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Books by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons, a prolific writer of books for young readers, has already had more than one-hundred books published. Her informative texts are generally written for readers in the primary grades. Gibbons’ books are often an introductory look at her topic and, as such, are written in clear, simple text in a style that has been described as easily understood and straightforward. Her pen and watercolor illustrations are quite distinctive and reviewers often refer to them as being “trademark” drawings or “signature” illustrations. Gibbons’ illustrations have also been described as entertaining, abundant, cheerful, appealing, detailed, and eye-pleasing. Although the author has written fiction for young readers, she is best known for her informational texts.

See "Connecting Technology and Books" to find a selection of websites which complement Gail Gibbons’ books.

Gibbons, Gail. Apples. New York: Holiday House, 2000.
Explains how apples were brought to America, how they grow, their traditional uses and cultural significance, and some of the varieties grown.


---. (the) Art Box. New York: Holiday House, 1998.
Describes the many different kinds of tools and supplies which artists use to produce their work.


---. Bats. New York: Holiday House, 1999.
Describes different kinds of bats, their physical characteristics, habits and behavior, and efforts to protect them.


---. Beacons of Light: Lighthouses. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1990.
A survey of lighthouses and how they work in simple text and pictures.


---. (the) Berry Book. New York: Holiday House, 2002.
Describes different types of berries and how they grow. Includes recipes with berry ingredients.


---. Bicycle Book. New York: Holiday House, 1995.


---. Boat Book. New York: Holiday House, 1983.
Introduces many kinds of boats and ships, including rowboats, canoes, sailboats, speedboats, cruise ships, submarines, tugboats, and tankers.


---. Cats. New York: Holiday House, 1996.
Presents information about the physical characteristics, senses, and behavior of cats, as well as how to care for these animals and some general facts about them.


---. Caves and Caverns. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1993.
Text and labeled illustrations describe the formation and physical features of various kinds of caves, with a brief section on spelunking.


---. Chicks and Chickens. New York: Holiday House, 2003.
An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of chickens, as well as a discussion of how chickens are raised on farms.


---. Click! A Book About Cameras and Taking Pictures. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 1997.
Describes the basic parts of a camera and how to take photographs.


---. Deadline!: From News to Newspaper. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1987.
Examines the diverse behind-the-scenes activities of a typical working day at a small daily newspaper, from morning preparations for meeting the deadline to the moment the afternoon papers leave the presses.


---. Deserts. New York: Holiday House, 1996.
An introduction to the characteristics of deserts and the plants and animals that inhabit them.


---. Dinosaurs. New York: Holiday House, 1987.
Introduces in simple text and illustrations the characteristics and habits of a variety of dinosaurs.


---. Dinosaurs, Dragonflies & Diamonds. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1988.
Describes what one may find in a natural history museum and the work that goes on behind the scenes.


---. Dogs. New York: Holiday House, 1996.
An introduction to dogs including their history, types of breeds, senses, and ways of communication.


---. Ducks! New York: Holiday House, 2001.


---. Emergency! New York: Holiday House, 1994.


---. Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 1999.
Explores the vastly unexplored world beneath the ocean's surface.


---. Farming. New York: Holiday House, 1988.
An introduction, in simple text and illustrations, to farming and the work done on a farm throughout the seasons.


---. Fill It Up!: All About Service Stations. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1985.
Describes a busy day at a gas station, with cars coming in for gas or repairs.


---. Fire! Fire! New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1984.
Views fire fighters fighting fires in the city, in the country, in the forest, and on the waterfront.


---. Frogs. New York: Holiday House, 1993.
An introduction to frogs, discussing their tadpole beginnings, noises they make, their hibernation, body parts, and how they differ from toads.


---. From Seed to Plant. New York: Holiday House, 1991.
Explores the intricate relationship between seeds and the plants which they produce.


---. Giant Pandas. New York: Holiday House, 2002.
An introduction to the physical characteristics, behavior, life cycle, and habitat of these endangered animals.


---. Great St. Lawrence Seaway. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1992.
Tells the story of this inland waterway from the earliest explorers' dream of an Orient passage to today's vast computer-operated system of canals, locks, and gates, and the ships that traverse them.


---. Gulls...Gulls...Gulls. New York: Holiday House, 1997.
Describes the life cycle, behavior patterns, and habitat of various species of gulls, focusing on those found in North America.


---. Honey Makers. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1997.
Covers the physical structure of honeybees and how they live in colonies, as well as how they produce honey and are managed by beekeepers.


---. Horses! New York: Holiday House, 2003.
Presents information on horses, including their physical characteristics, behavior, and how to ride a horse.


---. How a House Is Built. New York: Holiday House, 1990.
Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.


