Lion of the Sky

Haiku for All Seasons

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

you gasp as I roar,
my mane exploding, sizzling—
lion of the sky!

Haiku meet riddles in this wonderful collection from Laura Purdie Salas. The poems celebrate the seasons and describe everything from an earthworm to a baseball to an apple to snow angels, alongside full-color illustrations.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-04-02
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF013090
Dewey 811/.6
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level O
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 135 books for kids, including If You Were the Moon, Lion of the Sky, theCan Be… series, 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

Illustrator: Mercè López

Mercè López is an artist and illustrator who lives in Barcelona, Spain. Her illustrated work includes I Am Smoke and Big Problems Little Problems.


  • Booklist Top 10 Poetry Books for Youth, Winner, 2022
  • Utah Beehive Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2021
  • 2020 Red Clover Picture Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2020
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2020
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2020
  • Gryphon Honor Book, Commended, 2020
  • NCTE Notable Poetry Books, Winner, 2020
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020
  • Parents Magazine Best Kids' Books, Winner, 2019
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2019


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[A] format suitable for reading alone as well as reading aloud, and it will likely inspire emulation as well as enjoyment.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

School Library Journal

“This well-crafted work contains versatile possibilities for classrooms and libraries.”—School Library Journal


“[T]he wonderfully evocative, vivid imagery in text and art also make this a welcome addition for poetry classroom units.”—starred, Booklist

The Horn Book Magazine

“Salas’s innovative language steals the show. . . . Multiple readings are in order: the first few may revolve around riddle solving, while subsequent ones will allow readers to savor the imaginative language and illustrations.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Publishers Weekly

“The book’s meditative tone and resonant images invite readers to embrace new ways of seeing the world around them.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Richly rewarding and clever: a visually arresting, inventive treatment of a popular subject.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews