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Plants and Animals – Recommended Books

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
Books: Non-Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.

We also provide printable lists of the recommended books for all Next Generation and Third Edition K-5 modules on the Science-Centered Language Development information page under the Teaching Tools menu.
A Balanced Diet
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  9781432969943Description:  The importance of having a balanced diet is discussed in this series on the different food groups. Each book uses simple comparisons to explain that some foods are healthier than others, and gives readers ideas for creating their own meals.
A Cheeky Chiller
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Alyse SweeneyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4499-0Description:  Who is this book about? It's a mystery! A jungle-jiving zoo animal gives you clues about its life, its home, and its young. Can you solve this cheeky chiller?
A Cool Caper
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4498-3Description:  Who is this book about? It's a mystery! One ice-sliding zoo animal gives you clues about its life, its home, and its young. Can you solve this cool caper?
A Crocodile Grows Up (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Amanda Doering TourvilleIllustrator:  Michael Denman, William J. HuiettPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-1-4048-3157-5Description:  Beautiful artwork and simple text helps students learn about the life cycles of wild animals. Follow the path of each animal from birth to becoming an adult, including how they feed, where they live, and how they survive.
A Day in a Forested Wetland
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Kevin KurtzIllustrator:  Sherry NeidighPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2018ISBN:  978-1-6285-5915-6Description:  Come along on a journey through the aquatic habitat of a forested wetland. Meet birds, bobcats, beavers, and beetles that call the soggy forest home. Teachers will appreciate the For Creative Mind section with additional science resources, information and activities. Also available in Spanish.
A Handful of Sunshine
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Melanie EclarePublisher:  Ragged BearsYear:  2000ISBN:  1-929927-14-2Description:  Beautiful photographs and simple words describe a young girl's experience as she plants a handful of sunflower seeds and cares for them as they grow into huge blossoms. Helpful instructions are included.
A Kangaroo Grows Up (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Amanda Doering TourvilleIllustrator:  Michael Denman, William J. HuiettPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-1-4048-3160-5Description:  Beautiful artwork and simple text helps students learn about the life cycles of wild animals. Follow the path of each animal from birth to becoming an adult, including how they feed, where they live, and how they survive.
A Log's Life
Grade Level:  Pre-K-5Author:  Wendy PfefferIllustrator:  Robin BrickmanPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1997ISBN:  0-689-80636-1Description:  One day a storm hits and a great oak falls. It becomes a dead log, quickly filling with all forms of life: ants, spiders, milllipedes, termites, and so on. As the years pass, new creatures make the log their home. It provides food and shelter for many. Before long, what is left becomes soil. An acorn falls into this black rich earth, and, one day, another great oak takes its place.
A Nature Walk in the Woods
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Richard Spilsbury and Louise SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann-RaintreeYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-4846-0403-8Description:  What can you spot in the woods? Engaging photos lead you on a walk through a woodland habitat. Find the clues that tell you what animals live amongst the trees.
A Pill Bug's Life
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  John HimmelmanIllustrator:  John HimmelmanPublisher:  Childrens PressYear:  2000ISBN:  978-0-516-2679-82Description:  Beautiful up-close illustrations by the author present the amazing life of the pillbug.
A Polar Bear's World
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Caroline ArnoldPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4048-5743-8Description:  The arctic wind howls, but the two polar bear cubs are warm inside their den. They snuggle tight against their mother and drink her milk. Three months later, they tumble outside for their first walk in the snow. Bundle up and find out what happens in a polar bear’s world.
A Stickler on Stilts
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Gillia M. OlsonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4500-3Description:  Who is this book about? It's a mystery! One lagoon-loving zoo animal gives you clues about its life, its home, and its young. Can you solve this stickler on stilts?
A Swim Through the Sea
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Kristin Joy PrattIllustrator:  Kristin Joy PrattPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  1994ISBN:  1-883220-04-1Description:  An alphabetical introduction to various forms of ocean life, as seen through the eyes of Seamore the seahorse.
A Tree for All Seasons
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Robin BernardPublisher:  National GeographicYear:  1999ISBN:  0-792-2942-70Description:  Students get a bird's-eye view of the big changes that the seasons bring by watching a tree grow over time. A big-book version with a teacher's guide is available.
A Tree Is a Plant
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Clyde Robert BullaIllustrator:  Stacey SchuettPublisher:  Harper CollinsYear:  2016ISBN:  978-0-0623-8210-8Description:  Learn about the lifecycle of an apple tree through the seasons. This classic book has engaging text along with beautiful illustrations.
A Tree Is Nice
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Janice May UdryIllustrator:  Marc SimontPublisher:  HarperYear:  1987ISBN:  0-064-43147-9Description:  Why are trees nice? This book gives some reasons, from making shade to growing fruit.
A Walrus' World
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Caroline ArnoldPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4048-5744-5Description:  The plump baby walrus is just a few days old, but he’s ready for his first swim. He tires quickly and grabs a ride on his mother’s back. She keeps him safe and fed for two years before it’s time for him to be on his own. Take the plunge and find out what happens in a walrus’ world.
A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  AlikiPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1991ISBN:  0-671-66490-5Description:  A simple biography of George Washington Carver, a soil scientist who encouraged farmers to rotate their crops and to plant peanuts to enhance the soil. He invented hundreds of uses for peanuts and sweet potatoes.
A Wombat's World (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Caroline ArnoldPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4048-3986-1Description:  After spending seven months in his mothers pouch, a baby wombat is finally ready to face the world. He cautiously takes his first steps. His mother uses her strong claws to dig up grasses and roots for him to eat. Follow this mammal as he grows and prepares to dig a tunnel for his own home
A Year in the Forest
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Christina Mia GardeskiPublisher:  Capstone Press- Pebble Pebble PlusYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-1289-7Description:  Real-life photographs follow the seasons and capture the beauty of a year in the forest.
After a While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Dr. Brady Barr, Jennifer Keats CurtisIllustrator:  Susan DetwilerPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-62855-835-7Description:  This book is a fictional portrayal of a real program that allowed Costa Rican schoolchildren to raise American crocodiles in their classroom. Written as daily entries in a notebook, a young girl records the changes in her adopted crocodile "Jefe" from hatch to release. Information on crocodiles, related animals, and their teeth are included. The real-life conservation research of the author, Dr. Brady Barr, is also described.
All About Leaves
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Claire ThropPublisher:  Heinemann-RaintreeYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-4846-0507-3Description:  Children will be inspired to create their own naturecraft collage using leaves and other natural items.
All Around Me I See
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Laya SteinbergIllustrator:  Cris ArboPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2005ISBN:  1-58469-069-0Description:  With eyes wide open to the mysteries of nature, a child on a hike discovers that "a leaf is a boat for a beetle" and that "a nest is a cradle for eggs." Tired from her long walk, she sleeps-and in her dream she flies like a bird and marvels at the beauty around her.
All Kinds of Gardens
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Mari ShuhPublisher:  Capstone Press- Pebble BooksYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3981-1Description:  Photos and simple text tell about different gardens found in your neighborhood.
Amazing Animal Communicators
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  John TownsendPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4744-4Description:  In Amazing Animal Communicators, readers learn about some animals' super communication skills! Simple, leveled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.
Amazing Animal Helpers
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  John TownsendPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4745-1Description:  In Amazing Animal Pets, readers learn about some animals' super skills at helping people! Simple, leveled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.
Amazing Animal Movers
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  John TownsendPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4746-8Description:  In Amazing Animal Movers, readers learn about some animals' super travel skills! Simple, leveled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.
American Alligators
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Steve PottsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7703-5Description:  American alligators live only in North America. Learn all about these big mouthed biters and their habitats in American Alligators.
Amphibians and Reptiles (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Katharine HallPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-6285-5560-8Description:  What makes a frog an amphibian but a snake a reptile? Both classes may lay eggs, but they have different skin coverings and breathe in different ways. Amphibians and Reptiles uses stunning photographs and simple non-fiction text to get kids thinking about the similarities and differences between these two animal classes.
Amphibian Babies (Animal Babies series)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7491-6Description:  Amphibian Babies looks at baby amphibians, and examines how they are born, where they live, and how they are cared for.
An Apple Tree's Life Cycle
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Mary R. DunnPublisher:  Capstone Press Pebble PlusYear:  2018ISBN:  978-1-5157-7055-8Description:  Watch an apple tree grow from a seed to a fruit-bearing tree. Young readers will learn about the stages in an apple tree's life, as well as it's appearance.
Animal Camouflage in the Desert
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3326-0Description:  Readers will discover how camouflage helps animals survive in the desert.
Animal Camouflage in the Ocean
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3325-3Description:  Readers will discover how camouflage helps animals survive in the ocean.
Animal Dads
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Sneed B. Collard IIIIllustrator:  Steve JenkinsPublisher:  SandpiperYear:  2000ISBN:  0-618-03299-1Description:  The responsibilities of male parents in the wild are presented, featuring two levels of text. A read-aloud text is partnered with informative paragraphs that provide details for older readers.
Animal Ears
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8452-2Description:  Hearing is an important sense for animals’ survival. Ears give animals vital information to help them find food or listen for predators ready to attack. This continuation of Mary Holland’s award-winning Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series features a wide variety of animal ears and how animals use them.
Animal Eyes (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-62855-454-0Description:  Close-up photos by the author aid readers in exploring the eyes of familiar animals. In addition, a discussion of how the shape and position of the eyes tells us how the animal hunts or gathers food. One in a series titled "Animal Anatomy and Adaptations", this book describes eyes and the importance of sight to many animals. More activities, a glossary, and permission to photocopy the "For Creative Minds" section are provided.
Animal Legs (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5844-9Description:  Crisp, close-up photographs by the author encourage readers to examine the detailed structures of animal legs and feet. Students read and observe the amazing adaptations of insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals while learning how these structures help them survive in their environment. At the end, the "For Creative Minds" section provides matching games and interactive fun facts to extend the learning.
