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Book Spotlight

Florida's Living Beaches
Blair and Dawn Witherington, Authors
This is the bestselling guide to the natural history of Florida’s 700 miles of sandy beaches, with descriptive accounts of 822 items, 983 color images, and 431 maps.

Beginning with the premise that beaches are themselves alive, the book outlines how this is so, organized into Beach Features, Beach Animals, Beach Plants, Beach Minerals, and Hand of Man.

Discover wrack lines, runnels, ripples, sea foam, hurricanes, jellies, blue buttons, seashells, beachhoppers, ghost crabs, tiger beetles, heart urchins, sea pork, surf fishes, sea turtles, shore birds, beach mice, tracks in the sand, whales, beach flowers, dune plants, seabeans, driftwood, rainbow sands, shelly rocks, volcanic pumice, fossils, beach shrines, sea glass, Spanish treasure, beach threats, and conservation.

Blair and Dawn Witherington
are a formidable team of writer/artist/designer/photographers. Dr. Blair Witherington is in charge of Disney’s sea turtle conservation program. Dawn is a nationally known wildlife artist and designer. They know beaches and sea turtles like no one else and have combined their talents in creating bestselling books. In addition to their newest book, Our Sea Turtles, they have written Florida’s Living BeachesFlorida’s SeashellsLiving Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas, and Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas.


Author Spotlight


José Martí
Cuba’s Greatest Hero

John M. Dunn
Young adult biography
José Martí, poet, political philosopher, statesman, novelist, journalist, translator, and firebrand revolutionary, is Cuba’s national hero.

Old Neb and the Lighthouse Treasure
Lois Swoboda
The first of Old Neb stories for children. The kids in a lighthouse keeper’s family, along with their faithful horse, Old Neb, solve a treasure mystery on their island in the Florida Gulf.

Florida's Magnificent Water
James Valentine and D. Bruce Means
Nature Nonfiction
Breathtaking photos of Florida’s springs, caves, aquifers, sinkholes, rivers, lakes, bogs, and wet savannas by James Valentine, with scientific explanations by Bruce Means.

Our Sea Turtles
Blair and Dawn Witherington
A Practical Guide to the Atlantic and Gulf from Canada to Mexico
Blair and Dawn Witherington
Unique guide to our human experience with a majestic and intriguing group of marine animals. Over 900 color photos.

Biohistory of Alachua County, Florida
Francis William Zettler
Nature History Nonfiction
Biohistory includes the history of plants and animals as well as people, prehistoric to present-day. This fascinating biohistory of Alachua County, which at one time covered almost a third of the state, is told with verve and clarity like an adventure unfolding over millions of years..

Florida's Magnificent Land
James Valentine and D. Bruce Means
Nature Nonfiction
Breathtaking photos of Florida’s uplands, forests, and prairies by James Valentine, with scientific explanations by Bruce Means.

Beaches in Space and Time
Dr. Richard A. Davis Jr.
Nature Nonfiction
A Global Look at the Beach Environment and How We Use It. How beaches originate, what they are made of, and how wind, waves, tides, storms, sea level change, and human development affect them. Includes a section on the most beautiful and interesting beaches in the world—a good many of them in Florida.

Cutting Loose in Paradise
A mystery novel
Mary Jane Ryals
Set on an island off the Florida Panhandle featuring hair stylist sleuth, LaRue Panther. Part-Seminole LaRue needs to figure out why the local police are calling what she knows is a murder a “suicide”
.

Florida's Wetlands: Volume 2, Florida's
Natural Ecosystems and Native Species

Ellie Whitney, D. Bruce Means, and Anne Rudloe
Nature Nonfiction
Taken from the earlier book, Priceless Florida, brought up to date and modified for a stand-alone book. Concise and heavily illustrated introduction to interior wetlands, seepage wetlands, marshes, flowing-water swamps, beaches and marine marshes, and mangrove swamps.

Vampirate of Matanzas Inlet
Andre Frattino
Third in the series of graphic novels about the adventures of Flagler’s Few, Ghost Hunters. This time Roger, descendant of a famous pirate, must defeat an evil spirit.

Florida's Uplands: Volume 1, Florida's
Natural Ecosystems and Native Species

Ellie Whitney and D. Bruce Means
Nature Nonfiction
Taken from the earlier book, Priceless Florida, brought up to date and modified for a stand-alone book. Concise and heavily illustrated introduction to high pine grasslands, flatwoods and prairies, interior scrub, hardwood hammocks, rocklands, and caves, and beach dunes.

John and William Bartram
Sandra Wallus Sammons
A young reader biography. John Bartram was one of the earliest American botanists, and his son John wrote a famous book about his travels in the American South.


Florida's Waters: Volume 3, Florida's
Natural Ecosystems and Native Species

Ellie Whitney, D. Bruce Means, and Anne Rudloe
Nature Nonfiction
Taken from the earlier book, Priceless Florida, brought up to date and modified for a stand-alone book. Concise and heavily illustrated introduction to lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, springs; aquatic caves; estuarine waters and seafloors' submarine meadows, sponge, rock, and reef communities; and the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean.

Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast
Ashley Oliphant
The only guide to how to find and identify fossil shark teeth on the coast of the Carolinas. The shores of North and South Carolina are brimming with fossil shark teeth, but they can be difficult to find without this unique guide. 

Spring 2015

Recently Published


Florida's Magnificent Coast
James Valentine and D. Bruce Means
Nature Nonfiction
Breathtaking photos of Florida’s beaches, dunes, coastal strand, and marshes by James Valentine, with scientific explanations by Bruce Means.

Those Giant Giraffes
Jan Lee Wicker
Another in the Those Amazing Animals series. 20 questions and answers about amazing, giant giraffes. For ages 6-9.

3 volumes of Florida’s Natural Ecosystems and Native Species, updated from the bestselling Priceless Florida. Each with 100s of color photos.