Children have a lively interest in the natural world. They love vivid pictures, but they are bored if we dumb it down for them. We offer children’s books that are fascinating even for adults, full of in-depth science, but graphic and fun—many with projects and activities that make facts real. Also, great story books, beautifully and cleverly told and illustrated.
Mikl enjoys the search for the best children’s books, and delights in artful and expressive illustrations and well-written text. This year he has brought in these gems for our Holiday Gift Market:
The Camel’s Lament by Charles E. Carryl: A rollicking rhyme about animals, for children up to 7; illustrations from richly realistic oil paintings by Charles Santore.
Big As A Giant Snail by Jess Keating: Colossally cool collection of photos and kid-friendly illustrations by David DeGrand. Polar bears to huge Atlas Moth for ages 4-8; sizes explained in multiples of bananas.
The Ocean in Your Bathtub by Seth Fishman: The science of oceans explained for children 4-8. The ocean is part of your life and you are a part of the ocean’s life. Wonderful quirky fun illustrations by Isabel Greenberg.
The Variety of Life by Nicola Davies: exploring the extraordinary variety and diversity of the natural world for readers 5-8. Fascinating facts come with charming but accurate paintings of plants and animals.
The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian: Follow a family of rabbits through the seasons in this lyrical story about rabbits doing what they (mostly) really do. For children 4-7; with illustrations by award winning Sonia Sanchez.
Bugs of the World by biologist Francesco Tomasinelli: Children 9-12+ will relish exploring 250 creepy, crawly, creatures, realistically illustrated by Yumenokaori. Get the facts, unique characteristics, life cycles and why bugs are so important to our world. For adults too; Mikl grabbed a copy.