Before the Seed: How Pollen Moves

Illustrator: Gina Triplett, Matt Curtius

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: MIT Kids Press

Age 7+

Children's & Young Adult: General Non-Fiction

A vibrant and engaging fact-packed non-fiction picture book all about pollination from MIT Kids Press.

We live in a world full of green all grown from seeds. But what happens before the seed? From bees and bats to beetles and hummingbirds, this lyrical non-fiction picture book introduces readers to the many creatures that aid in flower pollination, and shows us the sophisticated mechanisms flowering plants have developed in order to reproduce.

Wild and wonderful artwork brings pollination to life, while fascinating and accessible sidebar explanations ensure teachers will love this book as much as curious kids. Back matter includes more information on flower anatomy, how to support local pollinators in the garden, and the dangers that global warming poses to pollinator species.


Susannah Buhrman-Deever is a biologist with a PhD in behavioral biology who specializes in animal behavior and ecology. She is the author of Predator and Prey and If You Take Away the Otter, a Bank Street College Cook Prize Honor Book. In addition to her academic work and writing, she has developed ecology curricula for the Lion Conservation Fund.
Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius are a wife-and-husband artistic team who have shared a collaborative studio in Philadelphia for more than ten years. They have worked on projects ranging from public art to advertising to print books for children and adults and have been recognized for their work by Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. Individually, Gina Triplett has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, and Matt Curtius is an associate professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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