Animal Mouths (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-62855-561-5Description:  Close-up photos by the author aid readers in exploring teeth, beaks, and bills of familiar animals. One in a series titled "Animal Anatomy and Adaptations", this book describes the features of some animals that help them capture and eat food. More activities, a glossary, and permission to photocopy the "For Creative Minds" section are provided.
Animal Noses (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8806-3Description:  Noses come in all kinds of shapes and sizes that are just right for its particular animal host. Not only do most animals use their noses to breathe but for many animals, the sense of smell helps them find food, a mate, or even to know when danger is near!
Animal Patterns (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Nathan OlsonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6728-3Description:  The animal patterns featured in this book can be as small as the parallel threads of a spider's web or as large as elephants walking in a line and forming a predictable configuration of alternating sizes.
Animal Skins
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6435-1339-3Description:  In Animal Skins, author and photographer Mary Holland explores the outside coverings of different animals. Fur, feather, and scales protect each organism while keeping them warm and dry in their habitat. Up-close photos engage the readers, and For Creative Minds activities help students expand their understanding of this important animal adaptation.
Animal Tails
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6285-5977-4Description:  Readers will be fascinated by the many ways animals use their tails: to move on land, swim, warn others, steer, hold on to things, keep warm, balance, fly, attract a mate, and even to defend themselves! Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by exploring the many ways animals use their tails. The For Creative Minds activities at the end of the book provide more ways to explore this important animal structure.
Animales en invierno / Animals in Winter
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  9781429682398Description:  Snow falls, animals hibernate, and people bundle up, it's winter! Check out all the changes that come with longer nights and colder temperatures. (From the Todo sobre el invierno/All about Winter series.)
Animals in Camouflage
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Phyllis Limbacher TildesPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2000ISBN:  0-881-06134-4Description:  A simple text introduces young readers to seven animals whose ability to blend in with their surroundings helps them hide from predators and prey. Bold illustrations show the animals first in camouflage, then unveiled on the following spread.
Animals in the Garden
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Mari SchuhPublisher:  Capstone Press Pebble PlusYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3982-8Description:  Simple text and photos present animals found in gardens.
Animals in Winter
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Henrietta Bancroft, Richard G. Van GelderIllustrator:  Helen K. DaviePublisher:  HarperYear:  1997ISBN:  0-064-45165-8Description:  Describes the many ways animals adapt to winter, including migration, hibernation, and food storage. It includes some practical suggestions for helping animals in winter, including those that live in trees.
Animals in Winter
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Martha RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2200-4Description:  In winter, animals go through many changes. See what else animals do during the winter season.
Animals: Real Size Science series
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Rebecca RissmanPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7879-2Description:  This amazing book utilizes real-size photographs to teach young learners about different animals. Instead of using words alone to explain the appearance and size of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and birds, this book conveys information about scale and proportion with accurately-sized photographs.
Arabian Oryx
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4769-9Description:  This book follows an Arabian Oryx through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves in its desert habitat.
Are Trees Alive?
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Debbie S. MillerIllustrator:  Stacey SchuettPublisher:  Walker and Co.Year:  2003ISBN:  978-0802788016Description:  An introduction to trees that compares parts of a tree to parts of the human body, with illustrations and brief descriptions of trees found around the world.
Are You Living? A Song about Living and Nonliving Things
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Laura Purdie SalasIllustrator:  Viviana GarofoliPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4048-5302-7Description:  You know the song "Are You Sleeping?" Sing along with new words that explain the differences between living and nonliving things.
Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
Grade Level:  8-12Author:  Sharon Gamson DanksPublisher:  New Village PressYear:  2010ISBN:  9780976605485Description:  Hands down, this is absolutely the most comprehensive book about greening schoolyards that I have seen, and I've seen most of them. The author's work involves photos from unbelievable green spaces from 11 countries around the world and spans a decade of research. If you have an inkling of desire to do some greening projects in a schoolyard or are looking for inspiration for yourself or others, this book provides all the information you need, along with saving you time and money. It is loaded with gorgeous photos of students working and learning outdoors in spaces that are now teeming with life but were once barren asphalt. The teacher in me focused on the many ways to organize seating outdoors. Some are simple seating arrangements using tree sections in a circle or various ways to have amphitheater seating. There are also photos of artful and functional cob bench sculptures or the dual functioning flower-shaped concrete raised tree bed that also provides seating.
At Home in the Rainforest
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane WillowIllustrator:  Laura JacquesPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  1991ISBN:  0-881-06485-8Description:  From the tops of the tropical trees to the forest floor, this book shows the interrelationships of plants and animals that thrive at each level of an Amazonian rain forest.
Autumn Leaves
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Ken RobbinsPublisher:  Scholastic PressYear:  1998ISBN:  978-0-5902-9879-7Description:  Close-up photos of thirteen different leaves from North American trees guides readers to compare shape, color, texture and more.
Baboon
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Louise SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4727-9Description:  Offering fascinating insight into life in the grassland, this book follows a baboon through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves.
Ballenas/ Whales (Spanish and English in one book)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Carol LindeenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2285-1Description:  Large, up-close photographs and simple text in Spanish and English reveal the world of whales living under the sea.
Barn Spiders
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Molly KolpinPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5389-3Description:  They live in barns and on porches. They eat their weight in bugs each night. And they’re master web builders. Look inside to discover what's going on in the world of barn spiders.
Bats (Nocturnal Animals Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  J. Angelique JohnsonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-14296-5286-5Description:  Bats swoop and dive with ease in the night sky. These furry fliers are adapted to life in the dark. Learn more about these winged nocturnal animals.
Be a Friend to Trees
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Patricia LauberIllustrator:  Holly KellerPublisher:  HarperYear:  1994ISBN:  0-064-45120-8Description:  This easy-to-read book discusses the importance of trees as sources of food and oxygen for people and wild animals. Diagrams and full-color labeled illustrations complement the text. The author recommends actions such as conserving and recycling paper.
Beaks
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Sneed B. Collard IIIIllustrator:  Robin BrickmanPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2002ISBN:  978-1-57091-388-4Description:  The intricate characteristics of a variety of birds' beaks are presented. The habits of birds and the information on how their beaks' composition allows them to eat are intriguing.
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education
Author:  David SobelPublisher:  The Orion Society's Nature Literacy SeriesYear:  1996ISBN:  913098507Description:  If you teach, or feel you should teach, about environmental issues to students in grades K-8, then it is essential that you read this book. Sobel's primary argument is that well-intentioned educators often dive into issues about how humans are destroying Earth (rain forests are burning, polar bears are dying, oil is killing everything) at too young of an age. He writes, "What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being ask to heal its wounds." He proposes three phases of environmental curricula, "In early childhood, activities should center on enhancing the developmental tendency toward empathy with the natural world; in middle childhood, exploration should take precedence; and in the early adolescence, social action should assume a more central role."
Big and Small: An Animal Opposites Book (Series) (Spanish and English in one book)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Lisa BullardPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-2389-6Description:  Some animals grow as big as an airplane. Othes are as small as a speck of dust. Learn about big and small by looking at animals from around the world.
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Steve JenkinsPublisher:  SandpiperYear:  1997ISBN:  0-395-86136-5Description:  A fascinating fact for each of 14 animals is descriptively told in clear language. A chart contains further information about each creature, such as diet and habitat.
Bird Babies (Animal Babies series)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7492-3Description:  Bird Babies looks at baby birds, and examines how they are born, where they live, and how they are cared for.
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2003ISBN:  978-1-57091-572-7Description:  This is a clear, interesting book about how birds fly. The author addresses the concept of lift and how birds' wings and feathers are structured to make flight possible.
Black Widow Spiders (Spiders Series)
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Molly KolpinPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4519-5Description:  They have red marks on their bellies. They spin messy webs. And they got their name from their unusual mating habits. Look inside to discover what's going on in the world of black widow spiders.
Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes: How to Grow a Rainbow Garden
Author:  Rosalind CreasyIllustrator:  Ruth HellerPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  1997ISBN:  0-871-56919-1Description:  Encourages youngsters to grow plants of all kinds from seeds, cuttings, and sprouts. Includes easy-to-do experiments using materials often available in the kitchen.
Bottlenose Dolphins
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2264-6Description:  Bottlenose dolphins leap and twist high above the water. Their sharp voices can even stun fish. Get an up-close look at this lively ocean acrobat.
Bread Is for Eating
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David GershatorPublisher:  Henry HoltYear:  1998ISBN:  0-8050-5798-6Description:  Spanish and English are blended within this graceful narrative of the making of bread from grain to table.
Bug Babies (Animal Babies series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7495-4Description:  Bug Babies looks at baby bugs, and examines how they are born, where they live, and how they are cared for.
Butterfly Colors
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Helen FrostPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  1999ISBN:  978-0-7368-0226-0Description:  Examines the colors and patterns of various butterfly wings.
Cactus Hotel
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Brenda Z. GuibersonPublisher:  Henry HoltYear:  1991ISBN:  0-805-01333-4Description:  Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus and its place in the desert ecosystem.
Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda AshmanIllustrator:  Lauren StringerPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2001ISBN:  0-152-02211-2Description:  Describes unique places where animals build their homes, such as a heap of twigs on a castle tower or the space inside a tree.
Cobras
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Megan KoppPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5430-2Description:  In the middle of an Asian forest, a cobra senses danger. It lifts its body into the air and spreads its hood. If the enemy comes any closer, the snake is prepared to spit deadly venom. Discover why cobras are among the deadliest snakes in the world, along with many other fascinating facts about this dangerous reptile.
