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Bloom Boom!

Photographs by April Pulley Sayre

About The Book

Discover the magic—and the science—behind spring flower blooms with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall.

When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.

About The Author

Photograph by Jeff Sayre

April Pulley Sayre (1966–2021) was the award-winning author of more than fifty-five natural science books for children and adults, including her award-winning photo-illustrated books Being Frog, Raindrops Roll, and Best in Snow. Sayre’s books received an abundance of starred reviews, have been dubbed ALA Notable Books (Raindrops RollRah, Rah, Radishes) and won a Geisel Honor (Vulture View). Learn more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (February 5, 2019)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481494724
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 3 - 8
  • Lexile ® 120L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

A celebration of flowers in poetry and photographic imagery. Sayre's latest feast for the eye and ear focuses on blooming plants, showing their emergence, their growth, their beauty, and their profusion in certain places and times, especially spring....The rhyme and rhythm of the text invite reading aloud; the pictures show well even across a room. This easy-to-grasp botany lesson is supplemented with backmatter offering older readers more information about the bloom boom and about each photograph. A charming introduction to flowering plants, this is an obvious addition to a nature-themed storytime that can also can be read alone by budding readers.

– Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, 10/15/18

Award-winning author and photo-illustrator Sayre here reveals the diversity and splendor of flowering plants....This title works onmultiple levels. The minimalist text, intriguing photos, and predictable refrain make this a perfect choice for preschool story hours. Likewise, the use of proper botanical terms...and generous appendixes...are ideal for primary science lessons. This bloom's a beauty.

– Booklist, Starred Review, 12/1/18

Vibrant, full-page photographs introduce young audiences to the beauty of an array of different flowers....The large format allows the images to shine and is perfect for group and lap reading. The repetition of “Bloom Boom” throughout also makes this ideal for read-alouds....A lovely, useful work to help acquaint children with the natural world, and an enriching selection for storytime.

– School Library Journal, Starred Review, December 2018

Awards and Honors

  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Picture This Recommendation List
  • Mitten Award Top Ten Title

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