Books by Steve Jenkins

THE ANIMAL BOOK by Steve Jenkins
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"With facts sure to delight readers—who will be impatient to share their discoveries—this spectacular book is a must-purchase for animal-loving families and most libraries. (glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 5 & up)"
Building on years of experience in selecting animal facts and creating arresting illustrations, Jenkins surpasses his previous work with an amazing album characterized by clear organization, realistic images and carefully chosen examples. 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 >
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A treat for eye and mind alike, besides being suitable for displays and durable enough to stand up to plenty of hands-on use. (Informational pop-up. 5-9)"
More than 26 creatures flip, twist, swivel or simply pose upside down in this neatly laid-out gallery of nature's acrobats. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF DARWIN'S FROG by Marty Crump
Released: April 1, 2013

"An attractively designed and informative introduction to a fascinating amphibian full of strange surprises. (glossary, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
In an engaging blend of biology and history, frog scientist Crump tells the story of how we have come to know what we do about one of the world's most unusual frogs. Read full book review >
PUG by Valerie Worth
Released: March 19, 2013

"Another welcome collection. (Picture book/poetry. 6-13)"
Jenkins again provides stunning collage illustrations for a posthumous collection of poems by esteemed poet Worth, following Animal Poems (2007). Read full book review >
MY FIRST DAY by Steve Jenkins
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Appealing to a wide age range, this is another crowd pleaser. (Informational picture book. 2-7)"
Jenkins and Page find yet another inviting way to connect young human readers and listeners to creatures who share their world, presenting 22 baby animals that describe their very first day of life. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Despite the star power here, skip this one. (Board book. 2-4)"
This dinosaur counting book doesn't completely add up. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"This peekaboo expedition is a delightful introduction to the animal kingdom for budding young naturalists. (Board book. 2-4)"
A perfect lift-the-flap exploration of color and natural history. Read full book review >
THE BEETLE BOOK by Steve Jenkins
Released: April 3, 2012

"Otherwise, distinguished both as natural history and work of art. (Nonfiction. 7-12) "
Jenkins' splendid array of beetles will surely produce at least one budding coleopterist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

A clear, well-organized presentation of the evidence from earth's rocks and fossils, the variation of living things, the process of natural selection and the study of DNA and radiocarbon dating that supports the scientific theory of evolution.

Pringle (Global Warming, 2001) again takes on a complicated and controversial subject, explaining it simply and convincingly for upper-elementary and middle-school readers. Read full book review >

BONES by Steve Jenkins
HEALTH
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Jenkins's signature collages are ideal for illustrating this introduction to the way bones work in humans and other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and most fish. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

Jenkins and Page team up in this packed-to-the-gills introduction to symbiosis. Read full book review >

VOLCANO WAKES UP! by Lisa Westberg Peters
POETRY
Released: March 30, 2010

Early one morning, a young volcano wakes up, too sleepy to explode…just yet. Read full book review >

NEVER SMILE AT A MONKEY by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

Judi Barrett may have cautioned readers to Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (illustrated by John Nickle, 2008), and Jean Conder Soule's sage advice to Never Tease a Weasel (illustrated by George Booth, 1964, 2007) has been passed on for generations. Read full book review >

LIFE IN A CORAL REEF by Wendy Pfeffer
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

This colorful entry in the long-running Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series introduces the world of coral reefs with simple concepts and Jenkins's signature collage illustrations. Read full book review >

HELLO BABY! by Mem Fox
ANIMALS
Released: May 5, 2009

A warm authorial voice asks baby, "Who are you?" and a parade of potential animals follows. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: May 4, 2009

From above the surface to the bottom of the deepest sea canyon, unusual creatures inhabit every level of our oceans, even those seemingly hostile to life. Read full book review >

HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU CATCH A FLY? by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

Similar in format to their highly successful What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (2003), this stunning creation combines Jenkins's gorgeous hand-made paper illustrations with an engaging text that's wonderful for both group reading or sharing one-on-one. Read full book review >

POETRY
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

Rhymes and stunning illustrations convey the patterns and shapes of birds, insects, spiders, a snail and one mammal (a mouse). Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: May 5, 2008

Choosing yet another child-friendly theme, Jenkins and Page explore sibling relationships in the animal world. Read full book review >

VULTURE VIEW by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

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 >

LIVING COLOR by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

Color becomes the organizing factor in this new exploration of the quirks of the animal world. Read full book review >

DOGS AND CATS by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 14, 2007

A turn-it-around-and-flip-it-over volume delivers from ends to middle the straight goods on the world's most popular house pets, a cleanly innovative design allowing interaction between the two parts throughout. Read full book review >