Colors of the Ocean
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Laura Purdie SalasPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5257-5Description:  Beneath the ocean's blue waves lies a treasure trove of colors! Drifting green kelp, darting schools of yellow fish, and red spines of sea urchin fill the scene. Discover marvelous marine colors in Colors of the Ocean.
Coral Reefs: Colorful Underwater Habitats
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Laura Purdie SalasIllustrator:  Jeff YeshPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4048-5373-7Description:  Is coral an animal or a plant? What kinds of animals and plants live in a coral reef? Why are coral reefs important to us? Find out why coral reefs are one of Earth's treasures in this book.
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  AlikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1996ISBN:  0-064-45026-0Description:  Provides a simple description of how corn was discovered and used by Native Americans and how it came to be an important food throughout the world. Shows details of the plant and highlights its origin, history, planting, and uses.
Desert Trip
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Barbara SteinerIllustrator:  Ronald HimlerPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  1996ISBN:  0-871-56581-1Description:  A young girl and her mother backpack in the desert and learn about the plants, animals, birds, and rock formations.
Dig In! Hands-on Soil Investigations
Author:  NSTA PressPublisher:  NSTA PressYear:  2001ISBN:  0-873-55189-3Description:  These 12 activities and two original stories guide the study of soil formation, habitats and land use, animals that depend on soil, plants that grow in soil, soil science, and soil conservation. Each teacher-tested lesson plan offers background, assessment methods, and suggestions for exploration.
Dirt: The Scoop on Soil
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Natalie M. RosinskyIllustrator:  Sheree BoydPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2002ISBN:  1-404-80012-3Description:  Discusses the nature, uses, and importance of soil and the many forms of life that it supports.
Disgusting Animals (Series)
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6797-9Description:  From lizards that shoot blood from their eyes to giant flowers that smell like rotting flesh, this series uncovers the slimy world around us.
Eye Wonder: Bugs
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Penelope York, Mary LingPublisher:  DK PublishingYear:  2002ISBN:  0-789-48552-4Description:  Describes a variety of insects and their behavior, discussing metamorphosis, camouflage, defenses, and their benefits to people.
Fall Leaves
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Erika L. ShoresPublisher:  Capstone Press Little PebbleYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-4914-6003-0Description:  Fall is here! Celebrate the season with this easy-to-read book. Lovely photos and a simple design beautifully support early readers.
Familiar Insects and Spiders: North America
Author:  John Farrand, Jr., National Audubon SocietyPublisher:  Alfred A. KnopfYear:  1988ISBN:  0-394-75792-0Description:  Photographs illustrate this guidebook to familiar insects and spiders.
Fennec Fox
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4771-2Description:  This book follows a Fennec Fox through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves in its desert habitat.
Fish Babies (Animal Babies series)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7493-0Description:  Fish Babies looks at baby fish, and examines how they are born, where they live, and how they are cared for.
Flowers (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Marissa KirkmanPublisher:  Capstone-Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0924-8Description:  Clear photographs and simple, engaging text describe flowers and how they help plants live and grow.
Forest Bright Forest Night
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Jennifer WardIllustrator:  Jamichael HenterlyPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2005©, 2011 printedISBN:  978-1-58469-067-4Description:  Forest animals are explored during the day through detailed illustrations and poetic verse. Next, flip the book and observe what these animals do at night!
Fox: City Safari
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8808-1Description:  There is so much wildlife around us! Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a "city safari."
From Flower to Fruit
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Richard Konicek-Moran Kathleen Konicek-MoranIllustrator:  Kathleen Konicek-MoranPublisher:  NSTA KidsYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-94131-634-4Description:  The book draws you in with rich illustrations and an engaging narrative. It sparks curiosity about the parts of a flower and the vital role of bees and seeds in plant reproduction. Activities and background information for parents and teachers complements the text.
From Seed To Plant
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HouseYear:  1991ISBN:  0-8234-1025-0Description:  An easy-to-read, inviting, and colorful resource that explores how seeds produce plants. The entire life cycle of plants is followed with surprising scientific detail, from the structure of the flower, pollination, fruit and seed formation, seed dispersal, germination, and the stages of growth.
From Seed to Plant
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42250-0Description:  Explores the life cycle of plants and how they grow.
From Tadpole to Frog: Following the Life Cycle
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Suzanne SladeIllustrator:  Jeff YeshPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4048-4922-8Description:  A look at the birth, growth and development, reproduction, and end of a frogs life.
Fruits
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Nancy DickmannPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4329-6973-8Description:  Make a place for fruits in your diet. Once readers find out how nutritional fruit is, in addition to being delicious, they'll make a point to have it regularly. Read this book to learn about how to eat well and use MyPlate.
Fruits (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Marissa KirkmanPublisher:  Capstone-Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0925-5Description:  Clear photographs and simple, engaging text describe fruit and how they help plants live and grow.
Gardens (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Mari SchuhPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-4412-9Description:  This set covers everything from tools and compost to creepy-crawly residents. Simple text and matching photos dig into the basics of starting and keeping many kinds of gardens. Series includes All Kinds of Gardens, Animals in the Garden, Growing a Graden, and Tools for the Garden.
Garter Snakes
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Van WallachPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-1924-0Description:  Where do garter snakes go in winter? Find the answer to this and other questions about garter snakes and come face to face with your backyard neighbor.
Giant Pandas
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Lyn A. SirotaPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-4028-2Description:  Giant pandas munch on bamboo. Learn all about these gentle bears and their habitats in Giant Pandas.
Gila Monster
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4772-9Description:  This book follows a Gila Monster through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves in its desert habitat.
Gran tiburón blanco / Great White Shark
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Deborah NuzzoloPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-4801-1Description:  Get close to great white sharks with big, colorful photos. Sink your teeth into the world of these underwater animals. In Spanish and English.
Growing Vegetable Soup
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Lois EhlertPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1990ISBN:  0-1523-2580-8Description:  Children grow vegetables in their garden, harvest them, and make vegetable soup. Recipe included.
Hammerhead Shark
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Deborah NuzzoloPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-1728-4Description:  The jaws, the teeth, the eyes - sharks are fierce predators. Get closer than you ever have with big, colorful photos.
Hammerhead Shark
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5014-4Description:  It’s not hard to figure out how the hammerhead shark got its name. Its mallet-shaped melon is a clear giveaway. Look inside to learn more about the strangest-looking shark in the ocean.
Hands-On Life Science Activities for Grades K—6
Author:  Marvin N. TolmanPublisher:  Jossey-BassYear:  2006ISBN:  978-0787978655Description:  Provides over 150 discovery experiences covering the topics of plants and seeds, animals, animal life cycles, animal adaptation, body structure, the five senses, and health and nutrition.
Hands-on Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children
Author:  Jenepher Lingelbach, Lisa PurcellIllustrator:  Susan SawyerPublisher:  Vermont Historical SocietyYear:  2000ISBN:  1-584-65078-8Description:  Contains an ample array of information about trees and activities to do with students.
Hedgehogs (Nocturnal Animals Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Mary R. DunnPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-14296-5284-1Description:  Sniffing for food, hedgehogs find tasty treats in the dark. These forest animals are adapted to life at night. Learn more about these spiny nocturnal animals.
Here Is the African Savanna
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Tom LeonardPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  978-0-9773-7952-1Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of an African savanna.
Here Is the Arctic Winter
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Alan James RobinsonPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9777-5390-1Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of the Arctic.
Here Is the Coral Reef
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Tom LeonardPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9773-7954-5Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of a coral reef.
Here Is the Southwestern Desert
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Anne CoePublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9773-7950-7Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert.
Here Is the Tropical Rain Forest
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Michael RothmanPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2006ISBN:  978-0-9773-7950-7Description:  Cumulative text presents the animals and plants of the tropical rain forest and their relationships with one another and their environment.
Here Is the Wetland
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Wayne McLoughlinPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9773-7958-3Description:  Uses a cumulative approach to describe the wetland ecology of a freshwater marsh, the most common type of wetland in North America.
Hibernar/ Hibernation (Spanish and English in one book)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2371-1Description:  Clear photographs followed by simple yet descriptive text in Spanish and English illustrates why animals hibernate and what they do to prepare for it.
High and Low: An Animal Opposites Book (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Nathan OlsonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-1211-1Description:  A mountain goat lives high on rocky ledges. A tiny goatfish swims low under the sea. Learn more about high and low with Animal Opposites.
Homes
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Daniel NunnPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  9781432959159Description:  This book explores the concept of homes, and why living things, i.e., animals, humans and plants, need them. (Part of the Why Living Things Need series.)
Honey Girl - The Hawaiian Monk Seal
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Jeanne Walker HarveyIllustrator:  Shennen BersaniPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2017ISBN:  978-1-6285-5922-4Description:  Both young and older students will appreciate this true story of Honey Girl, the Hawaiian Monk Seal who lives on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Beautiful drawings and text tell the story of how this beloved mother seal, called “Super Mom”, becomes injured by a fishing hook. The book will inspire and encourage readers to protect animals, especially those endangered or threatened, and to recognize their importance to all life on this planet.
Horses
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Zachary PittsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-1708-6Description:  Clear photographs of different breeds of horses are followed by a short description of the size, uses and interesting facts.
How A Seed Grows
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Helene J. JordanIllustrator:  Loretta KrupinskiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1992ISBN:  0-064-45107-0Description:  In simple, clear text this book describes how a seed gets water, nutrients, and sunlight and highlights the life cycle of a bean plant. It offers instruction on how to plant bean seeds in eggshells and encourages the reader to observe their development. The bright detailed pictures dramatize how a little seed may become a flower, a vegetable, or even a huge oak tree.
How Do We Learn?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2005ISBN:  1-592-42933-5Description:  Describes what we observe by using our five senses; what we find out by asking questions, reading, observing, comparing, sorting, using tools, measuring; and what we share by talking, reading, and writing.
