A kingfisher dives silently into the water. A beetle stands on its head to collect condensation on its shell. A gecko walks up a wall. And somebody watching has an idea. Meet ten real-life scientists, engineers, and designers who imitate plants and animals to create amazing new technology.

Kristen Nordstrom is a full-time teacher at a STEAM Academy teaching biomimicry and other science topics. This Title I public elementary school was started by a group of dedicated teachers and one amazing principal to bring the power of hands-on science to second language learners and socio-economically challenged students. Kristen is a member of NSTA. Mimic Makers is her first book.


The inspiring story of a dandelion that survives against all odds, ingeniously told through shape poems (also called "concrete poems") full of visual surprises. 

K. C. Hayes has been a guitarist in a rock band, the inventor of a patented kid’s playhouse, a writer and designer of greeting cards, and the creative director of an advertising agency, but these days he’s venturing into new creative fields. This is his first picture book.


Follow Mrs. Best's kindergarten classroom as they grow a garden full of healthy vegetables. Joyful photographs show kids planting seeds, tending the seedlings, and harvesting (and eating!) the results. 

Caroline Arnold is the author of more than 170 books for children, most of them about science and nature. Recent titles include Butterflies in Room 6; Hatching Chicks in Room 6; and Living Fossils: Clues to the Past.


Follow honeybee rescuer Mr. Nelson as he expertly removes a colony of bees from Mr. Connery's barn (with a vacuum!) and helps it relocate back to a hive. Photographs of Mr. Nelson’s operation bring this thrilling honeybee rescue to life.

Loree Griffin Burns is an award-winning writer who holds a PhD in biochemistry. Each of her books draws heavily on both her passion for nature and her experience as a working scientist. She is the author of You're Invited to a Moth Ball, Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island, Citizen Scientist: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery in Your Own Back Yard, and Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It.


From snorkeling to freediving, SCUBA, submarines, and Challenger Deep, discover the different technologies scientists use to explore the ocean in this deep-sea STEM picture book. 

Michelle Cusolito won the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Award for an early version of Flying Deep. Michelle has worked as a fourth-grade teacher, a curriculum specialist, and an adjunct professor.


This call to climate action examines ways we can leverage the growing power of smartphones and other technologies to become effective environmental stewards in the face of our climate crisis. 

Todd Myers is the director of the Center for the Environment at Washington Policy Center. He is one of the nation's leading experts on free-market environmental policy. Todd is the author of the landmark 2011 book Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism Is Harming the Environment and was a Wall Street Journal expert panelist for energy and the environment. He formerly served on the executive team at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and was director of public relations for the Seattle SuperSonics and director of public affairs for the Seattle Mariners. 


This poignant tribute to the beauty of coral reefs sheds light on the destruction of global reef ecosystems and the climate science behind the conservation efforts to save them. With over 60 breathtaking photographs of coral reefs spanning from Colombia to Australia to the Florida Keys readers will be moved both by the majesty of nature and the urgency to preserve and restore these great cities of the seas.  

David Alexander Baker is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. His feature documentaries include Saving Atlantis, American Wine Story, and Three Days of Glory. He's the author of the critically acclaimed novel Vintage, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a range of publications. He leads a media production team at Oregon State University where he has covered research projects around the world. He lives in Oregon.