New Release Books by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons is the author of Dinosaurs (2022), Ladybugs (New and Updated) (2022), Groundhog Day (New and Updated) (2022), Easter (2022) and other 226 books.

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Dinosaurs

release date: Aug 30, 2022
Dinosaurs
The perfect book for little hands on that most fascinating of creatures, dinosaurs. Long ago, there was the Age of Dinosaurs. Tiny explorers can discover the many different types of dinosaurs that existed in the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretacious periods. This sturdy board book will hold up to hours and hours of use as toddlers pore over basic dinosaur facts. According to The Washington Post, Gail Gibbons "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children''s writer-illustrator.” In her experienced hands, the perennially popular subject of dinosaurs gets a clear, simple, and visually appealing treatment for the very youngest readers and listeners.

Ladybugs (New and Updated)

release date: Apr 05, 2022
Ladybugs (New and Updated)
From Gail Gibbons, the #1 author of science books for kids, learn everything to know about the iconic ladybug in this new edition updated with the latest facts from experts. This new and updated edition presents the latest scientific information on ladybugs in language accessible for young readers through bright illustrations, informative diagrams, and easy-to-read text. Kids will rethink what they know about the little red bug while being introduced to biology vocabulary and environmentalism. See the ladybug grow from an egg to an adult. Explore just some of the different colorings and markings from the thousands of ladybug varieties around the world. Learn about the ladybug’s behavior, habitat, and how they protect crops by eating harmful insects. The final page includes quick ladybug facts and resources for further learning. Author of over 120 nonfiction books for kids, including the beloved Monarch Butterfly and From Seed to Plant, and with hundreds of thousands of books sold, Gail Gibbons continues to bring science to kids this colorful and approachable book about everyone’s favorite lucky bug.

Groundhog Day (New and Updated)

release date: Jan 25, 2022
Groundhog Day (New and Updated)
Will he see his shadow? Will spring come early or late? But most importantly-- what does a groundhog have to do with the weather? Every year on February 2nd, people all across the United States watch groundhogs come out of their burrows-- especially in the town of Punxsutawney-- trying to figure out if the weather will stay cold, or begin to warm up. In Groundhog Day!, children''s nonfiction master Gail Gibbons delves into the history behind this unusual holiday, and examines the ancient traditions that evolved into our modern holiday. With her signature combination of simple, clear text and bright illustrations, Gibbons introduces everything you need to know about groundhogs, too-- what they eat, where they live, and how they raise their young. An overview of different Groundhog Day traditions around the country is included, as well as a page of groundhog trivia. A perfect introduction to this unique celebration!

Easter

release date: Jan 18, 2022
Easter
The story, how it is celebrated today, and the origin of some traditions.

Volcanoes

release date: Jan 18, 2022
Volcanoes
Rumbling, hissing, shaking. . .a volcano is about to erupt! Learn all about volcanoes, from tectonic plates to what do when there is a volcanic warning, in this primer for young readers. Did you know there are four main types of volcanoes? Or that volcanoes are classified as active, dormant, or extinct? The Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is an extinct volcano. It’s about 40.5 million years old! Gail Gibbons explores the hows and whys of volcanoes, using direct sentences, maps, infographics, and illustrations. Readers will learn about the four layers of the earth, the basics of plate tectonics, the different types of volcanoes, and much more. Fully vetted by a working volcanologist, this book is perfect for earth science lovers and aspiring volcanologists. This title is part of the Explore the World . . . with Gail Gibbons series, which promotes active learning, good citizenship, and student leadership.

Gail Gibbons' From Seed to Plant Workbook

release date: Jan 11, 2022
Gail Gibbons' From Seed to Plant Workbook
Available for the first time! A workbook full of simple activities that makes learning about plant life cycles easy and fun while children practice key skills. From the master of science books for primary grades comes a jam-packed workbook of activities designed to help a child enjoy learning, while keeping them busy for hours. Targeted specifically at the kindergarten science curriculum, but also appropriate for pre-school age and first graders, the workbook meets Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards while making learning easy and fun. As they follow the key lessons in Gail Gibbons’ best-selling From Seed to Plant, children will be able to draw, color, trace and sort as they learn basic curricula, including the parts of a plant, pollination, what plants are used for, and the life cycle of plant. Everything is included that a parent will need to use the book with their child, and a page that encourages further discussion, exploration and writing is included.

