Connecting Children and Nature
This December, remember to pause and take a breath! It’s important to have moments when we rest from all the demands placed on us. And just like adults, children need quiet, tender moments, too.
You can share a quiet space with the children in your life inside the pages of these two poignant picture books about belonging, courage, and late night magic.
Amy’s Light captures the magic of nighttime with its lifelike yet dreamy art. Amy is a young girl who is afraid of the dark shadows in her bedroom, but soon notices a slight glow in the back yard.
When she discovers the source, she exuberantly catches fireflies in a jar—only to see their lights go dim. When she releases them, she finds that her fear of the dark is gone too.
The warm, lovely photo-illustrations are based on the author/illustrator’s daughter. Amy’s Light is a captivating and encouraging read aloud.
All over the world, children want the same thing–the comfort of knowing that they belong, that they are part of something meaningful.
Inside All takes the reader on a journey from the glowing edges of the universe into the warm heart of a sleepy child at bedtime, where we discover, not something small, but something huge.
This is a story about how we each have a place in the world, and how the world lives in each of us. If you’re looking for the perfect bedtime read aloud to quiet the minds of young ones, Inside All is the book for you.
Both of these tender picture books are 50% off when you purchase them through our website. Have a lovely (and peaceful) holiday season!
Artist of the Month
Rebecca Evans started drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon and just never stopped. As an illustrator she brings a whimsical touch to both animals and people. Young readers will be delighted by the unusual details hidden in Rebecca’s imaginative illustrations in If You Played Hide-and-Seek with a Chameleon. Each reading will bring a new discovery! She’s authored and/or illustrated nineteen […]
Nature Books for Kids
It’s that time of year again for birders of all skill levels: the Christmas Bird Count has begun! There is still time to sign up for a one-day count happening now through January 6th. Go to Audubon’s website to find out more about this easy citizen science project for the whole family!
Whether you take part in this year’s Christmas Bird Count or not, birding is a great way to encourage kids to tune in to the natural world. Birds are everywhere, from cities to suburbs. And we have the perfect series to introduce young children (ages 5-9) to the joys of seeking, spotting, and identifying wild birds.
The BLUES Go Birding series features five cartoon bluebirds with spunky personalities. In The BLUES Go Birding Across America, Eggbert, Sammi, and the rest of the BLUES launch a cross-country journey to discover an amazing variety of birds—from the eagle in Alaska, to the woodpecker in Michigan, to the mockingbird in Georgia.
More than just a fun and imaginative travelogue—The BLUES Go Birding Across America is also a young person’s primer to birdwatching, including Eggbert’s helpful birding tips! Co-written by Dawn’s very own avid birder and editorial director Carol Malnor, this goofy picture picture book is a delightful way to introduce young children to birds and birding…