by Katy Farber | Illustrated by Meg Sodano
Every spring in the eastern region of the United States, warmer nights with steady rain bring the migration of thousands of spotted salamanders to ponds and pools, often across busy roads. These crossings are magical, and secretive—most people don’t even know they happen. Salamander Sky features a mother and daughter who go out on a rainy night to help the salamanders cross the road safely. This dramatic, full-color, picture book introduces readers to the elusive spotted salamander and the perilous nighttime journey they take each spring. Amphibians worldwide desperately need protection. This book is a valuable tool for getting children engaged in conservation.
The illustrator created a book trailer — her first! Please take a minute to watch and please share:
- targets many of the Next Generation Science Standards for elementary school students, including life cycles, wetland habitats, diversity, adaptations and human impact
- communicates a strong conservation message
- geared toward preschool through elementary school aged students
- models first hand exploration and investigation in nature
- addresses human impact on the environment and encourages active participation in solutions
- provides a resource for science teachers, environmental educators and parents to introduce inquiry to students
- inspires engagement and curiosity
- focuses on a vulnerable and often unnoticed species of amphibians that inhabits much of the Eastern United States
- embraces diversity and promotes women in science
“I wanted to illustrate that everyone can do something important to help these fragile and beautiful creatures. We all have a part to play in taking care of the earth and all of its diverse inhabitants.” —Katy Farber, author
Illustrations Samples © Meg Sodano
About the Author: Katy Farber is a professional development coordinator, author, and blogger from Vermont. She writes about education, parenting, the environment and sustainability for various websites and publications. Her middle grade novel, The Order of the Trees (Green Writers Press 2015), was an Honor Book in the Nature Generation’s Green Earth Book Awards. katyfarber.com
About the Illustrator: Meg Sodano studied Biology and Animal Science at the University of Vermont and received her training in natural science illustration at Rhode Island School of Design. Some of her other illustrations are part of interpretive exhibits at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve in New York State, Franklin Park Children’s Zoo in Boston, and Queens Botanical Garden in New York. msodanoillustration.com
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK
32 pages • 8 x 10 oblong, casebound • $17.95
Publication date: March 2, 2018
Distributor: Midpoint Trade Books
Rights sold: None
Rights contact: Dede Cummings, Green Writers Press firstname.lastname@example.org • 802-380-1121
Review copies available upon request. Catalog link from distributor.
Available wherever books are sold. Coming in Spring 2018 in time for Salamander Crossing!