Nature Recycles—How About You?
From sea urchins in the Atlantic Ocean to bandicoots on the Australian savanna, animals all over the world recycle. Explore how different animals in different habitats use recycled material to build homes, protect themselves and get food. This fascinating collection of animal facts will teach readers about the importance of recycling and inspire them to take part in protecting and conserving the environment by recycling in their own way. key phrases for educators: recycling, animal adaptations and behaviors, geography

Written by Michelle Lord
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

32 pg, 10 X 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades k-3
Lexile: 580, AR: 2.90
Hardcover 9781607186151 $17.95  
Spanish Hardcover 9781607187110 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607186274 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553499 $9.95  
EBook 9781607186632 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551570 $6.95  
Keywords:   behavioral adaptation, earth systems, human activity, recycling, adaptations, life science, geography, environmental education, repeating phrase, map; reduce, reuse, recycle
Animals in the book:   decorator sea urchin, hermit crab, Carolina wren, elf owl, veined octopus, woodpecker finch, dung beetle, termite, caddisfly, poison dart frog, Asian elephant
Vetters:   Thanks to educators at NASA/JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.

Written in clear, lively prose, Nature Recycles is an ideal book to introduce recycling. By showcasing the various methods animals use to repurpose materials in their natural habitats, Lord provides examples of recycling that will inspire youngsters to creatively reuse their own objects. For example, readers learn that poison dart frogs reuse bromeliad plant leaves and nut pods from the rainforest as cradles for their young. Morrison’s full-page illustrations are bright and appealing, with accurate depictions of the ingenious ways creatures use found materials. Back matter offers downloadable activities, questions, trivia, and lists of facts. Wonderful additions to public or school libraries.–Anne Barreca, New York Public Library
School Library Journal

"Spread by spread, a collection of curious animal behaviors and the endless loop of the water cycle are offered as examples of recycling in the natural world. From a decorator sea urchin, protected by his collection of ocean refuse, to an Asian elephant’s meal of the banana leaf she first used as a fan, the text and slightly cartoony illustrations offer varied images of adaptive reuse. The animals are treated as individuals with intention. “Hermit crab helps keep the earth beautiful too.” A quiz in the end matter makes the point explicit: Animals “recycle for nests or shelters, camouflage or protection, as tools, or as nutrients.” (January 2013)
Kirkus Reviews

"This book provided great examples from nature on how to recycle and made me think of ways I can reuse my things. It is a perfect read for Earth Day and I recommend this book for kids of all ages." (May 2013)
Kids Book Review

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning author Michelle Lord started writing stories when she was in elementary school. In addition toNature Recycles for Sylvan Dell, her other books include Tide Pool Trouble, A Song for Cambodia, and the award-winning Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin. Michelle and her family recycle at their home in Texas. Check out her website at

Cathy Morrison may have started her art career in animation but she soon fell in love with illustrating children’s books and has been doing so for 20 years. Cathy has illustrated Daisylocks, Nature Recycles: How About You?, Three Little Beavers, Animalogy: Animal Analogies, Dino Tracks, and Dino Treasures for Arbordale. Other titles Cathy has illustrated include Ignacio’s Chair, and the Young Patriots Series including Alexander Hamilton, Young Statesman; Frederick Douglass, Young Defender of Human Rights; and Juliette Low, Girl Scout Founder. Cathy works from her home overlooking a beautiful view of the Mummy Range, on the northern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out Cathy’s blog at


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