T is for Time

Cover: T is for Time

T is for a Time Alphabet uses poetry and expository text to explore the concept of time, from explaining basic units of measurement to showcasing important scientific achievements. Topics include famous inventors (Albert Einstein and John Harrison) and important structures and landmarks (Kulkulkan Pyramid and Big Ben). Budding scientists will discover what world-famous stone structure is believed to be an early calendar, follow the voyages of explorer Ferdinand Magellan to better understand the International Date Line, and learn to tell time using the Zulu time system.



  • Dewey: 529/.2
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585365128): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2015, 03/01/2015
  • PDF (9781633621299): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2015, 03/01/2015
  • Hosted ebook (9781633621527): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2015, 03/01/2015


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 7 - Age 10
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Lexile® Measure: 940
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.9
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 173971
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


  • 2016 Oregon Book Awards Finalist, Short-listed, 2016


School Library Journal - T is for Time

This title offers an overview of concepts related to time, listed in alphabetical order: “A is for Almanac,” “D is for Daylight Saving,” “E is for Einstein,” “G is for Greenwich Mean Time,” and “K is for Kukulcan Pyramid.” Accompanied by sweet, painterly illustrations that hark back to earlier eras, the entries begin with four-line rhymes and go on to clear, well-researched prose explanations, rendered in a fairly small typeface. These are simple and brief introductions to a mix of basic ideas (such as explanations of a week, a shadow, and the night sky) and much more challenging concepts (definitions of Zulu time and verge escapement). Other books in this series are geared to readers ages six to 10, but this title defies categorization: some content is straightforward, but much of it is too sophisticated for primary students. VERDICT An additional purchase where interest in time concepts is high.


Author: Roland Smith

Roland Smith the author of over 25 award winning books for young people. He is the author of Cryptid Hunters, Tentacles, Peak, Elephant Run, Zach’s Lie and many other bestselling novels.

Author: Marie Smith

Author Marie Smith was born and raised in Oregon. She lives on a small farm outside of Portland that she shares with a horse, a goat, two dogs, two cats, and another author, Roland Smith. Together Marie and Roland have written five alphabet books. Besides visiting schools and writing, she spends time traveling across country visiting her four grandsons.

Illustrator: Renée Graef

Renée Graef is a very well known children’s book illustrator for the American Girls collection with Pleasant Company. She has also illustrated for Boyd’s Bears and is the illustrator of HarperCollin’s My First Little House series. Renée attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison; she lives in Milwaukee with her family.