FEATURED: Seasonal

  1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

by Catherine O'Neill Grace & Margaret M. Bruchac

HARDCOVER
Multicultural
Experience of Nature 

This fascinating, informative and well-researched photo-essay about Thanksgiving is recounted from the Wampanoag perspective countering the prevailing traditional story of the historical event. Cranberries, potatoes, tall black hats with buckles never were part of the first Thanksgiving. Color photographs of the reenactment of the harvest gathering of 1621 that took place in October 2000 at the Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum of 17th century Plymouth, form the basis of this book to show the life styles and cultures of the Native Americans and the English colonists, and their shared history.

        Grades: 2nd through 6th

  About Birds: A Guide for Children

by Cathryn Sill

HARDCOVER
Animals : Birds

This exquisitely illustrated picture book with simple text introduces young naturalists to birds and several of their basic characteristics and behavior – feathers, bills, nests and flight. A basic statement about birds is followed on the facing page by a full-page painting of a species in its habitat for which more detailed information is provided in an Afterword. The lifelike watercolors include several of the more common species such as robins and cardinals as well as less familiar ones including common murres, ruby-throated hummingbirds, great horned owls, indigo buntings and evening grosbeaks.

See also:
Mia Posada's Robins: Songbirds of Spring
Rick Chrustowski's Blue Sky Bluebird
Nancy Carol Willis' The Robins in Your Backyard

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Adelina's Whales

by Richard Sobol

HARDCOVER
Animals : Mammals
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

This is a beautiful photo-essay by Richard Sobol about a 10 year old girl living in the remote fishing village of La Laguna in Baja, Mexico near a lagoon that is a gray whale nursery. Every year Adelina Mayoral eagerly awaits the arrival of her special friends, the gray whales that travel from their northern feeding grounds, as far away as Alaska and Russia, across the Pacific to this protected lagoon to give birth and raise their calves until the spring when they once again head north. The text and stunning photography, that show the close encounters and rapport of humans and whales, also offer an insight into Adelina’s daily life and the world of these unique mammals. In the "Foreword" Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. describes his visit to Laguna San Ignacio and how Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) succeeded in 1997 in saving this pristine lagoon from industrial development and keeping this area as a gray whale nursery.

For more information, visit: www.savebiogems.org/baja/

      Grades: 2nd to 5th

  Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

by Maya Angelou

HARDCOVER
Multicultural

Maya Angelou’s inspirational Christmas poem was first read during the 2005 White House tree-lighting ceremony. This illustrated children’s edition depicting a small town community gathering is a poetic celebration of peoples of all races and faiths, brought together in hope for peace during the holiday season, a time when, " The world is encouraged to come away from rancor, Come the way of friendship."

      Grades: 3rd & up

  Arctic Lights Arctic Nights

by Debbie S. Miller

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Experience of Nature 

The seasonal changes near the Arctic Circle form the setting for the transitions of the natural world in the unique picture book Arctic Lights Arctic Nights. Beginning with the summer solstice near Fairbanks, Alaska, lyrical text and paintings depict monthly transitions of the natural world in "The Land of the Midnight Sun", evoking the beauty and drama of the dynamics of light and darkness in the North, the extreme variations of temperature as well as the seasonal patterns of migration, hibernation and adaptations of the wildlife – snowshoe hare, moose, ptarmigans, grizzly bears, sandhill cranes, ground squirrels, caribou, wolves, trumpeter swans and ravens. The glossary introduces unique terms to readers of natural phenomena such as alpenglow, blinks, glints, sundogs and diamond dust as well as seasonal concepts of the equinox and solstice.

        Grades: 2nd to 5th

  The Autumn Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest

by Ellen Jackson

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Multicultural 

"The Autumn Equinox" takes readers around the world showing how the harvest season has been celebrated by many cultures throughout time to give thanks for the crops that sustain people over the winter. Descriptions of Chinese, Celt, Germanic, English and Pilgrim seasonal festivals as well as the Iroquois Green Corn Dance, the Nigerian Yam Festival, and the Indian Pongal feast depict the harvest celebrations by peoples of the earth, of which certain traditions reappear in our festivities of Thanksgiving and Halloween. An adaptation of a Native American Sauk harvest legend as well as "Classroom Activities" of a number of festivals to make Chinese Moon Cakes, an African Harvest Drum and a Pongal Dessert incorporate the various seasonal festivities into children's contemporary culture.

See also by Ellen Jackson:
The Summer Solstice
The Spring Equinox
The Winter Solstice

        Grades: All

  Bats: Swift Shadows in the Twilight (The Wonder Series)

by Ann C. Cooper

PAPERBACK
Animals : Mammals
Field Guides & Activity Books 

This story and activity book has been described by Dr. Merlin Tuttle of Bat Conservation International as one of the best books for children about bats. The text with black and white illustrations abounds with information about different bat species as well as the physical characteristics, habitats, flight patterns and behavior of these animals. Intriguing suggested activities -- building a backyard bat box, a pop-up bat cave and a "Wheel-o-Meal" that teaches the various diets of different species of bats -- serve to dispel common misconceptions about these mammals.

      Grades: 3rd to 6th

  Beatrice's Goat

by Page McBrier

PAPERBACK
Multicultural

Based on a true account about a nine-year old African girl and her goat Mugisa, Beatrice’s Goat describes the impact that charitable donations can make in improving the lives of needy people in third world countries. The simple gift of the goat to a family living in a Ugandan village enriches their diet, enables them to sell the goat’s milk and its kids to other villagers to buy clothing and household items, and eventually fulfills Beatrice’s dream of attending the local school, when her family finally can afford to purchase her a uniform and books. Lohstoeter’s acrylic paintings of the picture book vividly evoke the landscape of western Uganda, the local banana groves and tropical vegetation, the thatched huts of the villagers as well as scenes of the daily life of Beatrice, her family and the goats.

See also:
Katie Smith Milway's One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  The Beautiful Christmas Tree

by Charlotte Zolotow

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

This classic book by Zolotow, reissued with contemporary illustrations by Yan Nascimbene, evokes the spirit of the season in reaffirming the goodness of humanity. The patience and caring of the urban dweller who rescues a withering pine, then nurtures it over the years is rewarded over time by the songbirds who come to nest in its branches and the communal feeling of the neighborhood that the presence of the tree instills. This book serves as a reminder of the true spirit of the season.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  The Big Snow

by Berta & Elmer Hader

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

This 1949 Caldecott Award winner is a timeless story of the cycle of seasons, evoked through the lives of the woodland animals as they prepare in different ways for the coming of winter. Wild geese head south, squirrels and chipmunks busily store food, rabbits and deer grow thick winter coats, while other animals prepare for hibernation. After the coming of the big snow, the hungry woodland dwellers find a banquet of food put out by an old couple, who continue to feed the hungry animals until the arrival of the spring.

        Grades: All

  Birches

by Robert Frost

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

Noted American Robert Frost's poem, Birches -- of birches bent by an icy storm, of an adult's reminiscence of childhood in looking at the branches reaching toward the heavens and of a young boy, a swinger of birches -- is complemented by the exquisite, earth-tone watercolors by Caldecott winner, Ed Young.

        Grades: 2nd & up

  Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes

by Rosalind Creasy

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening

As an excellent resource for the creation of an organic rainbow garden of unusually colored vegetables and fruits, such as red corn and yellow watermelon, this book provides young gardeners simple, clear information about ordering and selecting seeds, the preparation of soil, planting, watering and weeding as well as organic methods of fertilization and pest control. The second part of the book offers detailed instructions for the care of each of the eight rainbow vegetables and fruits of the garden and for an easy-to-make recipe after harvest.

See also:
Elizabeth Scholl's Organic Gardening for Kids
Laurie Carlson's Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup
Elizabeth MacLeod's Grow It Again

        Grades: 2nd to 6th

  Butterflies Fly

by Yvonne Winter

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Spineless Creatures

Readers enter the dazzling realms of fifteen species of butterflies pictured in their natural habitats as they view the full-page illustrations and read the whimsical verses describing these insects. The watercolor and gouache close-ups by Karen Lloyd-Jones show the beauty and diversity of these insects that are factually explored in the identification guide at the end of the book. This book provides a visual feast for all ages, exploring a selection of butterflies from various parts of the world, some of which are being threatened by habitat destruction.

