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ATTENTION  PARENTS, TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, HOMESCHOOLERS. Candlewick has designed a teachers' guide for the books in this series. Complete with lesson plans and worksheets and aligned to Common Core Standards for grades 1–4, this guide can be used as a learning resource in classrooms, at libraries, for book events.  For a free, downloadable copy, all you need do is contact me. I'll send it right along.


           In the Woods 2020

            illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

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

"An ideal marriage of poetry and art; another successful entry in a long-running and (seemingly) perennially renewable series." -- The Horn Book, STARRED review

"There's a lot going on in these woods, and author and illustrator together manage to honor them in a truly spectacular way."-- Booklist, STARRED review

"Highly recommended for elementary libraries and elementary science and language arts classrooms." -- School Library Journal

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

--The Wall Street Journal

  • 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

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          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