Raindrops Roll

Raindrops Roll 

by April Pulley Sayre

Beach Lane Books, 2015

A beautifully photographed, poetic look at rain – what it does and where it lands and how we see it. Simple, gorgeous science,

It thuds.
Makes mud.
It fills.
It spills.

Today at Shelf-employed, I’m featuring a Picture Book Roundup including Raindrops Roll and other new favorites.  Please stop by.  You can follow me @shelfemployed on Twitter.

Copyright © 2015 L. Taylor All Rights Reserved.

Hands-on Science at Its Best: The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature

Today at Wrapped in Foil blog we have a discussion of a 2015 finalist for the  AAAS/SubaruSB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Hands-on Science Book category, The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature (BBG Guides for a Greener Planet) by a team of educators from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and illustrated by László Veres.


What a lovely title! First of all, the book is beautifully illustrated. In fact the illustrations are so detailed and complex, it could easily be used as a seek-and-find book for the youngest set.

It is also packed with information. Roughly organized by season, it has hands-on activities, explanations of careers (such as nature educator and field biologist), explanations of habitats, and identification guides.

The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature is an exciting new book for young nature lovers and scientists. Every nature educator is going to want a copy, as well.


We have a summary of all the AAAS/SubaruSB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books finalists at Growing With Science blog, many with links to reviews.



Published by Mims House
ISBN-10: 1629440019, ISBN-13: 978-1629440019

Darcy Pattison and Kitty Harvill have teamed up again, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. A couple of years ago, I reviewed their previous collaboration, WISDOM, THE MIDWAY ALBATROSS, for STEM Friday. You can read that review here.

Unlike Wisdom, the main character in ABAYOMI,  THE BRAZILIAN PUMA, is a mammal, a feline–not a bird. Unlike Wisdom, Abayomi lives in South America, in Brazil–not on an island in the North Pacific Ocean. Unlike Wisdom, Abayomi is a baby, an orphan–not a wise, old mother. Yet their stories have much in common.

Read all about what these two unlikely protagonists share in the rest of the review, posted here.