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Reading Nook

Check out these children's books!

  • Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?, By Roberta Burzynski: This delightful book shows children the life cycle of trees, showing that trees are a renewable resource as their seeds can be planted to make new trees grow. It also discusses the need to remove sick, flammable and other dangerous trees as well as the various uses for wood from cut trees.

  • I Can Name 50 Trees Today!: All About Trees, by Bonnie Worth: While stopping to admire some of the world’s most amazing trees, the Cat and Co. teach beginning readers how to identify different species from the shape of their crowns, leaves, lobes, seeds, bark, and fruit. Kids will learn about many trees common to North America.

  • Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants, by Bonnie Worth: With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 -- and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles -- the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.

  • The Wump World, by Bill Peet: A charming tale about taking care of our planet.

  • The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown: Creating a better world, garden by garden.

  • The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burtons: The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer.

  • The Water Hole, by Graeme Base: Filled with color, depth, detail, and the timeless theme of conservation.

  • On Meadowview Street, by Henry Cole: Caroline lives on Meadowview Street. But where's the meadow? Where's the view? There's nothing growing in her front yard except grass. Then she spots a flower and a butterfly and a bird and Caroline realizes that with her help, maybe Meadowview Street can have a meadow after all.

  • And Then It’s Spring, by Julie Fogliano: Spring presented in a beautiful, unique manner.

  • Just A Dream, by Chris Van Allsburg:  Our Actions today decide the fate of tomorrow. Walter is a litterbug who does not appreciate the beauty of nature, or understand his role in keeping the planet healthy . . . until a fantastic journey shows him the tragic fate that could befall Earth if humans like him are not more careful. Are Walter’s actions really helping his planet along the road to destruction, or is it all just a dream?

  • Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen: An incredible encounter in the wild. Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is.

  • Weslandia, by Paul Fleischman: Create your own civilization … why not? Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own - civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley - and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.

  • Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab (Tree Tales), by Barbara Bash: Bash describes the life cycle of a tree that lives on the African savannah and the insects, birds, adn animals that rely on it for home, food, and survival. . . . The illustrations . . . are breathtaking

  • The Tree, by Dana Lyons: An environmental message told from a different sort of perception.  An 800-year-old Douglas fir ponders the many things it has seen in the natural world as it hears the bulldozers coming, and then some people arrive to save it from destruction.

  • Farewell To Shady Glade, by Bill Peet: Letting go of the familiar past, embracing a whole new future.  Bulldozers push the raccoon and his friends from their home, but they are able to find a new one after a terrifying train ride.

  • A Seed is Sleepy, by Dianna Hutts Aston: A wonderful tool for learning about plants and their lifecycle.

  • If I Ran the Rain Forest: All About Tropical Rain Forests, by Bonnie Worth: The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick for an “umbrella-vator” ride through the understory, canopy, and emergent layers of a tropical rain forest, encountering a host of plants, animals, and native peoples along the way.

  • Not Your Typical Book About The Environment, by Elin Kelsey: Young readers learn about the remarkable time they live in: smart technologies, innovative ideas, and a growing commitment to alternative lifestyles are exploding around the world. Awareness is creating a future that will be brighter than we sometimes might think. Each chapter begins by taking familiar objects — T-shirts, video games, bikes — and using these as launching pads to delve into related environmental issues. Plus, profiles of unexpected personalities, like happiness researcher Catherine O'Brien, show how many are seeking viable solutions to the serious problems facing our planet.

  • All The World, by Liz Garton Scanlon: From oceans to front porches, rainy days to the branches of a tree, we are all a connected world. All the world is here. It is there. It is everywhere. All the world is right where you are. Now. Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

  • The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss: Sometimes kids just know best… When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits ...

  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein: This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

  • The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss: "Unless someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. "The big, colorful pictures and the fun images, word plays and rhymes make this an amusing exposition of the ecology crisis."—School Library Journal.

  • Dear Children of the Earth, by Schim Schimmel: A powerful and inspiring message to the children of the earth from the perspective of the Earth.

  • Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme, by Marianne Berkes: Fun, entertaining way to teach kids about the importance of habitat. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! It will not take much to have your child joyfully hooting and squawking too.

  • River Song With the Banana Slug String Band, by Steve Can Zandt: From the trickle of snowmelt to the roar of the ocean, River Song celebrates rivers as a fascinating, ever-changing source of life and joy. It also introduces the young reader to vocabulary such as eddy, riffle and meander, and tells about some of the plants, animals, and insects that depend on the river.

  • Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You, by Karin Ireland: Nature can be a great teacher, reminding us to do things at our own pace and to bloom where we are planted. She shapes the qualities of nature into a metaphor for positive values and self-esteem.

  • Where the Wisdom Lies: A Message from Nature’s Small Creatures, by Hope Ives Mauran: (This is a chapter book). In May of 2005, the author went into the woods and journeyed down a tunnel to a brightly lit cavern. She returned with an urgent message from the creatures of the Earth to all humanity. Meet the toad, weasel, beetle, lizard, caterpillar, snake, hedgehog, spider and opossum. Learn the difference between natural time and artificial time and the role that time plays in the health of the Earth. Come away with the 6 points that the small creatures wish to share with humans.

  • The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest, by Lynne Cherry: One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest’s residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how "all living things depend on one another" . . . and it works.

  • A Drop Around the World, by Barbara Shaw McKinney: Travel around the world following a drop of water--whether as steam or snow, inside a plant or animal, or underground--teaching the wonders and importance of the water cycle.

  • The Tree in the Ancient Forest, by Carol Reed-Jones: From lowly fungi to majestic owls, the book connects the web of nature. Repetitive, cumulative verse--a poetic technique that children universally enjoy--aptly portrays the amazing ways in which the inhabitants of the forest depend upon one another for survival.

  • The Little Gardener, by Jan Gerardi: What does it take to become a little gardener? It takes more than just seeds and water. Lift the flaps in this bright board book and find out all you need to know in order to create and care for your very own garden!

  • My Favorite Tree: Terrific Trees of North America, by Diane Iverson: From the Aspen to the Yew, the native trees of North America have given us food, shelter and an important part of our heritage.