Many of us can name our favorite picture book authors from Eric Carle to Dr. Seuss, but some illustrators are lesser known and deserve the same fame. Steve Jenkins (see his website) has collaborated with numerous authors on mostly science-related books, and these titles are all worth a look. The latest added to our elementary library is called Eggs: Nature’s Perfect Package. Various creatures’ eggs are featured for their amazing colors, range of sizes, and unique shapes. Some of my other Jenkins’ favorites are Actual Size which logically features illustrations of animals in true scale – a gorilla’s hand, a giant squid’s eye, and a grizzly’s head. Never Smile at a Monkey is a fascinating title which recommends the best ways to avoid negative or encourage positive encounters with animals. Living Color is a gorgeous book which arranges animals by their color. And the award-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (click for trailer) shows animals' adaptations and functions.
Elaine Fultz, SLMS/mls
I love being a school librarian. My profession is a perfect blend of encouraging curiosity and learning with both educators and students.