Books by Gail Gibbons

FLOWERS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
Released: July 17, 2018

"Gibbons' lovely botanical renderings are ill-served by the effort to cover too much for the format. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
A very busy informational picture book for preschool and primary grades. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2018

"Almost entirely old news but nevertheless a must for libraries in need of replacement copies. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A lightly revised survey of current dino-knowledge, updating the original 2005 edition. Read full book review >
BEAVERS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A great source for learning more about beavers and an incentive to get out in nature and see their handiwork. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons adds to her extensive nonfiction shelf with this informational guide to beavers. Read full book review >
IT'S SNOWING! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Though it lacks the flair and depth of others, the breadth and ease of the text make this a good introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Gibbons' latest is a utilitarian, beginner's look at snow. Read full book review >
ALLIGATORS AND CROCODILES by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Backmatter includes a page of additional facts and a web address. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Gibbons's latest addresses the similarities and differences between two reptiles commonly confused by adults and children alike. Read full book review >
ELEPHANTS OF AFRICA by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A good introduction to the topic. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons's latest is a handy early reference book about the African elephant. Read full book review >
CORN by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Ho-hum. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Corn must be on preschool curricula, along with pumpkins, apples and harvest time: There's no other reason for this book, an adequate but unspectacular volume covering the history of corn (Indians, both South American and North American, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving—the standard story), types of corn and the different ways corn is used and grown. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"This very basic overview comes with a few dozen dino-names (with pronunciation guides) to practice, and leads naturally into the author's more detailed Dinosaur Discoveries (2005). (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Gibbons replaces her 1987 take on the topic (Dinosaurs—without the exclamation point) with a more populous and—usually—livelier primer. Read full book review >
SNAKES by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Strictly for fans. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Typical Gibbons—straightforward, poorly organized, with lots of information and lots and lots of basic watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >
CORAL REEFS by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Most useful as an additional purchase where her other books have been popular or as a companion to one of the many titles about reefs illustrated with color photographs. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
The author of well over a hundred information books for children turns her attention to coral reefs in this introduction to that beautiful underwater world. Read full book review >
GALAXIES, GALAXIES! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Wait for a more accurate report for your youngest sky watchers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
A topic-book veteran takes on the universe in this engagingly illustrated introduction to the collections of stars, gas clouds and dust called galaxies. Read full book review >
ICE CREAM by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2006

"Though even smaller libraries will be able to dish up similar titles by others, Gibbons's fan base will guarantee this one's popularity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
At long last, the prolific Gibbons weighs in with a characteristic treatment of this ever-popular topic. Read full book review >
VALENTINE’S DAY IS... by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"With instructions for making a heart-shaped card, this makes a nice addition to Gibbons's holiday oeuvre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her signature style, Gibbons explains the origins, traditions and symbols of Valentine's Day. Read full book review >
OWLS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Schools and libraries have many better options (Jim Arnosky's All About Owls (1995), for instance) for this topic. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Gibbons cranks out yet another serviceable but barely interesting volume and this time she's chosen a topic that could be quite fascinating. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp2001. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
The ancient Egyptians are given an enthusiastic, if wildly oversimplified, treatment in this new outing from Gibbons. Read full book review >
THE QUILTING BEE by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Though an adequate introduction for the youngest readers, it would work well with Ann Whitford Paul's excellent Eight Hands Round. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons is back with another of her trademark offerings. Read full book review >
GRIZZLY BEARS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"Even Gibbons's staunchest fans should find this bear-ly marginal offering a disappointment. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Sloppy, careless work from this normally reliable nonfiction stalwart. Read full book review >
HORSES! by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"For interesting horse books, look anywhere else. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
This latest from the overly prolific Gibbons reads like an encyclopedia article but looks even worse due to shockingly abysmal artwork. Read full book review >
GIANT PANDAS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"A barely acceptable offering from an author-illustrator who is capable of much better work. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
A rather lackluster primer on the big black-and-white mammal from one of the deans of picture book nonfiction. Read full book review >
HALLOWEEN IS... by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"Though this holiday standard has never gone out of print, there is enough new and recast material here to make it a treat, rather than a trick, even for libraries that just bought fresh copies of the old edition. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
This remake of Halloween (1984) brightens the original's gloomy tone with larger, redrawn illustrations featuring lots of happy-looking children and the occasional, not-particularly-scary, witch or ghost, paired to such reassuring lines as "today [skeletons] are used to scare people and have fun," and "weird and scary stories are enjoyed by all." Read full book review >
THE BERRY BOOK by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"Hardly a definitive overview, but certainly a beginning. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, elderberries, bunchberries, currants . . . yum. Read full book review >
BEHOLD...THE UNICORNS! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Children who enjoy skating the edges of their own imaginations but aren't quite ready to tackle Giblin's The Truth About Unicorns (1991) will pore over this primer. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Gibbons follows up Behold . . . the Dragons! (1999) with this look at another class of creatures that "live around the edges of our imagination and in our legends." Read full book review >
POLAR BEARS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Another fine science title by a prolific author of books for young readers. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Largest of the bears, the familiar white polar bear inhabits the ice and waters of the Arctic Circle catching seals, caribou, seabirds, and when meat cannot be found, berries, mushrooms, and seaweed. Read full book review >
TELL ME, TREE by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Sure to please. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
A very fine introduction to trees for beginning and challenged readers. Read full book review >
DUCKS! by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2001

