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Bailey, Ella, author, illustrator.
J 551.46 BAI
"The series focused on the way our young animal friends spend a day continues with an adventurous dolphin calf, as she explores the vast Pacific ocean with her mother and meets the many wonderful water dwelling creatures that live there.

Bang, Molly.
J 571.455 BAN
Explains how all life on the Earth depends, directly or indirectly, on light from the sun, and describes how all ocean life, from the tiniest plankton to great whales, including the creatures in the darkest depths, form a web that uses sunshine.

Brearley, Laurie, 1953- author.
J 333.91 BRE
Learn about the history of hydroelectric power and how water power is used to generate electricity.

Collard, Sneed B., author, photographer.
J 634.9618 COL
Focusing on the work of University of Montana professor Richard Hutto, this book tells the story of how dozens of species of birds use the burn areas of wildfires. At least 15 bird species prefer burned forests to all other habitats.

Davies, Nicola, 1958- author.
J 333.95 DAV
The more we study the world around us, the more living things we discover every day. The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one including us is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. When humans interfere with parts of the pattern, by polluting the air and oceans, taking too much from the sea, and cutting down too many forests, animals and plants begin to disappear. What sort of world would it be if it went from having many types of living things to having just one?

Guillain, Charlotte.
J 363.728 GUI

Litton, Jonathan, author.
J 550 LIT
Explore the incredible place we call home! Marvel at the physical planet, learn how the weather works, meet some of the most influential people from the past and present, and much more. Examine every corner of the Earth, from outer space to underground and from the Maasai Steppe to Manhattan.

Martin, Bill, 1916-2004, author.
Youngsters awaken in the morning with the belief that they are the greatest little ones in the world, whether they are children in their mothers' arms, eagles soaring above mountains, whales swimming in the ocean, or other animals in their domains.

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs, author.
J 577 MAR
"Once upon a time a creek burbled up and tumbled across a prairie valley. It was filled with insects and brook trout that ate them, frogs that chirruped and birds watching for bugs and fish. This is a true story about a man named Mike who went looking for that creek long after it was buried under fields of corn. It is the story of how a creek can be brought back to life, and with it a whole world of nature. In the words of award-winning author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the enchanting illustrations by Claudia McGehee, this heartening tale of an ecosystem restored in the Driftless Area of northeast Iowa unfolds in a way that will charm and inform young readers who are drawn to a good mystery, the wonders of nature--and, of course, big earth-moving machines"-- Provided by publisher.

Montgomery, Sy, author.
J 577.0981 MON
"Part science, part carnival--this winding adventure down the Amazon River with award-winning author Sy Montgomery and photographer Keith Ellenbogen explores how tiny fish, called piabas, can help preserve not only the rainforest and it's often misunderstood inhabitants, but the fate of our entire environment."-- Provided by publisher.

Rusch, Elizabeth, author.
J 621.3121 RUS
From an acclaimed Scientists in the Field author comes the electrifying story of the scientists and engineers who are working to transform ocean waves into electricity in hopes of generating a cleaner, more sustainable power source.

Rylant, Cynthia, author.
Life is beautiful, ever changing, sometimes not easy, but always worth waking up in the morning to see what might happen.

Scherer, Lauri S.
J 333.82 FRI
Examines the dangers of fossil fuels and explores alternate energy resources to replace the use of fossil fuels.

Yuly, Toni, author, illustrator.
This gentle message of gratitude and connection, enhanced by beautifully simple collage illustrations, makes for a charming gift. Sun gives us light. Thank you, sun. Clouds bring the rain that makes puddles to splash in. Sheep give us wool for our sweaters and hats. The honey that sweetens our bread comes from bees (thank you, bees). With spare, repetitive text and bright, torn-paper collage artwork, this picture book gives even the youngest readers a subtle sense of how everyday things are related-- and inspires an appreciation for life's simple gifts.

Carmichael, L. E. (Lindsey E.), author.
J 578.737 CAR
"The boreal forest is our planet's largest land biome. A scarf around the neck of the world, it spans a dozen countries, from Canada to the mountain peaks of Japan. Parts of the biome are so remote, few humans have ever seen them. But the forest plays a vital role on our planet. It is home to an incredible diversity of species. Its trees clean our air, and its wetlands clean our water. Known as a "carbon sink," the biome plays an important role in slowing global climate change. These are just a few reasons why the boreal forest is worth appreciating -- and protecting. In this beautifully written book, award-winning author L. E. Carmichael takes us on an year-long journey through this vast and vital wilderness. The lyrical fictional narrative tells of the species that live in the forest, paired with informational sidebars that expand on key concepts and provide further context. We also learn about the forest's geography and history, the significant role it plays in regulating the planet's climate and the water cycle that connects the forest all around the world. Additional material in the end matter includes a world map of the boreal forest, information about the water cycle and carbon cycle, a glossary, author's sources, resources for kids and an index. Artwork by award-winning children's illustrator Josڳee Bisaillon provides a rare glimpse into life in the biome. Expertly researched, and written in consultation with Indigenous peoples who live in the boreal forest, Boreal is an exploration of one of the most beautiful places on Earth."-- Provided by publisher.

