Books by Marianne Berkes

THE SWAMP WHERE GATOR HIDES by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2014

"A pleasing introduction to the swamp appropriate for individual exploration or sharing with a group or class. (author's & illustrator's notes, further resources) (Picture book. 3-8)"
This exploration of the creatures of the Florida Everglades is delivered in a familiar, cumulative House-that-Jack-Built style. Read full book review >
DAISYLOCKS by Marianne Berkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2014

"Though it's too bad Daisylocks' botanical name (Bellis perennis) is never used, it's nevertheless an inventive introduction to habitats. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The story of a daisy seed looking for the best place to grow is here used as a tool to introduce different habitats. Read full book review >
OVER IN A RIVER by Marianne Berkes
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Fitting the words to music can be tricky; those who plan to sing this should practice first, but they will be rewarded by a storytime audience filled with standing herons, waddling ducks, whirling dragonflies and squealing kits. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
From one manatee calf paddling in Florida's St. Johns River to 10 otter pups sliding in the Mississippi, Berkes adapts the familiar counting rhyme to introduce river animals, their "baby" names, their actions and some U.S. geography. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE JUNGLE by Marianne Berkes
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 6, 2013

"Rich with learning experiences, Berkes' book elegantly combines art, reading, counting and music with the natural sciences. (iPad informational app. 3-8)"
Based on Berkes and Canyon's 2007 book, this new interactive counting and sing-along app is a snazzy introduction to the fauna of the rain forest. Read full book review >
WHAT'S IN THE GARDEN? by Marianne Berkes
Released: March 1, 2013

"A celebration of growing and eating that is just in time for spring planting. (facts about the featured foods, how seeds start, what plants need, plant parts, glossary of cooking terms, list of garden songs, books and websites) (Informational picture book/recipe book. 3-8)"
Berkes' latest is a departure from many children's gardening books, combining rhyming verses with recipes celebrating the garden's bounty. Read full book review >
THE TREE THAT BEAR CLIMBED by Marianne Berkes
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"The repetitive text, surprise ending and effortless learning make this a sure winner for the classroom. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
A salute to trees, their needs and the interactions between plants and animals. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE OCEAN by Marianne Berkes
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 16, 2012

"With a format that includes science, math, art, music and reading, it still manages to be what learning should be—fun. (iPad informational app. 4-8)"
This beautifully illustrated counting and singalong app version of the 2004 book introduces young readers to the creatures of the coral reef. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE FOREST by Marianne Berkes
Released: March 1, 2012

"Formulaic? Perhaps, but none can argue with the educational value, nor the fun—what will she tackle next? (Informational picture book.3-8)"
Having already explored the ocean and jungle, planets, the Arctic and Australia, Berkes this time focuses her "Over in the Meadow"–derived lyrics on a temperate deciduous forest. Read full book review >
ANIMALOGY by Marianne Berkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"Flawed, but it fills a niche that is otherwise almost empty. (Informational picture book. 4-8) "
Fauna are used to teach children about analogies. Read full book review >
OVER IN AUSTRALIA by Marianne Berkes
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Also included are educational and creative ideas from both author and illustrator, a simple, illustrated map, print and Internet resources as well as music, lyrics and chords for "Over in Australia." (Informational picture book. 3-9)"
Berkes continues her series of wildlife books based on the popular tune "Over in the Meadow" with this work highlighting Australian animals and habitats (Over in the Arctic, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
OVER IN THE ARCTIC by Marianne Berkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A value-added exploration of the Arctic for preschoolers and early elementary-age children. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Modeled after the traditional song "Over in the Meadow," this (for the most part) easily chanted rhyme introduces a variety of land and sea animals and birds found in the tundra. Read full book review >
OVER IN THE OCEAN by Marianne Berkes
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Backmatter includes music and lyrics, further information about each animal, and an artists' note explaining how the illustrations were created. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Eye-popping artwork is the star of the show in Berkes's lively, oceanic counting book, based on the classic children's song Over in the Meadow. Read full book review >