Hyena
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Louise SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4732-3Description:  Offering fascinating insight into life in the grassland, this book follows a hyena through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves.
I am a Sea Horse: The Life of a Dwarf Sea Horse
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Trisha Speed ShaskanIllustrator:  Todd OurenPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4048-4728-6Description:  Learn what it is like to live in the deep, dark sea in this fact-filled book where an sea horse tells the story of its life.
I am an Octopus: The Life of a Common Octopus (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Trisha Speed ShaskanIllustrator:  Todd OurenPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4048-4729-3Description:  Learn what it is like to live in the deep, dark sea in this fact-filled book where an octopus tells the story of its life.
I Can Care for Nature (Helping the Environment series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Mary BoonePublisher:  Pebble Pebble PlusYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-9771-0311-6Description:  Young readers will discover what nature is, what lives in nature, and how they can care for nature. Introduces beginning readers to the idea of caring for the environment and what their part is in protecting our planet.
If I Were a Veterinarian
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Shelly LyonsIllustrator:  Ronnie RooneyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-6161-9Description:  If I were a veterinarian, I would help sick animals get well. I would give shots, bandage wings, and remove swallowed toys. I would care for all sorts of animals, maybe even tigers! Dream big, and see what fun it is to be a vet.
I'm a Pill Bug
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Yukihisa TokudaIllustrator:  Kiyoshi TakahashiPublisher:  Kane/Miller Book PublishersYear:  2006ISBN:  978-1-929-1329-59Description:  Discover how a pill bug eats, rests, and protects itself plus tips on how to have one visit your home for awhile.
Insects: Real Size Science series
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Rebecca RissmanPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7881-5Description:  This amazing book utilizes real-size photographs to teach young learners about insect body parts. Instead of using words alone to explain the appearance and function of wings, legs, antennae, and bodies, this book conveys information with accurately-sized photographs.
Jumping Spiders (Spiders Series)
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Joanne MatternPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4524-9Description:  They can jump 20 times the length of their bodies. They don’t build webs. And they have the best eyesight of all the spiders. Find out what’s going on in the world of jumping spiders.
Last Chance to See
Grade Level:  6-8Author:  Douglas Adams, Mark CarwardinePublisher:  Ballantine BooksYear:  1990ISBN:  0-345-37198-4Description:  Science-fiction writer, Douglas Adams, embarks on a quest to see many of the most endangered animals of the world.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Grade Level:  12-12Author:  Richard Louv.Publisher:  Algonquin BooksYear:  2005ISBN:  1565125223Description:  Today's wired generation is the focus of this work linking the absence of nature in today's children to trends in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv uses recent research to suggest that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development. This book should bring about challenging discussion about how "nature deficit" affects students in your classroom.
Learning about Animals (The Natural World series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-5404-6Description:  This series includes beautiful photos with simple labels pointing out its name and distictive body parts. Includes a picture glossary with new vocabulary.
Learning about Insects (The Natural World series)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-5403-9Description:  This series includes beautiful photos with simple labels pointing out its name and distictive body parts. Includes a picture glossary with new vocabulary.
Learning about Plants (The Natural World series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-5401-5Description:  This series includes beautiful photos with simple labels pointing out its name and distictive body parts. Includes a picture glossary with new vocabulary.
Leaves (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Marissa KirkmanPublisher:  Capstone-Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0923-1Description:  Clear photographs and simple, engaging text describe leaves and how they help plants live and grow.
Leaves in Fall
Grade Level:  Pre-K-KAuthor:  Martha E. RustadPublisher:  Capstone Press Pebble BooksYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4765-0953-2Description:  In fall, many green leaves turn orange, yellow, and red. See how much fun you can have with leaves after they fall off the tree.
Let's Look at Animal Bottoms (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Wendy PerkinsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6715-3Description:  Simple text and colorful photographs present animal bottoms and their uses.
Let's Look at Animal Ears (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Wendy PerkinsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6348-3Description:  Simple text and photographs present animal ears, how they work, and how different animals use them.
Let's Look at Animal Eyes (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Wendy PerkinsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6349-0Description:  Simple text and photographs present animal eyes, how they work, and how different animals use them.
Let's Look at Animal Feet (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6352-0Description:  Simple text and photographs present animal feet, how they work, and how different animals use them.
Let's Look at Animal Legs (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6717-7Description:  Simple text and photographs present animal legs, how they work, and how different animals use them.
Let's Look at Animal Tails (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6718-4Description:  Simple text and photographs present animal tails, how they work, and how different animals use them.
Let's Look at Animal Wings (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Capstone PressPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6716-0Description:  Simple text and photographs present animal wings, how they work, and how different animals use them.
Life in the Rain Forest
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Sarah LevetePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5525-5Description:  Did you know that half of the world’s animals and plants live in rain forests? What animals and plants make the rain forest their home?
Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Bryan Mellonie, Robert IngpenPublisher:  BantamYear:  1983ISBN:  0-553-34402-1Description:  Explains life and death in a sensitive and caring way.
Light
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Daniel NunnPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  9781432959166Description:  This book explores the concept of light, and why living things ñ i.e., animals, humans and plants ñ need it. (Part of the Why Living Things Need series.)
Living and Nonliving in the Mountains
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Rebecca RissmanPublisher:  Heinemann-Raintree Read and LearnYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-5385-8Description:  This book explores the stunning mountain habitat. Readers will learn how to tell the difference between living and nonliving things, such as soil, snow, and birds.
Living and Nonliving in the Rainforest
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Rebecca RissmanPublisher:  Heinemann-Raintree Read and LearnYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-5382-7Description:  This book explores the stunning rainforest habitat. Readers will learn how to tell the difference between living and nonliving things, such as trees, frogs, and rocks.
Living Things Need Air
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Karen AleoPublisher:  Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0884-5Description:  Young readers will discover what air is, where it is found, and how different living things use it.
Living Things Need Food
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Keith PigdonPublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2003ISBN:  0-7922-4312-9Description:  This book builds a science background in teaching about how the food chain is a grouping of living things in which matter and energy are transferred from one organism to another in the form of food.
Living Things Need Food
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Karen AleoPublisher:  Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0885-2Description:  Young readers will discover how different living things use food.
Living Things Need Light
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Karen AleoPublisher:  Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0886-9Description:  Young readers will discover the ways that different living things use sunlight.
Living Things Need Shelter
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Karen AleoPublisher:  Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0919-4Description:  From ants to plants, without shelter they would not be alive. Young readers will discover the homes of living things.
Lizards
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Zachary PittsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-1710-9Description:  Clear photographs of different types of lizards are followed by a brief description of where the lizard lives, what it eats, its size, and interesting facts.
Looking Closely Inside the Garden
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Frank SerafiniIllustrator:  Frank SerafiniPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-5545-3210-0Description:  Stunning close-up photos asks readers to guess what lives in a garden. The Looking Closely series includes other environments including desert, forest, and the shore.
Looking Closely Through the Forest
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Frank SerafiniIllustrator:  Frank SerafiniPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-55453-212-4Description:  A series of close-up photographs transforms the forest into a wonderland for the imagination. Look very closely and imagine what the pictures might be. Then flip the page to discover thel variety of plants and animals that live in forest ecosystems. Students will enjoy exploring hidden perspectives and reading simple descriptions of toadstools, trees, millipedes and more.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Eyes
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, PhotographerPublisher:  Gareth StevensYear:  1999ISBN:  0-836-82423-7Description:  A short photographic book that compares the eyes of a crab, fish, frog, horsefly, sea star, cat, and gecko. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-up images.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Feet
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, Photographer,Publisher:  Creative Teaching PressYear:  1998ISBN:  1-574-71319-1Description:  A short photographic books that compares the feet of a duck, caterpillar, gecko, flicker, tree frog, black bear, and a snail. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Tails
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, PhotographerPublisher:  Creative Teaching PressYear:  1998ISBN:  1-574-71322-1Description:  A short photographic books that compares tails of a mosquito larva, lemur, guppy, tadpole, pig, earwig, and chameleon. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Look Once, Look Again: Stem & Roots
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, PhotographerPublisher:  Creative Teaching PressYear:  1998ISBN:  1-574-71327-2Description:  A short photographic books that compares the structures of plants in a radish, oak, blackberry, pea, milkweed, corn, and a strawberry. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Looking Closely Through the Forest
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Frank SerafiniIllustrator:  Frank SerafiniPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-55453-212-4Description:  A series of close-up photographs transforms the forest into a wonderland for the imagination. Look very closely and imagine what the pictures might be. Then flip the page to discover thel variety of plants and animals that live in forest ecosystems. Students will enjoy exploring hidden perspectives and reading simple descriptions of toadstools, trees, millipedes and more.
Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes: Patterns in Nature
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Stephen R. SwinburnePublisher:  Boyds Mills PressYear:  2002ISBN:  1-563-97980-2Description:  Swinburne's lively photographs show a wide range of patterns and invite children to look for patterns in the world around them.
Mammals (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Katharine HallPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5736-7Description:  All mammals share certain characteristics that set them apart from animal classes. But some mammals live on land and other mammals spend their lives in water—each is adapted to its environment. Compare and contrast mammals that live on land to those that live in the water.
Mammal Babies (Animal Babies series)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7494-7Description:  Mammal Babies looks at baby mammals, and examines how they are born, where they live, and how they are cared for.
Marshes & Swamps
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Gail GibbonsIllustrator:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HouseYear:  1998ISBN:  978-0-8234-1515-1Description:  The author's watercolors and clear text engage the reader in the world of wetlands and the plants and animals that live there.
Mrs. Carter's Butterfly Garden
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Steve RichPublisher:  NSTA KidsYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-94131-608-5Description:  Young students will enjoy this story of how former First Lady Rosalynn Carter designed a public butterfly garden and nature trail at her home in Plains, Georgia.