---. Locks & Keys. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1980.
Traces the history of locks and keys from ancient times to the present, describing the development of increasingly complex and pick-proof locks and how they work.


---. Marshes & Swamps. New York: Holiday House, 1998.
Defines marshes and swamps, discusses how conditions in them may change, and examines the life found in and around them.


---. Milk Makers. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1985.
Explains how cows produce milk and how it is processed before being delivered to stores.


---. Monarch Butterfly. New York: Holiday House, 1989.
Describes the life cycle, body parts, and behavior of the monarch butterfly. Includes instructions on how to raise a monarch.


---. Moon Book. New York: Holiday House, 1997.
Identifies the moon as our only natural satellite, describes its movement and phases, and discusses how we have observed and explored it over the years.


---. Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2001.
Provides an overview of life in ancient Egypt, describing the people, daily activities, beliefs and customs, and what has been learned from artifacts left behind.


---. Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1994.
Describes the climatic conditions of the rain forest as well as the different layers of plants and animals that comprise the ecosystem.


---. New Road! New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1983.
Describes the planning and construction of a new road.


---. Paper, Paper Everywhere. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1983.
Briefly discusses where paper comes from, how it is made, and how we use it.


---. Penguins! New York: Holiday House, 1998.
Describes the habitat, physical characteristics, and behavior of different kinds of penguins.


---. Pigs. New York: Holiday House, 1998.
Examines the basic characteristics, common breeds, intelligence, behavior, life cycle, and uses of pigs.


---. Planet Earth, inside Out. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books, 1995.


---. Planets. New York: Holiday House, 1993.
Discusses the movements, location, and characteristics of the nine known planets of our solar system.


---. Polar Bears. New York: Holiday House, 2001.


---. Pottery Place. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1987.
Describes the history and process of pottery making by following a potter through a day of work.


---. Prehistoric Animals. New York: Holiday House, 1988.
Introduces, in text and illustrations, a variety of prehistoric animals whose fossilized remains have provided scientists with clues about their physical characteristics and the environment in which they lived.


---. Puffins Are Back! New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1991.
A simple introduction to the physical characteristics, life cycle, and natural environment of the puffins living off the coast of Maine.


---. Pumpkin Book. New York: Holiday House, 1999.
Describes how pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes, how they grow, and their traditional uses and cultural significance. Includes instructions for carving a pumpkin and drying the seeds.


---. Rabbits, Rabbits & More Rabbits! New York: Holiday House, 2000.
Describes different kinds of rabbits, their physical characteristics, behavior, where they live, and how to care for them.


---. Reasons for Seasons. New York: Holiday House, 1995.


---. Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 1996.
Explains the process of recycling from start to finish and discusses what happens to paper, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic when they are recycled into new products.


---. Say Woof!: The Day of a Country Veterinarian. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1992.
Describes the work of a veterinarian and some of the procedures and instruments he uses to treat animals in his office and on farms. Also tells how to take good care of pets.


---. Sea Turtles. New York: Holiday House, 1995.


---. Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1984.
As the seasons pass, Arnold enjoys a variety of activities as a result of his apple tree. Includes a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works.


---. Sharks. New York: Holiday House, 1992.
Describes the physical characteristics of sharks and different kinds of sharks.


---. Soaring with the Wind: The Bald Eagle. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1998.
Describes the characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the bald eagle.


---. Spiders. New York: Holiday House, 1993.
Examines the physical characteristics, behavior, habitats, and different kinds of spiders.


---. Stargazers. New York: Holiday House, 1992.
Tells what stars are, why they twinkle, how constellations were named, how telescopes are used to study stars, and more.


---. Sun up, Sun Down. New York: Harcourt Children's Books, 1983.
Describes the characteristics of the sun and the ways in which it regulates life on earth.


---. Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids. New York: Little, Brown & Company, 2002.


---. Tool Book. New York: Holiday House, 1982.
Depicts a number of different tools used in building and the kinds of work they are used for.


---. Trains. New York: Holiday House, 1987.
Examines different kinds of trains, past and present, describing their features and functions.


---. Up Goes the Skyscraper! New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Book Publishing, 1986.
Follows, in simple text and illustrations, the building of a skyscraper step by step.


---. Weather Forecasting. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Book Publishing, 1987.
Describes forecasters at work in a weather station as they use sophisticated equipment to track and gauge the constant changes in the weather.


---. Weather Words and What They Mean. New York: Holiday House, 1990.
Introduces basic weather terms and concepts.


---. Whales. New York: Holiday House, 1991.
Introduces different kinds of whales.


---. Wolves. New York: Holiday House, 1994.


---. Zoo. New York: HarperCollins Children's Book Group, 1991.
Provides a behind-the-scenes look at a working day at the zoo, from the moment the workers arrive until the night guard locks the gate.




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