Elephants of Africa (New & Updated Edition)

release date: Sep 21, 2021
Elephants of Africa (New & Updated Edition)
Observe a herd of African elephants in their natural habitat and discover the many amazing facts about them, from trunk to tail. Elephants are the largest land animals alive today. Intelligent and social, they are amazing creatures that live all across Africa. While they are not endangered right now, they are still vulnerable to environmental and human threat, and it is important that we learn all there is to protect in these loveable mammals. Using her signature combination of clear information and detailed illustrations, Gail Gibbons presents important facts about elephant behavior, habitats, diet, and more. It is a valuable addition to the Explore the World with Gail Gibbons collection, right alongside Gorillas New & Updated.

Gorillas (New & Updated Edition)

release date: May 11, 2021
Gorillas (New & Updated Edition)
Follow a group of gorillas through the African rainforest and learn how they live, and how they need help to survive. Gorillas are smart, strong, and shy animals that live all over the rainforests in Africa. They live together in families called social groups in order to protect and support each other, but even so, they face ever-growing dangers every day from predators and humans. To find the best ways to help, we also need to learn how they live and adapt to their environment. In this easy introduction, young readers can discover information about how these primates live, how they eat and raise their young, and their physical characteristics. This new and updated edition of Gorillas contains the latest facts from a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. Explore the World with Gail Gibbons is an exciting collection of simple, factual information for those curious about the world around them, and Gorillas is an especially detailed and attractively illustrated addition.

Marshes & Swamps (New & Updated Edition)

release date: May 11, 2021
Marshes & Swamps (New & Updated Edition)
An eye-catching, kid-friendly exploration of marshes, swamps, and the plants and animals that thrive there. Introducing, the wetlands: unique ecosystems that are not only a home for an extensive amount of wildlife, but also a vital storage place for one of Earth''s most precious resources, water. What lives there? Find out in this simple yet extensive exploration of marshes and swamps and what they are, why they''re important, and the birds, fish, and wildlife that make it their homes. Comparing and contrasting the different types of wetlands, Marshes & Swamps explores the basics of wetland formation, the differences between salt and freshwater ecosystems, and what types of plants and trees flourish in each. Also included is an introduction to wetland conservation, a map of major swamp and marshlands in the United States, and a page of marsh and swamp facts. Perfect for elementary students, Marshes & Swamps will have you on the lookout for wetlands wherever you travel.

Sharks

release date: May 04, 2021
Sharks
Are sharks really dangerous? How many kinds are there? And how do they help the environment? From huge whale sharks to tiny dwarf sharks, this book has everything you need to know about one of our most popular--and mysterious--sea creatures. Millions of years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth, the first sharks swam in the sea. Though they''re often feared and misunderstood, most sharks aren''t dangerous to humans. With her signature combination of accessible, kid-friendly text and clear, well-labeled illustrations, Gail Gibbons introduces many of the more than three hundred types of sharks in the ocean, and gives concise information about their habitats and physical characteristics.

Frogs (New & Updated Edition)

release date: Feb 09, 2021
Frogs (New & Updated Edition)
Growing from tiny tadpoles to massive master jumpers, frogs and their life cycles are fascinating. How far can frogs jump? Why do their eggs look slimy? Answer these questions and many more in this illustrated introduction to amphibians. With her signature bright, well-labeled diagrams and simple text, Gail Gibbons introduces the habitat and life cycles of frogs and gives an overview of common frog behaviors. Important biology vocabulary is introduced, defined, and reinforced with kid-friendly language and clear illustrations--plus a page of intriguing frog trivia and clear diagrams that show how frogs are different from toads. Bonus material is included about the unique role frogs play in the environment.

Tornadoes! (New Edition)

release date: Nov 17, 2020
Tornadoes! (New Edition)
What in the world is a tornado? In this age of extreme weather, this newly updated edition of Gail Gibbons'' informative introduction to tornadoes, with safety tips included, answers that question. Tornadoes form when hot, humid air rises from the ground and meets with the cooler, denser air that is falling back to Earth. The two airstreams begin to swirl, pulling in more and more air to form a funnel-shaped cloud. The winds can swirl faster than 261 miles per hour! Newly revised and vetted by weather experts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Tornadoes is an accessible introduction to this fascinating phenomenon. Using her praised combination of clear text and detailed illustrations, Gail Gibbons shares more than fifty tornado facts. . . . including how tornadoes form, the scale used for classifying them, and the safest places to go in case one should happen near you. Featuring simple, kid-friendly text, colorful paintings, and well-labeled diagrams, Gail Gibbons'' nonfiction titles have been called ""staples of any collection" (Kirkus Reviews) and offer clear, accessible introductions to complex topics for young readers beginning to explore the world.