        Grades: 2nd to 5th

  Butterfly House

by Eve Bunting

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Spineless Creatures

The narrator recounts how, as a young girl, she saved a larva from a jay and then, with the help of her grandfather, created a colorful butterfly house, a painted garden in a box decorated with pictures of flowers from which butterflies feed the nectar. Over the days she watched the larva transform itself into a chrysalis and later emerge as a Painted Lady butterfly which she released back to nature. Years later when she is much older, the narrator describes how she is visited every spring by butterflies who come to her garden of flowers, the ones she had painted long ago with her grandfather in her butterfly house. This touching, evocative story, illustrated with gouache paintings of the narrator, her grandfather as well as close-ups showing the metamorphosis of the Painted Ladies, is followed by detailed information for creating a house in which to raise a butterfly, including care and feeding instructions.

See also:
Melissa Stewart's A Place for Butterflies

      Grades: Preschool and up

  The Butterfly's Treasure

by Schim Schimmel

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

In a milkweed patch before summer's end, an old, wise butterfly passes along the wisdom he has learned to a young caterpillar -- his discovery of a "treasure beyond belief." Old Monarch recounts his wondrous year-long journey of discovery around the globe and his encounters with some of the most amazing animals of our planet. As he travels past brown bears, seals and polar bears of the Northern forests and Arctic, then passes the majestic great cats, elephants and gorillas of Africa and the rare snow leopards of the Himalayas, and encounters the penguins of the Antarctic and the dolphins of the Pacific, the secret of this priceless treasure breathtakingly unfolds revealing its fascinating gems. The engaging story and Schimmel’s stunning, beautiful artwork instill a sense of wonder and respect for the intimate connection of all living beings and the unique treasure in this universe -- our magnificent planet.

See also, other books by Schim Schimmel:
Dear Children of the Earth
The Family of Earth
Children of the Earth... Remember

      Grades: Preschool & up

  Caribou Journey

by Debbie S. Miller

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Mammals

Every spring caribou migrate North to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska where tens of thousands of calves are born. The author, who has lived in northern Alaska and has many times observed the migration of caribou, eloquently presents the life cycle of these magnificent animals who travel back and forth through Canada's Yukon Territory and northeast Alaska, almost three thousand miles each year in search of food. The story focuses on a mother caribou and her young, their searches for food through the snows of winter, the mother's protection of the young against wolves and eagles, and the yearly migration patterns of the herd. This engrossing story, resplendent with double-page illustrations, interweaves fascinating information about these mammals, their adaptations for life and travel in the rugged climate of the tundra, the bonding of mothers and their young, the autumnal encounter of males fighting for mates, and the crossing of rivers by the herd along their journey. The "Author's Note" provides information specifically about the Porcupine Herd of caribou, one of the largest migratory herds of North America that is described in this story, as well as mention of the importance of preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska.

        Grades: 1st to 4th

  The Carrot Seed

by Ruth Krauss

PAPERBACK
Flora : Gardening

"The Carrot Seed is a wonderful first book about the planting of a seed. It is about a little boy and his 'wonderful and quietly unshakable confidence in his carrot seed.' The text and accompanying two-color illustrations are simple, yet perfect for a young reader (to second grade)." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (September/October 1996) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 2nd

  Children Just Like Me! Celebrations

by Barnabas & Anabel Kindersley

HARDCOVER
Multicultural

Although holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Epiphany and Hanukkah are familiar to most people in the United States, Raksha Bandhan, Kokomono-hi, Egmenlik Bayrami and Holi are known to but a few. Writer Anabel Kindersley and photographer Barnabas Kindersley, traveled to 18 countries to join children celebrating important festivities of their lives -- in Hong Kong, Brazil, Zambia, England, Japan, France, Ethiopia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, India, Jordan, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, US, Slovakia, Sweden, Germany and Spain. The four seasons of the year provide the structure to explore the rich diversity of 25 different religious holidays and cultural celebrations found throughout our world. Numerous photographs picture the children dressed in traditional costumes and show scenes from their celebrations as well as captioned images detailing their festivals. UNICEF receives a royalty for every copy of this book sold.

      Grades: 2nd & up

  Chipmunk Song

by Joanne Ryder

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Mammals

"This book playfully carries the reader through the activities of a chipmunk during the autumn season. Wonderfully attentive illustrations introduce children to the natural world as it is seen through the eyes of a small furry creature gathering acorns to store below ground before the first snow." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Christmas Trees

by Robert Frost

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Frost's poem subtly reveals the true worth of trees as materialistic rewards are dwarfed in comparison to the natural beauty of the woods. Written in 1916, Frost's Christmas circular letter describes the wisdom of a farmer in his reaction to a city man's offer for his trees. Rand's full-page color paintings illustrate the beauty of the fall New England countryside.

      Grades: 3rd & up

  The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book

by Robin Michal Koontz

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Through thirty-one, fun-filled activities and projects, "The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book" shows children how to create a "naturescape," a place for wild creatures to find food, water and shelter, either in a suburban backyard or in urban settings of rooftops and apartment balconies. While emphasizing the importance that wildlife needs to remain "wild", the author has created an activity book with factual information and illustrated activities through which children can learn about nature as they invite wildlife into their local environment. For those who do not have space to create a naturescape, the author suggests extending projects to community involvement as well as making gifts out of some of the activities. Projects, many of which use recycled materials, include the creation of native flowering gardens, the building of feeders, planter boxes, bird baths, bat houses, birdhouses and ponds -- all with the focus of working with nature to sustain native wildlife.

      Grades: 3rd to 6th

  Compost Critters

by Bianca Lavies

HARDCOVER
Animals : Spineless Creatures
Environmental Themes  : Recycling & Composting

"What are the organisms that turn the food scraps, grass clippings and leaves that you put into your compost pile into dirt? Bianca Lavies shows us these strange looking creatures magnified many times and her marvelous text explains how they do their jobs. . . . The photographs in this book will amaze and captivate children. Here are the critters that specialize in turning yukky garbage waste into rich soil: bacteria and fungi, earthworms, springtails, nematodes, sow bugs, millipedes, mites and snails -- bigger than life." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (November/December 1998) published by CCEL.

See also:
Mary Appelhof's Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment
Wendy Pfeffer's Wiggling Worms at Work
Tim Magner's Earl The Earthworm Digs for His Life

      Grades: 2nd to 6th

  Compost Stew

by Mary McKenna Siddals

HARDCOVER
Flora : Recycling & Composting
Flora  : Gardening

From Apple cores and Laundry lint to Teabags and Zinnia heads, this A to Z guide to composting shows young "environmental chefs" the many items from their homes and gardens that can be placed in a compost "pot" to stew over time into a delicious treat for Mother Earth. The vibrant collages, depicting multicultural kids finding and putting together items for the stew, are created with recycled and found materials to further the environmental message. A "Chef's Note" about what ingredients not to include in the compost complements the recipe. This rhyming picture book is an upbeat introduction to composting as an important step for caring for the Earth.

To learn more, visit Composting For Kids.

See also:
Robin Koontz's Composting: Nature's Recyclers, and
Linda Glaser's Compost!: Growing Gardens From Your Garbage

For older children, see also:
Linda Glaser's Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story, and
Bianca Lavies' Compost Critters

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Compost!: Growing Gardens From Your Garbage

by Linda Glaser

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Recycling & Composting

"Linda Glaser's young narrator accompanies us on a circular journey -- food to garbage to compost to garden to food -- explaining in a simple, lively style the magical process of decomposition. Readers learn about the amazing things which take place over time in the compost bin where layers of grass clippings, leaves, and kitchen scraps are tossed and turned." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (November/December 1998) published by CCEL.

See also:
Mary Appelhof's Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment
Wendy Pfeffer's Wiggling Worms at Work
Tim Magner's Earl The Earthworm Digs for His Life

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  The Curious Garden

by Peter Brown

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

During a walk in his neighborhood of a grey, dismal city, a boy discovers an abandoned railway where a few wildflowers and plants are struggling to survive. Liam cares for the plants that gradually spread to new places. Over time new gardeners join the boy in creating lush gardens, transforming the dreary urban landscape into one abounding with life and beauty.

This beautiful picture book was inspired by High Line, an elevated railway in Manhattan that had been abandoned since 1980.

Printed on recycled paper.

See also:
Gordon Morrison's Nature in the Neighborhood
Martin Brennan's I Saw It in the Garden

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Dandelions:  Stars in the Grass

by Mia Posada

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Plants & Flowers

The rhyming verse and soft, lyrical illustrations present the life cycle of a plant -- the notorious and ordinary dandelion. However, the author offers a different perspective to look upon that which people often regard as a "weed" -- a perspective that views beauty in nature as one learns how a tiny seed grows into a flower. The words of the text flow through the pages of beautiful full-spread paintings like seeds moved by the wind. A recipe for a dandelion salad is also included.

      Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Destination: Polar Regions

by Jonathan Grupper

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Various Classes

Taking readers to both polar regions to explore the fauna and flora, Grupper's photographic essay, published by the National Geographic Society, presents a fascinating view of the harsh, yet fragile, ecosystems of the Arctic and Antarctic. Although most of the book is devoted to the Arctic, the polar regions are explored through seasonal variations and their transformations of life. The full-page color photographs with numerous photo insets and informative text present readers with magnificent views of the diversity of polar life on land, on ice and in the sea.

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

See also: Jane Yolen's, Welcome to the Ice House.

      Grades: 5th through 7th

  Did You Hear Wind Sing Your Name?

by Sandra De Coteau Orie

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Multicultural 

Stunning full-page illustrations capture the lyricism of the Oneida song celebrating the rebirth of spring, the cycle of day and night, and the beauty of flora and fauna experienced through the senses -- through the sweet scent of cedar, through the warmth of the morning sun, through the taste of the rain and the first meadow strawberries, and through the sight of the colorful blossoming of flowers, the movements in air and on land of the animals, the growth in the fields of corn, beans and squash, and the greening in the woods of the Aspen Saplings among the White Birches and Darkwoods.

      Grades: Preschool & up

  Disappearing Lake : Nature's Magic in Denali National Park

by Debbie S. Miller

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

The beauty of the cyclic change of a vernal lake in Alaska, Disappearing Lake, provides the poetic setting for the change of the seasons, animals and vegetation of this unique ecosystem throughout one year. The melting snows of winter flood a meadow and life awakens in and around the lake with birds, insects, plants, hatching shrimp, beavers, moose and wolves. As the days grow warmer and the lake begins to disappear, plants that sprout from the moist soil to feed the migrating caribou later grow into a meadow to harbor and nourish other life forms. With the ending of fall, as the Northern Lights appear the meadow lies beneath the snows of winter.

The text along with the "Field Notes" about the ecosystem broaden the knowledge of natural life cycles for young readers. Colorful illustrations by Jon Van Zyle portraying the magnificent natural landscape with its inhabitants complement the descriptions of the continuous transformations around the vernal lake.

        Grades: 1st to 5th

  Discover the Seasons

by Diane Iverson

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Field Guide & Activity Books 

Each of the seasons is presented thematically -- the spring as a celebration of renewal and activity, the summer as a time for exploration and learning, the fall as a season of preparation and work, and the winter as a period of rest for some animals, while, for others, a time of searching for food. Poetry and full-page color illustrations depict three different scenes of animals during a season and a brief paragraph about the animals pictured follows each poem. For each season there are both indoor and outdoor activities presented to explore and conserve nature, as well as a page of seasonal recipes, using fruits and vegetables that require little or no cooking. The author encourages adults to share with children in the activities of each seasonal "Things To Do" and has marked activities where adult supervision is required. The "Resources" section at the end of the book includes a listing of books and gardening supplies sources.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 5th

  Down to Earth: Garden Secrets! Garden Stories! Garden Projects You Can Do!

by Michael J. Rosen

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

Rosen compiled this anthology of 41 children's book authors and illustrators into an engrossing collection of stories, projects, activities and recipes -- all related to gardening. Dozens of stories let readers experience a touching personal remembrance or amusing anecdote about a particular plant. When a childhood dream is finally realized through his own orchard, Erich Hoyt also learns to share apples with local bears; Maryjo Koch reminisces about the beauty of the foxglove that also serves an important medicinal purpose for a loved one; Nicholasa Mohr discovers the flaming red trees on her first visit to her parent's cherished island of Borinquen in Puerto Rico; Kathyrn Lasky shares her love of moss that grows on walls to create beautiful patterns. The thirty-three adventures in "Let's Get Growing: Activities" include recipes for cheesy zucchini, apple crumble and roasted squash seeds; instructions for planting a spring rainbow, growing a pole-bean teepee, drying/pressing flowers, creating potato prints and fern prints as well as bottle gardens and windowsill lawns.

Contributors to this anthology include: Kathi Appelt, Keith Baker, Karen Barbour, Eve Bunting, Amy Butler, David Butler, David Catrow, Lynne Cherry, Malka Drucker, Lois Ehlert, Mark English, Denise Fleming, Vivienne Flesher, Julia Gorton, Donald Hall, Florence Parry Heide, Will Hillenbrand, Ron Hirschi, Erich Hoyt, Angela Johnson, Carole King, Daniel Kirk, Maryjo Koch, Maxine Kumin, Kathryn Lasky, Adam McCauley, Michael McCurdy, Nicholesa Mohr, Diana Pomeroy, Gloria Rand, Jane Ray, Mary Lyn Ray, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Michael Rosen, Reynold Ruffins, Greg Shed, Judy Sierra, David Updike, Nicki Weiss, Vera B. Williams, Christopher Wormell and Dan Yaccarino. Contributors donated their work so that proceeds support Share Our Strength, an antihunger organization.

      Grades: 5th & up

  Earth-Friendly Holidays

by George Pfiffner

PAPERBACK
Field Guides & Activity Books
Environmental Themes  : Recycling & Composting

This year-round activity book provides ideas for making holiday gifts and decorations from reusable objects. Halloween Bird Masks and Skull Garlands, Kwanzaa Place Mats, Hanukkah Dreidels, Thanksgiving Leaf Garlands, Mother's Day Balloon Vases and Fabric Cards, Father's Day Bookmarks, Earth Day Soda Bottle Greenhouses, Christmas Photo Frames and Sugar Tree Ornaments, Valentine Carrot Necklaces, Easter Eggshell Centerpieces and Passover Matzo Covers -- these are a sampling of the 29 imaginative holiday projects that can be made out of already used materials. Detailed, step-by-step instructions with illustrations as well as a categorization of level of difficulty are provided for the fun-filled activities, all with a theme of being "earth-friendly".

      Grades: 3rd & up

  ECOlogical 2011 Calendar

by Chris Hardman/ANTENNA

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

Chris Hardman's ECOlogical 2011 Calendar offers an alternative perspective to the Gregorian calendar by providing a lyrical experience of the Earth’s natural cycles and the continuum of seasons. Each of four panels, beautifully illustrated in full-color with seasonal imagery, begins with either the equinox or solstice, flowing through evocative names of days and months. The seasonal descriptions include identification of the constellations, brightest stars, meteor showers, moon phases, tide variations as well as meteorological phenomena and ecological information as to how plants and animals adapt to the changing season. The cycles and rhythms of nature, the ebb and flow of tides, the death and reawakening of life – all are beautifully evoked in words and imagery that highlight the continuum of time and the world around us.

Printed with soy-based inks on recycled paper.

Created by ANTENNA

      Grades: All Ages

  The Emperor's Egg

by Martin Jenkins

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Birds

Jenkins’ engrossing picture book provides a humorous description of male Emperor penguins, focusing on the nurturing role of the father in protecting the egg and hatchling during the winter months in Antarctica. The author’s personalized, conversational comments portraying the unique traits of the “world’s most devoted dad” -- the ordeals of the four-foot male penguin stranded on the ice in the freezing cold without any food during the two months of incubation while mom is off feeding in the ocean -- will amuse readers of all ages. Naturalistic, acrylic illustrations depict the Emperor penguins in their icy habitat and offer a fun-filled insight into the unique animal behavior of these amazing birds.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Every Autumn Comes the Bear

by Jim Arnosky

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Mammals

A rugged, wooded landscape behind a farm is explored every autumn by a bear where it encounters woodland animals, claws at trees, drinks from a spring and walks on trails before finally settling in its den for the winter. Expansive landscapes watercolors and close-ups of animals portray the transformation from autumn to winter in a picture book that conveys to young children through its simple text the transition of seasons and the rhythms of the natural world through the explorations of a bear.

      Grades: Pre-School to 2nd

  The Eyes of Gray Wolf

by Jonathan London

HARDCOVER
Animals : Mammals
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Having lost his mate to a man's steel trap, Gray Wolf ventures through a snowy, moonlit landscape where scents, sights and sounds lead him to the trail of a snowshoe hare and eventually to a pack of wolves where he finds a new mate.

"The poetic prose written for lower elementary audience and magnificent drawings vividly depict the great beauty of the wolf. At the end of the book, the author lists many preservation groups and shows a map of the wolf's range in North America in the 1700's versus its range today." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (January/February 1999) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 5th

  First Snow in the Woods

by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

As the nights grow longer and the winds blow colder, the animals of the forest listen to their heartsong and prepare for the change of seasons, some by traveling many miles to distant, warmer places, others by preparing for hibernation and the cold of winter. The stunning photography by wildlife photographers Sams and Stoick reveals the beauty of the woods and the variety of inhabitants during the transition from autumn to winter in this captivating story. Chipmunks, deer, birds, raccoons, hares and mice await the arrival of the great gray owl from the far north whose cries announce the first snowstorm of winter.

See also:
Sams' and Stoick's Stranger in the Woods,
Berta Hader's The Big Snow,
Elizabeth Partridge's Moon Glowing,
Denise Fleming's Time to Sleep, and
Henrietta Bancroft's Animals in Winter

      Grades: Kindergarten & Up

  The Flower Alphabet Book

by Jerry Pallotta

HARDCOVER
Flora : Plants & Flowers
Flora  : Gardening

From the amaryllis to the iris to the pansy to the zinnia, colorful illustrations of a flower of one letter of the alphabet adorn a page. Brief information is provided for young children on each letter's page about each flower, such as the edelweiss found on mountains, hollyhock that was used to make dolls, the marigold fed to chickens, the edible nasturtium used in salads, and jasmine that is used in teas and perfume. Supplementary information about the origin of the names, folklore and uses of the flowers follows the text in the "Artist's Notes".

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Flower Garden

by Eve Bunting

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

"The possibility of a garden for apartment dwellers becomes a reality in this beautifully illustrated book. This little city garden, intended as a birthday gift for mom, becomes a gift for all those who have the great fortune to view it. The window box filled with a rainbow of blossoms contrasts with the surrounding urban canvas and becomes home to butterflies and ladybugs. The illustrations are beautiful as well as botanically accurate and the placid prose accents the aura of this miracle on West 76th St." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (September/October 1995) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Flute's Journey

by Lynne Cherry

HARDCOVER
Animals : Birds
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

"Open this book and follow Flute the wood thrush from the day he emerges from his turquoise egg until he becomes a mature adult bird. Travel south with Flute across North America, to High Island in Texas, then across the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula and his winter home in Costa Rica. Then follow him back to Maryland in the spring. Guided by Ms. Cherry's skillful text and lush, detailed paintings, youngsters will experience first hand a wood thrush's life -- what foods they eat, how they defend their territory, how they raise their young, their miraculous migration, and the hazards they face, such as hawks, cats, toxic chemicals and habitat loss." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (January/February 1997) published by CCEL.


See also:
Melissa Stewart's A Place for Birds
Nancy Carol Willis' Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey
Carol Lerner's On the Wing: American Birds in Migration
Mary Lyn Ray's Welcome, Brown Bird

To learn more, visit:
The Smithsonian National Zoo's Migratory Bird Center
Journey North's Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change

To learn about how kids helped save Belt Woods, visit Lynne Cherry's website.

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Grandfather's Christmas Tree

by Keith Strand

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

The exquisite paintings of Thomas Locker complement the evocative and moving tale retold by an old grandson of his parents' experiences in 1886 during a harsh winter in Colorado that created a family tradition of placing a carving of a pair of geese and goslings in a spruce tree. The book instills a respect for nature -- the strength of the elements of nature and the caring of people for other living beings. It evokes the spirit of giving, the hope of humanity and the majestic beauty of the season.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Grow it Again

by Elizabeth MacLeod

PAPERBACK
Flora : Gardening
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Seeds, plant and root tops, bulbs and tubers of vegetables and fruits that are often discarded from the kitchen can be grown again to create beautiful gardens of unusual flowering or leafy plants. Detailed, illustrated instructions are provided for the planting, growing and care of the plants. Besides recipes (carrot-pineapple muffins, sesame seed bars, baked apples, fruit salad and guacamole) that use fruits or vegetables, parts of which can later be planted, this creative activity books provides ideas for craft projects, including decorating pots and making milk/juice carton planters, seed necklaces and pressed flowers.

See also:
Elizabeth Scholl's Organic Gardening for Kids
Laurie Carlson's Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup
Rosalind Creasy's Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes

      Grades: Activities for Preschool & up

  Here is the Arctic Winter

by Madeleine Dunphy

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Various Classes

Through rhythmic, repetitive verses and lyrical paintings the vast, moonlit Arctic winter reveals the austere beauty of life in the "cold world of white" -- the wolves, caribou, snowshoe hares, snowy owls and polar bears that move along the icy surface as well as the seals, fish, and narwhals that swim in the frigid waters beneath the Northern Lights. The animals presented are linked in the food chain as they survive the endless night of the Arctic winter.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 4th

  Home at Last

by April Pulley Sayre

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

The amazing journeys of migrating animals are followed through vibrant, colorful pastel illustrations as they swim in streams and oceans, walk single file or in herds, crawl over rocks and roads, fly through the skies or flutter over mountains -- some just a mile, others thousands of miles halfway around the world. Warblers, salmon, sea turtles, monarch butterflies, gray whales, caribou, spiny lobsters, Arctic terns and wood frogs, all migrate until they are "home at last".

      Grades: Kindergarten to 2nd

  Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds

by Victoria Crenson

HARDCOVER
Animals : Spineless Creatures
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

For many years, hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs have made a journey each spring, crawling from the depths of Delaware Bay to the sandy shores to lay their eggs. The millions of green, pearly eggs on the beaches, fed upon by scavengers, are an especially important source of nourishment for starving migrating shorebirds traveling thousands of miles north from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic. This picture book explores an intricate food web as well as the life cycle of creatures that have been on the Earth even before the dinosaurs and whose eggs play a unique, key role in the survival of migrating shorebirds.

See also:
Ruth Horowitz's Crab Moon
Nancy Carol Willis' Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey

To learn more about efforts to save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds, visit:

ERDG's Horseshoe Crab Conservation Network
Delaware Audubon's Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary

        Grades: 2nd to 4th

  Ice Bear and Little Fox

by Jonathan London

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Mammals

As Nanuq, the young polar bear, learns to live the first year on his own in the polar landscape, he is followed by the Arctic fox that forms a symbiotic relationship in which both help each other in the harsh landscape of the Northern region. Over the months the trailing fox feeds on leftovers of the bear and in turn vigilantly warns the bear of the presence of other predators -- each help the other to survive. The full-page watercolor illustrations of close-ups of the animals and of the panoramic landscapes as well as the entrancing, realistic text will captivate young children as they learn of the harshness of survival in the Arctic for these animals and also of the importance of the role of cooperation between them. The "Afterword" incorporates the Eskimo, or Inuit, background of these Arctic inhabitants.

For more information about polar bears, visit World Wildlife Fund's Polar Bear Tracker.

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

See also: Carol Carrick's, Polar Bears Are Hungry,
Jonathan Grupper's Destination: Polar Regions,
Nicola Davie's, Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear, and
Jane Yolen's, Welcome to the Ice House

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Isabel's House of Butterflies

by Tony Johnston

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Eight year old Isabel lives in Michoacan, a mountainous area of Mexico where 300 square miles form a natural sanctuary for monarch butterflies. Every autumn thousands and thousands of monarch butterflies migrating from the North flock to winter in the oyamel tree outside of Isabel’s window in La Casa de las mariposas -- The House of Butterflies. Isabel and her family, the neighbors and tourists marvel at the miracle of migration and the beauty of these fluttering visitors as the sky becomes orange with wings and the dusty paths change transform into orange rivers. Over the years, Isabel’s family has managed to find subsistence, but a continuing drought over the summer and autumn brings a meager harvest of corn and beans. Due to logging, many of the oyamel trees of the surrounding area are already disappearing from the forests. To Isabel’s dismay her father reluctantly considers chopping their tree to support the family. With hope and determination Isabel manages to find a solution to save and share the beauty of La Casa de las mariposas. The framed, colorful, textured paintings of this Sierra Club picture book depicting the daily life of the family, the wondrous beauty of the overwintering monarchs and the surrounding natural landscape offer a brief glimpse into the life of a young girl in rural Mexico and the complex issues of poverty, sustainability and conservation.

