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Preschool

It’s springtime and Badger is ready to plant the perfect garden. He has spent months gathering and sorting seeds. It’s been a lot of work but it’s worth it. His friends Red Squirrel, Dormouse, and Weasel come to help. They weed. They rake. And finally they plant. Afterward, everyone celebrates, and Badger can already imagine the perfect rows of flowers and vegetables. But then a rainstorm comes and washes away the beautiful seeds. Badger’s perfect garden is ruined. Or is it? Author Marsha Diane Arnold’s gentle story will encourage young readers to think beyond plans and expectations and imagine the […]

A fun rhyming story full of farm animal onomatopoeia, this book is a terrific introduction to animals and the sounds they make.

A hard working bear and a lazy bunny both plant tomatoes with different results.

Children will learn about different types of fresh berries and practice their listening skills to follow instructions and make their own individual snack.

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In this silly children’s book, Charley Hoce captures the attention of young readers by providing them with clever and rhyming poems about farm life.  Children will get a kick out of the chicken (that isn’t so chicken) and the counting sheep (that really can’t count past two) while also getting some good language skills practice.

A great book for young readers. Follow the animals’ day on the farm from sunrise to sunset.

Desmond the field mouse wants to carve the biggest jack-o’-lantern in the neighborhood with his pumpkin. Clayton the house mouse wants to win the Biggest Pumpkin contest with his. But when they discover that their choice pumpkins are actually the same one, Desmond and Clayton decide to work together to grow the biggest pumpkin ever!

When a young girl moves to her new home far away from the sea, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of nature and art. An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title by Cree-Métis author and illustrator Julie Flett.

Friends come in all shapes and sizes. While one friend finds himself completely transformed after a long snooze, the other sticks to his routine and feels that he has missed out on something special. In the end, however, they discover that one could not have survived without the other.

Bridget is a hen who likes to be different. Every day she lays her brown speckled egg in a special place and every day Angus has to hunt high and low for it. One day Angus can’t find Bridget’s egg anywhere, nor can he find Bridget!