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Posts Tagged ‘Nonfiction’

Woodpecker Wham!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, May 12, 2015.

“Verdict: Lovely and exciting, this title is a great hook for young researchers, as well as fledgling ornithologists.”

-Starred Review, School Library Journal.

“Repetitive onomatopoeic sounds such as ‘CHOP, CHIP, CHOP’ and ‘BONK-BONK-BONK’ combine with plentiful alliteration to make the simple verses come alive . . . Attractive and surprisingly informative, this should join the duo’s Eat Like a Bear (2013) on every preschool and primary nature shelf.”

-Kirkus

“Sayre introduces the distinctively noisy woodpecker and the rhythmic cadences that fill its industrious life through a rhyming, sound word-filled text.”

-Horn Book

“Short, playful text featuring plenty of action words and onomatopoeia describes a variety of woodpecker activities.”

-Booklist

Raindrops Roll: Miss Rumphius, Secrets & Science

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 7.35.56 AM5P0A5318Raindrops Roll , which has received two starred reviews, one in Kirkus, one in School Library Journal, comes out with Beach Lane/S&S on Jan 5, 2015.  Each photo I took has a special meaning to me and some have hidden creatures in them. So this blog covers the behind-the-scenes secrets and science. For instance, the droplet-covered leaves on the cover are lupine. That’s the same kind of plant made famous by the children’s book, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. The plant produces a tall spike of bluish/purplish flowers. In Indiana, my husband planted several native lupine plants in small flower beds he created. Each year the plants flowered and formed pods. The pods dry and fling seed out of the flower beds. Those plants sprouted in our lawn. My husband mowed around them so the flower bed became bigger and bigger. So, now we, too, have plenty of lupine and the seed pods.  To see one of seed pods, look through the book. Hint…it’s not just seeds that “fly.”  (By the way, there’s a tiny fly in the front cover photo. Can you find it?)

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Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Rah, rah, raspberries! Go, go, grapes! Prepare yourselves. Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant will be released May 22, 2012.  I’m proud of the luscious photos, which were taken primarily at our local farmer’s market, small grocery stores in our town, and a few markets I visited on travels. Several fruit parties had to be held to munch all the fruit I purchased from friendly fruit folk!

Meet the Howlers!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

This book was inspired by our observations of howler monkeys in Panama.  To hear howler monkeys I recorded in Panama, click on the calls below. You can also hear toucans grinding their bills, parrots flying, hummingbirds clicking. Howler call edited Howler call begins edited Howler

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Back by popular demand! This book is back in print and better than ever, with expanded main text, more endmatter about various species of sea turtles, and new illustrations. It was named as one of the best children’s books of the year by the Bank Street College. (more…)

See you at ALA: Nonfiction Book Blast

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

I’ll be at ALA in Chicago.   10:30 am. on Sunday morning is Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks for Reluctant Readers. Expand your nonfiction repertoire as 18 authors booktalk their latest work. You’ll leave with postcards with all the booktalks you can use in your library. I’ll be presenting a brief booktalk on bird storytimes, featuring Honk, Honk, Goose and Vulture View.

My signings: Sunday  Henry Holt 2-3 pm

Sunday Charlesbridge 4-5 pm   Stop by and say hello!

Can’t come? Check out the booktalks wiki for booktalk texts.

Understanding and Decoding Nonfiction Text

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Understanding. Decoding. Absorbing. Whatever you want to call it, kids develop skills to dig into nonfiction text. They learn to pay attention to details and themes.
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Analyzing and Honoring Writing at Sandhills Elem in Swansea, SC

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

See how the teachers at Sandhills Elementary honor writing and analyze books. (more…)

I. N. K. Interesting Nonfiction for Kids book blog

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

I.N.K.

Montly, I participate in I.N.K., Interesting Nonfiction for Kids. This is a group blog of many leading nonfiction authors and illustrators. The posts are quite stimulating. Lots of big topics are discussed and it is a great way to get to know what is behind quality nonfiction.

I bookmark the blog and read it daily. If you want to keep up on nonfiction, you may want to do the same. Take a look:

 

http://inkrethink.blogspot.com

About Me
April Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual perspectives.

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