Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors

When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive?

Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened.) How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (By becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? And survive not just in one place, but in many places? How do they become UBIQUITOUS? Read this fascinating blend of poetry, nonfiction and art, and find out!


Book Trailer 

Joyce Reads “The Ants"


Reader's Guide

Awards and Honors

NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Lang. Arts

ALA Notable Children's Book

NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book

Washington Post Best Book of the Year

Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year

Kirkus Best Book of the Year

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

IRA Teachers' Choices Award

John Burroughs Nature Book

Eureka! Gold Award in Nonfiction

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*Booklist (starred review)

"The creators of the Caldecott Honor Book Song of the Waterboatman and Other Pond Poems offer another winning blend of poetry, science, and art in this picture-book collection that celebrates the Earth’s most resilient and long-lived species. . . .”


*Horn Book (starred review)

"Deft poems extended by background information and entrancing illustrations."


*Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Sidman’s words are vivid and affectionate. . . and Prange’s expressive linocuts capture the character of each animal. Fascinating factual information appears on each page . . . Graceful integration of science and art results in a celebratory story of survival."

*School Library Journal (starred review)

"A delightful feast for the eyes, ears, and mind."

*Kirkus (starred review)

"Sidman delights with another gorgeous collection of poems celebrating the natural world.

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