Hello, Earth! best children's book

Hello, Earth!

Poems to Our Planet
Written by Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
Ages 5 to 9
HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 2/9/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5528-2
Price: $ 18.99
68 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.33 x 12

We walk on Earth’s surface every day, but how often do we wonder about the incredible planet around us? From the molten cracks below to the shimmering moon above, Hello, Earth! explores the wonders of the natural world. This playful journey across our puzzle-piece continents does not hesitate to ask questions—even of the Earth itself!

Joyce Sidman’s imaginative poems encourage boundless curiosity, and Miren Asiain Lora’s stunning paintings capture the beauty of Earth’s ecosystems, creatures, and powerhouse plants. The book concludes with extensive scientific material to foster further learning about how the earth works, from water cycles to plate tectonics to the origin of ocean tides.

A gorgeous, expansive celebration of science and art, Hello, Earth! is a book to cherish in whatever landscape you call home.

Hello Earth! poems to the earth childrens book
It’s your children.
Some of your children—
the human ones.
We have been studying you, Earth,
but we long to learn more.
We want to ask you
a few questions.
We want to
tell you our dreams
and wishes.
Can you hear us,
Hello Earth! poems to the earth childrens book picture book
we’ve seen pictures of you
floating in space,
circling the sun with your
brothers and sisters.
From far away
you look so perfect.
But Earth . . .
Hello Earth! poems to the earth childrens book illustrated kids book

it’s hard to imagine
just how big you are.
Bigger than a mountain,
or the sky,
or anything we
have seen, or felt, or touched.
how can we ever understand
your bigness?
Our smallness?
We need to figure out
the way
we fit together.


Joyce Sidman is the author of The Girl who Drew Butterflies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which received the Sibert Medal, as well as Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a Newbery Honor Book. Her other books include Swirl by Swirl, Winter Bees, and Before Morning (all Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

For her acclaimed body of work, she has received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. When not writing, Joyce enjoys exploring the woods near her home in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit Joyce’s website at joycesidman.com.



Miren Asiain Lora studied fine arts at the University of the Basque Country. Her artwork has been shown in several exhibitions in Spain, Argentina, and Mexico. In her illustrations, Miren works to convey the magic of everyday life. She lives in Spain. Visit Miren’s website at miaslo.com.