Achoo! Why Pollen Counts

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Achoo! Why Pollen Counts
Spring has arrived and pollen is in the air. Baby Bear does not like the pollen—it sticks to his fur and makes him itchy and sneezy. He’s allergic! Achoo! He just wishes the pollen were gone. When his friends gather to tell him why they need pollen, Baby Bear learns that pollen is good for the forest and provides food for many animals, including him! Pollen might be something we all love to hate, but can we really live without it? This story explains why we need it.

This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 45-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Achoo! Why Pollen Counts is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Shennen Bersani
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: 670, AR: 3.3, F&P: N
Hardcover 9781628555509 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628555592 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628555684 $11.95  
German Paperback 9781643514895 $11.95  
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Spanish EBook 9781628556049 Purchase Here
Portuguese EBook 9781643516516 Purchase Here
German EBook 9781643514925 Purchase Here
Keywords:   adaptations, basic needs, pollen, allergies, plant parts, plant life cycle, pollinators, pollination, bees
Animals in the book:   black bear, bear, honeybee, ladybug, snow owl, spider, vole, zebra butterfly
Vetters:   Thanks to Dr. Alan Graham, Curator of Paleobotany & Palynology at Missouri Botanical Garden's Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.


Full of illustrations and excitement for young elementary students, this book provides everything the reader would want to know about pollen. With four pages of interesting facts at the end, this guide is perfect for the classroom and home. - Children's Literature

At the back of the book there is more information about pollen and pollination and even about allergies, which make Baby Bear sneeze. But my favorite part of the book is the pictures of Baby Bear, because he is really really cute! Reviewed by Raif, Age 6 - Kids Book Buzz

What makes this book fun is not only the beautiful, detailed illustrations and a cute storyline that teaches about allergies, but also the informational data at the back of the book for older readers. - Book Pleasures

Author/Illustrator Info:

While Shennen Bersani is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, Achoo! Why Pollen Counts is her debut picture book as an author. Her art delivers a unique blend of realism, heartfelt emotion, love of nature, and life lessons for children of all ages. She has illustrated Salamander Season; Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea; The Shape Family Babies; Animal Partners; Shark Baby; Home in the Cave; The Glaciers are Melting!; and Astro: The Steller Sea Lion for Arbordale. Shennen has also illustrated a number of best-selling books, including, Snakes: Long, Longer, Longest; Sharks: Big, Bigger, Biggest; Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers; and Icky Bug Shapes. Shennen lives near Boston. For more information, visit her website at


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