to experience the movements, sounds, colors, and textures of nature as they compare the roaming habits of common North American wildlife. Two pages of Fun Facts at the end of the book provide more information for curious minds.


A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija, Millbrook Press/Lerner

Discover the many surprising roles leaves play in this poetic exploration through the seasons. Children will be captivated as they work out the meaning of simple, playful rhymes that highlight how leaves provide food and water, offer shade from the sun and shelter from rainfall, purify the air, warm the ground, and more. Soft, luminous illustrations lend a warmth and vibrancy to the text. A section at the end of the book elaborates upon the poetic descriptions, providing more insight into the integral roles that leaves play in nature.



Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

Lively rhyming main text accompanied by engaging factual descriptions and richly-detailed cut-paper collage art introduce young readers to an amazing variety of birds’ nests from around the world. Made of everything from twigs and grass to moss and mud to a few scratches on the ground, nests have a shared purpose—to protect eggs and house chicks as they grow into fledglings. An author’s note provides additional information and explains why the author felt compelled to write the book.



Play Like an Animal! Why Critters Splash, Race, Twirl, and Chase by Maria Gianferrari and Mia Powell, Millbrook Press/Lerner


Bursting with joy and energy, this delightful exploration of how and why animals play is irresistible! From somersaulting parrots and boxing kangaroos to dolphins diving through the surf, animals play to practice critical survival skills, encourage brain development, and build bonds with one another. Vibrant illustrations are a perfect match for the high-spirited text. A section at the end provides more information about the featured animals and encourages readers to make time to play every day.



You’re Invited to a Moth Ball: A Nighttime Celebration by Loree Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz, Charlesbridge

Large, appealing photos and engaging, conversational text describes how to plan and carry out a moth ball—a fun group activity for attracting and studying moths. As Burns enticingly states, “Did I mention we get to stay up late? Because we do!” In addition to experiencing a moth ball vicariously, readers learn about the moth life cycle, the anatomy of moths, and how moths differ from butterflies. This appealing hands-on science book is sure to inspire budding scientists to host their own moth ball in a nearby open space.

2 comments:

  1. What a list of gorgeous books--thank you for including A LEAF CAN BE... A few of these are already favorites, and a couple are on my tbr list. Time outside is such a necessary and rewarding part of my day every day--even though I rarely get more than a mile away from my city block.

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  2. I'm so excited for all of these! Tha ks for sharing, Melissa!
    Sincerely,
    Kaitlyn Sanchez

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