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CREEP, LEAP, CRUNCH! A Food Chain Story

Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House, December 12, 2023

Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

ISBN: 0593565525

Follow along as a day in the life of the food chain begins. From the sun that shines on the grass and trees to the animals that feed each other, each element in nature has its place. But what happens when the food escapes? This cumulative, lyrical story will delight, with a surprise ending that all science lovers will enjoy.

Download the FREE Discussion Guide and Activities here

Download “This is the Food Chain” Song lyrics here

*Crystal Kite Award Winner, SCBWI

*Finalist for Oklahoma’s 2025 Donna Norvell Award for “a book that has made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children through second grade

*Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12″ NSTA (National Science Teaching Association)

*Starred Review, School Library JournalVERDICT: This is an excellent introduction to the food chain, and will be especially popular among elementary science teachers.

*Kirkus “A good and read-aloud-ready way of introducing an important natural process.”

*Publishers Weekly “In this useful look at the food chain, readers see predator and prey together but never the moment of devouring, making for a STEM portrait suited to even sensitive readers. Back matter provides more about the featured flora and fauna.”

*Find out about the book’s cumulative structure, back matter, and how the title came to be in this Interview on Picture Book Builders

*Interview about Jody’s and illustrator Christopher Silas Neal’s processes on Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s blog

*Imagination Soup says, “This is a perfect STEM read aloud introduction to food chains and forest biomeshere.

*We Are Teachers “Best New Books for Kids and Teens in December 2023” here

*Author Chat with Jody Jensen Shaffer, YA and Kids Book Central here

*Book review with Sal here

*Book review with YA (and kids’)Books Central here

*Youth Services Book Review here

*Listen to my interview on The TeachingBooks Blog here

*Book review on Frog on a (B)Log here

*Creep, Leap, Crunch! A Food Chain Story: Making a Science Topic Accessible for Kids GROG Blog here

*Creep, Leap, Crunch! A Food Chain Story is on the Missouri Association of School Librarians’ Recommended Show Me Summer Reading List!

*Wonderfully thoughtful review on Unpacking the Power of Picture Books about Cumulative Picture Books here

*Creep, Leap, Crunch! A Food Chain Story highlighted in this article about developing readers by reading to them

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