Books by Anita Sanchez

Books by Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez is an award-winning author of books on environmental science and nature for children and adults.

New this fall from Workman Publishing

meltdown coverPacked with information, grounded in the latest science, lively in its writing, illustrated throughout, Meltdown gives readers an eye-opening overview of glaciers and how important they are: There are over 100,000 glaciers covering 10% of earth’s landmass, acting as protective shields to cool the atmosphere and holding almost three-quarters of the planet’s fresh water. We learn how glaciers were formed (some over two million years ago), how they move and carve the landscape, how they’re replenished, and how scientists study them (the bluer the ice, the older it is). We discover secrets of earth’s climate history hidden deep in a glacier’s core—and understand the delicate ecosystem of animals and plants that thrive in their frigid worlds, from keystone species like salmon to curiosities like ice worms.

And we learn how climate change is threatening the glaciers, in turn, threatening all the benefits they bring the planet—and all the positive steps readers can take to become climate activists, reduce their carbon footprint, and save the glaciers.

 

save whale sharksSave the Endangered Species!

A multi-part series on some of the most fascinating and rare wildlife on our planet.

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Save the Whale Sharks   September 2022

Shark!

The passengers on the boat stare wide-eyed into the clear water. A huge, dark shape glides just under the surface, jaws stretched in a massive grin. The shark is bigger than a person, bigger than an elephant, bigger than the boat! Its enormous mouth is wide enough to swallow you whole.

But this is a gentle giant.

 

Save the Giraffes January 2023

If you want to look a giraffe in the eye, you have to look up…up…up! The giraffe looms high over your head, calmly chewing leaves while its keen, long-lashed eyes gaze down at you standing far below.

 

Save the Gorillas   May 2023

What happens if you tickle a gorilla? And would you dare to try?

Gorillas are big animals that can be really, really scary. They have huge fangs, enormous muscles, and can weigh four hundred pounds. Sometimes a male gorilla will pound his chest and let out a terrifying roar. Their massive arms are strong enough to tear down trees and bend iron bars. Who wouldn’t be scared?

But it turns out that gorillas aren’t as dangerous as they look. They don’t eat people—in fact, they don’t eat meat at all, just plants. Gorillas can be gentle friends and tender, loving parents. And they really like to laugh.

 

Save the Koalas    2023

Did you ever hug a koala bear? You might have! A lot of the stuffed teddy bears you see on toy store shelves are designed to look like cute, fuzzy koalas. But in real life, there’s no such thing as a koala bear.

The small mammals known as koalas are often called bears because they look like little bear cubs, with their short round ears, pudgy bodies and funny noses. But koalas aren’t related to bears at all—they’re a special kind of animal called a marsupial, which means that they carry their babies in a pouch on their stomachs. These funny, furry animals are some of the most amazing creatures that live in the huge island continent of Australia.

 

Save the Pandas    2024

 Would you like to go to a panda’s birthday party? You’re invited!

The birthday boy is a roly-poly young panda named Xiao Qi Ji. His parents came from China, but he was born at the National Zoo in Washington DC. To celebrate his second birthday, the zoo staff made him his own special cake, a giant “fruit-sicle” of frozen fruit juice decorated with bananas and chunks of sweet potato, apple, and sugar cane. Visitors to the zoo watched on video as the cub eagerly licked his cake. They sang him a chorus of “Happy Birthday!” and cheered him on as he gobbled a whole banana from the cake, peel and all. On You-tube and social media, tens of thousands of panda fans also enjoyed this unusual birthday party.

The reason so many people are happy about Xiao Qi Ji’s birthday was that pandas have been severely endangered for a long time. Every panda cub that’s born is a win for the conservation of this magnificent species.

In 2023, watch for:

monkey trialMonkey Business: The Battle Over Evolution in the Classroom (Clarion Books)

 

The Forest in the Sea: Seaweed Solutions to Planetary Problems (Holiday House)

 

 

 

 

 

In spring 2022, splash into

Hello, Puddle!

A nonfiction picture book exploring a deceptively simple but unexpectedly crucial resource for wildlife: puddles! This lyrical, gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book is perfect for young science learners and nature lovers.    Pre-order

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Hello, puddle! Who’s here?

A normal everyday puddle may not seem very special. But for a mother turtle, it might be the perfect place to lay her eggs. For a squirrel, it might be the only spot to cool off and get a drink when the sun is shining down in July. And for any child, it can be a window into the elegant, complex natural world right outside their window.

With lush, playful illustrations and fun facts about the animals featured, Hello, Puddle! is a joyful celebration of the remarkable in the ordinary, and the importance of even the most humble places in fostering life. more

 

Rotten! Vultures, Beetles, and Slime: Nature’s Decomposers

Open this book to uncover the dirty rotten truth about one of nature’s most fascinating processes.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Rotten! Vultures, Beetles, Slime, and Nature's Other Decomposers by Anita SanchezA funny and fact-filled look at decomposition in all of its slimy glory, illustrated with dazzling full-color art by Gilbert Ford. Vultures, fungi, dung beetles, and more aid in this fascinating and sometimes smelly aspect of the life cycle that’s right under our noses.

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ITCH: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch.

Everybody gets itchy, and every kid will love this title that scratches the itch to know more about the history, anatomy, botany, biology behind it.

