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Monday, April 24, 2023

Making More

Making More: How Life Begins
by Katherine Roy
Norton Young Readers, 2023
Grades 2 and up

Katherine Roy is known for creating stellar science picture books for children including the Sibert Honor book, Neighborhood Sharks. In her latest picture book, Roy examines how animals reproduce. 

Reproduction is an area of curiosity for many children, and it's also a topic adults tend to avoid discussing with young people. Making More approaches the topic with the perfect combination of science and wonder. The book invites readers into the natural world as a family takes a walk together in the woods. Each two-page spread features a gorgeous watercolor illustration painted in a realistic style accompanied by expository text explaining reproduction.

Readers will learn about DNA, egg cells, sperm cells, fertilization, cell division and more. A variety of species are included in the book including grey squirrels, bumblebees, black-tailed deer, Pacific chorus frogs, and brush rabbits. Detailed diagrams with labels clearly illustrate scientific concepts. Be sure to read the detailed back matter which provides a glossary of terms and information about meiosis.

This gorgeous picture book is a celebration of the life and how species survive by making more. Making More is a recommended purchase for families, schools and libraries. Check out the book trailer on Katherine Roy's website.

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