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The City Jungle

by Felix Salten & Whittaker Chambers Aladdin (October 14, 2014)

Get to know the lives and longings of animals in a city zoo in this time-honored tale from the author of Bambi.

The animals of the city zoo miss their homes. While they appreciate the company of one another,...


Two Tiny Mice

by Alan Baker Sky Pony (September 02, 2014)

This delightfully sweet storybook follows a duo of harvest mice as they explore the countryside. A unique mouse-eye view shows creatures in their natural habitats as the two meet a quiet rabbit, get a peek in...


Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest

by Anna Branford & Elanna Allen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

In this sixth story of the Violet Mackerel series, Violet and Rose start a very small protest to make a very big impact.

Violet and Rose have shared their best secrets under the big oak tree in Clover Park. And...


The Legend of Thunderfoot

by Bill Wallace Aladdin (August 12, 2014)

The day of the Naming is an important one for young roadrunners. That's when roadrunner parents judge the speed, courage, and hunting skill of their offspring and choose fitting names for them.

One proud fledgling...


The Hound of Florence

by Felix Salten & Huntley Paterson Aladdin (June 03, 2014)

It's a dog's life for a boy when he magically turns into a hound in this classic story from the author of Bambi.

On a routine walk through the streets of his hometown of Vienna, Lucas Grassi sees an archduke's...


Ancient, Strange, and Lovely

by Susan Fletcher Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 21, 2010)

In a slightly futuristic, polluted world, fourteen-year-old Bryn watches an ancient egg hatch, and her life changes forever. Like her family before her, Bryn can "ken" with birds, so at first she doesn't understand...


The Little Raindrop

by Joanna Gray & Dubravka Kolanovic Sky Pony (March 04, 2014)

From cloud to puddle, and puddle to stream, the Little Raindrop is making its way on the remarkable journey that is Earth's water cycle. In this inviting storyillustrated with pastels for a soft, full colorreaders...


Hector Afloat

by Elizabeth Shreeve & Pamela R. Levy Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

One night Hector falls asleep to the sound of rain rat-a-tat-tatting on the roof of his wumblebug hole. And even though the rain has been coming down for days, Hector is not worried. He's safe and snug.

But...


Bambi's Children

by Felix Salten, Richard Cowdrey, Barthold Fles & R. Sudgen Tilley Aladdin (February 18, 2014)

Meet the new fawns in the forest: the descendants of Bambi discover the woods in this refreshed edition of the sequel to Bambi, complete with new illustrations.

Twin fawns Geno and Gurri are the children of Faline...


Jak's Story

by Aaron Bell Dundurn (September 06, 2010)

Jak Loren is a typical boy with the usual problems that a big family presents. When Jak goes to the ravine near his home in Brantford to get away from a bully, he discovers the ravine has a history thats much...


Why the Crocodile Has a Wide Mouth: and Other Nature Myths

by Florence Holbrook Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

These 54 wonder-filled stories describe in simple folktale style how many amazing creatures of the earth were created and why they look and act as they do. 29 illustrations.


The American Boy's Handy Book: Turn-of-the-Century Classic of Crafts and Activities

by Daniel Beard Dover Publications (May 20, 2013)

Used by generations of Boy Scouts, this classic features scores of projects — from stocking aquariums and performing puppet shows to sculpting snowmen and making sleds. 254 black-and-white figures. 63 illustrations....


Gaia Girls Way of Water

by Lee Welles & Carol Coogan Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2007)

Miho's backyard had always been the sea. The creatures within it were an endless source of fascination. But when the sea steals away her small family, she finds herself the ward of an uncle she has never met...


Gaia Girls Enter the Earth

by Lee Welles & Ann Hameister Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2007)

Elizabeth Angier was happy to be at the end of the school year. She thought her summer on the family farm would be full of work and play with her best friend, Rachel, and her other best friend, her dog, Maizey....


A Forest World

by Felix Salten, Paul R. Milton & Sanford Jerome Greenburger Aladdin (October 15, 2013)

The forest is a whole different world...Felix Salten's classic story of wild and tame animals coming together is brought vividly to life in this refreshed edition, ideal for collecting.

To the animals of Lodge...


The Garden Green

by Mark Anton eBookIt.com (August 23, 2013)

For over ten years, the Garden Green has been delighting children of all ages in its many custom hardcover gift book editions. In keeping with the original fundraising for Sustainability and Environmental causes,...


