Migration Nation

  • 2016 AAAS/Subarbu SB & F Prize Finalist for Excellence in Science Writing for Children

It's hard to remember when we were first taught that birds fly south for the winter and head back north for the summer, but the larger scope of animal migrations is one that is likely to capture the imagination of most children. From the National Wildlife Foundation, this book examines the mostly seasonal movements of animals in North America. The animals profiled fly, swim, roam, and slither across their habitats for ranges that span the relatively short 1/4-to 5-mile movements of 35 species of snakes and amphibians on the "Snake Road" in Illinois to the up to 10,000-mile coastal journey of gray whales from Mexico to Alaska. Highlighting diverse animals—including insects, fish, herptiles, mammals, and birds—maps and pictures are put to good use as the text discusses why animals are driven to move and how their journeys are being affected by humans and human-related changes in the environment. Parents will especially like the introduction and definition of new vocabulary words and concepts as applied to animal movements, as well as the glossary at the end of the book. Each section ends with a list of websites parents can explore with their children to learn more about the species profiled.
-Science Magazine

 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12!

  • Scholastic Book Club and Fair Pick, A Montessori Services catalog selection

Everyone wants to thumb through 101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12!  by Joanne O’Sullivan. Adults want to know what they’ve missed on the list that ranges from a ghost town, No. 13, or your elected official’s office, No. 28. Young dreamers, list makers, as well as get-up-and-go kids, find something to make them pause as they flip through the colorful pages. Lana Berkowitz, Houston Chronicle

This book is great for any adventurer. It has facts about the different places under each category and even stickers you can use to rate the spots–places you want to visit and places you have already seen. The back of the book has a pull-out map so you find places that really interest you. I especially enjoyed how the book was written like the author was having a casual conversation with you. The stunning photography made me feel like I had already visited the sites without having been there. I am definitely using this book to persuade my parents about where to go on our next vacation. This book has all that you would ever need to become an adventurer! Faces, 2007 (a kid’s review)

101 Ways YouCan Help Save the Planet Before You're 12

  • Best of the Best, 2010, Children, Nature Connections Category, Chicago Public Library

  • 2010 Green Book Festival, Honorable Mention, children’s category

  • Six Elements of Social Justice curriculum, K-5 Setting Montclair State University

  • Favorite Green Book for Kids, Brookline Booksmith

  • District of Columbia Public Library, Recommended Books

  • District of Columbia Public Schools, Grade 5 Recommended Curriculum

  • Recommended by the National Science Teachers' Association

  • Best Book about Protecting the Envrionment, My Teen Entertainment Guide

  • KPCC, Best Earth Day Books for Kids

Kids looking for ways to protect the environment will find dozens of ideas in “101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You’re 12!”  Karen McPherson. Scripps Howard News Service

Bizarre Weather


This is weather beyond your wildest imagination—yet it’s all true: showers of worms from the sky, watermelon snow, gory storms, and other freakish and fun phenomena! Gathered from historic records, present-day news reports and research studies, and spanning the globe from the Sahara to the tundra to the USA, they reveal just how volatile and bizarre weather can be. Find out about supersized hailstones as big as bowling balls; fish raining from the sky; the never-ending lightning that has become a UNESCO National Heritage Site; and fog so thick it killed hundreds of people in a single day. Scientists can explain how and why some of these things happen—but other events remain a mystery.

Animal Eggs


(with Dawn Cusick)

  • 2012 Animal Behavior Society Book of the Year

  • A Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Honor Book 2012

  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum Staff Pick

The authors’ conversational style includes some humorous headers and smoothly written basic bits of information that set each creature apart: reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, mammals, celaphopods, spiders, and insects. The organizational scheme serves browsers well as a means to whet interest; the eggs are grouped by shapes, sizes, colors, guarders, stealers, shelters, and more. The last section, “Whose Egg Is This?” poses the question above five photographs to see whether readers can identify which animal laid it. The combination of basic information and high-quality photography will enable children to answer correctly. School Library Journal