Nature Book List: May (Gardening!)

Nature Book List- May

Happy May! At the beginning of each month I put together a book list related to learning about nature that is influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month’s book list features books related to gardening. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the gardening or planting a garden with children, I suggest you check these out.

May is the month where gardens begin to flourish and grow. Planting a garden with children is a wonderful way to engage them in the outdoor world and teach them the science of how seeds change to plants and eventually create new seeds (the life cycle of a plant). The following books will share facts and information and tell beautiful stories about gardening. This month, I’ve included ten children’s stories about growing gardens and two books for parents and teachers, filled with ideas for activities in the garden. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below to find out more information about the book and to follow a link for purchase.

Jack’s Garden
by Henry Cole

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner

Planting a Rainbow
by Lois Ehlert

The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle

Two Little Gardeners (Little Golden Book)
by Margaret Wise Brown

The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown

Lola Plants a Garden
by Anna McQuinn

From Seed to Plant
by Gail Gibbons

Zinnia’s Flower Garden
by Monica Wellington

The Gardener
by Sarah Stewart

Gardening Projects for Kids: Fantastic ideas for making things, growing plants and flowers, and attracting wildlife to the garden, with 60 practical projects and 500 photographs
by Jenny Hendy

Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden (Hands-On Family)
by Renata Fossen Brown

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Nature Book List: April (Rain!)

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I’ve fallen a little behind on the monthly themes. Life has a way of getting a little full at times, and that is just what happened to April for me. I’ve had this list in my drafts folder for several weeks, but haven’t found a moment to finish it. So, here it is, the April monthly nature book list. The theme for that month was rain, and I suppose it is fitting that I publish it today (at the beginning of May) as it is currently raining outside my window, and has been raining all week. This is rain that was very much needed in my part of the world as April proved to be a dangerously dry month. I chose this theme based on the old saying, April showers bring May flowers. And, it looks like the rain, too, is running a little behind schedule. Stay tuned in the next few days for a few rainy day activity  ideas and for the May nature book list!

Rain!
by Linda Ashman

Water Dance
by Thomas Locker

Down Comes the Rain (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

It’s Raining!
by Gail Gibbons

Water Can Be . . .
by Laura Purdie Salas

Listen to the Rain
by Bill Martin, Jr.

Let It Rain
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Worm Weather
by Jean Taft

Splish! Splash!: A Book About Rain (Amazing Science: Weather)
by Josepha Sherman

Raindrop, Plop!
by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

 

Nature Book List: March (Spring!)

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Happy March! At the beginning of each month I put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month’s book list will feature books related to spring. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the arrival of spring and the vernal equinox, I suggest you check these out.

The arrival of spring brings so many changes to the natural world. Plants and flowers grow, animals become more active after their winter survival, baby animals are born, and the amount of sunlight continues to increase. The following books will share facts and information and tell beautiful stories about the arrival of spring. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to find out more information about the book and to follow a link for purchase.

A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox by Wendy Pfeffer and Linda Beck – A newly released book that explains signs of spring through simple science, cultural history, and hands-on activities.

The Spring Equinox: The Greening Of The Earth by Ellen Jackson and Jan Davey Ellis – A detailed look at the history and celebrations of the vernal equinox. The book also includes some season-related activity ideas.

It’s Spring by Susan Swan and Linda Glaser – In this story a child observes the wonders of spring, and inspires readers to take part in their own observations of nature.

Everything Spring (Picture the Seasons) by Jill Esbaum – Beautiful photographs of spring inspire children to get outside as the weather warms to discover what nature has to offer during this beautiful season.

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek – A story that describes the beauty that arrives as spring takes hold, bringing leaves, flowers, raindrops, mud, chirping birds, and buzzing bees.

Spring (Seasons) by Sian Smith and Rebecca Rissman – This book uses simple text and pictures to describe what the weather is like in spring. Children will learn about the new life and growth that comes with this season.

Plants in Spring (All about Spring) by Martha Rustad and John Krenz – See how plants come to be as seeds are planted, sprouts pop up, and flowers bloom.

Spring is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray – Discover what happens as the earth comes out of winter and nature appears to come to life.

And Then It’s Spring  by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead – A story about a boy and his dog who, after a long winter, decide to plant a garden to show that spring has arrived.

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer and Emily Arnold McCully – Following the old proverb, the story personifies March as a lion entering a child’s home, leaving a trail of snow and mud, and follows the lion until a lamb appears with a sneeze of the lion, and the lamb brings all things spring.

Nature Book List: February (Animals in Wintertime)

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Happy February! At the beginning of each month I put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month’s book list will feature books related to animals in wintertime. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the various ways animals survive winter, I suggest you check these out.

Animals have all sorts of adaptations for surviving the snow and cold of wintertime. The following books will share facts and information and tell beautiful stories about how different animals prepare for winter – from hibernation to migration to color changes and special food stores. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to find out more information about the book and to follow a link for purchase.

