Salamander Season

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Salamander Season
One cold, rainy, spring night, a young girl and her scientist father participate in “Salamander Night” to follow hundreds of spotted salamanders as they venture into a vernal pool to mate and lay eggs. Together, the father-child team studies the salamanders through their complete amphibian metamorphosis, culminating in the adult salamanders' disappearance into the woods in late summer. In easy-to-understand text, the girl relates the tale through her illustrated, photographic journal.

This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 34-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Salamander Season 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 Jennifer Keats Curtis   & J. Adam Frederick, Illustrated by Shennen Bersani
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades k-3
Hardcover 9781628555561 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628555653 $9.95  
EBook 9781628556018 $12.99  
Spanish Paperback 9781628555745 $9.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628556100 $12.99  
Keywords:   life cycle, salamander, metamorphosis, amphibian, classification, sequencing, scientist, biologist
Animals in the book:   spotted salamanders
Vetters:   Thanks to the following experts for verifying the information in this book: J. Adam Frederick, Maryland Sea Grant, Asst. Director of Education at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and Dr. Ryan Kerney, Assistant Professor of Biology at Gettysburg College. As an organismal biologist, Dr. Kerney specializes in the ecology, evolution and development of amphibians.


Seamlessly woven in are: information on local conservation actions for salamanders and their habitat- vernal pools; a timeline for salamander development; the idea of becoming a scientist; annual cycle; food webs; and more. - Science Books & Films

Highly recommended, especially for schools and public library nonfiction collections. - Midwest Book Review

A scrapbook-like design includes color photos of varying quality and amateurish drawings. More information about salamanders and the work of biologists is appended. - Horn Book Guide

Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. She is the author of more than a dozen books about wildlife rescue, animal care in captivity, and citizen science.In addition to The Lizard Lady and Maggie: Alaska's Last Elephant, Jennifer has written After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, Kali’s Story (Children’s Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at

J. Adam Frederick is the Assistant Director of Education at Maryland Sea Grant and works in the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, MD, and is a former high school biology teacher. As part of his job, he studies salamanders and other aquatic organisms and develops practical applications for classroom teachers. He has co-authored two curriculum-related books: Inside-Out: Environmental Science in the Classroom and the Field, Grades 3-8 and Saltwater Aquaria in the Classroom: a Manual for the Beginner as well as written articles or book chapters to help science teachers in the classroom. This is his first picture book.

Shennen Bersani is an award-winning illustrator with 2 million copies of her books cherished and read by children, parents, and teachers throughout the world. Her art delivers heartfelt emotion, the wonders of nature and science, and creates a unique joy for learning. Some of Shennen’s other illustrated works include A Case of Sense Once Upon an Elephant, 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. In 2015, Shennen made her debut as an author with Achoo! Why Pollen Counts. Shennen lives with her family near Boston. For more information, visit her website at


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