Explore the fascinating world of superlative birds from the tiniest bee hummingbird to the speediest peregrine falcon. Ever wonder which bird has the loudest voice? Which one builds the biggest nest or has the most feathers? Get to know all about the best and brightest―and smelliest!―denizens of the bird world and those characteristics all birds share through fun poems and narrative science notes.
A science glossary, notes on poetry forms, and resources for more bird learning are included. Witty drawings by Robert Meganck add another layer of fun to this humorous and informative gallery of our world’s most accomplished birds.
THREE Starred reviews!!!
"With characteristic humor and carefully crafted language, poet Bulion offers readers amazing facts about birds of our world...These engaging poems read aloud beautifully...Excellent resources for further bird study complete this delightful offering. Entertaining and educational, a superlative package." Kirkus (starred)
March 1, 2020:
They leap! They hop! They march! They squiggle on every continent (except Antarctica). Frogs, salamanders, and caecilians (what are caecilians, anyway??) are on the move and bring their incredible show your way this spring!!
Leaf Litter Critters:
Take a humorous poetic tour through the leaf litter layer and dig into fascinating verse and science notes about billions of tiny critters that live and work there. Meet some of the denizens of the "brown food web," the ecosystem of busy recyclers who engineer and enrich soil so green plants can thrive. Enticing and entertaining illustrations by Robert Meganck add to the adventure.
Included in the book are a glossary of science terms, notes on poetic form, resources for further study, and step-by-step, hands-on investigations for your own discoveries!
"...expertly crafted...A delightful, memorable introduction to an unsung ecosystem."
"...will inspire youngsters to get busy collecting, observing, and penning their own
science-meets-poetry observations." SLJ Curriculum Connections
Random Body Parts:
Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse
Take a free-form, poetic romp through the workings of the human body, solving riddles as you go with a little help from Shakespeare. Fascinating science notes, playful illustrations and science photos add interest and humor. Science and poetry glossaries included.
"Bulion blends highbrow humor and science information..." PW
"[Educators will] find this exquisite gem of a book incredibly useful." SLJ
NCTE Notable Poetry List
AAAS Outstanding Science Book
Parents Choice Approved Award
At the Sea Floor Café:
Odd Ocean Critter Poems
Come visit denizens of the deep as they swim and scuttle across the pages in haiku, limerick, free verse, shape poems and many other forms, accompanied by science notes. Science and poety glossaries included in back matter.
"Beguiling lines...should spark readers' interest in poetry and marine biology alike" PW
Bank Street College Best Book
Parents' Choice Award
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
NCTE Notable Poetry List
Hey There, Stink Bug!
"Take a closer look" at how insects attack prey, hide from predators and populate our Earth in a collection of gruesomely funny poetic forms. Narrative science notes accompany each poem, and science and poetic glossaries round out the back matter.
"The poems in this collection flit and buzz effortlessly from page to page as members of the insect world are showcased in a variety of poetic forms, from haiku to clerihew." SLJ
ABC Best Books for Children
Book Sense Winter Children’s Pick List
Librarian’s Choices Texas Woman’s University Pick
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children
Cabbage white butterfly
The Universe of Fair
Eleven-and-a-half year old science whiz Miller Sanford is drawn into a mishap-filled fair day he never imagined involving a string of tag-along first graders, lemon meringue pie, witch pumpkins and flying death heads. Immensely appealling, humorous illustrations throughout.
"A cheerful and totally entertaining look at fairs, friendship and the value of family."
Bank Street College Best Book
Parents' Choice Silver Award
The Trouble with Rules
Best friends Nadie and Nick pretend they're not after being teased in middle school. When a new girl joins their fourth grade class, she engages the class clown in a gross-out competition with Nadie caught in the middle. Antics involving pencils, potatoes, pillbugs turn more serious as Nadie tries to sort out the importance of friendship.
"Readers will empathize with Nadie's thought-provoking predicaments and her personal responses as she struggles through the transition from lower to upper elementary school." Kirkus
Kansas State Reading Circle Reading List
Sequoyah Children's Masterlist
Cocheco Reader's Award
A month in a seaside cabin with a favorite uncle--most teenaged boys would be thrilled. But not Jonah. He's too busy keeping secrets.
First, there's the letter addressed to his parents from his English teacher.
Second is Jonah's secret reason for not joining the local swim team.
And finally, Jonah convinces his little sister to keep yet another secret, one that gets him into a lot more than he bargained for during his month at the shore with Uncle Nate...
"Realistic details about marine biology research and boat motor mechanics are engaging, and reluctant readers...will identify with Jonah. Add this title to survival/adventure collections." SLJ
Kansas State Reading Circle Middle Reader Pick
Bank Street Best Book
Public Library of Cincinnati Librarian's Choice
Mark Twain Award nominee
Fatuma's New Cloth
Join young Fatuma in a joyful visit to an East African market where she finds the secret to perfect chai and her own special qualities by looking beyond appearances.
"In Bulion's tender tale set in East Africa, the traditions of chai (tea) and kanga cloth contribute to a mother's gentle lesson to her daughter." PW
Best Book for Young Children: Children's Africana Book Award