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cohn_on the moveCohn, Scotti On the Move: Mass Migrations
Gr. K –3   32 pp. Sylvan Dell

Illustrated by Susan Detwiler. The text examines the instinctual nature of some types of animals (such as caribou, salamanders, and horseshoe crabs) to move in large groups for reasons related to survival, including reproduction, food and water, and shelter. Brightly painted double-page-spread illustrations and large print make the book accessible but cramped. More information is appended.
Subjects: Natural History; Migration; Animal behavior

North the Amazing Story of Artic MigrationDowson, Nick North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration
Gr. K–3   56 pp. Candlewick

Illustrated by Patrick Benson. Dowson introduces readers to animals that migrate to the Arctic for the warmer summer months. Polar bears (year-round residents) are joined by whales from Mexico, herrings from Norway, and birds from as far away as Antarctica, among others. Luminous watercolor with pen and pencil illustrations capture the icy Arctic winters, the tundra’s fleeting midsummer verdancy, and the migrating groups’ gracefulness.
Subjects: Polar Regions; Arctic regions; Migration; Animals—Arctic animals

holing_incredible journeysHoling, Dwight Incredible Journeys: Amazing Animal Migrations
Gr. 4–6, middle school   126 pp. Kingfisher

Animal Planet series. This volume is organized by land, air, and water routes of migrating animals. Most are covered in double-page spreads (wildebeests rate a poster-size foldout). All pages are packed with useful facts and dramatic photos, occasional artwork reproductions, and some charts. The sections progress naturally, but entries may also be studied separately. Ind.
Subjects: Natural History; Migration; Animal behavior

Moonbird by Phillip M. HooseHoose, Phillip Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
Gr. 4–6, middle school   148 pp. Farrar

Flying nearly from pole to pole twice a year, one robin-sized rufa red knot known as “Moonbird” has flown some 325,000 miles over a twenty-year lifespan. In lucid, graceful prose, Hoose details the birds’ characteristics, profiles scientists and activist kids, and takes a sobering look at long-term prospects for survival. Glorious full-page and smaller photographs alternate with helpful maps in an informative progression of images. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Birds; Migration; Bird watching; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife

markle_long long journeyMarkle, Sandra The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration
Gr. K–3   40 pp. Millbrook

Illustrated by Mia Posada. The bar-tailed godwit is a shorebird with residences in Alaska and New Zealand. Brief text conveys information about godwit behaviors as they learn to fly, forage, and eat the enormous amount of food needed to fuel the journey. Creative paper-collage illustrations capture the fuzzy down of newborn chicks and the starry nights of flying. A list of resources is provided.
Subjects: Birds; Migration

From the March 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.



  1. Thank’s for showing us this variety of beautifully illustrated books. I want to go to the bookstore and grab them up!
    I taught ART for 25 years in an independent elementary school where we called the library the library; and yes, it had dvds and cds.
    What I love about this collection above is that the art includes collage, paint, pen and ink and photographs. Gorgeous Art always invites. Art beckons the way In. Four cheers!
    Starr Kopper

  2. Many thanks for this collection of beautifully illustrated books on a vital subject. I want to go to the bookstore and grab them all.
    I taught Art for 25 years in an Independent School where the Library was called the Library, and yes it had dvds and cds. We had artist/author visits and we had storytellers and one of those was me.
    What I love about the non fiction here is the variety of the pictures; paint, pen and ink, photography and collage. Art invites. It beckons the way in. Four cheers!
    Starr Kopper

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