One Long Line

Cover of Loree Griffin Burns' book, One Long Line: A parade of caterpillars coming down a house plant and onto a desk


The first title in a brand-new early chapter book series from Loree Griffin Burns, Jamie Green, and MITKids spotlights remarkable creatures, inquisitive people, and fascinating conversations. The creatures? Processionary caterpillars with mysterious group marching habits. The people? Jean Henri Fabre and, many years later, Terrence Fitzgerald—scientists who became intensely curious about the caterpillars and their marching. And the conversations? They span lifetimes, as one researcher continues a dialogue started by the other. In this playful, candid, and accessible book for young readers, Burns pulls readers straight into the “ask, test, repeat” nature of the scientific process, demonstrating how human curiosity creates one long line of learning.

      • MIT Kids Press, 2024
      • 64 pages
      • For ages 7-10


      • Junior Library Guild Selection


Eliot Schrefer, author of Printz Honor Book Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality

One Long Line captures the endless fascination ordinary creatures offer if we ask them the right questions. I can imagine a generation of young scientists beginning their journeys by reading this book. A remarkable and inspiring start to an important new series.