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At the Poles  2024

illustrated by Ellen Rooney



"A marvelous publication in a sea of meh." --Betsy Bird  

"The confident metrics and wordplay that mark Elliott’s previous sets of wildlife-themed poems is on bright display here. . . Respect and appreciation for the natural world shine brightly throughout this seamless mix of words and pictures. A pleaser for animal and nature lovers." -- Kirks

" . . .another winning entry[in Elliott's poetry series]"

  • An NCTE Notable​

" . . .these are evocative, memorable, and gently humorous poems that artfully capture the atmosphere and details of the environment. . . these poems showcase the natural world in breathtaking detail." - Kirkus

"A lovely picture book about plants and animals native to pond ecosystems. . . . The mixed-media illustrations are vibrant and detailed and, like the poems, capture the interplay between the various entities that share the pond habitat. . . Perfect for reading out loud." - Booklist

  • Cybils Finalist

  • National Council of Teachers Notable

At the Pond 2022

illustrated by Amy Schindler-Safford

"An irresistible invitation to get out of the house and into the woods" -- Kirkus, STARRED review 

  • Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

  •  National Council of Teachers Notable Poetry Books List. 

  • STARRED reviews: KIrkus, The Horn Book. Booklist



In the Woods 2021

Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

"David Elliott has written captivating odes, at turns jaunty and wise, for each animal."

--The Wall Street Journal

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  • STARRED reviews: Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal

  • Parents Guide to Media Award

  • New York Public Library Best Book

  • NCTE Notable Book

  • Booklist Editor's Choice 2018

  • Book Links Lasting Connection

  • Texas Topaz

  • 101 Best Books for Kids/ Evanston PL

  • Mr. Brian's Picture Book Pic

   In the Past 2018
illustrated by Matthew Trueman

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On the Wing 2014

illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

 "From the graceful cranes flying across its wraparound cover to the single feather on the title page to the soaring eagle at the end, this book astounds." -- Kirkus

  • STARRED reviews: Kirkus, School Library Journal

  • 2016/2017 Volunteer State Book Award (Nominated)

  •  NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts

  • SLJ best books of 2014

 ". . . this collection of often funny verses about animals under the sea is short enough to be read at bedtime, but rich enough to inspire all sorts of conversations about the creatures we rarely see.

--Huffington Post Parents

  •  STARRED review: Booklist

  • Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award

  • Cybils Award, Poetry Category

  • ALA Notable Children's Books

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In the Sea  2014

illustrated by Holly Meade

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In the Wild  2013

illustrated by Holly Meade

"Elliott's little verses pack a deceptive punch." --Washington Post

  •  STARRED review: Booklist

  • Chickadee Award Nominee

  • Capitol Choices List of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teen

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, Master List - Grades K-2

  • Cybils Award, Poetry Category

  • Texas 2x2 Reading List Selection

  • ALA (American Library Association) Notable Children's Books

  • ALSC Notables Nominee

  • Book Sense Children's Picks List Selection

". . .remarkable. . ." --Baltimore Sun

  • STARRED reviews: Kirkus, School Library Journal

  • Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Nominee

  • Garden State Children's Book Award Nominee

  • Hawaii State Public Library's Children's Science Book Project

  • Ladybug Picture Book Award

  • ALA (American Library Association) Notable Children's Books

  • Texas 2x2 Reading List Selection 

  • New York Public Library: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books

  • Kids Indie Next List

  • IndieBound Kids's Next List


On the Farm 2012

illustrated by Holly Meade

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