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3-5

Nonfiction world of bat facts and pictures.

Tired of moving around so much, Amelia, the daughter of migrant farm workers, dreams of a stable home.

Students learn about different varieties of apples, make apple juice, and devise their own methods of extracting juice.

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A glimpse into the creatures that build their own homes.

Joe and Gram plant a garden together, but they each have their own special way of doing things. Together, this grandma and grandson pair complete tasks during each of the four seasons, and then wait as the good brown earth takes care of the rest. Children will relate to Joe’s creative way of gardening. They will appreciate the magic that happens when the earth turns a seed into a plant.

After her grandfather passes away, Anna finds that she can still connect with him through the seeds he gave her.

A beautifully illustrated story that depicts a simpler time in the southern Appalachian region.

In this non-fiction, beautifully illustrated book, Linda Hager Pack takes a look at what Appalachian childhood was like during the mid to late 1800s.  She informs her readers of the creative games, stories, and crafts children would engage in to keep themselves entertained.  This informative read will leave both children and adults’ alike day-dreaming of the simpler times before technology took over the world.  Prepare to be inspired!

Jonathan’s grandparents own an apple orchard in the mountains. Every fall the whole family gets together for an old-fashioned apple butter making party, and Jonathan learns about his family traditions.

Filled with recipes, stories, and book recommendations from children’s authors and illustrators, this book is a great resource to connect cooking with children’s literature.