Illustrated by Marlo Garnsworthy

Web of Life Children’s Books, September 25, 2018 / 978-0-9883303-8-2 / 32 pp. / Ages 5-9

Hardcover $17.95.

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“Lyrical prose and luminous paintings lead readers on a tour of the Yellowstone supervolcano, from the wolves, elk, bears, and mountain goats that roam its surface to the fiery depths of its magma chamber. Volcano Dreams knits together the vibrancy of the Yellowstone ecosystem with its explosive history, placing the everyday lives of its creatures within the context of geological time. Janet Fox’s poetic text takes us to the root of it all – the ‘sleeping giant’ of magma responsible for the Yellowstone landscape – and Marlo Garnsworthy’s evocative paintings capture the awe of natural forces at work in our nation’s oldest national park.”

Teachers and librarians! For a series of posts about Yellowstone and the science behind the Yellowstone volcano go here. Here’s a list of the posts:

Yellowstone: Human History in Brief

Animals in Yellowstone, Part 1

Animals in Yellowstone, Part 2

What? We’re Inside a Volcano?

Why Are There Geysers in Yellowstone?

But It Doesn’t Look Like A Volcano!

Click here for a standards-aligned Educator’s Guide for grades K-4. And click this link to download a complete set of classroom lesson plans and experiments.


NEW!! Text set for Volcano Dreams! Click here to download the pdf file.


And here’s a partial reading of the book:

And for a fun exercise, download this VolcanoDreamsCrossword of key features, and download the VolcanoDreams_answerkey here.

Reading The West Award shortlist 2018 – from M&PIBA (Mountains and Plains)

2020 Treasure State Award 3rd Place, Montana State Literacy Association

2021 Beehive Book Award Nominee, Children’s Literature Association of Utah

“Janet Fox warmly harnesses the rhythms and sensations of wakefulness and sleep in this insightful exploration of the geological past and (hopefully quite distant) future of an American treasure.” – Chris Barton, author of the 2018 Orbis Pictus Honor Book Dazzle Ships

“The author’s first picture book reflects her own appreciation for this national treasure, which could inspire family visits. An unusual and appealing addition to the sense-of-wonder shelf.” – Kirkus

“Entertaining, informative, and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ from first page to last, “Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone” is unreservedly recommended for family, school, and community library collections.” – Midwest Book review

“This lyrical, lusciously illustrated title offers an introduction to the flora and fauna of Yellowstone Park to young readers… A valuable addition to an Earth science collection.” – School Library Connection