My Visit to the Zoo
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  AllikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1999ISBN:  0-064-46217-XDescription:  A young girl is a guide through a conservation park where animals roam as they would in their natural habitat. The youthful narration and colorful pictures introduce a variety of animals, sharing their lifestyles, eating habits, unique characteristics, and native regions.
My Visit to the Zoo
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  AllikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1999ISBN:  0-064-46217-XDescription:  A young girl is a guide through a conservation park where animals roam as they would in their natural habitat. The youthful narration and colorful pictures introduce a variety of animals, sharing their lifestyles, eating habits, unique characteristics, and native regions.
Mystery Animal Tracks: A Photo Riddle Book
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Kelly BarnhillPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3921-7Description:  When an animal walks the muddy banks of a river, it leaves its footprints behind. Can you guess what animal left the tracks? Read the clues, check out the photos, and put on your detective hats! A flip of the page reveals fun facts and the photo answer.
Nature's Patchwork Quilt
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Mary MichéIllustrator:  Consie PowellPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-58469-169-3
Next Time You See a Bee
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6814-0651-0Description:  This book will get young readers buzzing about bees! Next Time You See a Bee reveals the big impact these little insects have on the world. It shows how the physical features of bees make them pros at collecting and spreading pollen. It explains how bees pollinate flowers, allowing the plants to produce delicious foods such as apples, almonds, and peaches. Beautiful photographs engage readers as they learn about how these small insects help our environment.
Next Time You See a Pill Bug
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-93695-917-4Description:  Next Time You See a Pill Bug invites children and adults to gently pick the bug up and watch as it rolls into a ball and unrolls to take a walk. Excellent close-up photographs instantly engages the reader.
Next Time You See a Seashell
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-93695-915-0Description:  This book tells the amazing story behind seashells: how they are grown by mollusks, used for protection and camouflage, and full of clues about all they've bee through.
Next Time You See a Spiderweb
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-9389-4634-9Description:  This book tells the amazing story behind spiderwebs: how they are made by spiders, used for protection and to capture food and moisture. Beautiful photographs will engage the reader.
Noisy Bird Sing-Along
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  John HimmelmanIllustrator:  John HimmelmanPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-58469-514-1Description:  The calls of 13 familiar birds are described with detailed and colorful illustrations by the author making each bird, and it's song, come alive! More fun facts and activities are included.
On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks, and a Few More Icks
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Anthony FredericksIllustrator:  Jennifer DirubbioPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2006ISBN:  1-58469-087-9Description:  A rhyming text tells how two boys wander into a field and discover a thriving ecosystem on a single goldenrod flower. A mix of insects and arachnids with their characteristics is introduced.
One Bean
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Anne RockwellPublisher:  Walker and Co.Year:  1999ISBN:  0-802-77572-1Description:  Describes what happens to a bean as it is soaked, planted, watered, and repotted. It eventually produces pods with more beans inside.
One Small Square: Backyard
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Donald M. SilverIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  W. H. FreemanYear:  1993ISBN:  0-070-57930-XDescription:  Explains how to observe and explore plants, animals, and their interactions in one's own backyard. Topics include adaptations, diverse organisms, food chains, and decomposition. Also discusses how plants use the Sun's energy.
One Small Place in a Tree
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Barbara BrennerIllustrator:  Tom LeonardPublisher:  Harper CollinsYear:  2017ISBN:  978-0-68817-180-3Description:  Observe how a crack in a tree trunk becomes a hollow for a variety of animals to live in and make their home. Detailed illustrations will introduce the readers to the community of birds, reptiles and insects that live in one small place.
Orangutans
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Joanne MatternPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-4030-5Description:  Orangutans swing through rain forest trees. Learn all about these clever apes and their habitats in Orangutans.
Ostrich
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Louise SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4730-9Description:  Offering fascinating insight into life in the grassland, this book follows an ostrich through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves.
Otis the Owl
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2017ISBN:  978-1-6285-5940-8Description:  In beautifully detailed photographs, Mary Holland captures the first few months of a baby barred owl’s life. The huge eyes and fluffy feathers will steal the hearts of readers as they learn how barred owl parents ready their young owlets for the big world outside the nest.
Our Park
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Lisa J. AmstutzPublisher:  Capstone Press- Pebble Pebble PlusYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-1262-0Description:  Parks are places where people can go to enjoy nature. Learn about city parks and the people who care for them.
Peculiar Plants
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4698-0Description:  Books in the Extreme Nature series reveal examples of some of the most bizarre, amazing, and extreme events in the natural world. This book looks at peculiar plants, including the world's tallest trees, freakiest flowers, and even plants that catch animals for dinner!
Pigeon: City Safari
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8806-7Description:  There is so much wildlife around us! Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a "city safari."
Pill Bugs (Creepy Creatures)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Monica HughesPublisher:  Heinemann-RaintreeYear:  2003ISBN:  978-1-4109-0624-3Description:  Learn about the life of pillbugs including what they eat, where they live, and how they reproduce.
Pillbugs
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Martha E.H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  1999Description:  Close-up photos and simple text engage young readers in the life cycle of pillbugs.
Pillbugs
Grade Level:  Pre-K-4Author:  Donna SchafferPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  0-736-80212-6Description:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of pill bugs. Includes table of contents, index, glossary, and more resources.
Pill Bugs & Sow Bugs (and Other Crustaceans)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Elaine PascoePublisher:  Blackbirch PressYear:  2001Description:  Readers learn about the life of pillbugs and sowbugs, and other isopods too.
Plant
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  David BurniePublisher:  Alfred A. KnopfYear:  1989ISBN:  0-394-82252-8Description:  A photo essay introduces the world of plants, including the germination of seeds, plant defenses, and uses of plants.
Plant Patterns (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Nathan OlsonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6727-6Description:  Patterns are very simply defined, and then the text takes the reader through the plant kingdom to find colors, rows, rings, and wildly wonderful patterns.
Plants
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2005ISBN:  1-592-42931-9Description:  Offers a basic introduction to plants, their parts, what they need, and how they grow.
Plants: Real Size Science series
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Rebecca RissmanPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7880-8Description:  Plants uses simple text to introduce readers to different plant parts and their functions.
Polar Bears and Their Homes
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Angela RoystonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-5505-7Description:  The Big Picture series brings the world and its wonders to life for young readers. With topics ranging from climate to people and culture, these attractive books are delightful jumping-off points for a variety of discussions. Each title provides a context for its topic, helping readers make connections and see "the big picture."
Popcorn!
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Elaine LandauIllustrator:  Brian LiesPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2003ISBN:  1-570-91443-5Description:  Find out about popcorn's Native American origins, the invention of the popping machine, and the popularity of popcorn during World War II, when sugar for snack foods was in short supply. And what makes popcorn pop? A list of online and print resources is included.
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  George LevensonIllustrator:  Shmuel ThalerPublisher:  Tricycle PressYear:  2002ISBN:  1-582-46078-7Description:  Rhyming text follows the cycle of a pumpkin patch from seeds to plants to pumpkins to jack-o'-lanterns to seeds again.
Raccoon: City Safari
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8811-1Description:  There is so much wildlife around us! Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a "city safari."
Rat: City Safari
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8807-4Description:  There is so much wildlife around us! Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a "city safari."
Red Kangaroo
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4774-3Description:  This book follows a Red Kangaroo through its day as it sleeps, eats, and moves in its desert habitat.
Reptile Babies (Animal Babies series)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Catherine VeitchPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7496-1Description:  Reptile Babies looks at baby amphibians, and examines how they are born, where they live, and how they are cared for.
River of Life
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Debbie S. MillerIllustrator:  Jon Van ZylePublisher:  Clarion BooksYear:  2000ISBN:  0-395-96790-2Description:  Lyrical verse and realistic double-page illustrations reveal a year in the life of a river in Alaska. It features a small boy's observations of the wildlife and plants through the changing seasons along its shores. Includes glossary.
River Rescue
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Jennifer Keats Curtis and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.Illustrator:  Tammy YeePublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8835-3Description:  What happens to birds and animals caught in an oil spill? If you are on the East Coast you can call the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research group of Delaware. They will send out the Oiled Wildlife Response Team to rescue them! Readers will learn how oil affects animal feathers, skin, and fur, causing potential harm to the wildlife. Teachers will appreciate the For Creative Minds section that includes information and resources about the effects of oil spills on wildlife and the environment.
Roots (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Marissa KirkmanPublisher:  Capstone-Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0921-7Description:  Clear photographs and simple, engaging text describe roots and how they help plants live and grow.
Safe, Warm, and Snug
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Stephen R. SwinburnesIllustrator:  Jose Aruego, Ariane DeweyPublisher:  Gulliver BooksYear:  2002ISBN:  0-152-16378-6Description:  Rhyming text tells the unusual ways 11 parent animals protect their young from predators and other threats. Bold, vibrant illustrations portray each animal in its natural habitat. End notes give additional details.
Salamander Season
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Jennifer Keats Curtis and J. Adam FrederickIllustrator:  Shennen BersaniPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5565-3Description:  One cold, rainy, spring night, a young girl and her scientist father participate in “Salamander Night” to follow hundreds of spotted salamanders as they venture into a vernal pool to mate and lay eggs. In easy-to-understand text, the girl relates the tale through her illustrated, photographic journal.
Salamanders
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Molly KolpinPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3990-3Description:  Smooth, secretive salamanders live under leaves and dirt. Learn all about these spotted amphibians in Salamanders.
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
Author:  Herbert W. BrodaYear:  2005ISBN:  1571107290Description:  This is a great book that incorporates the most recent research from experts who are working to connect children to the outdoor world. It is well-researched, exciting to read, and grounded in the realities of today's school experiences. Broda writes, "Although there are many good reasons for taking students outside—educational, social, aesthetic, recreational—I have to admit that one of my most compelling reasons is to provide opportunities for kids to experience that sense of wonder . . . The more we take children outside for learning activities, the greater the probability for moments of awe and insight." This book gives you everything you need to start using the schoolyard.
