December 2013 Children's Story Time
Reading new books and old favorites on December 1 and 15
Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11am. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science and nature-related myths and stories.
This classic tale from Dr. Seuss was one of the first to introduce children to the basic concepts of conservation and the dangers of destroying natural resources. The lyrical Lorax argues with the short-sighted Once-ler in order to save the Truffula forest from imminent devastation. It's only after the Lorax leaves that the Once-ler realizes the error of his ways. In true Dr. Seuss fashion, this story conveys a serious message amidst colorful images and musical prose. (Early readers)
(j) SD411 .Se81 1971
The Lorax. Seuss, Dr. New York, Random House c1971.
Butterfly Count. Collard, Sneed B. New York : Holiday House, c2002.
Amy and her mother look for a very special butterfly while attending the annual Fourth of July Butterfly Count at a prairie restoration site. Includes factual information about butterflies and how to attract and watch them. (Early readers)
(j) QL541 .C684 2002
Caring for Our Forests. Greene, Carol. Hillside, N. J. : Enslow Publishers, c1991.
Simple text describes the different kinds of forests, their ecological significance and interrelationships, and how they can be preserved. (Early readers)
(j) QH541.5.F6 G83 1991
Children Save the Rain Forest. Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.
Explores the International Children's Rain Forest (Bosque Eterno de los Ni–os), 40,000 acres of Costa Rica saved from destruction by children's contributions. (Advanced readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27cac P272 1996
Earthsong. Rogers, Sally. New York : Dutton Children's Books, c1998.
Verses about various animals, including endangered species, in various habitats around the world. Includes information about the need to protect the different animals mentioned.
(Early readers) (j) QL88 .R633 1998
Endangered Plants. Elaine Landau. New York : [Watts], c1992.
Describes plants that are at risk of becoming extinct and efforts to save them. (Advanced readers)
(j) QK86 .L231 1992
The Giving Tree. Silverstein, Shel. New York : HarperCollins, c1964.
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. (Early readers)
(j) QK475 .Si39 1964
(j) QK475 .Si39s 1997 (Spanish version)
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. Cherry, Lynne. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1990.
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home. (Early readers)
(j) QK495.B66 C4 C424 1990
Green Thumb. Thomas, Rob. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c1999.
A boy discovers that biologically engineered trees are destroying the Amazon rain forest. (Advanced readers)
(j) SB123.4 .T366 1999
Nibbles: A Green Tale. Middleton, Charlotte.
Every guinea pig in Dandeville loves to eat dandelion leaves until there is only one plant left, and Nibbles secretly and carefully tends this treasure until he can share the seeds with his community. (Early readers)
(j) QK495.C74 M584 2010
The Old Tree. Brown, Ruth, 1941- London : Walker, c2007.
In this beautifully illustrated book, an old tree inhabited by many creatures is marked for cutting. The resident animals save the tree by transforming the paint mark into a bird house. (Early readers)
(j) QH541.5.F6 B814 2007
Rain Forest. Cowcher, Helen. New York : Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, c1988.
The destruction of a rainforest and the resulting dislocation of its fauna is graphically described in this fictional tale for young readers. (Pre-readers)
(j) QH541.5.R27 C838 1988
Where Once there was a Wood. Fleming, Denise New York : Henry Holt, c1996.
Examines the many forms of wildlife that can be displaced if their environment is destroyed by development and discusses how communities and schools can provide spaces for them to live. (Early readers)
(j) QL59 .F629 1996