I love to play with words and word sounds when writing science and nature stories. I’m inspired by picture books that use language in surprising ways to bring the natural world to life. The books below incorporate rhythm, alliteration, internal rhyme, and repetition. By playing with words, each author has created a tone or mood that suits their subject, whether it’s a fun twist on the water cycle, a dramatic look at a mysterious sea creature, or an exuberant celebration of the seasons. I hope these books inspire you to play with words and their sounds as you bring your own stories to life.
Lerner Publishing is giving away one copy of Plants Can’t Sit Still at the conclusion of ReFoReMo. To be eligible for this prize, please leave a comment and strive to read mentor texts regularly.
Rebecca Hirsch is the author of Plants Can’t Sit Still and dozens of science and nature books for children. When she’s not writing, you can find her growing plants and gardens at her home in central Pennsylvania, playing badminton (badly) with her family, hiking in the woods, or searching for the cup of coffee she put down somewhere.