MAY Titles for Young People

Celebrate Nature

Kortney's Pick

In the Tall, Tall Grass
by Denise Fleming
Over the course of a day, the activity and motion all around us in nature is highlighted through bright illustrations and words that must be read aloud; especially as "crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch." 

Laura's Pick

If I was the Sunshine
by Julie Fogliano
This is a wonderful story time read with fantastic illustrations that capture the reader’s love of life and nature.

Nancy's Pick

by Pamela Hickman ; illustrated by Carolyn Gavin
After our extreme winter weather event it’s exciting to see trees budding and blooming. This book provides a basic introduction to the life cycle of trees, the important role they play, identifying tree and leaf types, photosynthesis, and respiration. Gavin’s watercolor and gouache illustrations pull off the feat of being informative and accurate, while also fresh, whimsical, and childlike. Books in the appealing Nature All Around series are in the Education Collection.

Sarah's Pick

Volcanic Eruptions
by Ann Squire
Learn about the different types of volcanos and how they can change the shape of the world.

Sharon's Pick

Slow Down: 50 Mindful Moments in Nature
by Rachel Williams; illustrated by Freya Hartas
This beautiful book encourages its readers to "slow down" and enjoy, pause, and watch nature. The wonderfully detailed illustrations and descriptions of plants, animals, land, water, and sky are amazing! 

Stephanie's Pick

by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
No matter the subject, I love Neal Shusterman’s work because it’s smart, well-written, and immediately hooks me. Dry is no exception, especially since it centers on the very frightening, growing problem of the world’s water shortage. In this story, when the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turn against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

Vanessa's Pick

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Oh! The things which happened in that garden! If you have never had a garden you cannot understand, and if you have had a garden you will know that it would take a whole book to describe all that came to pass there. At first it seemed that green things would never cease pushing their way through the earth, in the grass, in the beds, even in the crevices of the walls. Then the green things began to show buds and the buds began to unfurl and show color, every shade of blue, every shade of purple, every tint and hue of crimson.” This book is hopeful and magical in a way that makes you feel like a child again. Every time I read this book it always lifts my spirits and lightens my heart.

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