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Michael Elsohn Ross

PO Box 295

El Portal, CA 95318

Phone (209) 379-2448



Michael Elsohn Ross

Author / Illustrator



Michael Elsohn Ross is the award-winning author of the Happy Camper Handbook, Salvador Dali and the, Surrealists, Cricketology, What’s the Matter in Mr. Whisker’s Room? and Snug as a Bug. He lives at the entrance of Yosemite National Park, CA on a bluff overlooking the wild Merced River. Both his wife and his son Nick are poets and avid outdoors people. For over 30 years Michael has been teaching visitors to Yosemite about the plants, animals and geology of the park. He leads classes and backpack trips for the Yosemite Association. This work, as well as his lifelong interest in art and travel, have inspired him to write over 40 books for young people.

Mr. Ross grew up in New York in a family of artists and started drawing cartoons in elementary school. He later used these cartooning skills to illustrate his first books. Since then his books have been illustrated by a variety of other illustrators including well-known artists such as Peter Parnall, Sylvia Long and Ashley Wolff.

Michael's newest picture book, Play With Me, is a rambunctious romp into the world of animal play. Other recent releases include Mama's Milk, a picture book celebration of the warm and loving bond between mammal mamas and their babies, lushly illustrated by Ashley Wolff, and Baby Bear isn’t Hungry, a tale of a curious newborn cub and her misadventures, illustrated by Consie Powell.

Mr. Ross loves visiting schools where he enjoys meeting young readers and writers who adore bugs, birds, yucky stuff and books with a sense of humor.



The goal of my visiting author program is to entice children to write. My first book grew out of a challenge to write a kid's book about cycles, a topic that had not been written about before. I started drawing and writing, night after night for two months, and the book soon took shape. In my program I share this story and others to illustrate how a book is made, step-by-step, from the hatching of an idea to selling it at a bookstore.

My props are the real stuff: letters from publishers, drafts of art and writing, a book galley, proofs, a press sheet, slides of book pages and the books themselves. I share works in progress and demonstrate how I draw my book characters. My 30 years experience working with students of all ages has made it very easy for me to adapt my assemblies and workshops to any age audience. I gladly modify my program to suit each school's needs.

The program fee is $995 for three assemblies (plus travel expenses for visits that require an overnight stay). I offer a 10% discount when I visit more than one school in a region. I also present an early childhood science in-service program for staff and parents based on my book, Sandbox Scientist.

New! Art workshops for teachers and students based on Salvador Dali and the Surrealists.

When Michael is in New Mexico he is based out of Santa Fe. In Hawaii he is based out of Honolulu and in Arizona he stays with family in Tucson. In Oregon he has friends and family in Portland, Salem and Eugene. In Alaska he has family in Fairbanks and in Massachusetts he is based out of the Boston metro area.


Endorsements from Schools

“We had the special privilege of a school visit from Michael Ross this past January. We were thrilled that Michael was willing to visit us in cold, northeastern Montana! It was a chilly -15 degrees on the day of his arrival! Michael gave 4 wonderful sectionals the day of his visit. Each presentation was so perfectly geared to the age level he was speaking to. He relates well to all ages. We concluded our day with a family presentation in the evening! We had an excellent turnout! A special touch that Michael adds to his presentation is picture drawing! This put a perfect finale to his assemblies and made great giveaways for the students! I highly recommend a visit from Michael to your school. His visit will ensure that your kids will go BUGGY for BOOKS for the rest of the year.” —Kelly Johnson, Sidney Elementary, Sidney, Montana, February 2008

“On the day of his visit, Michael gave 4 unique presentations to 4 different groups of students, with each presentation being age-appropriate. This differentiation resulted in attentive, engaged students, and even resulted in hugs from the kindergartners! He is a well-educated speaker on topics ranging from bugs to biographies. We truly enjoyed his visit.”  —Andi Johnson, Excel Academy, Arvada, Colorado, May 2007

"Michael Elsohn Ross presented at the Mountain Brook Writers’ Festival. His presentation opened our students’ eyes, as well as those of our teachers, to the world around us. During his visit we were given the opportunity to learn about his writing style, process and success. We also loved seeing his illustrations! The K-6 students were given time to read and share many of Ross’ works before, during and after his visit. It was our great pleasure to have Michael Ross at Cherokee Bend." —Beth Shea Cherokee Bend School Mountain Brook, Alabama, March, 2007

"Michael Ross’ very engaging and knowledgeable assemblies were perfect for both our English and Spanish speaking students. Several of our teachers commented that Michael was wonderful about adjusting his presentations so that he spoke age-appropriately. Hands-down, he was wonderful! Our students enjoyed his humorous stories from his childhood, as well as his funny drawings and his hilarious camp songs. He also was one of our featured authors at the Oregon Educational Media Association’s annual Fall Conference, and was quite successful!" —Libby Hamler-Dupras and De Ann Orand Myers Elementary Library Media Center, Salem, Oregon, October 20, 2006

"Mr. Ross is an excellent visiting author! He related to all grade levels from Pre-K to 5th grade. The kids were so excited about a real author who made science fun and interesting. The teachers were inspired by his ability to relate and integrate science into the curriculum. Mr. Ross was organized and willing to be flexible with scheduling all day! He sold lots of books too! Yes! What a joy to have an easygoing, interesting and knowledgeable presenter." —Stephanie Parker, librarian Bushland Elementary Bushland, Texas, March 2006

"The program was very unique in tying science with reading and artwork! A thoroughly enjoyable assembly." —Phyllis Pope Glynn Archer Elementary Key West Florida, November 2005

“Even months after his author's visit, students show lasting enthusiasm for Michael Ross and his books. Book circulation and enjoyment for science still prevail as students explore backyard buddies and science lab projects through both independent study and class activities. Michael Ross' knowledge, easy manner and flexibility to deal with unexpected difficulties brought wide approval from staff and students. His multimedia presentation made a clear connection between science and the writing process. The Sandbox Scientist workshop was a perfect vehicle to help enhance an integrated science program. We greatly appreciate Michael sharing his time with our students and staff, our only regret is there was not time to fully explore his diverse and fascinating background.”

