A Rock Can Be . . .

From the Series Can Be . . . Books

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Rocks may seem like boring, static objects—until you discover that a rock can spark a fire, glow in the dark, and provide shelters of all shapes and sizes. Laura Purdie Salas’s lyrical rhyming text and Violeta Dabija’s glowing illustrations show how rocks decorate and strengthen the world around them.

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On pre-order until 08/01/2022
On pre-order until 08/01/2022
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2015-03-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF037060, JNF042000, JNF051000
Dewey 552
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level L
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2017



“…this beautiful picture book makes an excellent classroom read-aloud, challenging children to puzzle out the ideas in the poetic phrases and to broaden their thinking about rocks.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Purchase for your rock hounds or where the earlier books in this series are popular.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“The economy of language and breadth of imagination suggests a broad audience for this wide-ranging and inventive exploration.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 130 books for kids, including If You Were the Moon, Water Can Be . . ., and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming nonfiction books are her favorite things to write. Laura loves to do author visits, writing workshops, and teacher inservices. Read more about Laura and her work at laurasalas.com.

Illustrator: Violeta Dabija

Violeta Dabija lives in Moldova, a small Eastern European country. She has a strong traditional art background, a BA degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design and 10 years of experience as a children's book illustrator. She works in both traditional and digital media and often mixes them to produce delicate and atmospheric illustrations with a traditional feel. She has illustrated about 25 children's books and she enjoys creating magic pictures and unique environments for her characters.