See also:

Kathryn Lasky’s Monarchs
Laurence Pringle's An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly
Bruce Coville's The Prince of Butterflies
Connie Muther’s My Monarch Journal -- an outstanding guide to raising monarchs that also includes a section for parents and teachers.

For more information, visit:
Journey North – a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change, including monarch butterflies.
Monarch Watch of the University of Kansas
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Monarch Lab for monarchs in the classroom.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Jack's Garden

by Henry Cole

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

Detailed, colored pencil drawings by the author bring children into the world of gardening through the evolving narrative of "Jack's Garden". Beginning with an image of Jack standing shovel in hand in an empty dirt plot, "This is the garden that Jack planted", the text and imagery carry children through the gradual transformations of his garden, through the sprouting of seeds, the growth of the plants and the formation of buds as well as into the bustling activity of birds and insects when the garden blooms. The last scene showing Jack in the midst of his flowering garden cycles back to the beginning of the book -- "This is the garden that Jack planted". Labeled drawings in the margins of the double-spread illustrations add detailed information to each scene with imagery of various tools, plants and seeds, insects, birds and their eggs.

See also:
Lynne Cherry's How Groundhog's Garden Grew

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Leaf Man

by Lois Ehlert

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Dazzling, colorful, autumnal leaves whirl across shaped pages as the leaf man travels wherever the wind blows. At every turn of a page beautiful cut leaf collages form into images of animals and plants that the leaf man comes across as he drifts over farms and marshes, past orchards and prairie meadows, and over lakes, rivers and mountains through a lyrical celebration of the beauty of autumn.

See also: Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, a picture book about the life cycle of a sugar maple tree.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  The Little House

by Virginia Lee Burton

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Pollution & Sustainability

The little house that watched the yearly change of seasons in the surrounding countryside eventually sees the effects of urban sprawl as roads and skyscrapers replace the trees and stars.

A Caldecott Medal winner (1943). Reviewed in Nature's Course (March/April 1995 & Winter 1997-1998 issues) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  The Little Island

by Golden MacDonald

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

"A little island in the great blue sea is both 'a part of the world and a world of its own'. This story observes the activity on the island during each of the seasons: the things that come and go, namely animals and human visitors, and the things that stay, like seven big trees, seventeen small bushes, and one big rock. The illustrations chronicle the changes and growth that occur throughout this subtle ecological lesson." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

A Caldecott Medal winner (1947).

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  The Little Match Girl

by Hans Christian Anderson

HARDCOVER
Multicultural

This moving 19th century classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen narrates the sad story of a poverty-stricken girl peddling flowers and matches on city streets during the holiday season. The images of people scurrying to New Year's celebrations and the abundance of food and goods, all out of the grasp of the girl, starkly contrast against the hunger and isolation of the needy child. The story is vividly illustrated by Pinkney's stunning gouache and watercolor artwork that shows the pain as well as the light-filled visions of hope of the "little match girl."

        Grades: 3rd & up

  Maple Moon

by Connie Brummel Crook

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Multicultural 

Connie Cook borrowed elements from Native American folk tales to create an enchanting story about the discovery of maple syrup by a Native American boy and the tradition of the weeks of the sap run, the Maple Moon. A young Missisauga boy, mockingly called "Limping Leg" by some children because of his injured limb, wanders off to be alone in the woods. There he observes a squirrel drinking the "sweet water" of a maple tree. Patiently, the boy learns to obtain sap from the maple. In showing his elders his discovery of the "sweet water", he saves his people from starvation and earns their respect.

See also: Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, a picture book about the life cycle of a sugar maple tree.

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Mojave

by Diane Siebert

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

"A descriptive and poetic evocation of the plants, animals, natural features, and seasonal fluctuations of the desert, accompanied by brilliant and concise paintings of those animals and landscapes. This wonderful adventure through the desert is a treat for inhabitants of all landscapes." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Moon Glowing

by Elizabeth Partridge

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

As the autumn leaves fall a squirrel, beaver, bear and bat busily ready for the coming winter. The squirrel is stashing, the bat swooping, the beaver building and the bear feasting. The beautiful collage artwork then fades to the stillness of winter as the four woodland animals sleep under a big, glowing moon.

      Grades: Preschool to 1st

  A Mother's Journey

by Sandra Markle

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Birds

During the two months of winter that the father penguin incubates the egg, the mother Emperor Penguin leaves the breeding ground to cross the icy landscape to the open sea in search of food. Readers can follow her journey as she travels in a group with other female penguins through the blustery winds and storms of the bitter Antarctic winter across the icy landscape to the ocean in order to feed herself and store food for her newly hatched chick. The book provides a fascinating insight into female Emperor Penguin behavior with luminous watercolor imagery depicting the life of these amazing creatures in the icy landscape of the Antarctic winter.

For more information, visit National Geographic for Kids at: www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/0101/penguins.html

See also: Jonathan Grupper's Destination: Polar Regions
Brenda Guiberson's, The Emperor Lays an Egg
Martin Jenkins', The Emperor's Egg
Michelle McKenzie's, Penguin Chick, and
Judy Sierra's Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  My Season with Penguins

by Sophie Webb

HARDCOVER
Naturalists & Their Work
Animals  : Birds

This is an Antarctic journal, a two-month diary of the artist/biologist Sophie Webb as she tracks the Adelie penguins in their breeding colony during the summer months in Antarctica. The delicate watercolor, gouache and graphite illustrations of the journal and the first-hand descriptions interspersed with scientific information provide an intimate and unforgettable glimpse into the habitat, behavior and antics of the Adelies as well as the experiences of the field scientists studying the ecosystem of these amazing animals.

To learn more visit:
The American Museum of Natural History’s Antarctica: The Farthest Place Close to Home
Cool Antarctica’s Antarctica Schools Resources


See also:
Kathy Conlan's, Under the Ice,
Meredith Hooper's Antarctic Journal , and
Jennifer Owings Dewey's Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World

        Grades: 5th & up

  Natural Treasures Field Guide for Kids

by Elizabeth Biesiot

PAPERBACK
Animals : Various Classes
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Published in cooperation with the Denver Museum of Natural History, this introductory field guide of North American animals is organized by the four seasons and uses sensory clues to encourage children to explore and observe their environment. Using a double-sided format, a page of sight, smell, sound and evidence clues complements the facing page that describes the animal who left the clue. Watercolor illustrations of clues and creatures aid in the process of identification.

      Grades: 3rd to 6th

  Nature's Art Box

by Laura Martin

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Nature provides a wealth of materials to create beautiful crafts using twigs, mosses, vines, cones, clay, stones, sand, shells, gourds, pods, husks, seeds, flowers and leaves. Encouraging readers to harvest the gifts of the Earth responsibly, Martin’s Nature’s Art Box includes detailed instructions, supplemented by illustrations, for 65 projects made with natural materials that can be found almost anywhere. Information is also provided for making homemade inks, dyes, paints, clay, glue and paste, some of which might require adult supervision. The "Nature Skills" section details the decorative uses and times for the harvesting of flowers, nuts, herbs, vegetables, mosses and trees. Using the gifts of nature and one’s imagination, children can create beautiful, natural crafts such as dolls, toy houses, rattles, pottery, necklaces, figurines, Navajo style sand paintings, Zen gardens, greeting cards, nature journals, candles, window or tree ornaments, wall hangings, sachets, African designs, dried flower bouquets, woodland creatures, fairies and headbands as well as make decorations for T-shirts, handbags and boxes. According to Martin, "we can work hand in hand with nature and use the gifts she has given us to create things that are touched with her beauty."

See also: Bobbe Needham's Ecology Crafts For Kids
Laura Martin's other activity book, Recycled Crafts Box: Sock puppets, carboard castles, bottle bugs and 37 more earth-friendly porjects & activities you can create

      Grades: 4th to 8th

  Night Tree

by Eve Bunting

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

An annual family tradition provides the festive, yet intimate, setting for a Christmas Eve celebration in the woods. After decorating a live tree with food of popcorn chains, sunflower balls and fruits and scattering bread crumbs and nuts for little creatures that cannot climb well, the family shares songs under the moonlit sky. Later at home, the boy delights in imagining the feast of the woodland animals at their decorated tree.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Once There Was A Tree

by Natalia Romanova

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Originally published in Moscow in 1983, this delicately illustrated picture book shows the life that continues in and around a tree stump once an old tree, split by lighting, is felled to the ground. Describing the variety of creatures, namely ants, beetles, bears, birds and people, that all use the tree stump as a home, a source of food as well as a resting place, the simple and direct prose shows the interconnectedness of nature and poses a question to whom a tree belongs -- "The tree belongs to all, because it grows from the earth that is home for all."

