March Book Recommendations
Native Plants: Flora and Fauna of the Pacific Northwest by Collin Varner
The Flora and Fauna of the Pacific Northwest Coast is an extensive, easy-to-follow resource guide to the plant and animal life of the vast and diverse bioregion stretching from Juneau, Alaska, south to coastal British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and down to California’s San Francisco Bay. Encompassing over eight hundred native and invasive species, and including more than two thousand color photos, this is the most complete book of its kind on the market. The book is divided into flora and fauna, with detailed subsections for flowering plants, berries, ferns, shrubs and bushes, trees, fungi, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Each species (identified by common and scientific name) is illustrated by a close-up photograph and a concise description of its appearance, biology, and habitat, as well as its traditional use and medicinal properties (where applicable). The book also contains detailed maps, a glossary, and a complete index of species.
Transition to Spring: Sing in the Spring by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Deb Plestid
A playful, poetic picture book celebrating the coming of spring from the award-winning author of Summer Feet and featuring luminous original artwork by an internationally renowned quilt artist. Spring is sometimes a long time coming. As snow melts and winter slowly blows away, the earth begins its unfolding of new life and hopeful greening. While we can still snowshoe through the soft white and sip the clear, wintry air, we dream of the sparkle of spring, that wind-chapped-cheek time, where "baby fiddleheads sleep/like so many questions deep" and the sun comes "smiling in/as longer days of light begin."
Berries, Nuts, and Seeds (Take-Along Guide series) 1996 Ages 7-10
Written by Diane L. Burns and illustrated by John F. McGee
Although meant for older children, this well-illustrated identification guide describes a variety of berries, nuts, and seeds that might be found on a nature walk.
Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest 2017 Ages 5-8
Written by Fiona Cohen and illustrated by Marni Fylling
Organized by habitat--forest, beach, fresh water, and backyards and urban parks--fun facts and full-color illustrations will introduce kids to the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring 2022 Ages 2-5
Written and illustrated by Kenard Pak
A young boy watches how nature changes form winter into spring.
Hello Spring! 2017 Ages 4-8
Written by Shelley Rotner
A celebration of the arrival of spring, marked by changes in plant and animal life.
On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring 2020 Ages 4-9
Written by Buffy Silverman
The world comes to life on a snow-melting day.
Only the Trees Know 2022 Ages 3-7
Written by Jane Whittingham and illustrated by Cinyee Chiu
Little Rabbit is tired of waiting for spring. His parents and grandmama tell him to be patient, but he isn’t very good at being patient. Spring will come on its own time, they say. But when will that be? Only the trees know, says his grandmama. But when Little Rabbit tries asking the trees, nothing happens. Determined to make the trees notice him, Little Rabbit almost overlooks what's been there all along: hopeful signs that spring is on the way."-- Provided by publisher.
Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark 2003 Ages 9-12
Written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent with photographs by William Munoz
Describes the journey of Lewis and Clark through the western United States, focusing on the plants they cataloged, their uses for food and medicine, and the plant lore of Native American people. Also meant for an older audience, but the photographs and information are useful.
Spectacular Spring 2018 Written by Bruce Goldstone Ages 4-8
A neat overview of spring, chock-full of interesting facts for young readers. Vibrant photographs grace each page, making it all the more appealing for little ones. The explanation of the science behind rain, rainbows, seeds, and more is presented in an accessible way. In addition, readers will learn about animals, spring flowers, how an umbrella works, the sounds and sights of spring, and spring celebrations, culminating in "some spectacular spring activities".
Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations 2019 Ages 4-8
Written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Micha Archer
A unique take on spring in a series of eye-opening equations. Whether it's breeze + kite = ballet or nest + robin = jewelry box, each equation prompts readers to pause and think about spring in unexpected ways. As a child in the art welcomes the change of seasons, sidebars provide more information about the science behind the signs of spring."
What Will Grow? 2017 Written by Jennifer Ward Ages 3-6
Seeds can be big or small, round or pointy, and all sorts of colors. They can become flowers, trees, fruits, or vegetables, and they grow all times of year, during spring, summer, fall, and winter. But all seeds have one thing in common--inside each is a new plant life waiting to emerge. What kind of plant will bloom? Wait and see what will grow!
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