Apples

release date: Aug 04, 2020
Apples
Find out where your favorite crunchy, refreshing fruit comes from in this snack-sized book. Apples come in all shapes and sizes from all over the world. Take a bite and chew on months of planting, growing, picking, and selling that bring this tasty fruit into the home. With deliciously bright, detailed images and a simple text, Apples is the perfect board book for small curious hands who are still new to the crisp comfort of autumn. Gail Gibbons, a dedicated explorer of the world on behalf of curious young readers, uncovers and educates young audiences with board books on everything from Pumpkins to Bicycles to Boats. Readers ages 4-8 will also enjoy the newly-updated picture book version of Apples, which includes even more delectable details, diagrams, and vocabulary.

Pandas

release date: Nov 09, 2021
Pandas
Learn all there is to know in this board book about one of the cutest, fluffiest, hungriest mammals around. Giant pandas: they are indigenous to China and are adored the world over. But they are more than a bundle of fluff and squeaks. With this board book, toddlers and their care providers will fall in love all over again when they learn that giant pandas are also energetic climbers and swimmers, and that they may eat around 10,000 pounds of bamboo in a year. With her signature combination of accessible, kid-friendly text and bold illustrations, Gail Gibbons also introduces the ways people around the world are helping to save giant pandas'' homes. Maybe you can help too!

Migration

release date: Aug 04, 2020
Migration
Get kids thinking with this primer on sky, land, and sea animal migrations. Did you know Arctic terns migrate farther than any other animal? Gray whales can swim up to 12,000 miles during their migration journeys and Emperor penguins walk about 125 miles over ice to reach their nesting grounds. Gail Gibbons explores the many reasons why animals migrate, using direct sentences, maps, infographics, and illustrations. Featuring over 30 different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and fishes, this nonfiction picture book is perfect for aspiring zookeepers and animal-lovers. Fully vetted for accuracy by James Doherty, Curator Emeritus, The New York Zoological Society. This title is part of the Explore the World . . . with Gail Gibbons series, which promotes active learning, good citizenship, and student leadership. A Bank Street Best Children''s Book of the Year!

Sea Turtles (New & Updated Edition)

release date: Apr 07, 2020
Sea Turtles (New & Updated Edition)
Dive into the world''s oceans to explore the adventurous lives of one of the oldest living animals. Descended from enormous prehistoric creatures, sea turtles are fascinating. Hatched from eggs smaller than a baseball, some can grow to weigh over a thousand pounds. Once adults, they can live to be around 100 years old. And when it''s time to nest, they migrate more than 1,000 miles. With colorful, clear illustrations and straightforward text, Gail Gibbons introduces the eight kinds of sea turtles living in the ocean today. Learn the similarities and differences with labeled diagrams and experience the hatching of the tiny turtle babies with detailed illustrations. This updated edition now includes the most up-to-date information about these beloved reptiles, as reviewed by an expert vetter in the field of herpetology. Sea Turtles also gives young readers an accessible overview of how the lives of these large reptiles have become threatened and discusses the conservation efforts currently taking place. Ideal for aspiring oceanographers, this brightly-illustrated book is a perfect introduction to the subject.

Farming (New & Updated Edition)

release date: May 14, 2019
Farming (New & Updated Edition)
Explore the natural world with Gail Gibbons in this introduction to farming and the work done on a farm throughout the seasons. Farms are busy places throughout the year. Animals are born, fields are plowed and planted, and crops are harvested. The winters are quiet, but there are always chores to be done, and soon spring will come again. This new edition of a popular favorite has been vetted by an agricultural scientist and includes updated farming procedures and shows new safety equipment for family farms. "Simple stylized shapes and clear bright colors make Gibbons'' landscapes easy for young children to comprehend." --Booklist "Gibbons depicts aspects of farm life with her characteristic bright colors and stylized forms. Every season brings its own specific chores, indoors and out, its own crops and its own food. There are the forces of nature, and the ways the farmer harnesses or copes with the elements using mechanical devices."--Publishers Weekly

