A Shell Is Cozy (Aston/Long Nature Books)

by Dianna Hutts Aston (Author) Sylvia Long (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From the creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Rock Is Lively comes the latest book in this bestselling series!

The newest entry in the bestselling Nature Books series by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long, A Shell Is Cozy takes a gorgeous look at the fascinating world of shells. From land snails to sea scallops, giant clams to tiny dwarf shells, an incredible array of shells are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched book is sure to inspire lively questions and spark the imaginations of young readers. This beautiful volume will be equally at home being read to a child on a parent's lap as it is in a classroom reading circle.

EVERYONE LOVES SHELLS!: The perfect book for amateur naturalists, vacation-goers, and armchair travelers for whom beaches, and their shells, hold a special place in the heart.


An Egg Is Quiet

"A delight for budding naturalists of all stripes, flecks, dots, and textures." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Will inspire kids to marvel." --Booklist

A Junior Library Guild Premiere selection

One of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine's 100 Greatest Books for Kids

A Butterfly Is Patient

"Both eye-catching and informative." --School Library Journal, starred review

"A lovely mix of science and wonder." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Stunning." --Library Media Connection, starred review

An ALA Notable Children's Book

An NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students Grades K-12

An NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts

A Rock Is Lively

"A visual and verbal feast." --Boston Globe

"Eye-catching and eye-opening." --School Library Journal, starred review

An IRA Teachers' Choices Reading List selection

A Seed Is Sleepy

"Will stretch children's minds and imaginations." --School Library Journal, starred review

An IRA Teachers' Choices Reading List selection

A Nest Is Noisy

"Beautiful . . . an asset to science collections." --Booklist

A Junior Library Guild selection

Perfect for:

  • Parents, teachers, librarians, in-school educators, and homeschoolers
  • Preschool, kindergarten, and emerging readers with an interest in nature, the ocean, sea creatures, life science, rocks, minerals, and shells
  • Curious explorers and shell collectors
  • Fans of Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt and others in the Over and Under series
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the planet we inhabit
  • Gift giving for any holiday as well as birthdays and end-of-school summer reads
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Review quotes

"Just as sparkling as its many predecessors." — Kirkus Reviews
Dianna Hutts Aston
Dianna Aston spends a lot of time in her backyard hoping to find new eggs. She often enlists the help of her husband, children, and their assorted pets. She lives in Texas.

Sylvia Long is the illustrator of many books for children including the best-selling Sylvia Long's Mother Goose, Hush Little Baby, and Snug As a Bug, all published by Chronicle Books. Ms. Long's detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Arizona.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
May 20, 2023
Aston/Long Nature
BISAC categories
JNF003150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Marine Life
Library of Congress categories

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