—The Elementary Librarians of Stillwater Public Schools Stillwater, Oklahoma 2004

“Thank you so much for your visit. You exposed the students to so many things that are new to them. It was the perfect balance of ideas and activities to engage and inspire the wide range of students. I like that we had everyone from EL to AP students.” —Ocean Jones, Merced Union High School, Merced. California, 2003

“What a wonderful opportunity to work with an author like Mike Ross. He is an inspiration to any of us who might think about writing our own book. He has put into words what he is interested in, showing teachers and students alike what is possible,” —Marilynne Pereira, Golden Valley High School, Merced, California, 2003

Sierra Hills room 2 kindergarten says, "We went to see Michael Ross today. He was great. He was wonderful! He was perfect." —Cindy Tuisku, Sierra Hills kindergarten teacher, Placer Hills, California, 2002

"Both the students and staff raved about the presentations, calling them some of the best ever at Blossom Valley. Mr. Ross was engaging, entertaining and supplied students with valuable information about being a writer. This information will be of great assistance in the ongoing implementation of our school-wide writing process. I would recommend Mr. Ross' presentation without reservation and I look forward to him coming back to Blossom Valley in the near future." —Charles Roach, Principal Blossom Valley Elementary, El Cajon, California, 2002

"Mr. Ross excels at integrating his knowledge of science with the writing process and the art of storytelling. Our kindergarten through 6th grade students responded with enthusiasm to his multimedia presentation." —Joanne Dudley, Westfield School, Porterville California, 2001

"It was a grand day when Michael Ross visited Blue Ridge Elementary school. Our students were spellbound with his storytelling and enjoyed learning the process he went through writing his books. Showing slides and drawing illustrations as he shared with each group, made his presentations exciting for all. Our teachers were very pleased that he came to our school. Michael Ross was well-organized and easy to work with when setting up the details of his visit." —Carol Flowers Blue Ridge Elementary Evans, Georgia, 2001

"Michael Ross visited Wasuma Elementary in April. He did an excellent job in his presentations to all of our grade levels. Michael was able to hold the interest of Kindergarten through 8th grade students–smoothly tailoring his message to the needs of each age level. Michael was also willing to accommodate us in terms of scheduling. I would heartily recommend Michael Ross to any school contemplating having an author visit their campus." —Glenn Reid- Wasuma Elementary School, Ahwahnee, California, 2001

"Captivating and fun! Michael Elsohn Ross captivated the children with his bugs and inchworm tale and with his close-up engaging manner of presentation. His work is refreshingly educational and informative and packed with humor and joyful character." —Michelle Dambacher, O.W. Erlewine Elementary School, Sacramento, California, 2001

"Our students enjoyed Mr. Ross' assemblies very much. His slides and illustration demonstrations helped our students better understand how an author translates his thoughts into a published piece. Mr. Ross has a unique ability to appropriately modify his presentation and expression to different age levels. We would enjoy having him return again." —Rebecca Langston-George Vineland Elementary School, Bakersfield, California, 2001

"Michael Ross is an excellent choice as a visiting author. He has written on a wide variety of topics, interacts with children well and he is flexible with scheduling. His science books will be of special interest to children as he takes students through the writing process. The staff is still talking about what a great experience it was for our students." —Richard Cohagan Wilson School Modesto, California, 2001

Published Books













She Takes A Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World (Women of Action)

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author) Reading level: Ages 12 and up Hardcover 208 pages Publisher: Chicago Review Press (August 1, 2015) ISBN-10: 1613730268 ISBN-13: 978-1613730263

Portraits of brave women from the late 1800s through today—role models who are passionate about important issues. A source of inspiration for young women with strong social convictions, She Takes a Stand highlights 16 extraordinary women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive/sexual rights and world peace. Among these are many who have been imprisoned, threatened or suffered financial hardships for pursuing their missions to change the world for the better. Included are historic heroes such as anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and suffragist Alice Paul, along with contemporary figures such as girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai; Sampat Pal Devi, who fights violence against Indian women; and SPARK executive director Dana Edell, who works to end the sexualization of women and girls in the media. Taking a multicultural, multinational perspective, She Takes a Stand spotlights brave women around the world with an emphasis on childhood details, motivations and life turning points—in many cases gleaned from the author's original interviews—and includes related sidebars, a bibliography, source notes and a list of organizations young women can explore to get involved in changing their world.

