In the Australian desert, life can appear to be an impossibility. It certainly seemed that way to many early explorers, such as Charles Sturt. However, there is life beneath the ground, as Narelle Oliver shows in this delightful new nonfiction picture book. Follow the early, fruitless explorations of Sturt, and then see what he was missing: the multitude of Sand Swimmers (Candlewick $16.99) that make up the ecosystem of this seemingly lifeless place. Oliver’s illustrations capture the barrenness of the landscape, and it’s easy to imagine how explorers could have missed the creatures living beneath its surface. Ages 7-10. Courtney Burtraw

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By Narelle Oliver, Narelle Oliver (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763667610
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - January 6th, 2015

Take flight with 15 different avian species and discover what there is to find On the Wing (Candlewick, $16.99). Award-winning author David Elliott’s clever poems provide remarkable insights into many different types of birds, from the exotic to the common. Complimented by the gorgeously layered artwork of illustrator Becca Stadtlander, this is an entertaining and educational read. Perfect for budding bird watchers and the more casually intrigued alike, this new picture book provides a diverting and insightful look into the details of the avian world. Ages 4-7. CEB

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By David Elliott, Becca Stadtlander (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763653248
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Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014

There is nothing in the world like the boundless curiosity of small children. And Nicola Davies, in her usual informative manner, has written a delightful book to help growing and quizzical minds comprehend Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes (Candlewick, $15.99). A fabulous tool for parents and teachers alike, this book explains the existence of microbes, puts their size into perspective, and talks about their role in our bodies and on our planet.  Emily Sutton’s illustrations are equally bright, cheerful, and informative. Any children with inquiring minds—and isn’t that all of them?—will enjoy learning what the microbes living on their skin and in their stomachs do, how many microbes can fit on an ant’s antenna, and many other intriguing tidbits.  Ages 4-8. KLP

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By Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763673154
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Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014