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft – A classic story to learn about what several animals do in winter to survive.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messer – This story shares how in winter the world over the snow is quiet and white while under the snow is a secret world where many animals live to survive the winter.

Footprints in the Snow – A beautiful story that will inspire young naturalists to take a look at the different tracks animals leave in the snow.

Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root – Grandmother Winter brings snowfall and when she does, a story about how the different woodland animals survive is told.

The Animals’ Winter Sleep by Lynda Graham Barber – This story describes how thirteen animals survive harsh winters. Through the story children will learn about special adaptations, the different food sources, and the special places the animals live.

What Do Animals Do in Winter?: How Animals Survive the Cold by Melvin Berger, Gilda Berger, and Susan Harrison – Take a look at the many ways animals survive the cold winters. Learn about hibernation, migration, and changing color.

All About Animals in Winter by Martha E. Rustad – The beautiful photos in this book help tell the story of how animals survive winter.

When It Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator – What do you do when it starts to snow? In this book, discover the story of what each animal – from a mouse to a bear – does when it starts to snow.

Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee – A girl follows the tracks outside her home after a snowfall.

A Warm Winter Tail by Carrie Pearson – In this book, the wild animals wonder how humans stay warm in the winter. In an interesting twist of perspective, learn through their eyes how they survive the cold.

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Animal Tracking by Jim Arnosky – Winter, with its snowfall, is a great time for animal tracking. Follow Crinkleroot on a tracking adventure to learn about animal tracking. Perfect for getting outside in winter!

Nature Book List: January (Snow!)

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Happy January! At the beginning of each month I put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month’s book list will feature books related to snow. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the snow, I suggest you check these out.

In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, January is the perfect time to learn about snow, as winter is underway. The following books will share facts and information about the snow and snowflakes as well as inspire some play in the snow through beautiful stories. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to find out more information about the book and to follow a link for purchase.

The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht – Discover the step by step journey of a snowflake, from how it is formed in the clouds all the way into the mitten of a child.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino – So many questions about snow are answered in this book’s visual scientific exploration of snow.

Curious about Snow (Smithsonian) by Gina Shaw – Through full color photographs learn about all things snow – why is snow white? how do we know no two snowflakes are alike? what are the record setting snowfalls?

Snow (Weather Watchers) by Cassie Mayer – Learn all about the weather phenomenon, snow. Learn how it is formed, what is is made of, and why it is an important part of weather.

The Little Book of Snowflakes by Kenneth Libbrecht – This book offers beautiful and detailed pictures of snowflakes with descriptions explaining the science of the snowflake as well as snow-related quotes and poems.

The Snowflake: A water cycle story by Neil Waldman – Follow the journey of a single drop of water throughout the year.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin – Learn the true story of how a boy in Vermont whose enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes led to the discovery that no two snowflakes are alike and are based on a hexagon crystal

Snowflakes in Photographs by W.A. Bentley – A selection of 72 of W.A. Bentley’s photographs of snowflakes that he took in his workshop in Jericho, Vermont.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz – A story of how no one thinks a few snowflakes will amount to anything, but a boy and his dog have faith the snow will amount to something spectacular.

The Big Snow by Berta Hader – The animals of the forest are ready for winter. When the owls see a rainbow around the moon, they are sure a big snow is on its way.

Happy reading! Stay tuned for more lesson and activity ideas related to exploring snow!

Nature Book List: December (Winter & The Solstice)

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Happy December! At the beginning of each month I put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month’s book list will feature books related to winter and the solstice. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the seeds and plant life cycles, I suggest you check these out.

December is the perfect time to learn about winter, as the solstice marks the official start of the winter season. The winter solstice this year falls on December 21 or 22, depending on your location in the world.  The following books will share facts and information about the winter solstice and highlight some of the natural phenomena of the winter season. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to find out more information about the book and to follow a link for purchase.

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer – Learn about the winter solstice and how it has been observed by various cultures over time

The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards – The solstice marks the shortest day of the year. This book shares twelve tales that celebrate the transition from darkness to light

The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson – This book shares facts and folklore about the shortest day of the year.

The Solstice Badger by Robin McFadden – A whimsical story of how the sun realizes his impact on Earth upon finding a creature friend.

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston – From her favorite place in the woods, a girl watches the changing of the seasons.

Winter (Seasons) by Sian Smith and Rebecca Rissman – Find out what happens when winter arrives. Learn about what animals do and about the changes in the the natural world.

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft – Learn about what different woodland animals do to survive the winter.

Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser – A squirrel decides to forgo hibernation and see what winter is all about.

Winter Wonderland (National Geographic Kids) – A book that includes colorful and vibrant photos showcasing what can be observed in winter.