Editorial Reviews

“This far-ranging collection of brief biographies, part of the Women of Action series, introduces 16 female social and political activists from the 19th century onward. The featured women include Rigoberta Menchu Tum, who fought the genocide of indigenous Guatemalans during that country’s civil war (1960–1996); Sampat Pal Devi, who opened a sewing school in her Indian village and formed the “Gulabi Gang” of empowered women in 2006; and Megan Grassell, a contemporary teenager who founded Yellowberry, a company that makes “young, cute, and realistic bras for girls,” as an alternative to sexualized undergarments. Ross portrays his subjects with honesty, highlighting both their missteps and accomplishments, while emphasizing how anyone can become an activist with enough passion and will. Ages 12–up’."    —Publishers Weekly



Play with Me

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover 32 pages Publisher: Tricycle Press (June 9, 2009) ISBN-10: 1582462550 ISBN-13: 978-1582462554

Tumbling, chasing, splashing in the mud or helping with chores–just about any activity is fun for a little one. And all kinds of mommies and daddies know that playing helps their children grow healthy and strong. Rambunctious rhymes and bold illustrations of young animals and children show the joys of play, every way, all day! The last page has seven "Play Tips." A fun-to-read rhyming text and engaging watercolor and colored pencil illustrations work together to make this a fine book for sharing one-on-one or with a small group.

Editorial Reviews

“Adult and baby animals, including humans, are shown playing in this simple yet effective book. Each page contains a phrase, e.g., "Roll in the mud, splash and squirt" (for the elephants) or "We'll roll and tumble on the ground" (for the wombats), and a sweet, realistic illustration of the action. Small, unobtrusive text on the pictures identifies the animal and its young, for example, ‘ravens and juveniles’." —School Library Journal












A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers (Women of Action)

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author) Reading level: Ages 12 and up Hardcover 224 pages Publisher: Chicago Review Press (March 1, 2014) ISBN-10: 1613744382 ISBN-13: 978-1613744383

In Michael’s book A World of Her Own, readers will meet 24 fascinating women from the 1800s through current times who have lived lives of exploration and adventure. Regardless of the era in which they lived, their culture, race and economic background all overcame obstacles to follow their curiosity and passion, while also striving to protect nature and other cultures in some of the planet’s most remote places. Readers will meet women who endure everything from deadly storms, leeches, days on end without a bath and questionable cuisine in the pursuit of discovery. Among them are Eleanor Creesy, who lived a life at sea as a ship’s navigator in the 1800s; Kate Jackson, an insatiable investigator of venomous snakes in the Congo; wildlife biologist Aparajita Datta who seeks protection for wildlife and indigenous cultures in one of the last wild landscapes in India; and Constanza Ceruti, the world’s only female high-elevation archaeologist, who carries out important excavations on some of the Earth’s highest peaks. These and 20 other remarkable women are introduced through profiles informed by not only historical research, but also original interviews with many intriguing modern explorers who provide inspiration to any today’s young women with an itch for adventure and exploration.

Editorial Reviews

"This addition certainly lives up to its series name. Naturalist and author Ross tells the stories of different women who stepped outside their comfort zones, overcame hardships and earned advanced degrees all in order to explore nature, seek adventure and find personal fulfillment. Divided into four parts—“Called by Mountains,” “Seeking Nature,” “Exploring the World’s Water” and “Long Trek”—the book profiles women such as Sophia Danenberg, who summited Everest in 2006; Constanza Ceruti, who climbs mountains to visit high-elevation archaeological sites; Ynes Mexia, who traversed South America in the 1930s; and homemaker and mother Helga Estby, who with her daughter Clara walked across America in 1896. These are fascinating, well-told stories, sure to intrigue readers. Photographs are scattered throughout the text. A solid collection of inspiring individuals. Gr 7-10." —School Library Journal, Dec. 2014 (Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel)

Mama's Milk

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Ashley Wolff (Illustrator) Reading level: Baby-Preschool Hardcover 30 pages Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 2007) ISBN-10: 1582461813 ISBN-13: 978-1582461816

Mama's Milk/Mama Me Alimenta (Bilingual edition)

ISBN-10: 1582462453 ISBN-13: 978-1582462455

Celebrating the warm and loving bond between mammal mamas and their babies, this lushly illustrated, lyrical book shows little ones doing what comes naturally: nursing. A perfect choice for cuddling up with a breast-feeding child or the older sibling who wonders how the new baby gets fed.

Editorial Reviews

"No matter the varying styles of feeding, one common denominator exists: a mother's milk sustains and nurtures her child. A final spread explains how long various animals nurse, as well as the benefits breastfeeding. An ode to all things maternal." Ages 6 mos.-3 yrs. —Publisher's Weekly April 2007

“This cozy offering will be welcomed by parents who want to share the joy and naturalness of breastfeeding with their children." —School Library Journal, May 2007

“This homage to breast-feeding will give new parents both the ‘aawww, how sweet!’ experience, with its paintings of all kinds of baby animals sucking mother's milk, as well as the ‘how cool is that?’ experience. Who knew that the distinctly un-cozy armadillo nursed her young? Who knew that a baby platypus is called a ‘puggle’?” How cute. How cool. —LA Times, May 2007

Baby Bear Isn't Hungry

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Consie Powell (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Library Binding: 24 pages Publisher: Yosemite Association; first edition (July 31, 2006) ISBN-10: 193023824X ISBN-13: 978-1930238244

This is the delightful story of a baby black bear who is too curious to eat. Baby bear is completely fascinated by the natural world around her and sees her surroundings as one big outdoor playground. Her mother urges her to stop and replenish herself, but baby bear doesn't have time. She is too busy falling in mud, swinging from trees, investigating insects and wandering through the forest. Not paying attention to where she is going, baby bear tumbles down a hill and into an occupied campsite. It is hard to tell who is more alarmed, baby bear or the humans in whose camp she has found herself. What will become of baby bear? Will she ever be hungry?

