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The 2021 Sibert Medal Winner, Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifer documents the experiences of a summer honeybee from birth to death. The combination of words and images invites readers deep into the hive, providing both an intimate encounter with the bee colony and with the 35-day life of a worker bee, aptly named Apis.

Follow Human Impact to Hope in Moth: An Evolution Story

Discover a creative nonfiction tale that explores the notions of contrast, evolution, and perseverance within the natural world–all through the unlikely hero of the moth.

Over and Under the Pond

Over and Under the Pond Written by Kate Messner Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal Published in 2017 by Chronicle Books Grades PreK-5 ISBN: 978-1-4521-4542-6 Book Review “Over the pond, cattails rustle and shush in the wind…Under the pond, a caddisfly larva builds a home of her own–a secret shelter of pebbles and sand.” As with […]

Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story

Written and Illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2011 ISBN 978-0-374-34913-4 Grades 3-8  Book Review There are wetlands, and there are wetlands. For many adults, the Meadowlands of New Jersey can rouse certain images: chemical factories belching out smoke, Tony Soprano, the massive convergence of crowded highways leading in and out […]