"Young readers will enjoy this appealing introduction to the familiar waterfowl by the prolific science writer who has provided so many outstanding science titles. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
There are more than 150 kinds of ducks, divided into two types: diving ducks and dabbling ducks. Read full book review >
MY BASEBALL BOOK by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"A companion volume is My Soccer Book. (Nonfiction. 3-7)"
This small, square picture book introduction to our national pastime is accurate but unexciting. Read full book review >
THE PUMPKIN BOOK by Gail Gibbons
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Directions for planting a pumpkin patch, carving a jack-o'-lantern, and drying the seeds give young gardeners the instructions they need to grow and enjoy their own golden globes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Pumpkin Book (32 pp.; $16.95; Sept. 15; 0-8234-1465-5): From seed to vine and blossom to table, Gibbons traces the growth cycle of everyone's favorite autumn symbol—the pumpkin. Read full book review >
PIGS by Gail Gibbons
Released: March 15, 1999

"Pen-and-watercolor drawings show sprightly pigs and a plethora of pink-cheeked children in tranquil farm scenes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Gibbons's 100th book is devoted to presenting swine in a positive light; she quickly demystifies the stereotypes that cast pigs as smelly, dirty, greedy, and dull. Read full book review >
THE ART BOX by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"Combining a visual feast with simple explanations, Gibbons demonstrates again why her books are staples of any collection. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)"
Gibbons (The Honey Makers, 1997, etc.) employs her creative palette to shed both light and color on the tools and supplies of artists. Read full book review >
PENGUINS! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"A handsome, sensibly simple title on a popular creature. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
There are 17 kinds of penguins in the Southern Hemisphere, and Gibbons (The Art Box, p. 1034, etc.) introduces them all in this appealing beginning science title. Read full book review >
GULLS...GULLS... GULLS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"It is fun to watch gulls exploring their world,'' sounds a little dull, it's only because readers of this book will be those who have already spent time watching gulls, and have turned to Gibbons's solid introduction for the facts. (map, diagrams) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The irrepressible Gibbons (The Honey Makers, p. 141, etc.) returns for a look at a bird that, along with pigeons and sparrows, may be so ubiquitous to some readers that they won't have given gulls much thought. Read full book review >
THE HONEY MAKERS by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Bee-utiful. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5+)"
Although most folks buy it in a simple jar, honey is nothing short of miraculous in the way it is manufactured—bees use nectar from over a million flowers just to make one pound of the stuff. Read full book review >
COUNTRY FAIR by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But since there are more than 2,000 annual fairs in the United States, the best introduction is to go and visit one. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons (Spiders, 1993, etc.) cobbles together a host of country fairs—fun fairs and harvest fairs, art fairs and antique fairs—into one great megafair in this introduction to the countryside's most enduring, good-time institution. Read full book review >
CAVES AND CAVERNS by Gail Gibbons
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Cavils aside, a useful introduction. (Nonfiction. 7+)"
Again, by presenting the types of caves and how they are formed, Gibbons provides simple, straightforward science in picture-book format. Read full book review >
SPIDERS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Visually appealing, solid information. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
An excellent science book by a frequent author. Read full book review >
RECYCLE! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Attractive and timely, an excellent introduction. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
Bright pen-and-wash illustrations show children collecting and separating recyclable paper, glass, cans, and plastic and taking them to deposit points or putting them out for pickup. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Unusually attractive and informative. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
On the Maine island profiled here, year-round inhabitants spend the winter fishing, going to school, or crafting items to sell to next summer's visitors. Read full book review >
HOW A HOUSE IS BUILT by Gail Gibbons
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

A clear, straightforward, accurate description of the steps in planning and building a frame house, with four additional pages showing contrasting styles of contemporary and ancient shelters. Read full book review >