You can feel it coming on—that terrible, tortuous ITCH. It’s your body’s way of sending you a message you can’t miss. And there are so many things that make us itch—from fungus to fleas, mosquitoes to nettles, poison ivy to tarantulas!

Combining history, anatomy, laugh-out-loud illustrations, and even tips to avoid—and soothe—the itch, Anita Sanchez takes readers on an intriguing look into what makes you scratch. Illustrations by Gilbert Ford. 

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ITCH is a Junior Library Guild selection.

“A fun, intriguing, and accessible mix of anatomy and history, with a healthy dose of gross.”–Kirkus, STARRED review
“Factual and surprisingly fun, here’s a very readable book about a common experience.”–Booklist, STARRED review

 

Wait Till It Gets Dark!

It’s night. It’s dark. Time to go indoors—or is it? The outdoors at night can be a scary place. Wait Till It Gets Dark by Anita Sanchez and George Steele will help young readers investigate the mysterious nature of night.

Illustrations by John Himmelman

Discover nighttime landscapes and the nocturnal animals that inhabit them, from desert coyotes to the frog chorus in a backyard pond—and a corner of the bathroom at midnight where a spider lurks…

Can you walk as silently as a fox? Use your night vision like an owl? Follow a scent trail? Filled with activities and ideas, this book invites readers of all ages to explore the mysterious world of their own backyards after dark.

 

Karl, Get Out of the Garden!

Swine’s snout? Yellow daisy? Dandelion?

 What was the right name? Young Karl Linné wasn’t sure—and neither was anyone else!

Doctors, gardeners, farmers—everybody!—argued about the names of plants and animals. How could scientists communicate if they couldn’t even agree on what to call things? 

Karl knew there was only one solution: to organize and name EVERY LIVING THING in the world. But it was an enormous job. Could he do it?  

He decided to try. Karl created a new language of science—and forever changed the way people saw the world.

 

Karl, Get out of the Garden! is a picture book biography of Carolus Linnaeus. The famous naturalist was a brilliant scientist whose system of binomial nomenclature–two names for each living thing–is still used today. But he started out as a curious little boy with a passion for weeds and bugs. His exuberant, outspoken, and defiant personality makes him a fascinating character.

Illustrations by Catherine Stock

 

In Praise of Poison Ivy

As a science writer, I’m fascinated by plants and animals that are unloved—like dandelions, tarantulas, and what is perhaps the world’s most hated plant—poison ivy.cover--in praise of poison ivy--sanchez

Millions of people are allergic to poison ivy, which contains one of the most potent toxins on earth. But the astounding paradox is that poison ivy is a plant of immense ecological value. It’s a plant of a powerful plant with a dramatic history and an increasingly important role in the American landscape. For me, poison ivy has served as a lens through which to take a closer look at the green world, and the changes and challenges that face our planet.

In Praise of Poison Ivy is a nonfiction book for adults, which explores the vices and virtues of a powerful plant with a dramatic history and an increasingly important role in the American landscape.

Leaflets Three, Let it Be!: The Story of Poison Ivy

Leaflets Three, Let it Be!: The Story of Poison Ivy is a children’s picture book, designed to help the youngest outdoor explorers both appreciate and avoid poison ivy.

Beautiful illustrations by Robin Brickman highlight the amazing variety of wildlife that use poison ivy for food and shelter. And no, they don’t get itchy–only humans are affected by the toxic three leaves. Bees buzz in poison ivy flowers, gathering poison ivy nectar. Cardinals use poison ivy rootlets to line their nests. Insects roll themselves up in a snug blanket of poison ivy leaves while toads hunt and spiders spin webs in the shade. And birds by the dozens come flocking to a poison ivy feast of winter berries.

Anita’s other published books include Mr. Lincoln’s Chair: The Shakers and Their Quest for PeaceThe Invasion of Sandy Bay, and The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion.

 

 

Her first book was The Teeth of the Lion: The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion, published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company. The book is packed with information about–of all things!– dandelions. It describes their ecology, and the crucial and unexpected role they play in the environment. The despised little lawn weed has been used by humans for centuries as a powerful medicine. The final chapters describe the environmental damage caused by the indiscriminate use of lawn pesticides.

Anita Sanchez writes for middle grade and young adults as well. Her historical novel The Invasion of Sandy Bay was published by Boyds Mills Press. The American Library Association called it “a great tale of heroism and adventure.” (ALAN’s PICKS, September, 2008.) A fast-paced story with plot twists and vivid characters, Booklist noted its “surprising humor and readability.”

The book tells the tale–a true story–of how British and American soldiers worked together to free prisoners and create a truce in the midst of violence. The Boston Authors’ Club described Sandy Bay as “the antithesis to war stories,” and selected it for their List of Highly Recommended Books.

Mr. Lincoln’s Chair: The Shakers and Their Quest for Peace, is the tale of some of the most rebellious Americans who ever lived. The Shakers were often despised and misunderstood–like dandelions–but with the persistence of weeds they have made an indelible mark on history. Midwest Book Review called Mr. Lincoln’s Chair “a captivating, well-researched historical chronicle written to appeal to readers of all backgrounds, highly recommended!”

 

 

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love;
We will love only what we understand;
We will understand only what we are taught.”
–Baba Dioum (Senegalese Environmentalist)