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully illustrated by Consie Powell, the pictures throughout Baby bear Isn’t Hungry tenderly convey Mama and Baby Bear’s relationship, perfectly capturing the inquisitiveness of the young bear cub and the nurturing mother/cub bond. With its gentle rhythm and pleasant rhyming text Baby bear Isn’t Hungry is a perfect bedtime story for little ones.” —BookMums, March 2007

Snug As A Bug

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Sylvia Long (Illustrator), Reading level: Baby-Preschool Hardcover 32 pages Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 2004) ISBN: 0811842452

From goodnight kisses, the simple cozy text celebrates the special bedtime rituals that are so beloved by both parent and child. The spectacular paintings overflowing with the detail that has become the hallmark of Sylvia Long's best-selling books bring the magical world brilliantly to life. With its colorful butterflies, cozy caterpillars and dreamy ladybugs all in their cutest pajamas this is a book that readers will want to snuggle up with again and again.

A Bank Street Best Books 2004

Editorial Reviews

“...colorful illustrations of mommy bugs in dresses and slippers and baby bugs in pajamas make this a delightful book." —San Diego Union Tribune, May 2004

"Parents looking for an alternate to 'Goodnight Moon' will love SNUG AS A BUG." —Savannah Morning News, April 2004

"Young readers will relish the familiar activities as presented from a bug's-eye perspective and told in whimsical rhyming couplets." —Kirkus Reviews, April 2004

"Sweet, silly and sleep-inducing, all at the same time." —The Columbus Dispatch, April 2004

What's the Matter in Mr. Whisker's Room?

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Paul Meisel (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: School & Library Binding Publisher: Candlewick Press (2004) ISBN: 0763613495

Mr. Whiskers, the teacher, has that wild look in his eye again. That's the look that means, Get ready for hands-on science fun and some BIG IDEAS! This time the subject matter is…matter. Using seven science stations, Mr. Whiskers encourages the kids in his class to use all their senses to make observations and draw conclusions. Martin, Cory, and Miguel are dabbling with water at one science station, while Larry and Ashley are up to their elbows in gloop at another. Ice blocks, rocks and mud offer more chances to have fun and learn too! Everyone's a scientist in Mr. Whiskers' class, where hands-on mini-experiments lead to Big Ideas and promote an ongoing passion for independent, open-ended discovery.

What’s the Big Idea? Kids figure it out for themselves by taking matter into their own hands in a series of fun explorations that make science discoveries as simple as child's play.

Nominated for the Arizona Young Reader Award for 2007 and previously chosen one of the 30 Best-of-the-Year Books for k-8 Kids, Instructor magazine, 2005.

Other Books / Recent Awards

2006 California Collections

Spiderology: Elementary Collection

Pond Watching with Ann Morgan: Middle School Collection

Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Senior High Collection


Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas: 21 Activities

Michael Elsohn Ross Paperback 144 pages Publisher: Chicago Review Press; (September 2003) ISBN: 155652479X

The bizarre and often humorous creations of Ren Magritte, Joan Mir, Salvador Dali and other surrealists are showcased in this activity guide for young artists. Foremost among the surrealists, Salvador Dali was a painter, filmmaker, designer, performance artist and eccentric self-promoter. His famous icons, including the melting watches, double images and everyday objects set in odd contexts, helped to define the way people view reality and encourage children to view the world in new ways. Dali's controversial life is explored while children trace the roots of some familiar modern images. These wild and wonderful activities include making Man Ray-inspired solar prints, filming a dreamscape video, writing surrealist poetry, making collages and assembling art with found objects.

Editorial Reviews

“Up-This visually stunning work enhances the body of material on the artist and his contemporaries. Eminently readable, the crisply written text is detailed and thorough, including pronunciations of many place and personal names. Dali's life is presented familiarly, drawing in many details of life as an artist during that period in Europe and the relationships among the surrealists. No actual dialogue is included, but conclusions are drawn about Dali's thoughts from historical evidence. Sidebars cover other artists (Miro Eluard, Picasso), styles (Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art) and elements of history (the Spanish Civil War, Fascism and Franco, Communism). The attractive layout includes numerous excellent-quality reproductions of the work of Dali and many of the other artists mentioned in the text, and period photographs. Of particular interest here are the 21 activities that will engage budding artists and encourage them to think and to look at familiar objects in a different way. Requiring no unusual supplies, they might be used by classroom teachers as well. There are rich potentials for jumps from here to history and the ‘20s in Europe’ art era. A valuable addition to any collection.’  — School Library Journal Starred Review, Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY (Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.)

A Mexican Christmas (Photo Books)

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Felix Rigau (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8. Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (E); (September 2002) ISBN: 0822580411


Finalist Independent Publisher Award 2003 (Multicultural Non-fiction-Juvenile)

Bank Street College -The Best Books of the Year 2003


Editorial Reviews

Lovely color photographs and an informative text document the Christmas season in Oaxaca, starting with the Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12 and ending with the Day of the Three Kings on January 6. Along the way, readers learn about Las Posadas (reenactments of Mary and Joseph's search for an inn), nacimientos (manger scenes), an amazing custom of carving elaborate figures out of radishes and much more. The photos, featuring families in their homes and communities, are bordered with bright designs, as are many of the pages. A glossary of the Spanish words in the text with pronunciation guide and a recipe for buuelos are appended. This fun and informative book should find a wide readership. —School Library Journal

You Are the Scientist

This eye-catching, inquiry-based series uses everyday objects and hands-on experiments to engage students in exploring science and the scientific method in fun new ways.