The Reasons for Seasons (New & Updated Edition)

release date: May 14, 2019
The Reasons for Seasons (New & Updated Edition)
Cold winters, hot summers--year after year the seasons repeat themselves. But what causes them? Why is there winter in the Southern Hemisphere at the same time there is summer in the Northern Hemisphere? In summertime, why is it still light out in the evening? With simple language appropriate for young readers, non-fiction master Gail Gibbons introduces young readers to the four seasons and explains why they change throughout the year. Newly revised and vetted by experts, this updated edition of The Reasons for Seasons introduces the solstices, the equinoxes, and the tilt in Earth''s axis that causes them, and gives examples of what each season is like across the globe from pole to pole. Clear, simple diagrams of the earth''s orbit are labeled with important vocabulary, explained and reinforced with accessible explanations. Fascinating and easy to understand, this is a perfect introduction to seasons, earth''s orbit, and axial tilt. Different effects on different parts of the world are included, illustrating the difference in climate between the equator, the northern and southern hemispheres, and the polar regions.

Planes

release date: Jan 15, 2019
Planes
A high-flying board book introducing all kinds of planes--from pontoons and propellers to the space shuttle! From early attempts at flight through modern jumbo jets, this board book, jam packed with more than 30 flying machines, will soar into the hands of your little ones. Featuring very simple text and bright illustrations introducing different planes, helicopters, jets and rockets, Planes will appeal to curious young readers and spark their interest in things that fly. Don''t miss Gail Gibbons'' other exciting board book transportation titles, including Boat Book, Trucks, and Bicycles! Acclaimed nonfiction author Gail Gibbons "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children''s writer-illustrator" according to The Washington Post. These accessible, kid-friendly introductions to the world around us are now available in board-book form, simplified and formatted for the youngest readers and designed to spark their curiosity.

The Puffins Are Back

release date: Jan 15, 2019
The Puffins Are Back
The beloved Atlantic Puffin was nearly extinct, till some enterprising scientists came to its rescue... Gail Gibbons introduces readers to the fascinating lives of puffins and puffin conservation. Puffins along the coast of Maine were once hunted to near-extinction. Now, through a careful breeding program, scientists eagerly await the puffins'' return each year to hatch their young. With cheerful illustrations and clear text, Gail Gibbons explains the conservation program and the life cycle of this amazing bird. According to The Washington Post, Gail Gibbons, "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children''s writer-illustrator." She has published more than 100 informational titles, all fully vetted by experts,. Her many honors include The Washington Post/Children''s Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award.

Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea

release date: Jan 15, 2019
Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea
Dive deep with Gail Gibbons as she explains the mechanics and discoveries of deep-sea exploration. The surface of the moon is more familiar to us than the deep sea of our own planet. Many oceanographers are trying to change that. To explore the deep sea, they climb into submersibles and employ Remotely Operated Vehicles to find out more about the ocean and ocean floor. In Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea, nonfiction rockstar Gail Gibbons invites readers along for a journey to the depths of the ocean. Without leaving home, readers will learn about the types of animals found at different sea levels. With her trademark combination of clearly-labeled diagrams, infographics, and accessible language, Gibbons explains the technology for exploration, and the many fascinating discoveries scientists have made in the darkest reaches of the ocean. A perfect introduction for aspiring oceanographers, marine biologists, and conservationists, this new edition has been vetted by an expert oceanographer.

Hurricanes! (New Edition)

release date: Jan 15, 2019
Hurricanes! (New Edition)
What in the world is a hurricane? In this age of extreme weather, this newly updated edition of Gail Gibbons'' informative introduction to hurricanes, with safety tips included, answers that question. Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, create waves as high as eighteen feet, and change the shape of a shoreline. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. In this newly revised edition, vetted by weather experts, Gail Gibbons introduces readers to the concepts of hurricane formation, classification, weather preparedness, and the ever-evolving technology that helps us try to predict the behavior of these powerful storms. Extensive updates include refined definitions for hurricane-related vocabulary, updated information about the wind speeds that define hurricane categories, information on emergency preparedness, and more. As these weather disturbances become more frequent and more powerful, Hurricanes is the perfect introduction for children to this important and timely topic. With her signature clear, colorful paintings and well-labeled diagrams, Gail Gibbons'' nonfiction titles have been called ""staples of any collection" (Kirkus Reviews) and offer clear, accessible introductions to complex topics for young readers beginning to explore the world.

