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 >
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 necessary title for most school and public libraries serving young readers, this will be welcomed for its calm tone and straightforward, comprehensive introduction to the subject. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-15)"
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. Read full book review >
BONES by Steve Jenkins
HEALTH
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"That's a shame, since it's sure to leave readers wanting more. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
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

"Tiny icons illustrate the three pages of fact-laden backmatter. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
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

"Informative endnotes give scientific tidbits, along with Hawaiian pronunciation guides. (further reading) (Poetry/informational picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Another stunning environmental lesson from an aficionado of animal behavior. (further reading) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
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

"Two 'Find Out More' pages conclude this attractive presentation. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
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
Kirkus Star
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 5, 2009

"This picture book brims with fascinating animals, brilliant words and engaging artwork; it begs for cozy nightly readings. (Picture book. Newborn-5)"
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

"Once again, Jenkins provides an almost irresistible entry into our natural world for the youngest readers. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
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

"Kudos! (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
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

"This is an unfortunate but minor flaw in an otherwise splendid contribution, another winner from an accomplished team. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
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

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

"Extra facts about coloration and thumbnails providing basic information about each animal depicted make up the backmatter of this volume, which is guaranteed to be a browser's delight. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
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

"Sure to see plenty of use. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
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

"Lacking supporting material about the animals, the poet (who died in 1994) or artist, this package doesn't soar with the poems, but just to have anything available by Worth is worth noting. (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
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

"A commendable concept that just misses the mark. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
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

"These flaws notwithstanding, there's no denying that this is an extraordinarily pretty and child-friendly package. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-5)"
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

"A metric ruler on the back complements the English ruler on the front flyleaf, so budding scientists can measure both ways. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-12)"
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

"Unfortunate. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
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 terrific experience indeed. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
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 regrettable flaw in an otherwise outstanding offering. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-12)"
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

"Even squeamish kids will love this. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Here's an eye-opener for anyone unimpressed by the lowly worm. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Appealing to novice enumerators and budding naturalists alike. (Picture book. 5-7)"
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 >
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A TAIL LIKE THIS? by Steve Jenkins
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

"Factual and fascinating, this one belongs in every library. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
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

"This overloaded concept never gets off the ground. (bibliography) (Nonfiction/picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Eye-appealing and useful for beginning science enthusiasts and their parents as well. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
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

"While the title will provide a first look at animal communication, it is not as successful as Jenkins's previous efforts. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
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

"An informative, picturesque tour of the sea that readers can embark upon without ever getting their toes wet. (Picture book. 3-8)"
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

"Though interesting, this not as successful as past collaborations. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
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

"Visually arresting and inspiring. (Picture book. 8-12)"
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

"Such quibbling only makes the book more valuable, inspiring readers to do further research after they've been visually seduced. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"Tall Walking Woman,'' where Mora is all minute observation and Jenkins all atmosphere, but when their efforts fuse, they lyrically summon the special qualities of a singular landscape. (Picture book. 5-9)"
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

"A dashing look at natural escape routes. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
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. 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

"As with Banyai's Zoom (p. 220) and Re-Zoom (see review, above), Jenkins's original idea may have been to hurtle viewers in the direction he chose (in this case, ever closer to the scene), but the book reads equally well backwards. (Picture book. 4-7)"
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 >