Sarah’s Books

A Park Connects Us

Written by Sarah Nelson | Illustrated by Ellen Rooney

Published by Owlkids Books (2022)

“…showcases the inclusivity of parks in loving detail…”School Library Journal | More Reviews

This playful tribute to urban parks celebrates the many ways that parks connect us to nature and neighbors. Back matter shares a brief history of city parks in North America and highlights park successes around the world. | Signed copies at Lake Country Booksellers. | Activity Guide


Written by Sarah Nelson | Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Published by Owlkids Books (2021)

“Imaginative, delightful, and very froggy.”Kirkus | More Reviews

An exuberant frog hunt full of mud, muck, and wonder leads to a playful experience of mindfulness. As rain clouds bloom across the sea and the first stars wink, Sammy and Chocolate tiptoe into the muddy marsh behind their house in search of frogs. They can hear frogs everywhere—croaking, chirping, clucking, burping—but where are they hiding?! After the adventure, learn more about when, why, and how frogs call. | Discussion Guide

I Like the Weather

Written by Sarah Nelson | Illustrated by Rachel Oldfield

Published by Barefoot Books (2021)

“pleasing, richly colorful…well suited to reading aloud…”Booklist | More Reviews

Lyrical, rhyming text and playful, hand-painted illustrations invite children to share in the rhythm of the rushing rain, the warmth of the shining sun, the mystery of the whistling wind and the beauty of swirling snow. Each book includes educational STEM endmatter about its respective weather element and how it helps people and planet. | Activity Guide

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Follow the Flyway!

Written by Sarah Nelson | Illustrated by Maya Hanisch

Barefoot Books

A playful Winged Migration for little ones! This nonfiction picture book follows a group of diverse hatchlings from their nests in southern Canada to their wintering grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. Propelled along the migratory flyway by a powerful, ineffable southern pull, the young water birds learn to navigate cities and storms, glean from fishing boats, feast and bathe in the lush river basin, and together with multitudes, flap endlessly seaward.

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Birth of the Bicycle

Written by Sarah Nelson | Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Candlewick Press

This whimsical nonfiction picture book shares the wacky history of the early bicycle from pedal-less, brake-less wooden running machine to bumpy boneshaker and towering high wheeler. Readers will learn how people-powered wheels captivated Americans in the 1800s during multiple “bicycle booms,” mobilized ordinary people, and even liberated girls and women. Inspiring! This story is sure to pull readers outside to ride!

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Firefly Galaxy

Written by Sarah Nelson

Barefoot Books

Diana and her siblings can hardly wait for nightfall—Diana hopes to fill her jelly jar with fireflies! When at last, Mars flickers and the owl hoo-hoos, Diana and her family head outside into the flishing-flashing firefly night. Following this joyful nature exploration, readers will learn more about firefly life cycles, ecology, and conservation.