Book Reviews



I try to focus on new titles, but occasionally I find a treasure in the library stacks. I include interviews with authors and illustrators as well. Here's a list of books reviewed on this blog (with links to reviews) ~ You'll find more book reviews over at Sally's Bookshelf and in my "Alexander's Library" column in the Ithaca Child

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston 
A Warm Winter’s Tail by Carrie A Pearson
A Warmer World by Caroline Arnold 
Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma by Darcy Pattison
 Animal Snacks By Dawn Cusick
Animal Tails by Mary Holland  
 Animals Work by Ted Lewin
Ants Rule, the long and short of it by Bob Barner

Archaeology: Cool Women who Dig by Anita Yasuda 
Architect Academy by Steve Martin
Architecture: Cool Women who Design Structures by Elizabeth Schmermund 
Astronauts Explore the Galaxy by Carmen Bredeson
Baby Animals (Animal Bites series) by Dorothea DePrisco
Baby on Board  by Marianne Berkes
Bat Count   by Anna Forrester
Beastly Brains by Nancy Castaldo
Beauty and the Beak, by Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp
Because of an Acorn by Lola Schaefer
Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski
 Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck
Bedtime Math 2; This Time It's Personal by Laura Overdeck
Bees (EZ) by Laura Marsh
Beetle Busters (SITF) by Loree Griffin Burns
Big Red Kangaroo By Claire Saxby
Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle
The Call of the Osprey by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart
Caroline's Comets, a true story by Emily Arnold McCully
A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth by Hannah Bonner
Chasing Cheetahs (SITF) by Sy Montgomery
Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns
Cool Robots (series)
Coral Reefs by Sylvia Earle
Creepy Crawlies: tiny creatures, amazing powers by Richard and Louise Spilsbury
Cricket in the Thicket by Carol Murray
Crow Smarts: inside the brain of the world's brightest bird (SITF) by Pamela S. Turner 
 Dining with Dinosaurs: a tasty guide to Mesozoic munching by Hannah Bonner
 Dirty Rats? by Darrin Lunde
Dolphins by Becky Baines
Duckings (Explore my World series) by Marfe Ferguson Delano
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
Geoengineering Climate Change by Jennifer Swanson
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
Green Green, a Community Gardening Story by Marie and Baldev Lamba
The Green Mother Goose by Jan Peck and David Davis
Habitat Spy by Cynthia Kieber-King 
Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey By Loree Griffin Burns
Hello Ruby, Journey Inside the Computer, by Linda Liukas
High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs by Lisa Kahn Schnell
Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (SITF) by Loree Griffin Burns
Hoot, Owl! by Shelby Alinsky
How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge
How do You Know it's Summer by Ruth Owen  
How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy 
How to Survive as a Firefly by Kristen Foote  
The Hungriest Mouth in the Sea by Peter Walters 
If You Were Raised by a Dinosaur by Isabella Brooklyn
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
Insects, the most fun bug book ever by Sneed B. Collard III 
Inside Earthquakes by Melissa Stewart
Jump, Leap, Count Sheep!  by Geraldo Valerio
Junior Ranger Activity Book by National Geographic Kids
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
Karl, Get Out of the Garden!  by Anita Sanchez
Koala, by Claire Saxby
Kyle Goes Alone by Jan Thornhill
Leaflets Three, Let it Be! The story of poison ivy by Anita Sanchez

Life on Surtsey, Iceland's Upstart Island by Loree Griffin Burns 
Listen to Our World by Bill Martin & Michael Sampso
Little Kids First Big Book of How by Jill Esbaum
 Little One by Jo Weaver
Living Fossils: Clues to the Past by Caroline Arnold
Micro Mania by Jordan D. Brown 
Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue by Karen Romano Young
Mission to Pluto (SITF) by Mary Kay Carson
Moonlight Crab Count   
Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose, by Geraldo Valerio 
The Mouse and the Meadow by Chad Wallace
My Awesome Summer,  by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel
Naturally Curious by Mary Holland
Nefertiti, the Spidernaut by Darcy Pattison
The Next Wave (SITF) by Elizabeth Rusch
Night Creepers, by Linda Stanek
Night Sky (NGK Readers series), by Laura March 
Older than the Stars by Karen C. Fox 
On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen
On the Wing by David Elliott
Once Upon an Elephant By Linda Stanek
Otis the Owl  by Mary Holland
Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea by Marianne Berkes
Painting Butterflies and Blooms by Sherry Nelson
A Place for Fish by  Melissa Stewart
A Place for Turtles By Melissa Stewart
Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Plants (a Reader - level 1) by Kathryn Williams
Plants Can't Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Prairie Storms by Darcy Pattison 
Predator Face-Off by Melissa Stewart
Python by Christopher Cheng
Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor 
Red Pandas by Laura Marsh
Rise of the Lioness by Bradley Hagu  
A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beat
 Salamander Season by Jennifer Keats Curtis 
The Science of Science Fiction by Matthew Brenden Wood 
Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea by Ellen Prager
Sea Turtle Scientist (SITF) By Stephen R. Swinburne
Seabird in the Forest written and illustrated by Joan Dunning
The Secret Galaxy by Fran Hodgkins
The Secret Life of the RedFox  By Lawrence Pringle 
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle 
The Secret Pool by Kimberly Ridley
The Secrets of Saturn by Kassandra Radomski 
Snow School By Sandra Markle
Spidermania: Friends on the Web by Alexandra Siy
Spring Blossoms by Carole Gerber
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Tall Tall Tree, by Anthony D. Fredericks
That's Deadly: Fatal Facts  by Crispin Boyer
There's a Bug on my Book! by John Himmelman
They Just Know: Animal Instincts by Robin Yardi
 Things That Float and Things That Don't by David Adler
Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants  By Sandra Markle
Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen 
Tigers by Jill Esbaum
 Tiny Creepy Critters (series)
To the Edge of the Universe, a 14-foot fold-out journey by Raman Prinja
To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space by Carmella Van Vleet
Together forever! True stories of amazing animal friendships, by Mary Quattlebaum
Trees, Ultimate Explorer Field Guide, National Geographic Kids
Turtles (EZ) by Laura Marsh
Two Truths and a Lie  by Laurie Ann Thompson and Ammi-Joan Paquette
Ugly Animals by Laura Marsh
Ultimate Reptileopedia by Christina Wilsdon
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart
Up, Up and Away by Ginger Wadsworth 
Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper by Anastasia Suen
Waiting for Ice by Sandra Markle
Watersong by Tim McCanna
Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliot
Weird and Wonderful Show-Offs by Margaret McPhee
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
What if You Had Animal Hair? by Sandra Markle
What in the World? Look Again by National Geographic
What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day
 When the Wind Blows by Stacy Clark
Whose Eye am I? by Shelley Rotner
Whose Poop is That? By Darrin Lunde
Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett
Winter Trees by Carole Gerber
Wisdom, the Midway Albatross by Darci Pattison
Woodpecker Wham! by April Pulley Sayre
Worms for Breakfast: How to feed a zoo by Helaine Becker
Yucky Worms by Vivian French