Because Of An Acorn (Lola M. Schaefer & Adam Schaefer)

Hello, everyone, and Happy New Year! Our first book of 2017 is Because Of An Acorn, written by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer, and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon, a gorgeous look at ecosystems and the importance of each element therein.

Because of an acorn, a tree can grow. Because of a tree, a bird can nest. Page by page, occasionally peeking through a cutout, this book explains in simple, minimal text the importance of each part of an ecosystem, and how even the smallest plant or animal can impact their environment.

This was a great book to explain how these sorts of communities in nature must maintain balance to thrive, and it’s a great length for very young readers. The illustrations are great, and fill each new species with color and life. JJ enjoyed it a lot, and this is great for anyone wanting to teach little readers about the importance of each great tree, and each little acorn. Baby Bookworm approved!

Flowers Are Calling (Rita Gray)

Hello friends! Today, we read Flowers Are Calling, written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak, a beautiful and informative book about flowers and pollinators! Told in a combination of playful rhymes and nonfiction blurbs, each page introduces different species of flowers and the individual pollinators (like bees, hummingbirds, and even bats) they attract.

This book was packed full of really interesting information about flowers that even I didn’t know, and I really loved how it explained pollinators and how important they are to the ecosystem. Furthermore, the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous, and JJ really liked them. However, while she loved the rhyming pages, the informational pages did not hold her attention as easily, and she started to get bored near the end of the book. So, this one may not be the best for the younger reader (unless you only read the rhyming pages, which you absolutely could!), an older reader, especially one who loves plants and flowers, would adore this. So overall, Baby Bookworm approved!