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April 2014 Children's Story Time

Spring Forward with California Native Plants

Reading new books and old favorites on April 6 and 20

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.

Poppy Bear: The Garden That Overslept. Saltzman, Ruth E. Hillsboro, Or.: Beyond Words Pub., 2001.
When springtime goes "missing," siblings Ida and David discover that Poppy Bear, keeper of the springtime garden, has hibernated a bit too long! Together they plant seeds to help their new bear friend bring springtime to the garden. (Early readers)
California native species: Poppy
(j) SB453 .Sa37 2001

Katya's Book of Mushrooms. Arnold, Katya. New York : Henry Holt, 1997.
This comprehensive introduction to mushrooms includes scientific facts, quirky details and tips for identification. (Advanced readers)
California native species: Puffball, Morel, Chantrelle, Fly Agaric, Coral Mushroom
(j) QK617 .Ar64 1997

Handsprings: Poems & Paintings. Florian, Douglas. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2006. This collection of kid-friendly poetry celebrates the season of spring and all it entails – from blooms to mud puddles. "Spring has zing and spring has sass!" (Early readers)
(j) SB454. C17sp F663 2006

The Tiny Seed. Carle, Eric. Saxonville, Mass.: Picture Book Studio, 1987.
This gorgeous book by Eric Carle follows the amazing journey of one tiny seed. Celebrate the cycle of the seasons and the transformation of seed to flower and back again. (Early readers)
(j) QK661 .C192 1987

The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring. Clifton, Lucille. New York : Dutton, 1973.
King is a skeptical boy who doesn't believe the hype about springtime. Lacking evidence that spring is "just around the corner," he and a friend explore the city for signs of the season. (Early readers)
(j) SB454.C17sp .C613 1973

The Red Poppy. Lucht, Irmgard. New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 1995.
Simple text and large close-up illustrations follow the life cycle of a poppy growing at the edge of a field of rye. (Early readers)
California native species: poppy
(j) QK495.P22 P27, L963, 1995

It's spring! Glaser, Linda. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 2002.
Beautiful cut-paper illustrations bring springtime to life as the narrative celebrates the signs of spring. This book includes a creative list of springtime nature activities for children and families. (Early readers)
(j) SB454.C17sp G462 2002

Miss Rumphius. Cooney, Barbara. New York: Puffin Books, 1987.
Young Alice promises her grandfather that she will do something to make the world more beautiful. Join Alice on her lifelong journey from curious child to world-traveling librarian to the much-loved Lupine Lady. (Early readers)
California native species: Lupine
(j) SB413.L86 C783 1982

Countdown to Spring: An Animal Counting Book. Schulman, Janet. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
This colorful counting book is wonderful for very young children. Count down to the beginning of spring with ladybugs, ducklings, foxes and other colorful creatures. (Pre-readers)
(j) SB454.C17sp Sch81 2002

And Then It's Spring . Fogliano, Julie. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
This is a poetic tale of a boy and his dog who patiently anticipate the changing of the season. Week by week they tend to the brown earth until one day the soil "has a greenish hum that you can only hear if you put your ear to the ground and close your eyes." Detailed illustrations reveal the earth's subtle changes. (Early readers)
(j) SB454.C17sp F695 2012

From Seed to Plant. Gibbons, Gail. New York: Holiday House, 1991.
This is an approachable yet scientific exploration of seeds. Explore the diversity of seeds and learn about how different plants grow. (Early readers)
(j) QK661 .G352 1991

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