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Friday, October 28, 2022


by Nell Cross Beckerman
illustrated by Kale Chock
Orchard Books, 2022
Grades K-5

Readers are invited to explore caves in this stunning science picture book. Beckerman pairs poetry written in the 3rd person with expository text to give readers a glimpse inside the caves. The poetic text employs gorgeous word choice to bring the world of caves to life while the parallel expository text teaches readers about rock formations, stalactites, crystals, cave temperatures, fossils, bats and glowworms. 

Chock's realistic style illustrations use a dark palette and different points of view to give readers a sense of the darkness and wonder found inside caves.

Back matter includes a list of cave rules, fun facts and spelunking equipment. Give Caves as a gift to young readers interested in science and nature or use it as a mentor text for teaching students to write about science topics. 

Visit the author's site to view page spreads from the book.

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