Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
Houghton Mifflin, 2011, ISBN 13: 978-0547315836, $16.99 hardcover, 40 pp.

From fiddleheads to elephant trunks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies, this book celebrates the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.
Ages 4 to 8.


  • Starred review: Publishers Weekly
  • Starred review: Kirkus
  • Starred review: Booklist
  • Starred review: The School Library Journal
  • Starred review: Horn Book Magazine
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • The Original Art 2011 Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators
  • Amazon's Best Books of 2011 — Top Ten Children's Picture Books
  • Outstanding Science Trade Book from the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council
  • Seven Impossible Things: Top 10 Picture Books 2011
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2011
  • Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2011
  • Washington Post Best Children's Books of 2011
  • People magazine, Dec. 19, 2011, "Books: Picks for Kids"
  • BookPage — Best Children's Books of 2011
  • Editor's Choice Award from Children's Books Guide.com
  • 30 Best Children's Books of 2011 from Children's Books Guide.com
  • CCBC  Charlotte Zolotow 2012 Highly Commended Title
  • ALSC 2012 Notable Children's Book
  • Amazon Best Children's Book of 2018: baby to age 2, board book version

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature reviewed at
The Classroom Bookshelf — with complimentary teaching materials