Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
A Season of Flowers (Tilbury House Nature Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780884486237
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - January 2nd, 2018

As Michael Garland writes, "you can follow the passage of time by observing which flowers are in bloom." A Season of Flowers (Tilbury House, $17.95) follows the changing seasons by introducing beautiful spring, summer, and fall blossoms in the order they appear on the East Coast. The book ends in winter, as the flowers "slumber and wait for rebirth." Sweet, simple rhymes accompany Garland's fascinatingly layered digital collage illustrations. A section at the back goes into more detail about each flower pictured. Another page explains the science of flowers, including how bees and other animals help them reproduce and spread. Ages 3-8. Elli Bloomberg. 

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Being a Bee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781438011172
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - April 1st, 2018

Have you ever wondered about the complex lives of honeybees? This thorough, adorable picture book will tell you all you need to know about Being a Bee (Barron's, $6.99). Jinny Johnson goes into detail about bee social life—the different roles they play within their nests, how they grow up, and how they tell each other about the best flowers (it involves something called the "waggle dance"). She even explains how beekeepers can raise their own hives and harvest the honey inside—leaving enough for the bees, of course! Lucy Davey's eye-catchingly bright illustrations will make even the most reluctant readers want to become bee experts. Ages 5-8. Elli Bloomberg.

YA Pick
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544717138
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 20th, 2018

That Maria Merian—The Girl Who Drew Butterflies (HMH, $17.99)–would become one of the world’s first ecologists was an astonishing feat, especially given that sixteenth century science was built around things like “spontaneous generation”, and that women were expected to be faithful wives and mothers...and not much else. Raised in part by an artist stepfather who drew flowers, Maria became a talented artist herself. But in addition to flowers, she took a particular interest in the caterpillars, moths and butterflies around them–especially where they came from, and how they were related to each other. With a sharp eye and a keen intellect, her beautiful and realistic paintings became–both figuratively and literally–textbook tools that shaped our understanding of the natural world. Nature poet Joyce Sidman’s biography of Merian is a concise, accessible narrative that flows like fiction, and is replete with Merian’s signature artwork, informative insets and sidebars, and extensive back matter. Ages 10-12. Marc Villa.