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A Stone Is a Story

Illustrated by Marc Martin

About The Book

Follow a stone’s journey through time as it faces ice, water, wind, and scorching heat in this beautiful nonfiction picture book that is Seeds Move! meets A Stone Sat Still.

“Where do rocks come from?”

The answer may be more incredible than you think! After all, a stone is not just a stone: a stone is a story. Embark on a journey across time to see how one stone can change and transform, from magma under Earth’s crust to the sand swept up by a rushing river to the very heart of the tallest mountain. Watch what happens when rain, ice, and wind mold this rock into something new, something you might even hold in your hand—something full of endless possibility.

Complete with additional information about geology and the rock cycle, this lyrical and captivating story invites readers to experience the wonder of the natural world around us, and to see—in every cliff, pebble, and stone—a window into Earth’s deep past.

About The Author

Photograph by Kristal Passy

Leslie Barnard Booth is the author of A Stone Is a Story and One Day This Tree Will Fall. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, attended Pomona College and later earned an MFA in creative writing and an MS in education from the University of Oregon. Leslie lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves exploring the natural world with her family. Visit her at

About The Illustrator

Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist, and book maker. He is the author and illustrator of A RiverMasters of DisguiseThe Curious Explorers Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A to ZMax, and Lots, among others. Marc is based in Melbourne, Australia. You can learn more about his work at

Why We Love It

“Not only is it ridiculously fun to learn more about where rocks come from, but this book transports the reader to another place and time, demonstrating through this gorgeous pairing of text and illustrations how amazing rocks can be.”

—Nicole F., Associate Editor, on A Stone Is a Story

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