Books by April Pulley Sayre

WOODPECKER WHAM! by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 12, 2015

"Attractive and surprisingly informative, this should join the duo's Eat Like a Bear (2013) on every preschool and primary nature shelf. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
With bouncy verse and colorful illustrations, an experienced picture-book team introduces a familiar bird. Read full book review >
RAINDROPS ROLL by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Wonder-full in every way. (further resources) (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
With lyrical words and striking images, a poet, photographer and veteran natural history writer celebrates rain. Read full book review >
EAT LIKE A BEAR by April Pulley Sayre
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Inquisitive, informed and lyrical; an intriguing extension to hibernation classics. (appended facts, author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
With a subject not quite as underappreciated as their previous book's (Vulture View, 2007) but giving it just as stunning treatment, Sayre and Jenkins follow a bear's eating habits throughout the year. Read full book review >
LET'S GO NUTS! by April Pulley Sayre
Released: April 28, 2013

"Another cheery, useful overview of real food from a first-rate science writer. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
After tributes to veggies (Rah, Rah, Radishes, 2011) and fruit (Go, Go, Grapes, 2012), Sayre delivers another peppery blend of upbeat, celebratory rhymes and photos taken at local grocery shops and farmers markets. Read full book review >
HERE COME THE HUMPBACKS! by April Pulley Sayre
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"There's plenty of drama and appeal in this primary-grade introduction. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
"Flippers paddle. Flukes push. In every ocean on Earth, humpback whales swim." So begins this introduction to humpback migration. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2012

"Plan a fruit-buying scavenger hunt after reading this one—even picky eaters are sure to be tempted. (Nonfiction picture book. 3-7)"
Sayre follows up her salute to vegetables (Rah, Rah, Radishes!, 2011) with this rousing chant in favor of fruit. Read full book review >
RAH, RAH, RADISHES!   by April Pulley Sayre
FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"A winning recipe blending crispy verse and fresh photography: Go team! (Picture book. 3-7)"
Let's hear it for the veggies! Read full book review >
MEET THE HOWLERS! by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A brief section—'More about Howler Monkeys,' with additional interesting information about howlers—concludes this appealing introduction. (map) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Sayre (Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family, 2009, etc.) delivers yet another entertaining and accessible guide to the natural world. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"A short bibliographic essay rounds out this terrific introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
From mid-March through the day after the chicks hatch, Sayre follows a mated pair as they start a family. Read full book review >
TROUT ARE MADE OF TREES by April Pulley Sayre
NATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

An unusual blend of narrative, poetry and science, this is an appealing introduction to the food web. Read full book review >
VULTURE VIEW by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A two-page appendix gives readers a chance to 'Get to Know Vultures' and provides a more thorough context for the preceding fun. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Vultures may seem an unlikely subject for a literary celebration, but this playful, brief poem and accompanying collages serve as a pleasing celebration. Read full book review >
BIRD, BIRD, BIRD! by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Puffin, Pelican, Roadrunner, Rail. / Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Quail Quail Quail!" Read full book review >
HUSH, LITTLE PUPPY by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Though the story can be sung to the tune of 'Hush, Little Baby,' the text actually works better if read rather than sung, as some of the phrases don't exactly fit the rhythm of the lullaby. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little boy in blue pajamas repeatedly tries to settle his golden retriever puppy down for the night in this sweet but predictable bedtime story. Read full book review >
STARS BENEATH YOUR BED by April Pulley Sayre
NATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

To a set of (appropriately) atmospheric scenes of sunsets and swirls of wind, dry desert, ocean spray, scattered stars and volcanic clouds, Sayre briefly explains dust's various terrestrial and cosmic origins, what's in it and how it turns skies red at sunrise and sunset. Read full book review >
THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Capped by a multimedia resource list, this makes nourishing fare for young observers of nature. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Sayre follows the life cycle of a bumblebee queen, as she emerges from her winter shelter, selects an abandoned mouse nest for a colony site, busily tends the first generation of eggs and larvae, then, at summer's end, dies with her workers and drones, while the next generation of queens digs in to wait for spring. Read full book review >
HEALTH
Released: May 1, 2003

"The buggy-eyed insects, crabs, and snails provide an appealing cast of characters who stand up to be counted against a summertime palette of orange sand and blue skies. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Seeing patterns and different ways of calculation are standard concepts of mathematical reasoning, but there is nothing standard about this creative counting book. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

The Scientists in the Field series continues to fulfill its promise, as Sayre (Noodle Man, p. 265, etc.) takes science out of the lab by profiling several researchers on the cutting edge of "acoustic biology." Read full book review >
CROCODILE LISTENS by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"By refusing to sentimentalize the mother crocodile's role, the author and illustrator encourage readers to see beyond stereotypes and look at the natural world with a more balanced eye. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Natural history for the younger set manages to be playful without being precious. Read full book review >
IT’S MY CITY! by April Pulley Sayre
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Elementary mapping, finding one's way, and the mnemonic uses of rhythm and rhyme are all aspects of this gambol to which young children will relate. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Rhythm and energy abound as a young girl sings herself a map of her trip to the grocery store and back. Read full book review >
DIG, WAIT, LISTEN by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2001

A patient spadefoot toad waits in her desert burrow, listening for rain so she can come forth to mate. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"Wildly playful artwork, from its Mediterranean colors to its characters' dreamy eyelids, melds with Sayre's goofy story, which will surely inspire readers to experiment with noodle shapes and—beware—to play with their food. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sayre's (Shadows, p. 189, etc.) enjoyable introduction to pasta is couched as a quick-thinking, tongue-in-cheek adventure yarn. Read full book review >
SHADOWS by April Pulley Sayre
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A first choice for larger public library collections and school libraries, this work outshines Robert Louis Stevenson's 'My Shadow,' the standard poem on the subject. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Shadows are a scientific phenomenon often studied in the early elementary grades, because all the materials for experimentation are readily at hand. Read full book review >
ARMY ANT PARADE by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Children may still prefer to appreciate army ants from a safe distance—and these pages are a fine way to do that. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Sayre (Shadow, below, etc.) finds more wonder than menace in the march of army ants across a tropical rain forest's floor, noting that they only forage when there are larvae to be fed, and cataloguing some of the wildlife that takes advantage of what is fleeing the voracious columns. Read full book review >
TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT! by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The afterword includes a conservation organization's address and information about how ordinary citizens are helping sea turtles survive. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Considering the dangers a sea turtle faces, its life would be a "short story, or no story at all" without helping hands, according to this compelling narrative. Read full book review >
HOME AT LAST by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Text and the soft pastels impart the timelessness of migration, and may strike a deep chord in young readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sayre (If You Should Hear a Honey Guide, 1995, etc.) using "home at last" as her refrain, achieves an evocation of the ancient rhythm of migration, as warbler, salmon, green turtle, and wood frog mark the passage of the seasons as dictated by their biological imperatives. Read full book review >
IF YOU SHOULD HEAR A HONEY GUIDE by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An attractive, surprising, and useful volume. (Picture book/nonfiction 5-9)"
With outstanding care and restraint, Sayre (Grasslands, 1994, not reviewed, etc.) introduces this unusual bird and tells the story of symbiosis in a spare, poetic text that is also exciting for reading aloud. Read full book review >