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2021 Great Read: Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals

Beach Lane Books, 2020

The Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library is pleased to announce the 2021 Great Reads selection: Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals (Beach Lane Books, 2020)) by Arkansas native, Katy S. Duffield.

This beautifully illustrated picture book features the ingenious and unique solutions that groups of concerned citizens, scientists, engineers, and construction crews have designed to help wild cross roads and highways safely.

Great Reads from Great Places

Authors from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, and Wyoming speak about their work and the books that open the world them, and about how interacting with the natural world, including reading about the natural world, has helped people cope with life during the pandemic. The video is approximately 49 minutes long.

About the Book

Around the world, bridges, tunnels, and highways are constantly being built to help people get from one place to another. But what happens when construction spreads over, under, across, and through animal habitats? Katy Duffield’s Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals takes a look at the wildlife crossings that help keep animals safe.

From elk traversing a wildlife bridge across a Canadian interstate to titi monkeys using rope bridges over a Costa Rican road to salamanders creeping through tiny tunnels beneath a Massachusetts street, young readers are certain to be delighted and inspired by these ingenious solutions that are saving the lives of countless wild animals.

Crossings is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2021 ALA Notable Children’s Book in the Younger Readers category.