Our House Is Round

by Yolanda Kondonassis & Joan Brush Sky Pony (February 28, 2012)

Called the perfect children's introduction to environmental issues" by Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, Our House Is Round gently guides young readers through a smartly narrated conversation...


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

by Kathi Appelt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)

"Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is" (The New York Times). Meet Bingo and J'miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp...


Creature Crossing

by Betty Levin & Jos. A. Smith Greenwillow Books (November 02, 2010)

Ben, Kate, and Foster, the trio of friends from Starshine and Sunglow return in this satisfying sequel in which Ben finds a tiny creature in a ditch and is convinced he's stumbled upon something really big --...


Wildfire Run

by Dee Garretson HarperCollins (August 31, 2010)

The president's retreat, Camp David, is one of the safest places in the United States. So why can't the President's son, Luke, and his friends Theo and Callie stay there without Secret Service agents constantly...


Lost on a Mountain in Maine

by Donn Fendler & Joseph Egan HarperCollins (December 23, 2013)

Based on the true account of a boy's harrowing journey through the vast wilderness of the Katahdin Mountains, Lost on a Mountain in Maine is a gripping survival story for all ages.

Twelve-year-old Donn Fendler...


Dot and the Kangaroo (Mermaids Classics)

by Ethel C Pedley eBookIt.com (March 27, 2013)

Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C Pedley (1860-1898) is an 1899 Australian childrens book classic where it follows the story of a young five year old girl named Dot who gets lost in the outback of Australia and...


Bird Lake Moon

by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (July 02, 2013)

Spencer thought the house might be haunted.

Mitch knew it wasn't. And he knew why.

The whole time Spencer and Mitch hung out together at Bird Lake that summer, there were secrets keeping them apart.

And maybe a...


My Super-Awesome Vacation to Planet Earth

by Steve Ferris eBookIt.com (March 10, 2013)

A young alien boy from another world gives this presentation of his family's trip to planet Earth. Learn about how amazing Earth is from his point of view as he tells us amazing facts and shares drawings of...


Ripley's RBI 02: Dragon's Triangle

by Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Ripley Publishing (December 06, 2011)

Join the RBI--a group of teen agents with special gifts--on a series of action-packed adventures as they travel the world!

The coast of Japan is being terrorized by a mysterious creature. The RBI are sent to...


Bambi: A Life in the Woods

by Felix Salten & Richard Cowdrey Aladdin (February 19, 2013)

The beloved story of a deer in the forest reaches a new generation of readers with a fresh new look.

Bambi's life in the woods begins happily. There are forest animals to play with and Bambi's twin cousins, Gobo...


Journey of the Sea Glass

by Nicole Fazio Down East Books (June 01, 2012)

What happens to sea glass between the time it falls into the sea and it washes up on the beach? This charming and inventive book explores a possible course of events, tracing a Coca-Cola bottle that is dropped...


If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond

by Robert Burleigh & Wendell Minor Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 16, 2012)

In 1845 in Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau began a radical experiment: he built a cabin in the woods and lived there, alone, examining the world around him. He spent his days walking the shores of...


The Silver Arrow

by Lev Grossman Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 31, 2020)

"I loved every page. This is middle grade fiction at its best."-- Ann Patchett

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians comes a must-read, wholly original middle-grade debut perfect for...


The Wild Path

by Sarah R. Baughman Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 31, 2020)

The Line Tender meets The Secret Horses of Briar Hill in this hopeful, heartfelt story about one girl's search for legendary horses and her quest to piece her family back together.

Twelve-year-old Claire Barton...


A Songbird Dreams of Singing

by Kate Hosford & Jennifer M. Potter Running Press Kids (November 04, 2019)

Learn more about the variety of fascinating ways animals sleep: from upside down and holding hands, to sleeping while swimming or flying!

Did you know otters sleep while holding hands; zebra finches rehearse...


Whirlwind

by David Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 16, 2009)

In Firestorm, the first book of the Caretaker Trilogy, seventeen-year-old Jack Danielson saved the world's oceans, but at great personal cost -- his parents were killed and everything he knew and believed in...


Firestorm

by David Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 31, 2008)

His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. But if Jack hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, he never would have known and nothing would have changed. He'd just be going out...


You Can't Have My Planet

by James Mihaley Feiwel & Friends (April 09, 2012)

Thirteen-year-old Giles is the last person anyone would expect to save the planet. he's not as charming as his little sister, and not as brainy as his goody-goody older brother. But when Giles witnesses an alien...


How to Bee

by Bren MacDibble & Katherine Littrell Blackstone Publishing (June 02, 2020)

How to Bee is a beautiful, fierce and ultimately hopeful dystopian novel, set against an all-too-possible future where the bees are extinct, and it is up to the quickest and bravest kids to pollinate the flowers...


Birdy's Smile Book

by Laurie Keller Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 28, 2010)

Birdy starts every day by smiling at herself in the mirror. She says you can smile while doing just about anything--brushing your teeth, taking out the garbage, or eating broccoli. Okay, maybe not while eating...


The Great Realization

by Tomos Roberts (Tomfoolery) HarperCollins (September 01, 2020)

We now call it The Great Realization

and, yes, since then there have been many.

But that's the story of how it started . . .

and why hindsight's 2020.

We all need hope. Humans have an extraordinary capacity to...


Dark Water Rising

by Marian Hale Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 18, 2006)

I looked and saw water rushing in from Galveston Bay on one side and from the gulf on the other. The two seas met in the middle of Broadway, swirling over the wooden paving blocks, and I couldn't help but shudder...


Timelock

by David Klass Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 03, 2009)

In Timelock, the thrilling finale to the Caretaker Trilogy, the end of life as we know it has arrived, and history will be made -- or lost -- at the hands of one young hero.

Jack Danielson has spent the last...


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 11, 2009)

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous...


Down Under the Pier

by Nell Cross Beckerman & Rachell Sumpter Cameron Kids (May 11, 2020)

There's lots of fun to be had up on the beach pier, but it's down underneath where the true--and totally free--magic happens

There's lots of fun to be had up on the pier--the Ferris wheel, the rollercoaster,...


Buck Fever

by Cynthia Chapman Willis Feiwel & Friends (October 26, 2009)

Twelve-year-old Joey MacTagert's dad wants his son to carry on the family tradition of hunting. But Joey has "buck fever"--he can't pull the trigger on a deer, and hates the idea of killing animals. He's more...


A bag of chips in Polynesia (Takuu)

by Jordi Sierra i Fabra & Xavier Bartumeus Editorial SiF (April 01, 2020)

Takuu is a small atoll in Polynesia where just 500 inhabitants live in. It is sinking into the sea. Shiya, a little girl, finds a bag of potato chips in the inner lagoon. It is the pollution that reaches everywhere....


The Light in the Lake

by Sarah R. Baughman Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2019)

Go on a journey of discovery, magic, science, and hope with this remarkable debut novel about a girl's powerful connection to a mysterious lake.

Twelve-year-old Addie should stay away from Maple Lake. After all,...


ENDURANCE IN ANTARCTICA

by Katrina Charman Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (December 10, 2018)

A group of sled dogs race to survive a perilous journey across Antarctica in the exhilarating second installment of Survival Tails, perfect for fans of the Ranger in Time and I Survived series!

Sled dog Samson...


Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

by Kenard Pak Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (February 17, 2020)

In a simple, cheerful conversation with nature, a young boy observes how the season changes from winter to spring in Kenard Pak's Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring.

As days stretch longer, animals creep out from their...


Who Likes Rain?

by Wong Herbert Yee Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 02, 2007)

It's time to put on your rain gear for a rainy-day romp!

With spring come April showers. It's time to put on a raincoat, grab an umbrella, and head outdoors. The worms like rain, and so do the fish and frogs....


Dandylion Summer

by Frann Preston-Gannon Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 13, 2020)

Frann Preston-Gannon's Dandylion Summer is a sweet, character-driven picture book.

When two sisters make a wish upon a dandelion, the seeds scatter and bring them Dandylion, a friend to play with all summer long....


The Bear's Garden

by Marcie Colleen & Alison Oliver Imprint (March 23, 2020)

Inspired by the true story of a community garden in Brooklyn, New York, this picture book, The Bear's Garden, by writer Marcie Colleen and illustrator Alison Oliver, is a testament to how imagination and dedication...


We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom & Michaela Goade Roaring Brook Press (March 16, 2020)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book...