OUT OF THE BLUE is coming in paperback!

Great news from Candlewick Press! OUT OF THE BLUE will be published as a lower cost paperback in June 2024. I’m thrilled that the book will be accessible to more readers. Thank you, Candlewick!

🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 Five-Frog Review in The American Biology Teacher!

I’m a huge fan of the National Center for Science Education, a premier not-for-profit organization that works with teachers, parents, scientists, and concerned citizens to ensure that topics like evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly and confidently. They are AWESOME! And working very hard to create tools and resources to help students!

So, I’m supremely grateful to Lin Andrews, Director of Teacher Support at NCSE, for writing a glowing review of OUT OF THE BLUE for The American Biology Teacher, the award-winning professional journal for K-16 teachers. Lin took the time to not only read the book (okay, so that doesn’t take all that long . . . ) but also dove into the curriculum and videos. Some of her comments:

“The curriculum guide offers students the opportunity to engage with the evidence relevant to deep time, natural selection, adaptation, biodiversity, and much more. It even allows elementary students to tackle their first cladogram! By providing teachers with ready-made lessons, Shreeve increases the chance that her book will be used in classrooms, as it amply deserves to be. As a reviewer that spends a great deal of time looking for accurate evolution education resources, I give this book and accompanying resources two opposable thumbs way, way up!

Link to the entire review is here.

Northern California Book Awards!

Super thrilled to win the Northern California Book Award for Children’s Literature: Younger Readers!

This wonderful group of poets, writers, and librarians review dozens of books written by authors living in northern California, across a wide spectrum of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation, and children’s books. They select a short list of nominees and announce the winners at a ceremony at the San Francisco Public Library. Was I nervous? YES!

Along with the award, NCBA wrote this terrific review: “Evolution is a topic that has been tackled countless times in children’s books, but perhaps not with the same curiosity and beauty as Elizabeth Shreeve’s Out of the Blue: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas, gorgeously illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon.” 

Check out my 3-minute acceptance speech here. Bottom line: Kids need ALL KINDS OF BOOKS! 


So happy to officially announce this next book with Norton Young Readers! It will be the companion title for THE UPSIDE-DOWN BOOK OF SLOTHS and both will be illustrated by the wonderful artist Isabella Grott. In preparation for finishing the manuscript, I traveled to Georgia and Florida for some armadillo spotting. (They are the most adorable little critters!) The Florida Museum of Natural History is terrific–and Cumberland Island National Seashore is truly a magical place. 

Now for a question: do you know what other animals are related to armadillos and sloths?


Celebrate the Ocean with NMEA

I’m super excited to be speaking at the National Marine Education Association Annual Conference at Hofstra University, NY on July 10 at 4:45 pm ET. I’ll present on Using Nonfiction Books for Ocean Literacy: Classroom-Ready Resources that Kids Love. What a great topic, right? In addition to OUT OF THE BLUE, I’ll showcase a variety of outstanding nonfiction books and teacher guides that engage kids with ocean science and encourage lifelong stewardship.  Click here to download the bibliography. 

Speaking of which… Have you reviewed the UN’s Ocean Literacy Principles lately or considered events for World Ocean Month, June 2022? Check out upcoming events and donate to an ocean conservation organization of your choice. All life on Earth began in the ocean—we can’t survive without it!


New Curriculum Posted!

Teachers, homeschoolers, kids! Announcing the updated, five-part CURRICULUM for OUT OF THE BLUE, featuring fun classroom activities and videos that engage kids with Earth history, evolution, biodiversity, and ocean science. It’s been thoroughly tested by real live kids and streamlined to be easy to use. Aligns with NGSS and Common Core/ELA—a great way to strengthen science teaching in tandem with language arts, creative writing, and art. Good for all elementary grade levels (third grade is a sweet spot for NGSS!).

Available free right here at www.elizabethshreeve.com. Set up students to learn + love life sciences, oceans, Earth history!🌍🦈🦛🐬🌊