Friday, February 19, 2016

Welcome Spring with Dawn Publication's Newest Nature-Themed Children's Books!

Spring will be here soon! And along with the warmer weather and beautiful flowers, we get to enjoy new nature-themed children’s books from Dawn Publications! If you’re not yet familiar with this company, they publish beautifully written and illustrated children’s books that all have a nature theme. This spring, they’re issuing three new books to delight families:

Wild Ones: Observing City Critters
By Carol L. Malnor
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Wild ones are moving into the city! Follow the adorable, curious dog Scooter as he travels through an urban landscape, seeing many wild animals and not seeing even more. Cathy's charming illustrations draw upon real-life city scenes from across the United States. Supplementary material contains information about the wild species now often living in cities and how they have adapted. Plus Carol offers a section "Is it Really True?" that is both informational and fun. This book is a wonderful aid for children to become aware of the presence of wild animals and understand why they have taken to living in cities.

CLICK HERE to download free activities based on Wild Ones.

Over on the Farm
By Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Welcome to the farm, where pigs roll, goats nibble, horses gallop, hens peck, and turkeys strut! Count, clap, and sing along to the classic tune of "Over in the Meadow" while learning about life on a classic farm. This book is one of Marianne's own favorites, and is a delight for children and adults alike. Cathy's illustrations are charming. And as usual, Marianne offers up a potpourri of valuable information about farm animals and suggestions for child-friendly activities.

CLICK HERE to download free activities based on Over on the Farm.

Green Bean! Green Bean!
By Patricia Thomas
Illustrated by Trina L. Hunner

A freckled-faced young gardener opens a packet of seeds. And the magic begins! Crisp verses take the reader through the growing season—from a sprout peeking out, to a curlicue catching dew, to a vine twining on a line, until finally ... GREEN BEANS! It's time to harvest a full season of garden knowledge and experience. Along the way the young gardener discovers a nook to read a book in the shade of growing beans. Trina's watercolors match the mood of a garden, and in the back matter Patricia provides life cycle science and related vocabulary, instructions on growing your own green beans, and a variety of fun things for children to do. This book is sure to encourage young gardeners to put their toes in the soil and perhaps even read a book in a garden nook.

CLICK HERE to download free activities based on Green Bean! Green Bean!

All three of these books are wonderful additions to Dawn’s growing catalog of nature-themed children’s books that educate and delight. I hope you’ll head over to and pick up some copies for the special kids in your life.

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these books to facilitate this post.


  1. The illustrations are beautiful in these books!

    1. I agree! I"m always impressed by the gorgeous artwork in Dawn Publications' books.


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