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A whale floats motionless through water dappled with sunlight.June’s Big Picture

As science-minded kids get further into elementary school, they’ll likely begin to understand that the “circle of life” is a lovely concept but a far less pretty process. Nature, after all, is nothing if not messy, and this month’s Big Picture offers an exploration of an only recently discovered natural phenomenon that is both majestic and grotesque: the whalefall, the death and decomposition of a whale. Lynn Brunelle’s engaging scientific text and Jason Chin’s reliably magnificent artwork make a complicated and decades-long biological process easily accessible and endlessly fascinating.

2023 Blue Ribbons

Our best books of the year list for 2023 is available! Whether young readers are looking for a belly laugh or a cathartic cry, they’ll find something to love with this year’s selection.

The Center for Children’s Books

The Bulletin is partnered with the Center for Children’s Books, a research center whose mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to youth-focused resources, literature, and librarianship.

Cover illustration from Life After Whale: The Amazing Ecosystem of a Whale Fall by Lynn Brunelle, illustrated by Jason Chin. Illustration copyright © 2024 Jason Chin. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Holiday House.