Toy Lab

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Tim Seeley (Illustrator) Library Binding 48 pages. Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (January 2003) ISBN: 0876144563

Editorial Reviews

"Toy Lab will be an instant hit with students!" —National Science Teachers Association

Junk Lab

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Tim Seeley (Illustrator) Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (2003) ISBN 0876146264

Editorial Reviews

"Upper elementary teachers might have a hard time keeping Junk Lab: Stinky, Squishy, Oozy Science on their classroom library shelf. Students will love the cartoon-like graphics and teachers will love how the book engages students in inquiry learning." — Kim Elpers, NSTA Recommends 2002

Indoor Zoo

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Tim Seeley (Illustrator), Library Binding. Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (September 2002) ISBN: 0876146213

Science Books & Film 2003 Best Book List

Kitchen Lab

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Tim Seeley (Illustrator), Library Binding Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (January 2003) ISBN: 0876146256

Science Books & Film 2003 Best Book List


A richly illustrated picture book series that introduces the concept of cycles to young children.

Earth Cycles

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Gustav Moore (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Millbrook Press (April 2001) ISBN: 0761318151

Editorial Reviews

"Each day you ride on a slowly spinning planet Earth from day to night and back again." In clear language suitable for beginning readers, this explains the Earth's cycles of rotation, which cause the shifts between day and night and the seasons, as well as the moon's varying shape. Straightforward, realistic watercolor illustrations alternate between scenes of seasonal activity on Earth (riding a bike, raking leaves, sledding) and powerful, deep blue spreads of outer space. Direct, simple, and ideal for classroom support, this appealing introduction to Earth's movement remains narrowly focused on its topic.” — Booklist, Gillian Engberg (Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved.)

In easy-to-read but expressive language, the author explains how different cycles result in day and night and changes in time and seasons on Earth. Attractive watercolor paintings enhance the text. The uncluttered pages, many with white type on dark-blue backgrounds, will be inviting to young readers. This title will be especially useful for classroom units. — School Library Journal, Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL (Copyright 2001, Cahners Business Information.)

Life Cycles

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Gustav Moore (Illustrator), Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Millbrook Press (September 2001) ISBN: 0761318178

Editorial Reviews

“The clear language and conversational tone make this book a good choice for reading aloud in an introductory classroom lesson on the topic. “ —School Library Journal, Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY (Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.)

“Ross does a nice job simplifying the mating process for his young audience. . . . Ross' clear, direct language and Moore's nicely detailed, realistic watercolor illustrations (especially the close-up of magnified spores) make this material accessible.” —Booklist, Lauren Peterson (Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved.)

Body Cycles

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Gustav Moore (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Millbrook Press; (April 2002) ISBN: 076131816X

Editorial Reviews

“This basic introduction talks about the workings of the human body. The section ‘Body Repair Cycles’ connects energy gained from food with the replacement of skin, fingernails, and hair; ‘Breath Cycles’ tells about the uses of life-giving oxygen; and ‘The Blood Cycle’ describes how both food energy and oxygen are pumped from the heart around the body and back again. Moore's watercolors, which feature pinks, blues and purples and washed-out skin tones, show children engaged in activity; the section on blood has simplistic diagrams of the inner organs, some superimposed on the figures.” —School Library Journal, Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY (Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.)

Re-Cycles (Cycles.)

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Gustav Moore (Illustrator) Library Binding: 32 pages Publisher: Millbrook Press (September 2002) ISBN: 0761318186

Editorial Reviews

“This final book in a four-part series (Life Cycles, Earth Cycles and Body Cycles) focuses on patterns in nature. Children will discover how soil is recycled by following a seedling as it grows into a tree, which eventually falls down and decays, adding richness to the soil and readying it for new seedlings to sprout. They'll learn about the hydrologic cycle during which a drop of water from the sky joins other drops to form a trickling stream that eventually finds its way to the ocean. Then each day water drops evaporate, float up into clouds, where they are chilled by cold air and fall to earth as rain. Ross also explains how people can help nature's recycling process–by taking paper and plastic to recycling centers or by making a compost pile. Fact boxes add more information and a generous assortment of color illustrations, both full-page spreads and margin drawings, clearly illustrate the processes under discussion.” —Booklist, Shelley Townsend-Hudson (Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved.)

World's Children

An award-winning series that introduces cultures and countries through the lives of children.

Children of Northern Ireland

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Felix Rigau (Photographer) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 56 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books; (November 2000) ISBN: 1575054337

VOYA - Nonfiction Honor List 2000

Children of Ireland

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Felix Rigau (Photographer) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (September 2001) ISBN: 157505521X

Editorial Reviews

“From the coastal villages, the lush hills and the bustling cities, they present to the reader a multifaceted country with a rich history and a sound future. ... Striking photographs are a visual feast and give the full flavor of the Irish countryside. What better way to introduce a country to children then through the eyes and voices of its children?” —Children's Literature, Beverley Fahey

Children of Puerto Rico

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Felix Rigau (Photographer) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (September 2001) ISBN: 1575055228

Editorial Reviews

“A brief history is followed by descriptive portraits of children and their families engaged in a variety of activities in different cities across the island, beginning with San Juan... The abundant, attractive color photographs clarify and expand on the text.” —School Library Journal, Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

Naturalist's Apprentice Biographies

Series-part biography, part activity guide, introduces young readers to the life and science of a naturalist.