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Organic Gardening for Kids

by Elizabeth Scholl

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening
Field Guides & Activity Books 

Organic Gardening for Kids offers a wealth of information for young gardeners to create gardens to grow food and ornamentals without the use of harmful chemicals. Kids will learn what kind of plants can be grown based on soil and sun requirements, why to use compost to enrich the soil, and how to deal with pests and weeds. There are instructions to design and maintain all types of gardens -- perennial, vegetable, herb, butterfly and water -- as well as terrariums and container gardens. Craft projects include the building of a worm composter and a rain gauge.

To learn more about organic gardening, visit:
Rodale's Organic Gardening and Gardening with Kids
Lilly Dunn's Organic Gardening For Kids

Learn also about the Victory Garden Initiative to grow food.

See also:
Catherine Paladino's One Good Apple: Growing Our Food for the Sake of the Earth
Laurie Carlson's Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup

      Grades: 3rd to 7th

  Out of the Ocean

by Debra Frasier

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature

During a walk on the seashore a mother and daughter marvel at their surroundings: the girl at the treasures washed up by the ocean, the seashells, pelican feathers, messages in bottles, a wooden shoe and burnished glass; the mother at the sun, the water, sea turtle tracks and the sound of waves. Full-color close-up photographs and mixed media collages of found objects created by the author complement the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the narrative. A photographic afterword for older readers elucidates the origins of the found treasures and the fundamental elements of the ocean setting -- the waves, sun, water, moon and sand.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Birds

" 'When you go owling you don't need words or warm or anything but hope.' Thus begins this magical story of a young girl and her father who go owling late one cold winter night. Their journey takes them through tall dark trees and over the moon shadows that the trees cast on the crisp, white snow. The girl's father calls out a number of times, but there is no sign of owls … no answer. Just when the girl has nearly given up, the call of a great horned owl resounds through the silence. Delicate wintry illustrations evoke the moods and sensations of walking through the woods at night in the snow." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

A Caldecott Medal winner (1988). Recommended in Nature's Course (January/February 1997) published by CCEL.

      Grades: Preschool to 1st

  The Owl Who Became the Moon

by Jonathan London

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

Lyrical prose and vivid illustrations describe the sights and sounds of the snow-covered, mountainous landscape and the wildlife as a train journeys nearby on a wondrous, moonlit night.

Recommended in Nature's Course (January/February 1997) published by CCEL.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Peboan and Seegwun

by Charles Larry

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Multicultural 

"An old man sits alone in his lodge at the end of winter, listening to the winds blowing across the hard snow. One day, he has a young visitor with whom he shares a pipe. The two also share stories of their magical natural powers. The old man can make the leaves fall from the trees. The young man can unlock the streams, filling the air with musical laughter. As spring arrives, the youthful Seegwun, the Spirit of Spring, recognizes his elder host as none other than Peboan, Old Man Winter. Strikingly detailed illustrations animate the seasons of the North Woods in this Ojibwa story, which demonstrates how opposites like spring and winter, and youth and old age, are all part of the same spectrum." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Planting a Rainbow

by Lois Ehlert

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening

With bold, large, colorful illustrations and direct, simple text, a child narrates how together with the mother they plant bulbs, seeds and seedlings and watch the profusion of color that eventually blossoms. The child then describes by color the assortment of flowers growing in their garden. This is a brilliantly, colorful introduction to the basics of the cycle of gardening through the seasons for young children.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  A Polar Bear Journey

by Debbie S. Miller

PAPERBACK
Animals : Mammals
Habitats & Ecosystems 

This illustrated story follows a Beaufort Sea polar bear from when she gives birth in a den to two cubs through the time the cubs venture out into the frozen landscape to learn survival skills from their mother. Through the acrylic images and informative narrative, children can learn about the behavior, diet and adaptations of these mammals -- how the mother prepares her den and how the cubs are born and later learn to hunt for seals, swim in the icy waters and survive in the Arctic habitat. The cubs of this story were born on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an important wildlife region that is a denning area for polar bears.

For more information about polar bears, visit World Wildlife Fund's Polar Bear Tracker.

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

See also: Nicola Davie's, Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear,
Jonathan London's, Ice Bear and Little Fox, and
Jane Yolen's, Welcome to the Ice House.

      Grades: 2nd to 5th

  Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

by George Levenson

HARDCOVER
Flora : Gardening
Flora  : Plants & Flowers

Rhyming text accompanied by stunning photographs show the circle of growth from seed to pumpkin to seed. Young readers can explore close-ups of imagery of the pumpkin plant's buds and tendrils, observe the developing pumpkin growing and changing color and learn about planting, growing and harvesting. Instructions for growing pumpkins are provided at the end of the book.

        Grades: Pre-School to 2nd

  Pumpkin Pumpkin

by Jeanne Titherington

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Gardening

A child discovers the wonders of planting a seed which he watches sprout and grow into a big pumpkin that he carves into a Jack-O-Lantern from which he saves seeds for planting next spring. The simple text and delicately illustrated drawings show the child's fascination and joy in observing nature unfold.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Red Knot

by Nancy Carol Willis

HARDCOVER
Animals : Birds
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Follow the amazing annual migration of a red knot shorebird as it makes a 20,000 mile round-trip voyage from Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America, past the Brazilian Amazon to the Arctic tundra where it nests and raises its young. During the hemisphere-long journey, this bird stops at several shores to replenish its energy by feeding on mussels, worms and clams alongside other shorebirds. The timing of its arrival in Delaware Bay coincides with the annual spawning of horseshoe crabs whose eggs are a valuable source of food to these migratory birds. Besides information about the banding of birds, other sandpipers and shorebird species, a glossary, chronological presentation and range map, this illustrated picture book also includes information about the importance of Delaware Bay to the survival of this species as well as the conservation efforts to protect the plummeting numbers of the red knot. As a result of the effects of food shortages, loss of habitat, predation and bad weather, the red knot population has fallen from 100,000 in 1994 to 13,500 in 2005.

See also:
Victoria Crenson's Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds: The Story of a Food Web

To learn more about red knots, visit:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds

To learn more about the efforts to save red knots, horseshoe crabs and other shorebirds, visit:
BirdLife International
American Bird Conservacy
Endangered Species Coalition
ShorebirdWorld
The Shorebird Project
ERDG's Horseshoe Crab Conservation Network
Friends of the Red Knot

        Grades: 1st to 4th

  Ring of Earth: A Child's Book of Seasons

by Jane Yolen

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature

"Through poetic thoughts and magical paintings this book portrays the rhythms and cycles of the natural world from winter to the following summer. Children and adults alike should revel in these descriptions of our world, which put events and places within the context of the cycle of the seasons." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

The four poems of the cycle of seasons, of the rhythms of life in a New England countryside are: "Winter Song of the Weasel", "Song of the Spring Peeper", "Dragonfly's Summer Song" and "Autumn Song of the Goose".

      Grades: 3rd & Up

  A Salmon for Simon

by Betty Waterton & Ann Blades

PAPERBACK
Animals : Fish
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Simon, a Pacific Northwest Native American boy, had been fishing all summer for salmon and had no luck catching a "Sukai". When an eagle accidentally drops a salmon into a clam hole pool, Simon discovers that instead he wants to try to save the big beautiful fish find its way back to the open sea. This is a simple touching story, richly illustrated, with a conservation theme for young children.

        Grades: Pre-School to 2nd

  Santa Claus Is Green!: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

by Alison Inches

PAPERBACK
Environmental Themes : Recycling & Composting
Environmental Themes  : Pollution & Sustainability

The day after Christmas, having received a letter from a boy about the wasteful practices during Christmas, Santa decides to give a gift to the Earth. During the year the whole North Pole is transformed as Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves all work to make the presents and their practices more eco-friendly. As he gets ready to deliver his gifts, Santa even dons a bright green suit. This enchanting, humorous booklet, printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper, provides many ideas to make the festive holiday season of decorations, gifts and treats more sustainable -- a holiday gift to the Earth.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Seal Journey

by Richard Sobol

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Mammals

Every year during the spring thousands of harp seals are born on the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in eastern Canada. This photo-essay recounts a fascinating journey to the birthing grounds of these seals, captured through the stunning photography of Richard Sobol who in 1993 traveled with his eight-year old son to view and photograph "the beginnings of life out on ice." Children can learn about the life cycle of these seals, the background of the hunting of "whitecoats" for their fur, and the personal encounter of a child with animals that have been a controversial symbol of wildlife conservation for decades.