Sea Urchins (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6724-5Description:  Simple text and large colorful photographs present sea urchins and their lives in the sea.
Seagull: City Safari
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8810-4Description:  There is so much wildlife around us! Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a "city safari."
Seed, Sprout, Fruit: An Apple Tree Life Cycle
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Shannon KnudsenIllustrator:  Simon SmithPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5366-4Description:  In graphic novel format, text and illustrations describe the life cycle of an apple tree.
Seeds (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Marissa KirkmanPublisher:  Capstone-Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0926-2Description:  Clear photographs and simple, engaging text describe seeds and how they help plants live and grow.
Seeds Go, Seeds Grow
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Mark WeaklandPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5252-0Description:  Does a towering sunflower fit inside a tiny seed? Where do seeds come from? What makes them grow? Discover the amazing science of seeds in Seeds Go, Seeds Grow.
Sharks and Dolphins (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Kevin KurtzPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5739-8Description:  Sharks and dolphins both have torpedo-shaped bodies with fins on their backs. They slice through the water to grab their prey with sharp teeth. But despite their similarities, sharks and dolphins belong to different animal classes. Marine educator Kevin Kurtz guides early readers to compare and contrast these ocean predators through stunning photographs and simple, nonfiction text.
Slime, Poop, and Other Wacky Animal Defenses
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Janet RieheckyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  9781429665094Description:  Sometimes being gross is an animal's best bet for survival. Poop, slime, and vomit aren't just nasty. They can save an animal's life. Get the inside scoop on some of the most disgusting animal weapons and defenses. (From the Animal Weapons and Defenses series.)
Snails
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Kevin J. HolmesPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2000ISBN:  0-736-88066-6Description:  An introduction to snails' physical characteristics, habits, behavior, and relationships to humans.
Soil Basics
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Mari SchuhPublisher:  Capstone Press Pebble PlusYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-6071-6Description:  Plants grow in it. Animals live in it. Read more to find out the facts on soil.
Squirrel: City Safari
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8809-8Description:  There is so much wildlife around us! Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a "city safari."
Starfish
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Edith Thatcher HurdIllustrator:  Robin BrickmanPublisher:  HarperYear:  2000ISBN:  0-064-45198-4Description:  This new edition of an older title has kept the poetic text of the original as it presents information on the variations of starfish and how they move, eat, and grow in the ocean habitat.
Stems (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Marissa KirkmanPublisher:  Capstone-Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0922-4Description:  Clear photographs and simple, engaging text describe stems and how they help plants live and grow.
Sun Up, Sun Down
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1983ISBN:  0-152-82782-XDescription:  The Sun keeps Earth warm, and provides the water and energy to make plants grow tall.
Super Spiders
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Charlotte GuillainPublisher:  Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-5219-6Description:  How do spiders make their webs? How do spiders eat their prey? How many eyes do spiders have? This title takes a fun look at spiders through engaging photos and lively text.
Tall, Tall Tree
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Anthony D. FredericksIllustrator:  Chad WallacePublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2017ISBN:  978-1-58469-602-5 (pbk)Description:  One soaring eagle, two spotted owls, three salamanders and more live in a redwood forest. A variety of Insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals are vividly described through detailed illustrations and simple verse. More on the coast redwood community is included for parents, teachers, and students.
Tarantulas (Spiders Series)
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Molly KolpinPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4520-1Description:  They’re big and hairy. They have sharp fangs. And some can stretch their legs out as wide as a dinner plate. Look inside to discover what's going on in the world of tarantulas.
Ten-Minute Field Trips: A Teacher's Guide to Using the Schoolgrounds for Environmental Studies (3rd edition)
Author:  Helen Ross RussellPublisher:  NSTA PressYear:  2001ISBN:  873550986Description:  Don't let the fact that this book was originally published in 1973 fool you into skipping it; it is quite timely for today's once available funding for field trips. Ten-minute field trips are something you have time for and can afford! This book is brimming with ideas for things to try and observe right outside the classroom door. Russell embraces the use of the schoolyard no matter where your school is located; many of the mini trips described in this book can be performed on the asphalt of an urban schoolyard. Russell presents straightforward background knowledge for you and thoughtful inquiry questions for your students.
Terrarium Habitats
Author:  Kimi Hosoume, Jacqueline BarberPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceYear:  2001ISBN:  0-924-88651-XDescription:  The activities in this Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) guide bring the natural world into your classroom and deepen student understanding of, and connection to, all living things. After an exploration of soil, students design and construct terrariums. Sow bugs, earthworms, and crickets are placed in the habitat, and students observe and record changes over time. Includes detailed instructions on setting up and maintaining the terrariums, along with concise biological information on small organisms that can become terrarium inhabitants.
The Beaks of Birds
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Alyse Richard Konicek-MoranIllustrator:  Kathleen Konicek-MoranPublisher:  NSTA KidsYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6814-0352-6Description:  Come along on a tour of the wonderful world of birds and their beaks. This book is the story of a child and two grown-up friends on a jaunt across their yard, in a park, past a pond, and through the pages of a photo album. Like them, you’ll find you can figure out what birds eat by the shape of their bills—and why some have beaks like straws, pouches, or even daggers.
The Dandelion Seed's Big Dream
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Joseph AnthonyIllustrator:  Cris ArboPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-5846-9497-7Description:  Beautiful illustrations engage the reader in a tiny seed’s airborne journey through city streets and buildings to finally land… in a garden. Young botanists and gardeners will appreciate the uncertainties of a seed finding the right place to grow amongst a busy city setting. Background information on the dandelion, its life cycle, where to find them, and seed dispersal are provided for further exploration.
The Deadliest Plants on Earth
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3933-0Description:  Deadly flowers. Poisonous berries. Beans that kill. Read about some of the deadliest plants on the planet.
The Forest in the Trees
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Connie McLennanIllustrator:  Connie McLennanPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6435-1350-8Description:  Most people know the coast redwoods are tall, tall trees. In fact, they are the tallest trees in the world! This beautifully illustrated story by the author, describes the hidden canopy habitat of the coast redwood where plants and animals live together supporting this amazing forest community. Adapting the rhythm of The House that Jack Built, this book uses poetry and interesting side notes to convey the complex and balanced ecosystem that exists way up high. The Forest in the Trees is a 2019 a silver Eureka book awarded by the California Reading Association.
The Little Guide to Leaves
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Tom FrostIllustrator:  Tom FrostPublisher:  Quadrille PublishingYear:  2018ISBN:  978-1-7871-3033-3Description:  Children will enjoy the beautiful illustrations of leaves in this little guide book. Teachers and parents can share details about each leaf, information on the tree, and where to find it.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Lady Changed a City Forever
Grade Level:  Pre-K-5Author:  H. Joseph HopkinsIllustrator:  Jill McElmurryPublisher:  Scholastic, IncYear:  2018ISBN:  978-0-54579-350-6Description:  See how Katherine Olivia Sessions turned the desert-like environment of San Diego into the vibrant, lush, and tree-filled city that it is today. The story is also about a young girl in Northern California who loved nature, and became the first woman to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1881 with a degree in natural science. Captivating illustrations follow Kate Sessions' journey in San Diego as a teacher and horticulturalist. She is called the Mother of Balboa Park for her introduction of trees and plants to the area.
The Life Cycle of a Bean (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6710-8Description:  Watch small bean seeds grow into beans we eat. Learn about this vegetable's life cycle from start to finish
The Life Cycle of a Carrot (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6713-9Description:  Watch tiny carrot seeds grow into carrots we eat. Learn about this vegetable's life cycle from start to finish.
The Life Cycle of a Sunflower (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6714-6Description:  Watch sunflower seeds grow into beautiful sunflowers. Learn about this flower's life cycle from start to finish.
The Life Cycle of an Apple Tree (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6709-2Description:  Watch tiny apple seeds grow into apple trees. Learn about this tree's life cycle from start to finish.
The Life Cycle of an Oak Tree (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6711-5Description:  Watch acorns grow into tall oak trees. Learn about this tree's life cycle from start to finish.
The Life Cycle of a Pine Tree (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6712-2Description:  Watch pine seeds grow into wide pine trees. Learn about this tree's life cycle form start to finish.
The Long and Short Tale of Colo and Ruff
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Diane LangIllustrator:  Laurie Allen KleinPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8744-8Description:  A young cougar and bobcat scamper on boulders in this beautifully illustrated story. They compare how their different-shaped tails help them balance and jump from rock to rock. Teachers will appreciate the For Creative Minds section with suggestions for further tail and body comparisons among the cat family and other animals.
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Joanna Cole, Patricia RelfIllustrator:  Bruce Degan, John SpeirsPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1995ISBN:  0-590-22296-1Description:  Ms. Frizzle's class is growing a beautiful garden, but Phoebe's plot is empty. Her flowers are back at her old school! So the class climbs aboard the Magic School Bus. The kids not only go back to Phoebe's school, but they go inside one of Phoebe's flowers.
The Reason for a Flower
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Ruth HellerPublisher:  PenguinYear:  1999ISBN:  0-698-11559-7Description:  This poetic presentation tells about plant reproduction, manufacturing of seeds, and seed propagation. It also shows plants that don't seem to be flowers but are.
The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Catherine ThimmeshIllustrator:  Melissa SweetPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  2002ISBN:  0-618-07698-0Description:  More inventions by women and girls are the subject of the latest book by Catherine Thimmesh, the author of Girls Think of Everything. This volume includes stories about Jane Goodall’s studies of the use of tools by chimpanzees; the design of Sojourner, the Mars rover, by Donna Shirley; how Beatrix Potter, the author of the Peter Rabbit stories, discovered the dual life of algae and fungi in lichen; and Sue Hendrickson’s discovery of the biggest, most complete Tyrannosaurs rex fossil in 1990. Includes resources and a selected timeline of discoveries by women.
