Science and Natural History

YOSEMITE'S SONGSTER: ONE COYOTE'S STORY
Published by Yosemite Conservancy, illustrated by Daniel San Souci

Will coyote ever find her mate? A tremendous crash of granite boulders separates Coyote and her mate. In her search for him throughout Yosemite Valley, she passes mighty Half Dome, pauses by Sentinel Bridge, and hunts in Stoneman Meadow. Journey on four paws, and explore both the natural world and the human world with one's nose leading the way.  (For age 5 and up)
  • "Wadsworth’s lyrical text provides a word-picture of the park’s cabins and campgrounds, its sights and sounds, and the coyote’s daily routine." KIRKUS REVIEWS
  • Winner of 2014 Storyteller Spur Award. WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA
UP, UP, AND AWAY
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, with illustrations by Patricia J. Wynne

One spring day, Spider and her brothers and sisters spill out from their egg sac into the welcoming sun. Spider is eager to spin her own web, and she escapes hungry predators--including her own siblings.  It’s a dangerous world, and a crowded one.  So one windy day, Spider follows her instincts, climbs up high, and soars up, up and away to find a new home. (Ages 4 and up)
  • Selected for 2009 Summer Reading List for children 3 to 6 years old. READING ROCKETS
  • 2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book
WOOLLY MAMMOTHS
Published by Millbrook Press, with illustrations by Todd Zalewski

Mammoths roamed the earth for more than two million years.  They lived in Europe, Asia and North America.  Then ten thousand years ago, the mammoths vanished.  What caused them to die out?  Scientists are still trying to find out.  Learn about how mammoths adapted to a changing planet and the possible reasons why they became extinct. (Ages 7 and up)
GIANT SEQUOIA TREES
Published by Lerner Publications, with photographs by Frank Staub

This book explores the life cycle of California’s giant sequoia tree, the largest living thing in the world. The easy-to-read text includes a glossary, pronunciation guide, and a unique "how-to" section for parents and teachers.
Learn about the incredible size of the giant sequoia and how its roots, trunk, branches and leaves all work together to keep the tree alive. Discover the important role that fire, animals, and other plants play in a sequoia grove. (Ages 7 and up)
  • " . . . a sharply focused and visually captivating portrayal of the parts, the environment, the life cycle and the death of a sequoia."  SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
RIVER DISCOVERIES
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, with illustrations by Paul Kratter

Meet 13 river creatures, including the moose, mountain lion, osprey, river otter, beaver and catfish. (Ages 4 and up)
  • "...clear, explicit drawings provide an outstanding presentation and ... easy-to-understand text is equally effective .... This outstanding book provides a strong instructional tool...." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
TUNDRA DISCOVERIES
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, with illustrations by John Carrozza

Month-by-month learn about 13 animals in the arctic tundra, including the caribou, snowy owl, Arctic wolf, musk oxen, lemming and polar bear, plus average temperatures and a calendar showing the hours of daylight and darkness. (Ages 4 and up)
  • "This is an intelligent overview of the effects of the circling seasons in an environmental niche not noticeably affected by humans." KIRKUS REVIEWS
DESERT DISCOVERIES
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, with illustrations by John Carrozza

This book introduces 13 desert creatures like skunks, bighorn sheep, roadrunners, and kangaroo rats.  A thermometer and clock help you learn about the daily cycle in an environment typical to the American southwest. (Ages 4 and up)
  • An American Booksellers Pick of the List, Spring 1997
  • "This is a unique book in that primary readers could read the right-side pages easily and explore the pictures, while junior readers would be able to get more information from the other pages."  BOOKS FOR BEGINNING READERS
ONE TIGER GROWLS
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, with illustrations by James M. Needham

This fun counting book introduces 20 animals and the sounds they make. Animals include gorillas, hippos, llamas, killer whales, hyenas and katydids. Colorful, fun illustrations and a unique format make this series about counting animals appeal to a wide age group. (Ages 3 and up)
  • A Scholastic Book Club selection.
  • "A rousing introduction to counting from 1 to 20. Inviting, informative, and fun, it could lead to a rowdy outbreak of roars, hisses, squawks, and hee-haws from delighted audiences" SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
ONE ON A WEB
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing, with illustrations by James M. Needham

The first in a series of nature-oriented counting books features animals in their homes. Text and art merge to help children learn to count and study animals in their natural environment. (Ages 3 and up)
Learn about sleek beavers, wooly white sheep, fast-moving termites, rabbits and furry bats, and where they live.