22 April 2017

22 Books About the Environment #resist

Journey Into the Arctic
written by Bryan and Cherry Alexander

Koala Hospital
written by Suzi Eszterhas

Kyle Goes Alone
written by Jan Thornhill, illustrated by Ashley Barron

Life In the Boreal Forest
written by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

The Lorax
written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss

M Is for Majestic: A National Parks Alphabet
written by David Domeniconi, illustrated by Pamela Carroll

A Man for All Seasons: The Life of George Washington Carver
written by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Wil Clay

Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau
written by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Éric Puybaret

Me ... Jane
written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America
written by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Joy Fisher Hein

Moon Bear
written by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Ed Young

The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans
written by Elizabeth Rusch

On the Way to the Beach
written and illustrated by Henry Cole

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
written by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the World
written by Beatrice Hollyer

Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson
written by Amy Ehrlich, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Actual Size
written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Aliens From Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems
written by Mary Batten, illustrated by Beverly J. Doyle

All the Water In the World
written by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

All the Wild Wonders: Poems of Our Earth
edited by Wendy Cooling, illustrated by Piet Grobler

Animals Hibernating: How Animals Survive Extreme Conditions
written by Pamela Hickman, illustrated by Pat Stephens

Anna's Table
written by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Taia Morley

20 April 2017

The Buffalo In the Campground

This is not the buffalo in the campground. This bison was seen many years
later along a trail. I slowly backed away after taking some pictures.
photo by Sara K Joiner
In 1987, my mother, my niece and I took another long summer road trip through the western United States. We again spent most of the trip camping in state and national parks. One of the more memorable evenings I've ever spent in a national park was on this trip.

It was dusk, and Mom stood by the picnic table boiling water on our little Coleman stove to make hot chocolate. It wasn't a cold evening--being late June--but it was cooler than us Texans were used to at that time of year.

My niece and I sat in the rear of the van with the back doors open drinking our hot chocolates. We must have been deep in the conversation of ten-year-olds because we weren't too aware of our surroundings at that moment.

Until we heard an angry shuffling noise nearby.

All three of us raised our heads and looked toward the back of our campsite. I don't know what I was expecting to see, but I was shocked to my core by what I did—an enormous buffalo the size of the boulder he stood beside.

And he was mad!

I don't know if he was mad at us specifically or campers in general. I don't know if he was mad because he had gotten lost from the rest of the herd. I don't know why he was mad; I only know he was.

He pawed the ground with a sharp, furious motion. He snorted.

Mom, who stood closer to the buffalo than my niece and me, said, "Girls, don't move."

As if we could. We were frozen in fear.

Time stretched out between the three of us and the buffalo.

Then, as if cued by some sound on he could hear, he charged!

Mom grabbed her hot chocolate and scurried over to us at the van.

The buffalo ran past the picnic table, across the drive of the neighboring campsite, and off away from the noise of the campgrounds.

Mom asked if we were all right, which we were except for the serious heart palpitations.

I don't remember other campers being nearby (no one was in the neighboring site he crossed), and I don't recall hearing any yells in the distance. Maybe I was too scared to register any other noises. Surely he had to come across other campers before he moved away from the campground.

Years later I learned that buffalo have poor eyesight, so we were even more fortunate. That's probably why he swerved across to the neighboring site from the picnic table.

Every trip back to Yellowstone, Mom and I talk about that buffalo. I hope he was able to reunite with the herd.

18 April 2017

18 Books About the American Revolution

Gingerbread for Liberty! How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution
written by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution
written by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner

King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution
written by Steve Sheinkin, illustrated by Tim Robinson

Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided with the British During the American Revolution
written by Margaret Whitman Blair

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Bravery
written by Steve Sheinkin

Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
written by Avi

The Declaration of Independence
written by Thomas Jefferson, illustrated by Sam Fink

Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette
written by Selene Castrovilla, illustrated by Drazen Kozjan

The Revolutionary John Adams
written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness

Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty
written by Albert Marrin

Founding Fathers: Those Horse-ridin', Fiddle-playin', Book-readin', Gun-totin' Gentlemen Who Started America
written by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Barry Blitt

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
written by Cokie Roberts, illustrated by Diana Goode

Those Rebels, John and Tom
written by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation
written by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Jef Czekaj

Alexander Hamilton
written by Brenda Haugen

B. Franklin, Printer
written by David Adler

Farmer George Plants a Nation
written by Peggy Thomas, illustrated by Layne Johnson

John, Paul, George and Ben
written and illustrated by Lane Smith

16 April 2017

16 Books About Rabbits

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting and Color Concepts
written and illustrated by Anita Lobel

All Aboard
written by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Amiko Hirao

Bad Hare Day
written by Miriam Moss, illustrated by Lynne Chapman

Battle Bunny
written by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers

Bear and Bunny
written by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Bear and Hare Go Fishing
written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
written by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

Big Mean Mike
written by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Scott Magoon

Bing: Get Dressed
written and illustrated by Ted Dewan

Blossom and Boo Stay Up Late: A Story About Bedtime
written and illustrated by Dawn Apperley

 Bunny Day
written by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio

The Cabbage Soup Solution
written and illustrated by Erika Oller

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake
written by Robin Newman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke

Chukfi Rabbit's Big Bad Bellyache: A Trickster Tale
written by Greg Rodgers, illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener

Cowboy Bunnies
written by Christine Loomis, illustrated by Ora Eitan


Dinnertime!
written by Sue Williams, illustrated by Kerry Argent