Winter Poems, Edited by Barbara Rogasky – A collection of poems celebrating winter and inspiring people to enjoy the beauty of the season.

 

Nature Book List: November (Seeds!)

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Happy November! At the beginning of each month I will put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month will feature books related to seeds. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the seeds and plant life cycles, I suggest you check these out. November is a perfect time to learn about seeds, given that so many examples can currently be found in nature as plants are nearing the end of their life cycle in anticipation of winter. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to find out more information about the book or follow a link for purchase.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle – A classic story of the life cycle of a flower, with fabulous art work.

A Seed is Sleepy by Diana Hutts Aston – This book introduces the reader to a wide variety seeds and provides interesting descriptions and facts about seeds. The book is only enhanced with the detailed watercolor art.

From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons – This is another informative book for children from Gail Gibbons providing simple information and clear descriptions about the plant life cycle.

National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant – Learn about seed pollination and plant growth through vibrant photographs and easy to understand facts.

It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden by George Ancona – Learn about seeds and plant growth through the lens of a school garden.

Seeds by Ken Robbins – Learn how seeds grow and how they vary in shape, size, color through the detailed photographs in this book.

Flip, Float, Fly!: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken – Learn the many ways of how seeds get to different places through this book with beautiful illustrations.

Berries, Nuts, and Seeds (Take Along Guides) by Diane Burns – Bring this book along on a nature walk to help find and identify a variety of nuts, berries, and seeds. Perfect for young nature explorers.

A Seed in Need: A First Look at the Plant Cycle by Sam Godwin- In this story, insects follow a sunflower seed as it grows.

Oh Say Can You Seed? – Learn about plant parts, seeds, flowers, pollinators, and seed dispersal from the classic Dr. Seuss character, The Cat in the Hat

*BONUS* {One for the adults, but the pictures are great for kids, too!} Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit by Teri Dunn Chase and Robert Llewellyn – Unique and excellent photographs and filled with useful and interesting information about various seeds and their formation.

Happy reading!

Nature Book List: October (Pumpkins!)

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Happy October! At the beginning of each month I will put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month will feature books related to pumpkins. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the pumpkins, I suggest you check these out. The stories are both entertaining and informative, and are scientifically connected to the life cycle of a pumpkin. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to find out more information about the book or follow a link for purchase.

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum

From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Therington

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Jan and Stan Berenstain

It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall

*And one for adults, but could still provide useful information for your teaching…

Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon by Cindy Ott

Nature Book List: September (Fall and the Autumn Equinox)

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Happy September! At the beginning of each month I will put together a book list related to learning about nature that will be influenced by the season and natural wonders that occur during that month. This month will feature books related to the fall and the autumn equinox. The books make great reads both in the classroom and at home. If you’re teaching a theme related to the fall season, I suggest you check these out. The stories are both entertaining and informative, and the illustrations showcase beautiful representations of all that nature has to offer in autumn. I hope you find the resources useful. Check them out from your local library, or click on the picture below the title to follow a link for purchase.

We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season by Wendy Pfeffer

The Autumn Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest by Ellen Jackson

By the Light of the Harvest Moon, by Harriet Ziefert

Autumn is Here!, by Heidi Pross Gray

It’s Fall, by Linda Glaser

Counting on Fall, by Lizann Flatt

Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures, by Martha E. H. Rustad

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, by Steve Metzger

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, by Lois Ehlert

The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree, by Gail Gibbons

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Book Review: Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard – Secrets of the Seasons

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I stumbled upon this neat book at my local library this past weekend, and couldn’t resist checking it out as it has to do with learning science concepts in the backyard, which, of course, is right up my alley! Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard: Secrets of the Seasons by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and illustrated by Priscilla Lamont is an engaging story about two friends, Alice and Zack, who are curious about the changes happening in their backyard through the seasons. The story follows the friends as the seasons change, sharing their observations along the way. Science concepts are then explained by two chickens, which are seen on the first page roaming the garden below the friends’ treehouse, where the first observation about the timing of the setting sun is shared. The book is informative; it is filled with simply explained scientific facts about why there are seasons what happens to different animals at the different times of year. As is described on the book jacket: Over the course of a year, they see all kinds of changes in their backyards: falling leaves and migrating birds in autumn; drifts of snow and animal tracks in winter; sprouting crocuses and peeping frogs in spring; and hot days and flashing fireflies in summer. The illustrations are whimsical, with funny dialogue between the different characters (both people and animals). Additionally, the illustrations offer a great visual to the science concepts shared in the story. I would highly recommend this book for exploring the concept of seasons with elementary aged students. The story provides great inspiration for making observations in your own backyard, and offers the possibility of comparing one’s own observations to those described in the book. A fun activity that could be done both at home and in the classroom. I’m looking forward to finding the other “in our backyard” book written by this same author entitled Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard: Secrets of the Garden.