They Call Me Woolly: What Animal Names Can Tell Us
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Keith DuQuettePublisher:  PutnamYear:  2002ISBN:  0-399-23445-4Description:  This exploration of animal names is vibrantly illustrated, with different animals on each page. End notes give more information about each animal.
Tree
Grade Level:  Pre-K-5Author:  David Burnie, Kim Taylor, Peter ChadwickPublisher:  DK PublishingYear:  2005ISBN:  9780756610937Description:  Beautiful photographs and information that you will want to share with students.
Trees (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Katharine HallPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-6285-5461-8Description:  Trees grow in many habitats, all around the world. Some trees are short and some are tall. Some grow in hot deserts and others grow on cold mountains. Some have leaves that are broad and wide and others are short and narrow. Readers compare and contrast the different characteristics of trees through vibrant photographs.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Kate MessnerIllustrator:  Christopher Silas NealPublisher:  Chronicle BooksYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-4521-1936-6Description:  Beautiful illustrations will engage readers in the world in a garden and the life that lives below.
Vegetables
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Nancy DickmannPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4329-6974-5Description:  Make a place for vegetables in your diet. From leafy greens to roots, vegetables provide a variety of nutrition in all forms. Read this book to learn about how to eat well and use MyPlate.
Water
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Alice FlanaganPublisher:  Compass PointYear:  2001ISBN:  0-7565-0038-9Description:  The full-color books in the Simply Science series explains the key concepts of water in an easy-to-understand way.
Welcome to the Icehouse
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jane YolenIllustrator:  Laura ReganPublisher:  PenguinYear:  1998ISBN:  0-399-23011-4Description:  The coming of warm weather to the arctic brings an explosion of color from flowering plants and a thundering return of wildlife.
Welcome to the River of Grass
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jane YolenPublisher:  PenguinYear:  2001ISBN:  0-399-23221-4Description:  Visit the Everglades, travel through the hammock forest and the mangrove swamp, and learn about the creatures within them. More information about the Everglades at the end of the book includes an explanation of why the "delicately balanced" ecosystem is in trouble.
What Does an Animal Eat?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Lawrence F. LoweryIllustrator:  Bill ReusswigPublisher:  NSTA Kids: I Wonder Why seriesYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-9369-5946-4Description:  Kids who want to know all about animals will find this book fascinating. What Does an Animal Eat? offers insights into two special aspects of hungry animals: how their teeth and beaks offer clues to what they eat and the food chain’s role in helping to make sure there’s enough for all.
What Eats What in a Desert Food Chain
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Suzanne SladeIllustrator:  Anne WertheimPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4048-7386-5Description:  The Sonoran desert teems with life. From an Octillo plant to a Crested Caracara, the living things in this book are linked together in a food chain. Each one of them needs the others in order to live. Find out what eats what in the Sonoran Desert!
What Eats What in a Forest Food Chain
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Lisa J. AmstutzIllustrator:  Zack McLaughlinPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4048-7388-9Description:  A temperate deciduous forest teems with life. From a tall oak tree to a turkey vulture, the living things in this books are linked together in a food chain. Each one of them needs the others in order to live. Find out what eats what in a forest!
What's in a Tree?
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone Press-Little PebbleYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-4914-6011-5Description:  Close-up photos provide a peek into trees and the different animals that make their home there.
What's in the Garden?
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Marianne BerkesPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-5846-9190-7Description:  Healthy fruits and vegetables become much more interesting when children know where they come from. This book poetically describes fruits and vegetables from a garden, and includes tasty recipes to try.
Where Butterflies Grow
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Joanne RyderIllustrator:  Lynne CherryPublisher:  PenguinYear:  1996ISBN:  0-140-55858-6Description:  Describes in great detail the physical changes that take place as a butterfly goes through its life cycle.
Who Lives Here?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Sue WhitingPublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2003ISBN:  0-7922-4271-8Description:  This book covers a variety of environments, ranging from the polar ice caps to the ocean to grasslands and the different animals that have adapted to each type of habitat.
Whose Egg Is This?
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Lisa J. AmstutzPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7554-3Description:  Eggs come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some eggs are hard. Other eggs are soft. Can you match each egg to its owner? Fun clues and multiple choice photos will have you puzzling to learn more!
Whose Feet Are These?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Wayne LynchPublisher:  Whitecap BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  1-551-10860-7Description:  Each two-page spread has a large photo of a mystery animal foot, clues about the animal, and its footprint; the following pages reveal its owner. Useful as a puzzle book and as a jumping-off point for comparing one fascinating feature of animals, their feet.
Why do Bears Sleep All Winter?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary EnglarPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6379-7Description:  Learn about hibernation and how it affects an animal's survival.
Wings (Wonder Readers Next Steps:Science series)
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Helen GregoryPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4765-2373-6Description:  Lots of animals have wings. Some wings are big and some are small. Some are covered with feathers and some are not. Read more to find out all about wings.
Wolves
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Michael DahlPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7701-1Description:  Wolves often hunt in packs in North America. Learn all about these furry predators and their habits in Wolves.
Woodlice
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Sian SmithPublisher:  Heinemann-RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4811-3Description:  A woodlice lives in places that are damp and dark. This book uses simple rhymes and engaging images to teach readers about woodlice.
Books: Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.
Amigo
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Garth WilliamsPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1991ISBN:  0-689-71299-5Description:  Desperately wanting a pet to love, a boy decides to tame a prairie dog who has already decided to tame the boy for his own pet. The poetic text tells how the boy considers what the animal needs to survive in its environment.
Bat Loves the Night
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Nicola DaviesIllustrator:  Sarah Fox-DaviesPublisher:  Candlewick PressYear:  2004ISBN:  0-763-62438-1Description:  The author, a zoologist, blends an engaging story with facts. Dark watercolor and pencil illustrations accompany this tale of adaptation and survival.
Children of the Earth...Remember
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Schim SchimmelPublisher:  Northword PressYear:  1997ISBN:  1-559-71640-1Description:  Illustrates the interrelationships of animals and people in protecting the natural world. Dramatic, original paintings convey the author's love of the environment.
Clementina's Cactus
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Ezra Jack KeatsPublisher:  Viking PressYear:  1999ISBN:  0-670-88545-2Description:  Walking in the desert, Clementina and her father discover a lone cactus, shriveled and prickly. To her surprise, Clementina notices that something is hiding inside the thick skin.
Daytime, Nightime, All Through the Year
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane LangIllustrator:  Andrea GabrielPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2017ISBN:  978-1-58469-607-0 (pbk)Description:  Forest animals are explored during each month of a year. Daytime and nighttime behaviors are described through vivid illustrations and poetic verse. Ideas, suggestions, and activities to extend the learning are included.
Dig, Wait, Listen
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  April Pulley SayreIllustrator:  Barbara BashPublisher:  Greenwillow BooksYear:  2001ISBN:  0-688-16614-8Description:  A spadefoot toad waits under the sand for the rain, hears the sounds of other desert animals, and eventually mates and spawns other toads.
Fragrant as a Flower: I Wonder Why series
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Lawrence F. LoweryIllustrator:  June GoldsboroughPublisher:  NSTA KidsYear:  2014, 2017ISBN:  978-1-68140-353-3Description:  Fragrant as a Flower explores smells. A young boy and his father take a walk on a city street and smell different scents, odors, and fragrances along the way. The narrative and illlustrations encourage readers to find different smells in their neighborhood. Ideas, suggestions,and activities to extend the learning are included.
Green Bean! Green Bean!
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Patricia ThomasIllustrator:  Trina L. HunnerPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-58469-544-8
Growing Frogs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Vivian FrenchIllustrator:  Alison BartlettPublisher:  Candlewick PressYear:  2003ISBN:  0-763-62052-1Description:  A mother and daughter collect frog spawn, observe their development into little frogs, then return them to their pond. Bright, childlike illustrations and lively, humorous narrative accurately describe the developmental stages and provide important tips for young readers who would like to raise their own frogs.
If I Ran the Rain Forest: All about Tropical Rain Forests
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Bonnie WorthIllustrator:  Aristides RuizPublisher:  Random HouseYear:  2003ISBN:  0-375-81097-8Description:  In rhyming text, the Cat in the Hat introduces the tropical rain forest and the ways in which its plants and animals interact.
In the Tall, Tall Grass
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Denise FlemingPublisher:  Henry HoltYear:  1995ISBN:  0-805-03941-4Description:  A small boy watches a caterpillar make its way through the tall grass near his home. Along the way, the insect meets many creatures, including snakes, moles, fireflies, and bats.
Jack's Garden
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Henry ColePublisher:  HarperYear:  1997ISBN:  0-688-15283-XDescription:  Building on the familiar cumulative tale "This Is the House That Jack Built," this story tells about the plants and animals in Jack's garden. Double-page spreads feature detailed colored-pencil drawings showing the garden's development.
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Tomie DePaolaPublisher:  PutnamYear:  1997ISBN:  0-698-1160-38Description:  A lively, simple tale of a lazy farmer, an extremely large potato, and a leprechaun thrown in for luck.
Jo MacDonald Had a Garden
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Mary QuattlebaumIllustrator:  Laura BryantPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-5846-9165-5Description:  Old MacDonald had a … garden? Yes! E-I-E-O! See how Jo MacDonald grows healthy food for people--and wild creatures too. See how butterflies, bumblebees, and birds help Jo's garden thrive. And keep an eye on one mysterious plant. What will it become? Youngsters learn about garden ecosystems and stewardship through this playful variation on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm."
