Glacier on the Move

Elizabeth Rusch (Author) Alice Brereton (Illustrator)


Meet Flo, a glacier, as she shows you what the life of a glacier is like in this picture book filled with fun facts, from what glaciers are and how they're formed to what creatures live there, and more.

Glaciers exist on every continent on earth, growing, spreading, and shrinking over thousands of years. But what are they, and how are they formed? Glacier on the Move tells the story of a glacier named Flo and her slow-motion race to the sea, from the edge of an ice field and down steep cliffs, to muscling her way around mountains, and stretching into a valley. With the help of some iceworms in the margins, Flo reveals how glaciers move, change shape, and provide for the surrounding world and animals. Blending fascinating science facts with dynamic illustrations, Glacier on the Move introduces young readers to glacial history and science in a captivating and unique way.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
West Margin Press
Publish Date
August 27, 2019
10.0 X 0.4 X 10.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Rusch is an author, editor, teacher, and speaker, and has published several award-winning books for children and adults. She channels her passion for science, history, art, and nature through her stories and hopes to share those interests with her readers. Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at

Alice Brereton is a children's book illustrator and loves to incorporate colorful textures and shapes into her artwork. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and attended the Academy of Art University, where she has won many awards. Visit her at


"Flo, a talking glacier, narrates its journey to the ocean in this picture book. Flo, whose voice is sociable and chirpy, is the perfect vehicle to inform readers about the hows and whys of glacial formation and movement in an accessible, often amusing way. The book's ingenuity doesn't stop there. Inhabiting the margins of the pages, as it would inhabit the interior of a glacier, the flat black silhouette of a knowledgeable ice worm gives succinct, clear facts about glaciers... Thoroughly engaging and filled with intriguing facts."--Kirkus Reviews
"I never would have guessed that a glacier could take a starring role in a picture book, but this one pulls it off as slick as ice."--Matthew C. Winner, The Children's Book Podcast
"Travel with a glacier named Flo as it moves through different seasons and landscapes. We see what Flo does for the landscape and the things it leaves behind. We also get commentary and additional facts on glaciers from the ice worm, a delightful character along the edges of the page; ice worms can actually be found among glaciers. The end of the book includes information about climate change and information about real glaciers of the world, as well as a reference list and some more facts about ice worms. The language of the main story is simple, although the interjections of the ice worm are a little more complicated and use more scientific verbiage. The illustrations are absolutely charming; they project movement well and are surprisingly colorful for a subject that is mostly ice. Readers also see cute images of seals, birds, moose, bears, and deer. VERDICT An adorable addition to any library's picture book or science/STEM collection."--School Library Journal
"Blending fascinating facts with dynamic illustrations, 'Glacier on the Move' is a wonderfully and entertainingly explanatory introduction for young readers ages 6-9 to glacial history and science."--Children's Bookwatch