Tag: animals

THE PHOTO ARK: A Delightful Deluge of Animal Portraits

THE PHOTO ARK: A Delightful Deluge of Animal Portraits

Lynn: We focus on youth books here at Bookends, but every so often, an adult book comes along that we think would be of special interest to kids. The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals (2017) by Joel Sartore is just that sort of book. In fact, this book may be […]

SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

SEA OTTER HEROES to the Rescue

Lynn: In schools these days, we talk about science in terms of the scientific method, theories, observation, and conclusions. Pedagogically, this is excellent, but it is important not to lose sight of something that both drives and excites kids: asking questions. Young biologist Brent Hughes did just that. His question? Why was the fertilizer-polluted Elkhorn Slough […]

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Cindy: Well, I’ll be skunked! When Lynn shared a copy of the first volume in Jacqueline Kelly’s new Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series. I was dubious. While I adore Kelly’s original stories, I fretted this new series, aimed at younger readers, would pale in comparison. I needn’t have worried—Skunked! is delightful. Callie Vee tells the story […]

Animal Rescue Picture Books

Animal Rescue Picture Books

Lynn and Cindy: There isn’t much more moving than a wonderful animal rescue story. Today, we bring you two picture books that are guaranteed to elicit a little moisture in even the driest of eyes. Prepare yourself for a cuteness surge! The latest entry in Suzi Eszterhas’ Wildlife Rescue series, Orangutan Orphanage (2016), features one heart-melting […]

Two Authors Go Behind the Scenes at the Zoo

Two Authors Go Behind the Scenes at the Zoo

Lynn: “In the heart of many cities there is a jungle.” So begins renowned biologist Caitlin O’Connell’s call-to-arms for the next generation of naturalists. Jungles and zoos have never been more important to conservation and species preservation. For nature lovers, the outlook on the environment is often depressing. While O’Connell acknowledges this reality, she is not hopeless: she […]

Take One Rhinoceros and Travel the World

Take One Rhinoceros and Travel the World

Lynn: Would anyone believe a story about a man and a rhinoceros who traveled the world for years together starting in 1741? Emily Arnold McCully’s utterly charming new picture book tells the story behind this historical event. Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone […]

This Science Book Will Make Young Readers Light Up: Glow, by W. H. Beck

This Science Book Will Make Young Readers Light Up: Glow, by W. H. Beck

Lynn: Curiosity is what lies at the heart of science. Children, with their innate curiosity, are perfectly suited for science exploration. Happily, there are many excellent new children’s nonfiction books that do an outstanding job of fanning the flame of inquiry. A perfect example is Glow: Animals with Their Own Night Lights (2016) by W. H. […]

It’s Time to Rethink Pink: Two Books about the Ugliest Animal on Earth

Cindy: Somehow, I missed the 2013 announcement that the blobfish is officially the ugliest animal on the earth, as judged by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. Somebody was paying attention, though, as we’ve seen the pink, blobby guy popping up in children’s books this season. In zoologist Jess Keating’s Pink is for Blobfish (2016), the titular critter is […]

The Slowest Blog Post – We Mean BOOK – Ever

The Slowest Blog Post – We Mean BOOK – Ever

Cindy: If it weren’t for the subject of this book, I would feel the need to apologize for being so slow to post about April Pulley Sayre’s The Slowest Book Ever (2016). My Goodreads account tells me that I started reading this a full month ago and I should have finished it much more quickly, but […]

Grumpy Fun with Two Picture Books about Bears: Mother Bruce and The Bear Report

Grumpy Fun with Two Picture Books about Bears: Mother Bruce and The Bear Report

Lynn: We all know someone who is too grumpy for words, and it is sad but true that I “bear” more than a passing resemblance to the grumpy character, Bruce, in Ryan Higgins’ picture book, Mother Bruce (2015) on some days. I do try to focus on the positive, honestly I do. But thanks to cold December […]