Welcome. You can use the search bar at the top to find lovely books, or scroll down for some top nature picks from me (click on list headings to see the full list) & you can also find my books on here via the link below.
ABOUT ME: I am based in Bristol, U.K. Mostly I write about, teach and do ecology & natural history for children and adults [especially bats, botany, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles & amphibians]. I also do outreach, writing & science comms more widely on environment.
I have science degrees in ecology, biology, biological recording & environmental science & many years experience in ecological consultancy. I've also worked with the media a lot for many years (as a qualified journalist, consultant, adviser, press officer and on National Union of Journalists stuff).
My newest children's nature book in our seasons series, 'Wild Summer: Life in the Heat' co-written with Sean Taylor & illustrated by Cinyee Chiu, was published in June 2022. This book is a Guardian top pick and it won a Best of 2022 Instagram Bookstagang Most Innovative Non Fiction award.
Wild Summer introduces and explores the science of summer and how a warming climate affects wildlife. It's a combo of beautiful natural history illustrations, an adventure story and science, gently explaining many of the effects of heat to young children, but without being apocalyptic.
We walk readers through a series of summer habitats: meadow, heathland, freshwater, charred 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.
Our no 1 best selling 'Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks & Other Incredible Creature Features' is now out in paperback. It is a Guardian top pick in children’s non fiction and recommended by the English Association.
This fun and slightly rude science book celebrates difference and diversity and is particularly loved by kids aged 4-10 and grown ups who are curious about unusual and weird body parts in the animal kingdom.
In our seasonal ecology series, ’Busy Spring: Nature Wakes Up' came out in paperback in May 2022. It was voted by @InclusiveStoryTime + 400 judges as 'Best of 2021' for most innovative non-fiction.
It follows on from 'Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story', which was nominated (not by us) 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. Both books have also been translated into other languages.
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.
Writers, artists and bookshops receive a share of the profits from books sold on this site. My links below offer a few book ideas from me and others.
My website: www.alexmorss.co.uk
Social media: @morss_alex