May 2014 Children's Story Time
Going Native with California Plants
Reading new books and old favorites on May 4 and 18
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.
Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale
This gorgeously illustrated retelling of the Karuk folktale tells the story of how warmth first came to the people. Wise Old Coyote knows where to find fire, but capturing it will be an uphill journey requiring the help of many other forest animals. Fire Race is a pikva, or traditional story of the Karuk people, native to northwest California. This tale of ingenuity, quick wits and bravery will entertain readers of all ages. (Early readers)
California Native Plant: Arroyo Willow
(j) SB435.51.S3 L846 1993
Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale. London, Jonathan. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1993.
Agave Blooms Just Once. Jernigan, Gisela. Tucson, Ariz.: Harbinger House, 1992.
Illustrated verses present plants and animals of the desert from A to Z. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Agave, Fremont Cottonwood, Desert Willow, Nolina, Unicorn Plant, Soaptree Yucca
(j) QH88.J482 1989
California Wildflowers: A Children's Field Guide to the State's Most Common Flowers. Magley, Beverly. Billings, Mont.; Falcon Press, 1989.
Common California wildflowers are described and illustrated with color drawings. They are grouped by habitat and each habitat also has a general description. (Advanced readers)
California Native Plants: Over fifty different native plants and flowers
(j) QK149.A1 M273 1989
Cactus Hotel. Guiberson, Brenda Z. New York: Henry Holt, 1993.
The life of a great saguaro cactus is observed from its humble beginnings as a seedling, to its final resting place on the desert floor. In the interim desert dwellers from woodpeckers to pack rats make their homes in the giant saguaro, which eventually grows to eight tons and 200 years old. Clever illustrations reveal the inner workings of the cactus hotel in this enjoyable and educational tale. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Saguaro, Paloverde Tree
(j) SB438.3.S14 G94 1991
A Class Trip to Miss Halberg's Butterfly Garden. Brorstrom, Gay Bishop. Sebastopol, Calif.: Pipevine Press, 2000.
A class learns about butterflies on a field trip to the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol, California. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Dutchman's Pipevine, Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle
(j) QL545.B648 2000
A Dandelion's Life. Himmelman, John. New York: Children's Press, 1998.
Text and illustrations follow the life cycle of a dandelion, describing seed germination, growth and flowering, visits by various insects, the dissemination of new seed, and the withering of the flower stalk in winter. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Dandelion
(j) QK495.C74 T17 H576 1998
Fairy Dusters & Blazing Stars: Exploring Wildflowers with Children. Samson, Suzanne M. Niwot, Colo.: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1994.
North American wildflowers are fancifully depicted with illustrations inspired by their common names.
California Native Plants: Over fifteen different native plants and flowers (see index for California species)
(j) QK110.Sa49 1994
Insect-Eating Plants. Cooper, Jason. Vero Beach, Fla.: Rourke Enterprises, 1991.
An introduction to types, characteristics, habitats, and feeding adaptations of carnivorous plants. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Sundews, California Pitcher Plants
(j) QK917.C786 1991
Mojave. Siebert, Diane. New York, HarperCollins, 1988.
Evokes the land and animals of the Mojave Desert in poetic text and illustrations. (Advanced readers)
California Native Plants: Yucca, Joshua Tree, Creosote, Beavertail Cactus, Cholla Cactus, Barrel cactus, California Poppy
(j) QH105.C2 M64, Si15, 1988
Weaving a California Tradition: A Native American Basketmaker. Yamane, Linda. Minneapolis, Minn.: Lerner Publications, 1997.
Follow an eleven-year-old Western Mono Indian as she and her relatives prepare materials needed for basketweaving, make the baskets, and attend the California Indian Basketweavers Association's annual gathering. (Advanced readers)
California Native Plants: Deergrass, Chaparral, Sourberry, Redbud, Sedge, Bracken Fern
(j)SD397.Ch8 B279 1991