Dickmann, Nancy, author.
J 333.794 DIC
Readers bored with seeing the same information on renewable energy will love the focus on relevant contemporary examples in this book. How does solar power give energy to medical clinics in Ghana or cut fossil fuel use in Australia?

Haley, Charly, author.
J 394.262 HAL
This book introduces readers to the history, meaning, traditions, and celebrations of Earth Day. Vivid photographs and easy-to-read text aid comprehension for early readers. Features include a table of contents, an infographic, fun facts, Making Connections questions, a glossary, and an index. QR Codes in the book give readers access to book-specific resources to further their learning. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Isabella, Jude, author.
J 599.773 ISA
"In 1995, the gray wolf was reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park after a seventy-year absence. All these years later, we can clearly see the cascading effects this has had on the park's ecosystem. This is a spectacular example of a trophic cascade, the term used when an important member of an ecosystem goes missing and many other living things are indirectly affected, causing a chain reaction of events. In the case of the reintroduced wolves of Yellowstone, the chain reaction went as far as changing the behavior of waterways and the surrounding geology. This book is a fascinating exploration of the transformations that have taken place in Yellowstone National Park since the wolves returned -- including the monumental changes to the landscape and to all the animals that live there -- clearly told through lively narrative and food web infographics."-- Provided by publisher.

Kelsey, Elin, author.
J 304.2 KEL
"From the creators of You Are Stardust and Wild Ideas comes a new informational picture book that explores how humans are inextricably connected to nature. This book draws examples from the clouds and the cosmos, the seafloor and the surface of our skin, to show how we are never alone: we are always surrounded and supported by nature. Whether it's gravity holding us tight; our lungs breathing oxygen synthesized by plants; the countless microorganisms that build our immunity; or the whales whose waste fertilizes the plankton that feed the fish we eat: nature touches every aspect of how we live. Using lyrical text grounded in current science alongside detailed diorama art, this book presents the idea that we thrive through connections to the land and sea and sky, and togetherness is key to nature. It encourages inquiry-based learning, inviting readers to wonder, ask questions, observe the natural world, and engage with big ideas. An author's note at the end offers more insight into the research behind the text."-- Provided by publisher.

MacLachlan, Patricia, author.
Die-cut pages invite reader to explore how Earth is a friend to all creatures, watching over us as the year cycles through the seasons.

Rissman, Rebecca, author.
J 628.4458 RIS
How many uses can you find for an old glass jam jar? This engaging book looks at the always topical issues of managing our waste in a world with finite resources. Infographic details provide ready facts such as how much energy recycling one tin can provides and what that energy can be used for.

Spilsbury, Louise, author.
J 577.3 SPI
"This gorgeous book gives readers core information about forests in the taiga, tropical and temperate rainforests, and deciduous forest biomes. Find out where each kind is found, how animals and plants have adapted to life among the trees, who lives in these forests, and how humans impact life there."-- Provided by publisher.

Howell, Izzi, author.
J GN 577 HOW
The characters in this series will whisk you away on a colorful journey around the world (and beyond!). Does geography get you lost? Never fear! Learning can be oodles of fun with this series.

Ziefert, Harriet, author.
J 553.7 ZIE
Using lilting, rhyming couplets, this book explores the many way that water is essential to our lives and the existence of life on earth. But it doesn't stop there! Kids will also learn about the many uses of water - and the environmental danger to water posed by pollution and lack of respect for this precious resource. Kids are encouraged to be kind, not only to one another, but to the environment as well.

Williams, Lily, author, illustrator.
J 599.756 WIL
"There are nine subspecies of tigers, but three are now extinct. They play a very important role in keeping nature in balance. But, due to expanding human populations, poaching, and more, they're in danger. What would happen if tigers disappeared completely? Join Lily Williams as she tracks the devastating reality of what our world might look like without tigers" -- Book jacket flap.

Hirsch, Rebecca E., author.
YA 639.978 HIR
"In the face of rapidly declining bird populations, read about the vast impacts birds have on ecosystems, food systems, and our mental health and what we can do to protect them"-- Provided by publisher.

Ziefert, Harriet, author.
J 582.16 ZIE
"Using lilting, rhyming couplets, this book explores the many items that are made from trees. But it doesn't stop there! Kids will also learn about the many uses of live trees--and the environmental danger to trees posed by forest fires, floods, and deforestation. Kids are encouraged to be kind, not only to one another, but to the environment as well."--

Soontornvat, Christina, author.
J 363.7387 SOO
"Even though the Earth seems big and unchangeable, humans have altered its climate, creating consequences for all life. By working together, humans can save the planet, and ourselves" -- Provided by publisher.