Wildlife Watching With Charles Eastman

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Laurie A. Caple (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1997) ISBN: 1575050048

Best Books for Children 1998 (Science Books and Films)

Bird Watching With Margaret Morse Nice

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Laurie A. Caple (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1997) ISBN: 1575050021

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children for 1998

Best Books for Children 1998 (Science Books and Films)

Flower Watching With Alice Eastwood

Michael Elsohn Ross(Author), Laurie A. Caple (Illustrator) Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1997) ISBN: 1575050056

Best Books for Children 1998 (Science Books and Films)

Editorial Reviews

“An entry in the new Naturalist's Apprentice biographies that lovingly presents the life of botanist Alice Eastwood (1859-1953), who explored plant life in Colorado and California at the turn of the century. She was mainly self-taught and began by exploring ‘the flowers in her uncle Helliwell's garden’ when she was only six years old. Flowers became her ‘true passion,’ and later, as a teacher, she spent her summers exploring the Rockies and its flowers. She ultimately became the curator of botany at the California Academy of Sciences and in 1950, at the age of 91, the honorary president of the Seventh International Botanical Congress held in Sweden. Readers will enjoy learning about this dedicated, pioneering botanist who was the only woman to be listed in ‘every edition of American Men of Science.’ Beautifully painted watercolors make this book particularly pleasing to pore over, as do the well-placed activities for budding botanists on choosing a field guide, using a magnifying lens, keeping a botanical journal, and more.” (b&w photos, chronology, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 8-11) —Kirkus Reviews (Copyright 1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.)

Bug Watching With Charles Henry Turner

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Laurie A. Caple (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1997) ISBN: 157505003X

Best Books for Children 1998 (Science Books and Films)

Editorial Reviews

“A well-researched biography of a lesser-known scientist, complete with project ideas that extend the book's usefulness. In the same format as Flower Watching (p. 1712), this entry in the Naturalist's Apprentice series combines biographical information–this time on the life and work of entomologist Charles Henry Turner (1867-1923)–with tips and activities, all expertly illustrated by Caple. Turner's story is one of overcoming obstacles and prejudices as the only African-American in his college class, the first to serve on the faculty of his university and the first to be elected a member of the St. Louis Academy of Science. Genuinely inspiring are the details of Turner's experiments on the web-building instinct and intelligence of spiders, the homing of ants, the color-blindness of bees. Charts, mazes, and diagrams shed light on Turner's approach as well as provide clear directions on how to replicate insect experiments, along with a list of supplies needed. Insect enthusiasts can investigate whether bees can tell time by setting up a flower schedule and can test the learning abilities of cockroaches and caterpillars by observing them in a maze constructed of building blocks. Bugs are distinguished from insects at the outset and precise drawings and insets offer background information on the specific subjects of Turner's studies. (glossary, index) (Biography. 8-11) —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, December 1997 (Copyright 1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.)

Fish Watching With Eugenie Clark

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Wendy Smith (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (March 2000) ISBN: 1575053845

Editorial Reviews

“In this sparkling addition to a lively series, Ross presents a bright, readable, up-to-the-minute biography of a pioneer and respected expert in the field of ichthyology. The well-organized text is illustrated with a number of somewhat unpretentious black-and-white and full-color photos, but they are almost eclipsed by Smith's colorful drawings of a wide variety of fish mentioned in Clark's studies. Equally engaging information boxes are liberally scattered throughout, dealing with such diverse topics as fish ‘swimsuits,’ ‘ichthyological spying’ and a pair of experiments. An eye-catching, appealing package that is useful to boot.” —School Library Journal, Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY( Copyright 2000)

Exploring the Earth With John Wesley Powell

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Wendy Smith (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (March 2000) ISBN: 1575052547

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children for 2001

Pond Watching With Ann Morgan

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Wendy Smith (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (March 2000) ISBN: 1575053853

Bank Street College -The Best Books of the Year 2001

Pennsylvania School Librarians-Young Adult Top 40 List 2000

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children for 2001 (Selector’s Choice)

Editorial Reviews

“A unique combination of biography and natural history. At a time when there were few women role models, Ann Haven Morgan (1882-1966) followed her childhood interest in the natural world and became a respected professor and author. Her first book, Field Book of Ponds and Streams, was published in 1930. Her education and life's work are presented chronologically and accompanied by a few archival photographs. The book also serves as a field guide, with text boxes on almost every page introducing aspects of pond ecology. Various examples of pond dwellers, such as dragonflies and mayflies, which Morgan spent years studying, are briefly described and depicted. The photographs and full-color illustrations amplify the text. —School Library Journal, Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA (Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.)

