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A colorful book cover for "secrets of the forest", featuring illustrations of a fox, butterflies, birds and plants, with a title and authors' names displayed.
Format: Hardback
Age Range: 5–8
Book Size: 8½” x 10”
ISBN: 9781684493111
Pages: 160
Publication Date: October 3, 2023
Price: US $19.99 / CAN $26.99

Secrets of the Forest

15 Bedtime Stories Inspired by Nature

A beautifully illustrated collection of 5 minute bedtime stories about the wildlife found in woods around the world.

Every forest contains a thousand secrets… In this charming anthology of stories by Alicia Klepeis readers will be guided into forests to meet the amazing animals that live there. In one story a squirrel hunts for an elusive acorn it buried earlier in the year, while another looks at an Alaskan wood frog as it freezes itself alive to survive a harsh winter. Children will be thrilled by the tale of a reindeer that gets separated from its herd in the snowy woods of Scandinavia, and marvel at a chameleon changing color in the forests of Madagascar.

Other stories feature elephants, wild cats, pangolins, badgers, foxes, monarch butterflies, otters, walking fish, a tree that can live for thousands of years, and even forest-dwelling penguins! All of these creatures and their habitats are brought to life with impressive skill by illustrator Kristen Adam.

Each story is based on the real biology and behavior of these amazing wild animals, and at the end of each tale readers will find out more about the science that inspired the story. So as they drift off to sleep, they will know a little bit more about the world around them.

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Author & Illustrator

Alicia Klepeis loves to research fun and out-of-the-ordinary topics that bring the world to young readers—from amazing animals to extreme environments. Alicia began her career at the National Geographic Society. She is the author of more than 200 children’s books, including Go Wild! FrogsGutsy Girls Go For Science: Astronauts; Polar Bears & Penguins: A Pretty Cool Introduction to the Arctic and Antarctic; and Secrets of the Forest: 15 Bedtime Stories Inspired By Nature. A former middle school teacher, Alicia loves doing school visits. She lives with her family in upstate New York.

Kristen Adam is an illustrator who grew up exploring the wild redwood forests of northern California. Her love of getting lost in the fantasies of her doodles led her to study illustration at California College of the Arts, where she discovered her passion for illustrating children’s books. Kristen’s work is a whimsical mix of digital media and traditional textures, and features quirky critters bursting with personality. When Kristen’s not wandering the woods identifying wildflowers she loves star gazing, reading sci fi/fantasy novels, and snuggling her dog Charlie.

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