The Planets

release date: Jan 16, 2018
The Planets
A nonfiction favorite for more than twenty years, The Planets has been updated to include some of the latest discoveries in space exploration. From the burning surface of Venus to the freezing darkness of Neptune, Gail Gibbons takes children on a tour of our planetary neighbors—which are very different from each other in size, shape, orbit, and even weather. Since its original publication in 1993, The Planets has been a home and classroom staple for introducing our solar system to the youngest readers. With her signature blend of clear, bright illustrations and accessible text, Gail Gibbons takes readers on a tour of our planetary neighbors, near and far. From the burning surface of Venus to the freezing darkness of Neptune, the bodies in our solar system are named, described, and illustrated in clear, well-labeled spreads that give a strong sense of shape and scale to our skies. Each entry is full of intriguing details about their composition, behavior, and moons.

Whales

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Whales
"...an attractive, informative production." - School Library Journal

Spiders

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Spiders
"...bright illustrations and simple text, pleasantly presented in read-along form, should be welcomed by budding entomologists." -School Library Journal

Penguins!

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Penguins!
"Mazzoli''s steady, clear narration is perfect for articulating facts about these birds of the Arctic. Listeners will relish hearing about the variety of penguins and their distinctive characteristics.... Penguin calls and sounds from the habitat complete the recording." -AudioFile 2011

Bunnies

release date: Feb 02, 2021
Bunnies
Hop...hop...hop into spring with a cuddly board book all about bunnies! Bunnies have fluffy coats, and remarkable instincts, and adorable wiggly noses; it''s no wonder the Easter Bunny is so popular! But how did it get to be such a big part of Easter? This information-packed but easy-to-read board book teaches toddlers and parents about rabbits and how they came to be a major tradition in Easter celebrations. With colorful illustrations and unusual facts, award-winning science author Gail Gibbons shows that it is never too early to learn.

The Pumpkin Book

release date: Jan 01, 2018
The Pumpkin Book
"Narrator Polly Collier is very good. Her strong, clear voice makes her sound much like a teacher, and I appreciated her explanation to young listeners that she would be reading the text portion of a picture book...It''s a wonderful book, full of interesting trivia..." - AudioFile

Horses

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Horses
"Gail Gibbons''s detailed introduction to horses is packed with historical facts, breed information, care and grooming tips.... Pierno''s well-paced and deliberately pronounced reading is supplemented with sound effects of neighing, whinnying, and galloping horses as well as brief snippets of background orchestra music. ...Children with an interest in horses will find this title an adequate springboard for further reading." -School Library Journal

Wolves

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Wolves
Award-winning narrator George Guidall''s adept reading enlivens a text packed with information in this exploration of the life of the gray wolf (or timber wolf). Using her effective format of large color drawings and useful facts, Gail Gibbons once again provides an excellent resource for primary-grade students.

Monarch Butterfly

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Monarch Butterfly
"Bonnie Kelley-Young''s narrative voice is well suited to the subject matter and its audience....The sound effects enhance the story and add to the sense of wonder." -AudioFile

It's Raining!

release date: Jan 01, 2018
It's Raining!
Dark clouds fill the sky and soonu0097it''s raining! In this accessible and clear introduction, the water cycle, cloud formations, and various rain events are all part of a solid overview of rain and how it affects the world around us. Gibbons''s bright watercolors and simple, descriptive text are perfect for explaining weather and climate to young readers.

Flowers

release date: Mar 24, 2020
Flowers
Explore a lush garden of plant life. . . . from your bookshelf! Packed with science concepts, this picture book will tell you everything you need to know about flowers. With her signature combination of clearly-labeled diagrams, infographics, and accessible language, Gail Gibbons introduces the basics and life cycle of flowers. Sweet-smelling violets, delicate roses, vibrant tulips-- and many more-- come alive on the profusely illustrated pages. Including information on common regional species, flowers'' habitable ranges, basic flower care and cultivation, and flower anatomy and pollination, this picture book introduction is perfect for both budding gardeners and aspiring scientists. Explore a worldwide garden without ever leaving home! Beloved by educators, nonfiction superstar Gail Gibbons has covered seeds, farming, vegetables, fruits, and much more for children. According to the Washington Post, "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children''s writer-illustrator." This Explore the World . . . with Gail Gibbons title promotes active learning, good citizenship, and student leadership.
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