Nature Art With Chiura Obata

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Wendy Smith-Griswold (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (April 2000) ISBN: 1575053780

Eureka Booklist 2001- California State Library Association

Editorial Reviews

“Chiura Obata's life as an artist began as a young boy in Japan in the late nineteenth century. There he received his training in the ancient art forms of ink and watercolor. He also began to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. He learned to quiet his mind and body to observe nature before beginning to paint it through intricate brushwork. This biography follows Obata, one of the first naturalists, as he moved from his homeland in Japan to California where he discovered beauty in even the most tragic events, such as the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Obata continued to grow as an artist as he started a family and began teaching at the University of California at Berkeley. Along with other friends such as Ansel Adams, he frequently journeyed to Yosemite National Park to capture its beauty on canvas, in clay and in photographs. Obata continued this love of art even during his internment in a Japanese camp during World War II in the 1940s. This beautifully illustrated book also is filled with many activities for the young aspiring nature artist, such as instruction in how to draw clouds effectively, and Ross provides lists of materials for the young artist. This book is an excellent addition to the Naturalist's Apprentice series and should be of interest to any young reader who wants to learn more about artists and their techniques. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8).” 2000, Carolrhoda Books/Lerner, 48p, Glossary, Index, Illus., Photos, Biblio., Chronology. Ages 12 to 14. —VOYA, Heather Hepler, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)

Backyard Buddies

A series eight of hands-on exploration guides to backyard bugs.

Editorial Reviews

"These delightful books will appeal to the budding backyard scientist lurking in many elementary school age children...As an introduction to science, I can’t imagine a better resource....Every elementary school child and especially teachers of elementary level science deserve to have one of these books" —Literary Lagniappe


Michael Elsohn (Author), Ross, Brian Grogan (Photographer), Darren Erickson (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 48 pages Publisher: First Avenue Editions (February 2000) ISBN: 157505437X Library Binding: Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (February 1996) ISBN: 0876148941

Editorial Reviews

Scientific American Young Readers Award 1996 "Are you looking for a great way to start your year in science? If you want student investigations with easy-to-keep animals these books may be just for you." —Science and Children.


Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Brian Grogan (Photographer), Darren Erickson (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, Paperback: 48 pages Publisher: First Avenue Editions (February 2000) ISBN: 1575054353

Library Binding: Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (January 1998 ISBN: 157505051X

Editorial Reviews

“Ladybugs are the perfect bug for a pet. On the creepiness scale, they are fairly benign; they're easy to identify; they neither sting nor bite; nor do they infest people's domiciles. For this entry in the Backyard Buddies series, Ross (Bug Watching with Charles Henry Turner, 1997, etc.) includes some good facts about ladybugs and their care, defining their scientific names and covering some ladybug lore. Sadly, the information that will intrigue readers is lost in a muddle of mediocre experiments and what reads as filler, e.g., writing down all there is to observe about a ladybug (``it's red’) may encourage scientific observation, but it may also strike some as busy work. The full- color photographs are helpful; the illustrations are sometimes informative, and other times clumsily executed cartoons.” (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10) —Kirkus Reviews (Copyright 1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.)


Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Brian Grogan (Photographer), Darren Erickson (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 48 pages Publisher: First Avenue Editions (February 2000) ISBN: 1575054345

Library Binding: 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1997) ISBN: 1575050552

Best Books for Children 1998 (Science Books and Films)

Editorial Reviews

“Two series entries that encourage kids to observe and inquire into the lives of some of our most commonly found creatures. Both books provide a great deal of scientific information, as do many other existing works. What makes these titles different is their aim to foster children's natural curiosity and get them to think about the world around them. Each book has a section in which elementary-school children pose questions such as ‘Do Caterpillars Get Dizzy?’ and devise experiments to answer them. Some of the experiments prove to be inconclusive, but they still provide a solid grounding in the scientific method and encourage young readers to think for themselves. The books also provide suggestions of places, such as local nature groups, where children can obtain further information. Also included are instructions for capturing caterpillars and ladybugs for observation and a reminder to release them when the experiments are over. The books are visually appealing with clear texts and detailed drawings. Photos of kids with the insects add to the appeal. The information here is more than adequate for report needs but the books are also great for casual reading, and enterprising students might even find a few interesting science-project ideas. Good (and slightly different) additions to natural history sections.” —School Library Journal, Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library (Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information, Inc.)


Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Brian Grogan (Photographer), Darren Erickson (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, Library Binding 48 pages: Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (May 2000) ISBN: 157505387X Paperback: Publisher: First Avenue Editions (May 2000) ISBN: 1575054388

Bank Street College -The Best Books of the Year 2001

Editorial Reviews

“Both of these titles present a complete study/investigation program including suggestions for housing and care of the featured creature, scrutiny of behaviors and experiments, all requiring careful observation, note taking and measurement and subsequent deductions from acquired data. Unfortunately, there is no warning about the brown recluse spider, a small, retiring house spider whose bite can be as nasty as a black widow's (capable of ‘a painful bite,’ which in many cases is a real understatement). Colorful cartoon illustrations and diagrams enliven the texts, as do crisp, color photo close-ups of the critters and a crew of kids at work on their projects. These books will be enthusiastically received by students and teachers alike, and there's a lot to be absorbed about both the creatures and the scientific method of investigation.” —School Library Journal, Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.)


Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Darren Erickson (Illustrator), Brian Grogan (Photographer) Reading level: Ages 9-12, Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (February 1996) ISBN: 0876149379

Wormology selected for the 2003 California Collection


Michael Elsohn Ross, Brian Grogan (Photographer), Darren Erickson (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Paperback 48 pages Publisher: First Avenue Editions (May 2000) ISBN: 1575054361

Library Binding Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (February 2000) ISBN: 1575053985

California Reader’s List for the 2003 California Collection

Bank Street College -The Best Books of the Year 2001


Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Darren Erickson (Illustrator), Brian Grogan (Photographer) Reading level: Ages 9-12, Library Binding 48 pages Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1995) ISBN: 0876148623