To learn more about seals visit:
Seal Conservation Society

      Grades: 2nd to 5th

  Searching for Grizzlies

by Ron Hirschi

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Mammals

Ron Hirschi and wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen take readers into The Greater Yellowstone in search of the rare, endangered grizzly bear who once roamed freely throughout most of the American West. Dramatic color photographs of bears in the wilderness and vivid descriptions provide a fascinating glimpse into behavior, feeding habits, and natural habitat of this species, one of the largest of land carnivores. Readers can follow grizzlies from the time when they awaken in the early spring to the fall when they prepare for their winter hibernation. Insets from Hirschi’s journal entries of a camping and hiking trip record actual encounters with adult bears and cubs as well as other indigenous wildlife -- black bears, coyotes, wolves, moose, elk, owls and trout --that share the grizzlies’ habitat in The Greater Yellowstone.

For more information, visit: www.savebiogems.org/bears/

      Grades: 3rd to 6th

  Shadows of the Night

by Barbara Bash

PAPERBACK
Animals : Mammals

"One of the most common bats in North America is the Little Brown Bat. . . . Barbara Bash takes us through a year in the life of a little brown bat beginning with its birth in early spring. At first the bat clings to its mother who tucks it snugly beneath her wing and carries it with her. After a few days, the mother places the baby in a 'nursery', a cluster of hundreds of other baby bats. In about three weeks, the pups begin to fly, and by the time they're a month old, they can hunt with their mothers. Late in summer, they gather and mate. As the weather cools, they head for hibernation caves where they sleep all winter waking only once or twice until spring arrives." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (January/February 1995) published by CCEL.

The fascinating life cycle of the little brown bat will intrigue children, especially the depictions of the intimate relationship of the mother and pup and the first, confused attempts of the young bats to learn to fly. Besides the engrossing, lucid descriptions of this species' flight patterns and use of echolocation to hunt for insects, "More About Bats" at the end of the book provides supplementary facts about bats, the only mammals that fly, illustrations of several bat species found throughout the world and information for constructing a bat house.

See also:
Sandra Markle's Little Lost Bat

For further information, visit:
Bat Conservation international

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  SkySisters

by Jan Bourdeau Waboose

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

During a wintry, frozen night in the North, two Ojibway sisters set outdoors to seek the midnight dance of the SkySpirits. Hiking through the countryside, they encounter woodland animals, crack icicles hanging on trees, capture snowflakes in the wind, dance and make angels in the snow and then, having waited patiently on Coyote Hill, they finally see the arrival of the shimmering SkySpirits – the Northern Lights. The radiant oil paintings evoke the luminous colors of winter’s night as well as the beauty and brilliance of the Aurora Borealis.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  The Snowflake : A Water Cycle Story

by Neil Waldman

HARDCOVER
Water & Its Cycle
Experience of Nature 

During a snowstorm in January, a snowflake falls from the sky onto a jagged mountain. Over the course of a year, month by month transforming from snow to ice to water to vapor, the droplet journeys through the various stages of the water cycle in this lyrical picture book of Waldman’s watercolor artwork. Each month depicts water flowing through underground streams into pipes of irrigation systems, evaporating to form fog and condensing into a cloud, raining down through a plumbing system and flowing back to the ocean, and, having completed the cycle, falling once again as snow onto a jagged mountain.

See also:
Barbara Shaw McKinney's A Drop Around the World, and
Meredith Hooper's The Drop in My Drink

      Grades: 1st to 5th

  Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature

Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1963, Keats' beautifully simple picture book describes the wonders of a boy as he explores the magic of a winter wonderland after a snowfall in a city.

      Grades: Baby to Pre-school

  Song of the North

by Frank Asch

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

Levin's beautiful photography of the animals of the North complements Asch's poetry about an Arctic animal whose song is heard by another Northern inhabitant -- the salmon by the humpback whale, the walrus by the polar bear, the puffin by the bald eagle, the Dall sheep by the marmot, the caribou by the owl, the moose by the beaver, the bear by the red fox -- and, lastly, the song of the Land of the North by a young girl touching the ground to listen. The rhythmic verse and stunning images unveil the lyrical beauty of the Arctic landscape and its inhabitants.

      Grades: Kindergarten and up

  Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

The classic poem by the great American poet is richly illustrated by the beautiful artwork of Susan Jeffers and brings to readers the wondrous beauty and mystery of winter in the frosty New England scenery.

      Grades: Preschool & up

  The Story of Thanksgiving

by Robert Merrill Bartlett

HARDCOVER
Multicultural
Experience of Nature 

Focusing on the Pilgrims celebration of Thanksgiving and providing a brief historical perspective of the roots of harvest festivals in ancient Greek, Roman, Jewish and early European cultures, Bartlett describes the background of the settlers in Plymouth, their religious persecution in England and the assistance that was provided to them by the Wampanoags in America. The celebration of the first Thanksgiving feast is described and the later establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863. Colorful pastel drawings complement the text and a recipe for Pumpkin Muffins as well as the music and words to "Over the River and Through the Woods" is also included. The author was a descendent of the original Pilgrims of Plymouth and presents a European perspective of Thanksgiving that can be contrasted to the Wampanoag perspective of the feast in 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Grace and Bruchac.

      Grades: 1st to 4th

  Stranger in the Woods

by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Mammals

This "photographic fantasy" is an enchanting journey into a winter wonderland of a snow-covered forest where animals discover a stranger, a carrot-nosed snowman, created for them by two young, curious onlookers. The full-page color photographs, including numerous close-ups, provide a wealth of beautiful imagery, capturing the woodland inhabitants -- bluejays, owls, mourning doves, muskrats, squirrels, porcupine, rabbits, chickadees, mice, cardinals and deer -- as they investigate and "discuss" amongst themselves the presence of the mysterious snow creature. A "Recipe for a Snowman" that includes birdseed, corn and a carrot to provide food for wildlife is included.

      Grades: Kindergarten & Up

  Sunflower House

by Eve Bunting

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Plants & Flowers

From carefully tended seeds grows a circle of yellow sunflowers that becomes an imaginative setting of a castle, a cage, a picnic area and, at night, a sleep area. The rhythmic verse follows a boy through the experiences of planting, weeding and watering through his observations of the emerging plants to his play with friends in the varied settings of his sunflower house. At the end of the summer they discover that, although their sunflower circle is wilting, there are seeds to be collected for the birds and for next year's house of sunflowers.

        Grades: Preschool to 1st

  Tales of the Shimmering Sky

by Susan Milord

PAPERBACK
Field Guides & Activity Books
Multicultural 

Ten global folktales about the sky are accompanied by activities for children to explore imaginatively and scientifically the mysteries of day and night, sun, moon, stars, weather and seasons. This journey takes children through the ethnic tales of: The Division of Day and Night (Creek, Native America), The Twelve Months (Slovakia), The Hare in the Moon (India), The Moon in Safekeeping (Jewish Faith, Europe), Great Bear (Micmac, Canada), The Boastful Star (Polynesia), The Whirling Wind (Mexico), The Return of the Clouds (Zuni, Native America), After the Rain (Kenya) and The Theft of Thor's Hammer (Scandinavia). Each of the tales is complemented by intriguing activities to explore the science of the sky as well as arts and crafts, cultures, history, cooking, games and math.

      Grades: Preschool & up

  Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back

by Joseph Bruchac

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Multicultural 

"Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons" is a celebration of the seasons of the year and of the majesty of nature presented through a beautifully illustrated collection of poems based on Native legends. In many of the Native American cultures, each of the thirteen moons of the year holds its own story like the 13 sections of the shell of a turtle that is believed to contain the meaning of the cycles of the moon.

The thirteen moons with respective poems adapted from Native American legends include: 1. Moon Popping of Trees (Northern Cheyenne), 2. Baby Bear Moon (Potawatomi), 3. Maple Sugar Moon (Anishinabe), 4. Frog Moon (Cree), 5. Budding Moon (Huron), 6. Strawberry Moon (Seneca), 7. Moon When Acorns Appear (Pomo), 8. Moon of Wild Rice (Menominee), 9. Moose-Calling Moon (Micmac), 10. Moon of Falling Leaves (Cherokee), 11. Moon When Deer Drop Their Horns (Winnebago), 12. Moon When Wolves Run Together (Lakota Sioux), and, 13. Big Moon (Abenaki).

