BOOKS: Six recent titles from Dawn Publications about the natural world

I am incredibly tardy in sharing about these new books from Dawn Publications, a publisher that focuses on books about nature for kids. I always enjoy getting these from them and sharing about them here!

Here are the three books they published in the fall of 2016:

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Over in the Grasslands: On an African Savanna, by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jill Dubin. This book continues the “Over in the…” series. Following the classic rhythm “Over in the Meadow,” readers will gallop with zebras, graze with hippos, and dig with aardvarks on the plain. Seven more animals from African grasslands are represented, and there is more detailed information about the animals and savannas at the end of the book for parents and educators to use for learning opportunities. (order through Powell’s City of Books or

Octopus Escapes Again!, written and illustrated by Laurie Ellen Angus. Octopus are incredibly interesting ocean creatures, and this book does a great job at showing how they defend themselves from animals that might want to eat them. At the back of the book are pages that cover the anatomy of an octopus, all about its defense strategies, activity suggestions, and information about all the other animals that the octopus is escaping from. (order through Powell’s City of Books or

A Moon of My Own, by Jennifer Rustgi and illustrated by Ashley White. Beautiful silhouettes of a young girl and animals and notable places from around the globe contrasted with the glow of the changing moon make for a pleasing reminder that this large chunk of rock orbiting our planet is ever present in our night sky. Information about the various places in the book and the phases of the moon, as well as some actiivty suggestions, follow the story. (order through Powell’s City of Books or

And the three books that came out in the spring of 2017:

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There’s a Bug on My Book!, written and illustrated by John Himmelman. Do you ever get interrupted while trying to start reading a book? You’re about to immerse yourself in learning some new knowledge and your ability to do that is stopped…. a bug? Yes, this clever book about insects and other small animals does just that. The fun illustrations go along with interactive text to make an enjoyable read that is best done outside. (order through Powell’s City of Books or

Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young, by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Who can resist baby animals? General cuteness aside, this book looks at how a variety of animals move around with their offspring in tow. Young kids who still get carried or pushed by their parents will find this book familiar. (order through Powell’s City of Books or

Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You, by Karin Ireland and illustrated by Christopher Canyon. Learning about nature is more than just science and facts, or the human relationship with the natural world.  Observing nature can also help us with our emotions, challenges, and self-identify. The rhythms in nature can speak to the rhythms in our own lives. (order through Powell’s City of Books or

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