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On the shelf: Summer books that explore nature

“BLOOM BOOM!” by April Pulley Sayre (Beach Lane Books, ages 3 – 8)

This companion book to “Raindrops Roll,” “Best in Snow,” and “Full of Fall” explores nature’s flower show, from seed to bursts of blooms. This bright, colorful book is loaded with gorgeous photos and some in-depth information about the plants pictured. 

“From Tree To Sea” by Shelley Moore Thomas, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (Paula Wiseman Books, ages 4 – 8)

Wonder, wander, journey, discover – this sweetly illustrated book celebrates some of the wonderful things we can learn from nature, large and small. 

“SEEDS MOVE!” by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books, ages 3 – 8)

This picture book from Caldecott Honoree Robin Page shows that seeds must move before they can grow. From hitchhiking sticktight seeds to parachuting milkweed seeds, explore how they disperse to the perfect spot to sprout. 

“TREES” by Verlie Hutchens, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong (Beach Lane Books, ages 4 – 8)

Celebrate what makes each tree unique through this collection of poems accented by frame-worthy illustrations with details that are perfect for little readers to explore. This book has the bonus of challenging vocabulary. 

“Great White Shark Adventure” (A Fabien Cousteau Expeditions Novel) by James O. Fraioli, illustrated by Joe St.Pierre (Margaret K. McElderry Books, ages 8 – 12)

With an adventurous mission and a hearty dose of science thrown in, junior explorers Bella and Marcus join famed explorer Fabien Cousteau and his research team as they embark on an ocean journey off the coast of South Africa, where the world’s largest concentrations of great white sharks are found. Young readers will get a compelling story and gain a wealth of knowledge about sharks, why they are so misunderstood and what is being done to protect them from possible extinction.

“Blooming Beneath the Sun”, art by Ashley Bryan, poems by Christina Rosetti (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Athenuem Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8)

Newberry Award honoree Ashley Bryan’s colorful collage art joins perfectly with classic nursery rhymes by Christina Rosetti. Bryan is still a thriving artist at age 95, and his list of honors, including the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, reflect the depth and creativity of his work. Little ones will love the rhymes and bright animal illustrations of this soon-to-be classic.