Summer Read-to-Learn

All summer, I’ll be sharing books for kids of all ages on topics that will interest them or offer them something new to learn about. Most of the time, these will be nonfiction books, but sometimes we can learn from fictional stories too.

I hope you will stay tuned to these posts. They will always have Summer Read-to-Learn in the title and the tags. There will be books from some of my favorite publishers like Feeding Minds Press, Chronicle Kids, Twirl, Templar Books, Candlewick Press, and others as well as books on all kinds of topics kids love to read and learn about. Be sure to stop by each week to see what book I’m sharing as part of my Summer Read-to-Learn series.

To see all the books in the Summer Read-to-Learn series, click HERE.

The Mighty Pollinators cover

Step Gently, Look Closely
By: Helen Frost
Photography by: Rick Lieder
Published: March 26, 2024
Publisher: Candlewick Press

This appears to be the seventh book in Frost’s Step Gently, Look Closely series where she takes a closer look at birds, insects, and flowers. Summer is the perfect time to step outside and look closely at what is happening in your backyard or a nearby park. Spot a flower and you’ll likely see a pollinator close by.

When I think of pollinators I immediately think of bees and butterflies. But, ants, flies, wasps, moths, and bats are pollinators too. Each page of the book focuses on a pollinator with a gorgeous closeup image of that pollinator at work. You’ll see a bee completely covered in white pollen specks or an ant with pollen specks on its head.

The Mighty Pollinators pagespread

These close-up images along with the informative poetry help kids understand how the insects help pollen travel and why their job is so important. The images are beautiful and frame-worthy and the poems are short to keep even the youngest child interested.

The end of the book has more explanations about pollen, pollination, and how to help the pollinators. Read this book with your child and head outside to explore and see if they can spot a pollinator at work.

Helen Frost’s novels, poetry, and picture books are loved by readers of all ages. They have won many honors and awards, including a Michael L. Printz honor for “Keesha’s House,” and inclusion on Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Notables, and over 50 state award lists. Helen grew up in a large family, first in Brookings, South Dakota, and later in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. She now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where her yard is a “Monarch Waystation.” She loves poetry, children, and exploring the world. Check out her website, HERE.

Rick Lieder has collaborated with Helen Frost on six previous picture books. He is an artist and nature photographer whose work has appeared on the National Geographic channel. He lives with his wife, writer Kathe Koja, in Michigan. Check out his website, HERE.

To purchase a copy of THE MIGHTY POLLINATORS, click HERE.

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