John Muir spoke, wrote, and lived the wilderness, including taking President Theodore Roosevelt on an overnight trip to the Yosemite Valley. This trip led to Roosevelts signing into law a bill that placed Yosemite under federal control as a national park. Because of this and his founding of the Sierra Club, John Muir is credited as one of the key shapers of the modern environmental movement.
Dino tales! It took over 150 years to finally unravel the mystery surrounding this particular dinosaur. A man named Don gets his lifelong dream of having a dinosaur named after him. A scientist solves the mystery of a wounded Ice-Age creature. Fossil footprints lead to an important discovery. Stories by Dougal Dixon, "Dino Don" Lessem, Gail Jarrow, and Melissa Stewart.
Real dinosaurs! Read about Triceratops' horns and their purpose. Did you know that there are animals alive today that move similarly to dinosaurs? Sometimes museums display copies of dinosaur fossils instead of the real thing. Learn how the Smithsonian made an exact copy of a dinosaur skeleton. A dinosaur fan's dreams came true as he watched a dinosaur skeleton being rebuilt. Stories by Sharon Pochron, Cheryl M. Reifsnyder, Ph.D., Suzanne McIntire, and Don Lessem, Dinosaur Editor.
The green forest! Baby Bear explores the forest looking for the perfect bed. Different forest animals prepare for the long winter ahead. Jack Rabbit doesn't believe it is going to rain. He talks to his forest friends who can smell the rain, and they all tell him that it is coming soon. Cheeper is learning how to sing. Can he learn before he must leave the forest? Stories by Lucinda H. Kennaley, Dale Cross Purvis, Gay Kamber Seltzer, and Highlights for Children.
Bundle up! Maria and Grandma watch as a squirrel prepares for winter. Dad and Isabel watch different types of wild animals getting ready for the chilly winter. A fable tells of a little bird that cannot fly south for the winter. Each year before the river freezes, barges bring supplies for the long Alaskan winter. What will the barge bring for Ben? The arctic squirrel hibernates underground to survive the harsh winter. Stories by Marianne Mitchell, Bonnie Highsmith Taylor, Diana C. Conway, and Karen G. Ballen.
It's springtime! Rabbit is inspired by a daffodil, and throws a party. Discover why there's bubbly foam on plants and evergreen trees in the spring. Mandy and Ben play outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Sarah looks for a new spring coat. A frog sits near the meadow on a busy spring morning. Stories by Highlights for Children, Beverly J. Letchworth, Marianne Mitchell, Clara Gillow Clark, and Marilyn Kratz.
Brr! Five snowmen race down a hill, but only one makes it to the finish line. In another kind of "snowstorm," Jem uses her quick thinking to save her new friend, Vianna. Issac is excited to see snow for the first time, and Angela finds a new way to fly. Stories by Kathleen Doherty, Roxanne Werner, Nancy Dearborn, and Wendy Hogarth.
Seasons! Spot wants to play outside but it is too cold. Spot plays in a pile of leave. Spot is playing outside, then the weather begins to change. Spot says hello to spring. Spot enjoys summer. Stories by Marileta Robinson and Highlights for Children.
Fun in every season! In winter, Tex and Indi build a snowman. In autumn, they try to put the leaves back on the trees. In summer, Tex and Indi go to the beach and build a sandcastles. At the end of spring, Tex and Indi's class make memory books. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Nature! Tex and Indi find fun shapes in the clouds, make bird feeders, and wish on the moon. The whole family plants a garden. Then Tex and Indi go on a nature hike with their Aunt. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Seasons! The Timbertoes work hard at the end of the season. They decorate their house for spring. In autumn, they build a leaf pile. The Timbertoes get ready for winter. Stories by Rich Wallace and Marileta Robinson.
Nature! The Timbertoes make maple syrup. Tommy plays outside. Pa makes a telescope to look at the moon. The Timbertoes set out to forage nuts. Stories by Highlights for Children, Brian Berndt, Rich Wallace, and Marileta Robinson.
Make the best of a cold day with Spot! Spot plays outside on a windy day. In autumn Spot collects different color leaves. When it snows, Spot plays outside, watches snowflakes, and makes a snowball. Stories by Marileta Robinson and Highlights for Children.
Frogs! Learn about the unique jump of the Tailed Frogs in the Pacific Northwest. Figure out where the mysterious sound of a thousand bells comes from. Discover the dangerous journey of a wood frog. Get a close look at the tiny "famous" frogs from the rain forest. Stories by Pamela Brunskill, Barbara Cole, Carole Smith Berney, and Chris Dietel.
Bubbles, museums, and fairies! Maria has fun at the bubble exhibit in the children's museum. Marvin's museum is more fun with the help of friends. Magical fairies dance around a suburban neighborhood on summer nights. Talitha discovers how Big T "stole" a note, some straw, a handkerchief, and a ribbon. Find out what happens if you blow soap bubbles in below-freezing weather! Stories by Marianne Mitchell, Highlights for Children, Emma Otherguy, and Verlis Hutchens.
In the Dark! Find the lights in the scary night. What do sheep count to fall to sleep? Enjoy a silly story about when the lights go out… dancing. Learn how bats can fly at night and how they drink water in flight. Stories by Maggie Murphy, Amy S. Hansen, Noelle Poulet, Alison Pearce Stevens, Ph.D., Marianne Mitchell, and Marileta Robinson.
Fun at the beach! Alex packs toys for a beach trip. Duck and Goose have try a new sport at the lake. Emma realizes that the wild animals should be free, no matter how small. Learn a safe and easy trick for examining sea creatures up close. Stories by Larry Dane Brimner, Dagmar Kost, Marianne Mitchell, and Les Ewen.
Big cats! Learn how radio collars aide in conservation and answers to questions, such as, "why can't humans run as fast as cheetahs?" Follow researchers as they track Siberian tigers. Find out about efforts to conserve snow leopards in the wild. Stories by Andy Boyles, Pamela S. Turner, Linda Zajac, and Highlights for Children.
There are thousands of things going on right under your feet--but you probably didn't even know it! From bugs and worms to decaying matter, discover tons of 'Ack!'-inducing facts in this fascinating book.
These now-extinct cephalods were the predecessors of modern-day squid, octopus, and nautilus and survived for nearly 335 million years! Young readers will discover how these shelled creatures came in myriad shapes, sizes, and designs, and how they managed to outlast several mass extinctions until about 65 million years ago.
Butterflies may be one of nature's most beautiful creatures. But do we really know all that much about them? Learn some great butterfly information in this book, from cocoon shapes and migration patterns to strange techniques in fending off predators.
Provides factual information about the natural history of the California condor through the fictional story of a young boy's discovery of a young bird in trouble.
Some scientists say there could be 200 million different types of living things in the world. Actually, nobody really knows. But there is a problem. Many of these different types of things are becoming extinct. Find out why. Find out which animals are in danger and what we can do to save them. Then read Where The Forest Ended. It's a story that shows that sometimes answers aren't easy.
What is a disaster? What causes disasters? Find out all about it. Check out disasters such as wars, terrorism, tornadoes and hurricanes. Then find out about megadisasters that might happen in the future. Will the Earth survive? Read The Eruption, a story about living and dying in the path of a volcano. What should you do when a volcano erupts? You might be surprised!
Introduces plants with unique or unusual features, such as those that eat meat and those that produce poisons, and includes a fictional story featuring carnivorous plants.