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Age Level: 3-6 years old

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Can You See Me?

By: Ted Lewin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Sharp eyes are needed to see most of the well-camouflaged creatures in the Costa Rican...

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Eddie's Garden and How to Make Things Grow

By: Sarah Garland

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The garden that Eddie and his Mum plant while his younger sister "helps" grows in the...

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Every Autumn Comes the Bear

By: Jim Arnosky

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As the seasons change, a large black bear prepares for hibernation. In his search for a den, he...

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Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move

By: JoAnn Early Macken

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The many ways seeds get to where they can grow is revealed in poetic language enhanced by...

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Green

By: Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Textured illustrations cleverly incorporate die-cuts exploring the many shades of green. Language...

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How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food

By: Lucia Gaggiotti

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Ever wonder how the food we eat came to be in a lunchbox? Brief text and lively illustrations...

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In the Small, Small Pond

By: Denise Fleming

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A child (and a small green frog) witness the change of seasons in a small, critter-filled pond....

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Inside Outside

By: Lizi Boyd

Age Level: 3-6 years old

There are things to do indoors and outside. But the inside goes outside and the reverse with...

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Jo MacDonald Had a Garden

By: Mary Quattlebaum

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In this version of a familiar tune, Jo MacDonald (the old farmer's granddaughter) and her cousin...

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Out on the Prairie

By: Donna Bateman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The prairie is home to lush and unique plants and animals. Here they are introduced in the cadence...

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Picture a Tree

By: Barbara Reid

Age Level: 3-6 years old

There are many ways to picture a tree throughout the seasons. Sometimes a tree plays "a game of...

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Plant a Little Seed

By: Bonnie Christensen

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Two children start to plan their community garden while snow is still on the ground. Come spring...

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Planting a Rainbow

By: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A dazzling celebration of the colorful variety in a flower garden and the cyclical excitement of...

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Plants Feed Me

By: Lizzy Rockwell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

"I am a plant eater," announces a boy with a wide grin eating munching on a slice of watermelon and...

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Redwoods

By: Jason Chin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Giant redwoods are usually found in the Northwest United States, so how does a boy on a New York...

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Secrets of the Garden

By: Kathleen Zoehfeld

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A child and her family plan and plant a garden and observe it as it grows. Her narration includes...

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Seed, Soil, Sun: Earth's Recipe for Food

By: Cris Peterson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Earth's recipe for the food we eat — seed, soil, and sun — are presented in crisp...

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The Big Green

By: Peggy Gifford

Age Level: 3-6 years old

How many types of green exist? There’s “anaconda green, electric-eel green, green-iguana-in-the-...

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The Curious Garden

By: Peter Brown

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Liam discovers that he can help his dreary city blossom into a green place that draws everyone out...

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The Little Plant Doctor: A Story About George Washington Carver

By: Jean Marzollo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

George Washington Carver was always curious and grew into a recognized scientist in spite of the...

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There Was a Tree

By: Rachel Isadora

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Textured borders contain each double-page illustration which places the familiar cumulative song on...

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Where the River Begins

By: Thomas Locker

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Nature is the star in this affecting tale of a boy and his grandfather who journey to a waterway's...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems

By: Deborah Ruddell

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A range of forest inhabitants are presented imaginatively in a variety of poetic styles. From the "...

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Beneath the Sun

By: Melissa Stewart

Age Level: 6-9 years old

While children cavort through a sprinkler on a suburban lawn, animals thrive or survive in other...

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City Green

By: DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

There is a garbage-filled, vacant lot on the street where Marcy lives. Instead of growing...

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E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm

By: Judy Sierra

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When Old MacDonald tires of cutting his large suburban lawn, he gets a goat and then a very...

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Everglades

By: Jean Craighead George

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As an Indian storyteller guides a boat of children down the sea of grass, he reveals the story...

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Eyewitness Plant

By: David Burnie

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Detailed, full-color photographs complement the interesting facts about the fascinating world of...

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

By: Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Martin shares the remarkable life story of former professional basketball player Will Allen,...

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First Garden and How It Grew

By: Robbin Gourley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

White House gardens started with John Adams in 1800 and continue with Michelle Obama. History...

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Get Outside: The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors

By: Jane Drake, Ann Love

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Outdoor adventures await adults and children throughout the year. Illustrated, easy to follow...

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How Does My Garden Grow?

By: Gerda Muller

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophie lives in a big city but eagerly anticipates summer at her grandparents. There, she learns...

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Jack's Garden

By: Henry Cole

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In this cumulative tale, Jack plants, tends and harvests his garden. Not only will readers...

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Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns

By: Mary Quattlebaum

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jackson works to turn a community garden plot into a working business so he can buy the basketball...

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Miss Rumphius

By: Barbara Cooney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Miss Rumphius leaves the world more beautiful with an unusual legacy. This gentle story can...

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Nature Log Kids: A Kid's Journal to Record Their Birding Experiences

By: DeAnna Brandt

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds are everywhere — even the most urban neighborhood is a good place to look for birds and...

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No Monkeys, No Chocolate

By: Melissa Stewart, Allen Young

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Most kids like something chocolate-y, right? But there wouldn't be chocolate without cocoa beans...

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Our School Garden!

By: Rick Swann

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The garden at Michael’s new school is full of fresh sensations. Thirteen poems describe holding...

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Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangara Maathai

By: Claire Nivola

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Wangari Maathai's native Kenya was a changed land, literally blowing away because its trees...

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Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World

By: Laurie Lawlor

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Rachel Carson was a shy child, always drawn to nature. She grew up to become a professional...

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

By: Joyce Sidman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Strong lines and evocative language call on readers to observe the natural world around them in...

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The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons

By: Sid Farrar

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The seasons of a year are presented in realistic illustrations and thoughtful, evocative haikus. A...

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Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm

By: Deborah Hodge

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This look at one local farm presents a look at work on a farm raising food and animals while...

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Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City

By: Deborah Hodge

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Growing fruits and vegetables doesn't take a lot of space; they can even grow in crowded...

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What If There Were No Bees?

By: Suzanne Slade

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Grassland ecosystems can be found on nearly every continent. Countless animals and plants live...

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

By: Julie Fogliano

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short poems and gentle illustrations present seasons almost as a journal. Each entry captures...

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Where Once There Was a Wood

By: Denise Fleming

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This book is a good introduction to the effects people can have on the environment. The simple...

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More great literacy resources for parents from Reading Rockets

Read Aloud Tips

Read Aloud Tips

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