Children’s Books Celebrating National Parks

As the weather dazzles us with sunshine and flowers blooming, don’t forget to grab one of these Children’s Books Celebrating National Parks to help inspire your next trip or outdoor adventure.

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ZION NATIONAL PARK

ZION NATIONAL PARK
Written and Illustrated by Greg Paprocki
Published by Little Hero

I AM MADE OF MOUNTAINS:
An Ode to National Parks: The Landscapes of Us

Loujain watches her beloved baba attach his feather wings and fly each morning, but her own dreams of flying face a big obstacle: only boys, not girls, are allowed to fly in her country. Yet despite the taunts of her classmates, she is determined to do it–especially because Loujain loves colors, and only by flying can she see the color-filled field of sunflowers her baba has told her about. Eventually, he agrees to teach her, and Loujain’s impossible dream becomes reality–and soon other girls dare to learn to fly.

Based on the experiences of co-author Lina AlHathloul’s sister, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Loujain AlHathloul, who led the successful campaign to lift Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, this moving and gorgeously illustrated story reminds us to strive for the changes we want to see–and to never take for granted women’s and girls’ freedoms.


IF I WERE A PARK RANGER 

IF I WERE A PARK RANGER
Written Catherine Stier and Illustrated by Patrick Corrigan
Published by Albert Whitman & Company


THE SEQUOIA LIVES ON

This book shares the life story of the giant sequoia, casting light on natural questions: How does this tree grow so big? How does it live so long?
From tiny seed to world’s largest tree, the giant sequoia is a living wonder of nature. This ancient and tremendous species grows naturally only on the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada.

Each sequoia begins life as a seed no larger than an oatmeal flake–yet can grow as tall as three blue whales stacked chin to tale.

The oldest sequoias have lived as long as forty human lifetimes. The largest are so enormous, twenty children holding hands can’t wrap their arms around the trunks! In evocative text and vibrant paintings, The Sequoia Lives On reveals all of this fascinating information and more. An extensive author’s note completes the portrait for young readers, inviting them to become the next generation of protectors for this amazing tree.

Published by Yosemite Conservancy

THE HIKE
Written and Illustrated by Alison Farrell
Published by Chronicle Books


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DESERT
Photo Description: Book Cover of A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DESERT

 

Tour 6 North American deserts in 24 hours from day break in the Mojave Desert through midnight in the Great Basin.

This meticulously illustrated picture book takes readers on a cross-continental tour in 24 hours, visiting 6 different deserts at different hours of the day, and returning to each desert as night falls. Meet the critters that call these habitats home, from the turkey vultures that fly under the hot daytime sun to the gila monster that crawls across the cool nighttime sand.

While exploring the desert, young readers can play hide and seek with all kinds of desert creatures! Every nook and cranny is filled with critters big and small for readers to identify using the matching key at the bottom of the page.

However, these incredibly important, fragile ecosystems are in danger. On the daytime visits, children in grades 2-4 can learn about the challenges these deserts and animals face due to climate change, invasive species, and other threats.

When returning to each desert at night, readers can also learn about what’s being done to protect these unique habitats. The deserts depicted are the Mojave, the Chihuahuan, the Great Basin, the Sonoran, Painted Valley, and Death Valley.

Budding naturalists can dive into the extensive material in the back of the book, including an author’s note with age-appropriate resources on how to get involved, a glossary with science vocabulary, and a bibliography.

The Books for a Better Earth(TM) collection is designed to inspire young people to become active, knowledgeable participants in caringfor the planet they live on. Focusing on solutions to climate change challenges, the collection looks at how scientists, activists, andyoung leaders are working to safeguard Earth’s future.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DESERT
Written and Illustrated by Roxie Munro
Published by Holiday House


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