ANIMAL POEMS by Valerie Worth
Released: April 2, 2007

Worth's shrewd economy and sharp observations characterize 23 poems illustrated with Jenkins's familiar paper collages. Read full book review >

BIRDSONGS by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

From the "tat tats" of a woodpecker to the "tzik" of a hummingbird, this is an appealing day-long countdown of birdsongs, accompanied by short descriptions of some typical activities for each bird mentioned. Read full book review >

MOVE! by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: April 24, 2006

Textured collages array themselves across gracious expanses of white space in Jenkins's trademark clean design. Read full book review >

ALMOST GONE by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

This new entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series features some 20 animals that face extinction, along with a couple of handfuls that represent actually extinct species and some that are fighting back, illustrated with Jenkins's trademark textured collages. Read full book review >

PREHISTORIC ACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

Following hot on the heels of Actual Size (2004), the author's presentation of relative size in modern animals, is this exploration of size from the beginning of life to about 3 million years ago. Read full book review >

NATURE
Released: May 30, 2005

Cut-paper collages depict the denizens of six different habitats, first disguised in situ and then, with the turn of the page, in the same orientations but in plain view on a white background. Read full book review >

NATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

A lucid description of the solar system, grounded in concepts that young readers can grasp, and exquisitely illustrated. Read full book review >

ACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 25, 2004

A new exploration of the biological world, from one of the current masters of collage, features life-size—not scaled—representations of the extremes of the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

RAIN, RAIN, RAINFOREST by Brenda Z. Guiberson
NATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

Guiberson, one of the best science writers around for younger readers, trails a tree sloth as, between one deluge and the next, it makes its sloooooow way down to the ground for an infrequent toilette, then returns to the rain-forest canopy. Read full book review >

WIGGLING WORMS AT WORK by Wendy Pfeffer
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Here's an eye-opener for anyone unimpressed by the lowly worm. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 2003

This rhymed complement to Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet (2000) takes children above and below—sometimes far below—the waves with one blue whale calf, two humpbacks, and so on, up to ten turtle hatchlings, and then back down to one "brand-new seal pup." Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Read full book review >

LIFE ON EARTH by Steve Jenkins
NATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2002

Jenkins (Animals in Flight, 2001, etc.) makes a first-class foray into an often-neglected topic. Read full book review >

ANIMALS IN FLIGHT by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

An ambitious but unsuccessful design combines three levels of narration in this exploration of the concept of flight in the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

BUGS ARE INSECTS by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2001

This super new title in the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series encourages young children to look more closely at insects and think like scientists. Read full book review >

SLAP, SQUEAK & SCATTER by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

Jenkins, whose art can be seen in his own and others' books on natural themes, here provides an introduction to the ways animals communicate, with brief text and full-color torn- and cut-paper collages. Read full book review >

INTO THE A, B, SEA by Deborah Lee Rose
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Vivid collages combined with sprightly verse offer readers a glimpse into the fascinating world of the deep. Read full book review >

MAKING ANIMAL BABIES by Sneed B. Collard III
HEALTH
Released: April 1, 2000

Continuing the story of Animal Dads (1997), artist Steve Jenkins provides more striking paper collages while author Sneed Collard III pens a brief text, which includes some sophisticated biology about asexual and sexual reproduction in animals. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1999

A breathtaking picture-book account of a climb to the top of Mount Everest. Read full book review >

HOTTEST, COLDEST, HIGHEST, DEEPEST by Steve Jenkins
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Once again, Jenkins (Big and Little, 1996, etc.) provides jaw-dropping facts and extremely elegant paper collages to illustrate the amazing natural world. Read full book review >

THIS BIG SKY by Pat Mora
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

Mora (Tom†s and the Library Lady, 1997, etc.) celebrates the people, creatures, and landscapes of the American southwest through poetry of mixed quality. Read full book review >

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN SOMETHING WANTS TO EAT YOU? by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

The art of camouflage works on several levels here: Jenkins (Big and Little, 1996, etc.) cleverly conceals a factual compendium of 14 animal and insect defenses as a colorful picture book. Predators are depicted in pursuit of prey on each right-hand side of the spread; a flip of the page uncovers the clever escape mechanism employed by the would-be victim, from the bombardier beetle that can spray hot chemicals up to 500 times a second, to the glass snake that conveniently segments its tail. Read full book review >

ANIMAL DADS by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

This striking picture book celebrates the many ways male animals function in their family units: Every page combines one line—narrated by the offspring—with a vividly colored, textured paper collage of an animal father and child, and an additional paragraph of information. Read full book review >

LOOKING DOWN by Steve Jenkins
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

Torn- and cut-paper collage pictures without words begin with a view of the earth from distant outer space and, with each turn of the page, zoom in toward the planet. Read full book review >