Paperback Publisher: First Avenue Editions (April 2002) ISBN: 0876149018

Best Books for Children 2002 Science Books and Film

Chicago Public Library

Best of the Best 1996


Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Darren Erickson (Illustrator), Brian Grogan (Photographer) Reading level: Ages 9-12, Library Binding 48 pages  Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (April 1996) ISBN: 0876149859

Paperback: Publisher: First Avenue Editions (April 2002) ISBN: 087614900X

Best Books for Children 2002 (Science Books and Films)

Scientific American Young Readers Award 1996

A Kid's Golden Gate: Guide to Family Adventures in the National Parks at the Golden Gate

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Scott Ramssey (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 Edition: Spiral-bound 64 pages Publisher: Golden Gate National Park Association (June 1997) ISBN: 188386920X

Honorable mention 1998 National Park Service Publications Competition

The Happy Camper Handbook: A Guide to Camping for Kids and Their Parents
Book, Flashlight and Whistle

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Cary M. Trout (Illustrator) Edition: Paperback 63 pages; Publisher: Yosemite Assn; Book and Access Edition (June 1995) ISBN: 0939666782

Guide to camping comes with a flashlight and whistle.

First Place. 1996 National Park Service Publications Competition.

Honorable Mention. 1996 American Assoc. of Museums

Editorial Reviews

"This excellent carry-along book gives practical advice about everything from blister busting to water purification, intriguing suggestions for campsite fun and important safety tips" —San Francisco Chronicle

Sandbox Scientist: Real Science Activities for Little Kids

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Mary Anne Lloyd (Illustrator), Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Chicago Review Press (August 1995) ISBN: 1556522487

A guide to early childhood science

Notable Children's book 1995 Smithsonian Magazine

Editorial Reviews

“Ross presents ideas for letting young children explore science freely, through play. Each chapter in the book contains a number of activities related to a theme such as light, water or building. Ross discusses the materials, the setup and the science behind each one, as well as recalling the experiences and reactions of children doing that activity. Humorous drawings in a bold "retro" style appear throughout the book, but their purpose is mainly decorative. Preschool and primary-grade teachers and parents will find this an upbeat, practical guide to science activities for young children.” —Booklist, Carolyn Phelan

The World of Small: Nature Explorations With a Hand Lens/Book and Hand Lens

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Michael Cary Trout (Illustrator), Cary Trout (Illustrator), Steven P. Medley (Editor) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Paperback 63 pages Publisher: Yosemite Assn. (April 1993) ISBN: 0939666626

First Place. National Park Service Publications Competition.

Honorable Mention. American Assoc. of Museums Publications

Editorial Reviews

“The subject of this ingenious package is similar to that of Magnification (see above), but the approach here is hands-on, with a 5x lens included with the book. Using humorous language and oddball perspectives, expressing childlike curiosity, Ross explains how to operate a hand lens and thus enter a `’miniature realm, where a pebble can look like the moon.’ Nearly 60 different lessons lead to eye-popping observations: bird feathers are zippers, dragonfly wings are stained-glass windows, wild seeds are shaped like kayaks (he explains why), a dustball contains elements from other galaxies. Humans tapping maple trees seem mundane compared with amazing aphids stealing sap from plants. Lens-wielding sleuths will appreciate activity suggestions, for example, read the ‘secret messages’ for bees inside flowers, goggle at slime and mucous, examine the rings of a worm's body, inspect pollen pillows and flower condominiums. Ross ably balances fun facts with probing questions. Of interest to science lovers as well as those who snooze through textbook science, this book is a source of entertainment and reference that could keep some enthusiasts busy for years. Its sturdy construction ensures a long, durable life.” Ages 7-up. (May) —Publishers Weekly

Become a Bird and Fly!

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author), Peter Parnall (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Library Binding 32 pages Publisher: Millbrook Press (November 1992) ASIN: 1562940740

Editorial Reviews

“Ross and Parnall create an enchanting story of a boy who wants so badly to fly that he imagines himself transformed into a pelican. Aided in his visualization of the change process by his neighbor, Avis, Nicky imagines his clothes becoming feathers, his fat melting away and bones filling with air, his hair vanishing and his jaws distending into a long beak. Before long, he is soaring gloriously into a sunlit sky. When at last he comes to rest, he continues to dream of the experience until he awakens to find his hand clutching a broad white feather. As an example of a boy's imagination making a desire real, Ross and Parnall's story is exhilarating and powerful. Smooth and flowing lines shaping the images of Nicky, Avis, and the majestic contours of the pelican suggest air currents in motion, while the soft hues of gold, green and sky blue nicely offset the illustrations' predominant white. Yet the cool lightness of Parnall's abstract drawings might not immediately appeal to children under age six, who may have a lot of questions about what exactly is happening. However, booktalking and discussion should provoke thought among readers in the primary grades. A tribute to the power of imagination and the beauty of wildlife. —BookList, Jim Jeske

Faces in All Kinds of Places: A Worm's Eye-view of Flowers

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author/Illustrator) Yosemite Association (1986) ISBN 0939666448

Yosemite Fun Book

Michael Elsohn Ross Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Paperback 48 pages Publisher: Yosemite Assn. (December 1987) ISBN: 0939666456

Cycles, Cycles, Cycles

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author/Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Paperback 88 pages Publisher: Yosemite Assn. (December 1979) ISBN: 0939666014

About the cycles in our lives. Still in print after 24 years!

What Makes Everything Go

Michael Elsohn Ross (Author/Illutrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Edition: Paperback 94 pages Publisher: Yosemite Assn. (December 1979) ISBN: 0939666197


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