Summer Green to Autumn Gold

Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Yellow and red, orange and brown—fall is full of color!

This nonfiction picture book, written and illustrated by Mia Posada, beautifully explains why leaves change color in fall. It highlights both the eye-catching colors of the season and the science behind the colors. Back matter offers additional scientific details for curious readers as well as suggested further reading and links to hands-on activities.

“A visually appealing and unusually informative picture book for curious kids.”—starred, Booklist

“[G]lorious art . . .”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-08-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037040, JNF013090, JNF013020
Dewey 581.4/8
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 590
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 2.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 505399
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also studied art in Florence, Italy, and illustration at Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California. Mia has written and illustrated numerous books including: The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration, Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks, and Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors. She illustrated Plants Can't Sit Still which was named a Kirkus Best Children's Books and won the NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award. She lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband and their three kids.


  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Longlist, Long-listed, 2020



“A visually appealing and unusually informative picture book for curious kids.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[G]lorious art . . .”—starred, Kirkus Reviews