Welcome. Mostly I write about, teach and do ecology - for children and adults.
My newest nature book in our seasons series, 'Wild Summer: Life in the Heat' co-written with Sean Taylor & illustrated by Cinyee Chiu, is published on June 28th 2022. It explores and introduces the science of summer and how a warming climate affects wildlife. It's a combo of beautiful artwork, an adventure story and a diverse collection of wildlife, gently introducing the impacts of a heat to young children, but without being apocalyptic. We walk readers through a series of summer habitats: meadow, heathland, freshwater, pine forest, cliffs, coast, oceans, and the young girl asks her naturalist grandad an important question: 'Would wildlife want it to be summer forever?' We introduce fossils and what they reveal, drought, heat, and concepts such as migration, aestivation, fire ecology, ocean carbon cycling, coral reefs, plant and animal adaptations. We give examples of winners and losers in a heating world.
Two more books out in 2022: 'Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks & Other Incredible Creature Features' is now out in paperback this year. It is a Guardian top pick in children’s non fiction and it has been an Amazon No 1 best seller in zoology.
’Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up' is out in paperback in May 2022. It is another popular science story book in our seasons series. It was voted by @InclusiveStoryTime + 400 judges as 'Best of 2021' for most innovative non-fiction.
These books follow on from 'Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story', which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2020 & chosen as the recommended #PowerOfReading years 1 & 2 science and literacy book, by the Children's Literacy in Primary Education charity. Winter Sleep hardback sold out, but new paperback editions of both books are now available.
I was consultant editor on the ‘The Most Important Animal of All’ by Penny Worms & Hannah Bailey, published in 2021. It’s been endorsed by the British Ecological Society & some profits go to help under represented young people kickstart careers in ecology.
The search bar at the top helps you find lots more books by other authors. Writers, artists and bookshops receive a share of the profits from books sold on this site. My links below offer some nature book ideas from me and others.
MORE ABOUT ME: I am based in Bristol, U.K. Mostly I am known as an ecologist and writer [especially bats, botany, invertebrates, mammals and herpetofauna] but I also do teaching/outreach/science comms on environment. I've worked with the media a lot (as a journalist, on NUJ stuff, consultant & adviser).
My website: www.alexmorss.co.uk
Social media: @morss_alex