        Grades: 1st to 4th

  Time of Wonder

by Robert McCloskey

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature

"Here is the story of a magical summer in the islands of Maine. Children frolic in the forests and the seas, attentively watch fiddlehead ferns unfurl, jump off a rock that the glaciers carved, and gaze into the water at the reflection of the stars. We witness the arrival of a hurricane, and all the preparation that precedes a natural event of such intensity. In the calm silence of the morning after, we explore the tops of felled trees and watch storm-flattened sunflowers stretch their heads toward the sun. The pages of this book extol the wonders of the world of summer through the curious eyes of a child." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

A Caldecott Medal winner (1988).

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Time to Sleep

by Denise Fleming

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

As the smells, sights and sounds signal the coming of winter, a bear, skunk, snail, turtle, woodchuck and ladybug let each other know to prepare for the time to sleep. This is an engrossing, colorful book for young readers about the changing of seasons and the hibernation of animals, vividly pictured by handmade paper illustrations created by the author.

See also:
Henrietta Bancroft's Animals in Winter

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  A Tree is Growing

by Arthur Dorros

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Trees & Forests

Beautifully illustrated with textured line and colored pencil drawings by the botanist Schindler, "A Tree is Growing" offers young readers a concise introduction to the growth and seasonal transformations of a tree. The function of photosynthesis, the role of leaves, roots, bark and sap as well as flowering and the formation of seeds and growth rings are all lucidly presented. Although the main text of the double-spread pages focuses primarily on trees of the temperate zone, the insets offer insights into exotic species such as the baobab and the banyan trees.

      Grades: 1st to 3rd

  Waiting for the Whales

by Sheryl McFarlane

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Mammals

"This book subtly shows one family's journey through the cycles of nature and the cycles of life. Grandfather gardens in summer, walks in the woods in autumn, and observes the eagles, herons, and seals all year long. But each year, the most remarkable thing is the migration of the orcas, who come one summer evening on their way up the coast. When grandfather dies, the granddaughter continues the tradition of waiting for the whales, knowing that her grandfather's spirit is likely roaming the seas with the orcas that he loved so dearly. Soft, evocative illustrations sensitively follow the story through each season." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  Welcome to the Ice House

by Jane Yolen

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

The cycle of seasons, from the long, cold nights of winter to the colorful explosion of flowers in the spring and summer to the return of winter's darkness, is portrayed with lyrical text and dramatic illustrations. Through the "shades of white" of the wintry land roam the arctic fox, a howling wolf pack, lynx, polar bear and moose, while beneath the ice swim the seals, walruses and killer whales. The coming of warm weather brings the return of the loons, terns and puffins to a snowless, iceless landscape and the thunderous arrival of the caribou across the colorful, flowering tundra, while other animals, like the grizzly bear awaken from their sleep. With the return of the winter, the darkness descends once more onto the cold vastness of the Arctic land, "the ice house".

To help protect the polar ice caps, visit NRDC's BioGems Polar Bears on Thin Ice to find a Kid's Polar Action Guide.

See also: Jonathan Grupper's Destination: Polar Regions.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  What About Ladybugs

by Celia Godkin

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Flora  : Gardening

When a gardener decides to rid his thriving garden of "harmful" insects by spraying the plants with a bug killer, he discovers that the flowers, fruits and vegetables no longer thrive. The aphids as well as the ants and wasps proliferate since the ladybugs that controlled the aphids are no longer part of the garden ecosystem. When the ladybugs are reintroduced, the delicate natural balance as well as the beauty of the garden are restored. Accompanied by color, double-page illustrations, that include close-ups of the various insects, this picture book introduces young readers to the ecology of a garden, presenting the important role of ladybugs.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Where Butterflies Grow

by Joanne Ryder

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Spineless Creatures

"On the bottom side of a leaf there lies an egg. One day the egg hatches, and the magical life of a butterfly begins. Bright and intricate illustrations draw the reader into the evolution of a butterfly, from hatching egg to caterpillar to cocoon, and finally, a young black swallowtail butterfly." From Bringing the World Alive: A Bibliography of Nature Stories for Children, published by The Orion Society.

"Joanne Ryder has become known for her books that allow a child to enter another world and become another creature in another habitat. … At the end of the book, an author's note 'Growing Butterflies in Your Garden' suggests some flowers that you can plant to attract different species of butterflies." Excerpt of review from Nature's Course (November/December 1995) published by CCEL.

        Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Wild Babies

by Margriet Ruurs

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Animals  : Various Classes

This book is a visual feast of stunning, realistic paintings of wildlife -- twelve different young mammals and birds pictured in meadows, forests, mountains, lakes and rivers around the northern wooded areas of the North American continent. Young raccoons searching for berries, goslings snuggling close to a goose, bear cubs in a meadow, close-ups of newborn pups near the adult wolf as well as the young of otters, deer, cougars, mountain goats, foxes, loons, moose and skunks are each pictured in their natural habitats. A descriptive sentence complements a black and white drawing of a young animal opposite the page of a color painting to be explored.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Winter Solstice

by Ellen Jackson

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Multicultural 

Years ago throughout many cultures, the shortest day of the year was marked for its darkness by rituals and ceremonies. While providing the scientific explanation of the winter solstice, Jackson focuses on the folklore of the ancient Scots, Britons, Romans and Scandinavians marking the winter solstice as well as the sun ceremonies of Native Americans -- of which certain traditions are carried into our modern celebrations of Christmas and Hanukah. A Solstice Story, adapted from a Cherokee tale of creation that explains the meaning of the winter solstice, is also included in this fascinating picture book.

See also:
Jean Craighead George's Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here -- a grandmother writes to her granddaughter on the winter solstice about the seasonal changes in nature.

See also by Ellen Jackson:
The Summer Solstice
The Spring Equinox
The Autumn Equinox

        Grades: 2nd to 4th

  Winter Trees

by Carole Gerber

PAPERBACK
Experience of Nature
Flora  : Trees & Forests

On a snowy winter day a boy and his dog take a walk through a forest where they observe the trees and animals, draw maple syrup and build a snowman. Simple, yet poetic, text and graphic illustrations evoke the quiet stillness and describe the forms of seven trees in winter – sugar maple, American beech, paper birch, yellow poplar, bur oak, Eastern hemlock and white spruce.

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd

  Winter Whale

by Joanne Ryder

PAPERBACK
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Mammals

A boy imagining that he is transformed into a humpback whale explores the underwater home of this magnificent mammal where he comes across a pod of whales as well as other creatures of the ocean. This "first-hand experience" affords young readers a unique perspective of the movements and behavior of whales and their communication through song as well as vivid illustrations of their underwater habitat, inspired by the waters around the Hawaiian Islands. The "Author's Note" provides factual information about the physical characteristics, migratory patterns and behavior of humpback whales.

        Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd

  A Wish To Be a Christmas Tree

by Colleen Monroe

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature

Touching upon themes of friendship, identity and generosity, this picture book for young children shows the gratitude of a group of animals towards a bedraggled pine in a tree farm that feels "neglected" when it is not chopped down to be a Christmas tree. In gratitude for the protection and shelter the tree has provided throughout the seasons and over the years, the squirrels, birds and deer decorate the fir with acorns, berries and icicles as the birds sing their songs of thanks to their valued friend.

      Grades: Preschool to 3rd

  Woodland Counting Book

by Claudia McGehee

HARDCOVER
Experience of Nature
Habitats & Ecosystems 

Years ago before the pioneers settled the prairies, the bordering woodlands were home to numerous plants and animals, many of which are now endangered or extinct. McGehee’s counting book, exquisitely illustrated by colorful scratchboard artwork, introduces readers to the diversity and beauty of life that abounds in woodland communities over a cycle of seasons beginning with spring. From towering oaks, brilliant serviceberries and patches of mayapple wildflowers to pale green luna moths, tree-climbing gray foxes, blue spotted salamanders and colonies of carpenter ants – each page offers a visual and counting exploration of the woodland habitat in which young children can count up to 50 members of a species. "Woodland Notes" invites older readers to learn more about the twenty-three different plants and animals cited in the book which are now left in small portions of remaining woodland habitat, for "each mighty in its own way, every woodland member fills a special place in nature."

As part of the Green Press Initiative, this book is printed by the University of Iowa Press on recycled acid-free paper.

See also:
Claudia McGehee's A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet, and
Jonathan London's Phantom of the Prairie: Year of the Black Footed Ferret

      Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd