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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Books on Sustainability for Youth
Honeybees and gardens. These subjects comprise half of this year’s best sustainability titles for youth, reviewed in Booklist between February 15, 2013, and February 1, 2014. The other half? Tapirs, parrots, and more fascinating wild critters.
The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery. By Sandra Markle.
2013. illus. Millbrook, $29.27 (9781467705929). Gr. 3–6.
This attractive volume explores the world of honeybees and the mysterious malady that threatens them. Excellent color photographs illustrate the text.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. By Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Illus. by Eric-Shabazz Larkin.
2013. Readers to Eaters, $17.95 (9780983661535). Gr. 1–4.
Basketball player turned urban farmer Will Allen is the subject of this inspiring picture book about urban gardening.
Flight of the Honey Bee. By Raymond Huber. Illus. by Brian Lovelock.
2013. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763667603). PreS–Gr. 2.
Huber draws on her experience as both a beekeeper and a teacher to tell the story of a honeybee searching for food for her hive. Back matter includes information about protecting bees.
It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden. By George Ancona. Illus. by the author.
2013. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763653927). K–Gr. 3.
This inviting large-format book follows the development of a school garden and the students’ responses to it, from plans to planting to watering to harvest.
Parrots over Puerto Rico. By Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Illus. by Susan L. Roth.
2013. Lee & Low, $19.95 (9781620140048). Gr. 2–5.
Watershed moments in Puerto Rican history parallel the sharp decline in the country’s parrot population until the 1960s, when the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. came together to preserve these colorful creatures.
Picture a Tree. By Barbara Reid. Illus. by the author.
2013. Albert Whitman, $16.99 (9780807565261). PreS–Gr. 1.
In simple, evocative phrases and Reid’s distinctive, surprisingly adaptable style, trees become “sun umbrellas” (leafy trees creating shade on a sweltering city sidewalk), and more.
Planet Ark: Preserving Earth’s Biodiversity. By Adrienne Mason. Illus. by Margot Thompson.
2013. Kids Can, $18.95 (9781554537532). Gr. 3–6.
Likening the earth to an ark carrying millions of species through space, Mason calls on readers to become modern-day Noahs, doing what they can to preserve the diversity of life on the planet.
The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Nic Bishop.
2013. Houghton, $18.99 (9780547815480). Gr. 5–8.
The latest project of the award-winning dynamic duo takes the reader to Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands, where field scientist Patricia Medici leads a talented team in search of the unsung tapir.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever. By H. Joseph Hopkins. Illus. by Jill McElmurry.
2013. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $16.99 (9781442414020). Gr. 1–3.
A little-known, can-do woman shines in this picture book about Katherine Olivia Sessions, who planned the lush garden of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World. By Ann Downer.
2013. illus. Lerner/Twenty-First Century, lib. ed., $33.27 (9780761390213). Gr. 5–8.
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