Children's Books

Fredericks’ children's books have been awarded many prestigious citations.  These include (among others) the Outstanding Trade Book for Children Award, The World Storytelling Award, the Green Earth Book Award, The Isaac Walton League Book of the Year, the Skipping Stones Book of the Year, and the Foreword Review Book of the Year.  Parents and teachers across the country have praised his children’s book as “magnificent,” “engaging,” and “fantastic journeys into the natural world.”

There's a magical, wild world happening in the tallest of tall trees - a world teeming with life that very few people ever see! Come take a peek at the animals that make their home in a tall, tall redwood tree. Children will love the rhymes and count the critters from one to ten. Look out for the hidden animals, too! Lots of fun and lots of interesting science - including STEM activity suggestions.

The mountains teem with life, day and night. They are alive with chatter, song, splashing, soaring, and scurrying.  Mountain Night Mountain Day uncovers how the fascinating animals of the mountains live around the clock.  “I love the large beautiful animal pictures and clever rhyming text.”

A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet explores the world's rainforests as it explains their important role and showcases their wonders. Nature writer Anthony Fredericks gives an A-Z tour of the many facets and fascinating facts of these tropical environments.  “This picture book is the perfect marriage of text and illustration."

The desert is an amazing place filled with secrets and surprises.  Desert Night Desert Day brings the best of the desert out from the shadows with warm and enticing illustrations for kids to enjoy over and over.  “Our preschool is studying the desert this month and the beautiful illustrations and fun language in this book really captured their attention (which sometimes isn't easy).”

April 1, 1946 - an enormous tsunami wave strikes Hilo, Hawai'i, causing death and destruction.  Even those islanders who are fortunate to have survived find their lives forever altered.  Young Kimo loves his grandfather very much - they go everywhere together, sharing island stories and experiences.  But there is one story his grandfather has yet to share and that is the reason behind their yearly pilgrimage to Laupahoehoe Point.  “What a wonderful story to use to teach the concept of a tsunami and how catastrophic events can impact a person.”

P is for Prairie Dog: A Prairie Alphabet explores North American prairies as it explains their important role and showcases their wonders.  Science writer Anthony Fredericks gives an A-Z tour of the many facets and fascinating facts of the prairie ecosystem. Inhabitants including the bison, the quail, and, of course, the prairie dog are highlighted along with descriptions of insect and plant life.  “I will definitely be using this book in my classroom!”

Years after a great oak tree tumbled to the ground, a whole community of animals made it their home.  Roly-polies and daddy longlegs prowled here and there, while chipmunks and salamanders dashed everywhere.  Question: Is the old tree alive?  Or is it now dead?  This lighthearted book offers a marvelous insight into a unique and easily-accessible community of forest animals.  “This is a wonderful book with great detail in the pictures.  The author helps us understand part of the world that we often ignore or miss.”

Teachers, here is an elementary insect field trip between covers from Tony Fredericks, a funny but very astute professor.  The trip takes place all on one flower, a goldenrod, which is practically a minibeast park.  A butterfly sipping nectar . . . a ladybug snacking on aphids . . . oh ladybug, look out for the ambush bug!  "...a perfect blend of scientific information and rhyming text - bug science that’s fun to read!"

Teachers!  Here is another field trips between covers from Tony Fredericks.  Here he visits wetlands inhabited by leaping frogs and zip-zipping dragonflies.  Teachers will appreciate the accurate science and great illustrations.  Kids will appreciate the humor and cadence of the text, while learning how the wetland creatures interact in their community.  “The lyrical text and beautiful illustrations . . . bring to life the amazing creatures that can be found in wetlands.”

This wonderful book is natural science - in this case, about desert animals - with a flair.  A boy walks up to an impressive saguaro cactus and wonders who could be living on this arid ground?  As night falls, he walks away.  And then the place comes alive!  A haven for creatures in a waterless land.  The entertaining, repetitive rhyme is an attention-grabbing read-aloud that culminates in successful learning.  “This is another of Tony Fredericks’ wonderful science books that are a ‘must purchase’ for an elementary teacher. . .”

Go on a field trip between two covers with Tony to a special, brilliant habitat, a tidepool.  A whole community of creatures lives there! Humor, a fun rhyme, good science, and brilliant illustrations come together in a clear, easily understood package.  Two pages of Field Notes and fun facts at the back of the book offer intriguing glimpses of these creatures, from snails to sponges.  ". . .a joyful and fantastical journey. . . . packed with intriguing facts that will spark kids’ imaginations and encourage further exploration."

Here is a low-cost field trip between two.  Plus, the habitat lies under just about every rock.  A whole community of insects and other creatures lives under rocks—worms and ants, spiders and slugs, crickets and beetles.  Dr. Fredericks focuses on the whole community of neighbors where the ground beneath a big old rock is home to them all.  "No child will be able to resist looking under a rock after reading Frederick's rhythmic, engaging story. . ."