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Hello, Earth!
Poems to Our Planet
Written by Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora

Ages 5 to 9
HARDCOVER; Published: 2/9/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5528-2
Price: $ 18.99
68 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.33 x 12
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We walk on Earth’s surface every day, but how often do we wonder about the incredible planet around us? From the molten cracks below to the shimmering moon above, Hello, Earth! explores the wonders of the natural world. This playful journey across our puzzle-piece continents does not hesitate to ask questions—even of the Earth itself! 

Joyce Sidman’s imaginative poems encourage boundless curiosity, and Miren Asiain Lora’s stunning paintings capture the beauty of Earth’s ecosystems, creatures, and powerhouse plants. The book concludes with extensive scientific material to foster further learning about how the earth works, from water cycles to plate tectonics to the origin of ocean tides.

A gorgeous, expansive celebration of science and art, Hello, Earth! is a book to cherish in whatever landscape you call home. 


Mississippi Children's Museum Magnolia Book Awards Pre-K - 2nd Grade Nominee (2023)

The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College Paterson Prize for Books for Young People Co-Winner in Pre-K – Grade 3 (2022)

National Science Teaching Association Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12 List (2022)

School Library Journal Best Books List (2021)

The Horn Book Magazine Fanfare Booklist (2021)

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Books of the Year List (2021)

Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit Selection (2021)

Publishers Weekly
“Requesting that the planet supply resolve to its denizens on top of supporting life seems like a big ask, but Sidman does a credible job of demonstrating Earth’s resilience.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Lithe, accessible poetry celebrates our world’s mind-boggling grandeur—and humanity’s role as her steward.”
School Library Journal (starred review)
“A must-have for all schools and libraries that wish to maintain a current and vibrant poetry collection for young people.”
Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“Melding scientific research with poetry, Sidman's words encourage readers to think philosophically. . . . Lora's graceful watercolor and acrylic art employs fine details on expansive backgrounds to evoke wonder in concepts both concrete and abstract.”
The Horn Book Magazine (starred review)
“On pages that portray the planet in terms of space and time, weather and astronomical phenomena, and land and the oceans, the narrator continuously addresses Earth directly, as if in conversation with a respected friend, asking how Earth feels about these wonders. These questions are deeply philosophical, sometimes spiritual, and consistently scientific.”