Jo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Mary QuattlebaumIllustrator:  Laura J. BryantPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-58469-335-2Description:  The granddaughter of "Old MacDonald" explores the nearby forest ecosystem with her grandfather. Following the pattern of the song, Jo discovers nine animals and observes their life in a woodland community. Activities and resources are included for further learning.
Leaf Man
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Lois EhlertIllustrator:  Lois EhlertPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2005ISBN:  978-0-1520-5304-8Description:  Leaf man, made of real leaves will captivate readers as he changes and moves with the wind. Lovely illustrations and collage of real leaves are engaging, and is reminiscent of the author's other beautiful nature books.
Living Things Need Water
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Karen AleoPublisher:  Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0887-6Description:  From ants to plants, without shelter they would not be alive. Young readers will discover the homes of living things.
Look to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Jean Craighead GeorgeIllustrator:  Lucia WashburnPublisher:  HarperYear:  1998ISBN:  0-064-43510-5Description:  The story of three wolf pups from birth to the time they lead the hunt. Readers observe changes in seasons and nature as they move through the wolf's calendar year
Mighty Mole and Super Soil
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary QuattlebaumIllustrator:  Chad WallacePublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-58469-539-4Description:  This is the story of Mighty Mole and her relationship to the soil and the other animals that live there. Readers learn of the mole's amazing adaptations that help her live in her underground home. Resources for further learning are included.
Miss Rumphius
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Barbara CooneyIllustrator:  Barbara CooneyPublisher:  Viking PressYear:  1982ISBN:  0-670-47958-6Description:  Great-aunt Rumphius was once a little girl who loved the sea, longed to visit faraway places, and wished to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. As an old woman, her last wish is fulfilled as she spreads lupine seeds and watches the plants disperse.
Octopus Escapes Again!
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Laurie Ellen AngusIllustrator:  Laurie Ellen AngusPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-58469-578-3Description:  Readers learn how an octupus finds food and avoids being eaten. Adaptations including camouflage, spewing dark ink, and hiding in tight places are described through simple text and colorful illustrations by the author. Resources at the end are included.
Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses
Grade Level:  K-8Author:  Kurt CyrusPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2001ISBN:  0-152-02205-8Description:  Poetry. This collection of poems depicts the web of life in a vegetable garden. The poems highlight the activities of insects and animals.
Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Bonnie WorthIllustrator:  Aristides RuizPublisher:  Random HouseYear:  2001ISBN:  0-375-81095-1Description:  With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2, the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Kristine O'Connell GeorgeIllustrator:  Kate KieslerPublisher:  Clarion BooksYear:  1998ISBN:  0-395-87611-7Description:  Poetry. Original tree poems full of imagery and description are complemented by rich, warm oil paintings. Focuses on poetry, including free verse, rhyme, and haiku.
Once There Was a Tree
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Natalia RomanovaIllustrator:  Gennady SpirinPublisher:  Dutton BooksYear:  1992ISBN:  0-1405-4677-4Description:  This Russian story explores how life continues in the stump of a tree as it attracts a variety of insects, plants, and animals (including humans).
Our Big Home: An Earth Poem
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Linda Glaser, Elisa KlevenPublisher:  Lerner PublishingYear:  2000ISBN:  0-761-31650-7Description:  Poetry. Colorful illustrations and poetic text describe the soil, air, water, sky, sun, and more that are shared by all the creatures on this big Earth home.
Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Marianne BurkesIllustrator:  Jill DubinPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-58469-330-7Description:  A counting book in rhyme transports the reader to ten North American rivers and the animals that live there. Beautiful collage illustrations, maps, a song, and resources are included.
Over in the Grassland: On an African Savanna
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Marianne BurkesIllustrator:  Jill DubinPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-58469-568-4Description:  A counting book in rhyme transports the reader to the African savanna and the animals that live there. Beautiful collage illustrations, a song, and resources are included.
Over on a Mountain: Somewhere in the World
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Marianne BurkesIllustrator:  Jill DubinPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-58469-519-6Description:  A counting book in rhyme transports the reader to high mountains of the world and the animals that live there. Beautiful collage illustrations, maps, a song, and resources are included.
Pitter and Patter
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Martha SullivanIllustrator:  Cathy MorrisonPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-58469-509-7Description:  Follow two rain drops through their water-cycle journey from forest to wetlands to river to the sea. Pitter and Patter encounter many animals that all benefit from the precious water. Beautiful detailed illustrations engage readers. Other activities and resources are found at the end.
Planting a Rainbow
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Lois EhlertPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1992ISBN:  0-152-62610-7Description:  Children watch the planting and growth of a flower garden from bulbs, seeds, and seedlings to a rainbow of blooms that can be picked and carried home.
Pumpkin Book
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HouseYear:  2002ISBN:  0-823-41636-4Description:  Follows the growth cycle of the pumpkin. Provides instructions for planting, carving, and drying seeds.
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Jeanne TitheringtonPublisher:  HarperYear:  1990ISBN:  0-688-09930-0Description:  A simple rendition of the growing cycle as Jamie plants a pumpkin seed, watches it grow, harvests and carves the pumpkin, and saves the seeds to plant in the spring.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Lois EhlertIllustrator:  Lois EhlertPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2010ISBN:  978-0-5473-2858-4Description:  Using a watercolor collage technique and items from nature, Lois Ehlert weaves a beautiful story of a sugar maple and the child that plants the tree.
Secret Place
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Eve BuntingIllustrator:  Ted RandPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  1996ISBN:  0-395-64367-8Description:  A young boy discovers a place in the city where a river flows hidden between two concrete walls. He keeps the place a secret because it attracts a variety of wild animals who come to nest and drink.
Snail Girl Brings Water: A Navajo Story
Grade Level:  K-8Author:  Geri KeamsIllustrator:  Richard Ziehler-MartinPublisher:  Northland PublishingYear:  1998ISBN:  0-87358-662-XDescription:  This book is a Navajo creation story about bringing water to the desert and how snails got their shells.
Spider Boy
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Ralph FletcherPublisher:  Yearling BooksYear:  1998ISBN:  440414830Description:  This is another great story for upper elementary students. In this one, a student moves to a new state and endures teasing for his love of spiders. This "new kid" is passionate about all arachnids which is great for teaching appreciation of all life, not just the fuzzy mammals. What is especially neat about this book is the boy's interest and talent for writing in his journal.
The Carrot Seed
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Ruth KraussIllustrator:  Crockett JohnsonPublisher:  HarperYear:  1989ISBN:  0-064-43210-6Description:  The faith of a small boy who plants a carrot seed and patiently cares for it is finally rewarded. Simple illustrations depict the growth cycle of a plant.
The Gardener
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Sarah StewartIllustrator:  David SmallPublisher:  Farrar, Straus, and GirouxYear:  2007ISBN:  031236749XDescription:  In the 1930's, a little girl comes to live with her grumpy uncle in the city. Her love of growing things literally makes joy blossom for the neighborhood.
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Lynne CherryPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2000ISBN:  0-152-02614-2Description:  A man who comes to chop down a tree takes a rest. As he sleeps, the animals that live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their world. Like the rain forest, the story and illustrations are dramatic, vibrant and wondrous.
The Little Red Hen
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Paul GaldonePublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  1991ISBN:  0-899-1934-98Description:  The hen's friends are too lazy to help her plant, harvest, and grind the wheat for her cake, but they all want to share in eating it
The Prairie that Nature Built
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Marybeth LorbieckiIllustrator:  Cathy MorrisonPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-58469-492-2Description:  Using rhyming text similar to "The House that Jack Built", this story explores the prairie where various animals live above and below ground. Beautiful illustrations describe this complex ecosystem and how lightning, wildfire, and rain impacts all organisms. Facts about the prairie, the community of living things, as well as activities to extend the learning are included.
The Salamander Room
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Anne MazerIllustrator:  Steve Johnson, Lou FancherPublisher:  KnopfYear:  1994ISBN:  0-679-86187-4Description:  A young boy finds a salamander and thinks about what he needs to do to make a perfect home for it.
The Swamp Where Gator Hides
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Marianne BerkesIllustrator:  Roberta BairdPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-58469-471-7Description:  Using rhyming text similar to "The House that Jack Built", this story explores the swamp where various animals live. Beautiful illustrations describe the alligator's home and how he uses camouflage and more to capture his prey. Facts about the swamp ecosystem, the Florida Everglades, and activities to extend the learning are included.
This Year's Garden
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cynthia RylantIllustrator:  Mary SzilagyiPublisher:  AladdinYear:  1986ISBN:  0-689-71122-0Description:  This story follows the seasons of the year as they are reflected in the growth, life, and death of the garden of a large rural family.
Thunder Cake
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Patricia PolaccoPublisher:  PenguinYear:  1997ISBN:  0-698-11581-3Description:  Trisha is spending the summer on her grandmother's Michigan farm. When a thunderstorm approaches and the little girl becomes frightened, they gather the ingredients to make a "thunder cake." In the process, Trisha overcomes her fear of the thunder and lightning.
Two Bad Ants
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Chris Van AllsburgPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  1988ISBN:  0-395-48668-8Description:  When the ants go into a kitchen searching for sugar crystals for the queen, two ants stay behind to eat their fill.
Water Music
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Jane YolenIllustrator:  Jason Stemple, photographerPublisher:  Boyds Mills PressYear:  2004ISBN:  1-590-78251-8Description:  Poetry. Original poems based on water in its various forms motivate readers to observe an earth material we often take for granted.
When Clay Sings
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Tom BahtiPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1981ISBN:  0-689-71106-9Description:  A story of the ancient people represented by the prehistoric American clay pottery that can be found in the desert hills of the West.
Who Hops?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Katie DavisPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1998ISBN:  0-152-16412-XDescription:  This concept book categorizes animals by their movements. Frogs hop, rabbits hop, cows hop. . . Simple, brightly colored illustrations and the humorous, limited text tickle young children.