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Children's books by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Children's books by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Welcome to the web site of children's author and illustrator Brenda Z. Guiberson.

Brenda has been writing and illustrating children's books for over 20 years. Though she did not imagine becoming an author as a child, she did relish the idea of studying animals and exploring remote jungles.

Her fascination with science as a student now shines through as young readers explore everything from chattering rainforests to the inside of a cactus to the solitude of a lighthouse. Brenda's books combine the beauty of language and art with valuable lessons important to our connection not only with each other but the world around us.

Enjoy exploring the worlds Brenda has created. Follow the links to learn more about the author, her published works and fun ways her books can be brought to life in the classroom.

Brenda's Quick Facts

Brenda Z. Guiberson Where did you grow up?
Mostly outdoors, along the Columbia River in eastern Washington, swimming or looking for artifacts, rocks and birds.

What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
The idea came from reading stacks and stacks of books to my son. The details came from a trip into the wetlands of Louisiana where we saw alligators, spoonbills and a beautiful sunset.

Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
I write for the child in me, the one who thrives on adventure and surprises, on learning new things, on understanding and being understood.

What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
I am just glad that there is a wonderful variety of books about so many things. I am working my way through reading them. As a child, I loved the Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett . It was spellbinding and mysterious, hopeful and full of change, part science and part fairy tale.

What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
Getting together with friends and family, hiking, kayaking, watching birds, bugs and the weather.

What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Explore, and look closely.

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The Greatest Dinosaur Ever
Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Which dinosaur was the greatest? Was it the tallest, the biggest, the strongest, the smartest, the weirdest, the fastest, or the smallest? .. Fascinating facts and spectacular illustrations will inspire young readers to choose their own favorite dinosaurs!

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Greatest Dinosaur
 
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Frog Song
Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

This book introduces fascinating frogs crucial to ecosystems from Oklahoma to Chile to Australia.

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Frog Song
 
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Mummy Mysteries
Written & Illustrated by Brenda Z. Guiberson

The three stories in this book contain fantastic facts that readers can use to solve mysteries from the past.

Examine a 36,000 year-old bison from Alaska, the ruins of a deserted Anasazi city, and the grave of "the outlaw who wouldn't give up."

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Mummy Mysteries
 
Recent Release
Moon Bear
Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Illustrated Ed Young

Moon bears in the wild wander, dig, nibble and climb. Join this wandering, clever, hungry moon bear during a year of survival in the Himalayan Mountains.

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Moon Bear
 
Recent Release
Disasters
Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson

This narrative book travels historical routes through times and places that were drowned by water, consumed by fire, buried by dirt, or shaken by the earth itself.

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Disasters
 
Recent Release
Earth: Feeling The Heat
Written by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Illustrated by Chad Wallace

"A puffin returns to nest on a rocky Scottish island. Flapflapflap! She dives and dives for sand eels, but her beak remains empty. The North Sea has become too warm for the small fish."

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Earth: Feeling The Heat