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Seasons

Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.

So much can happen in a single day – rain, sun, work, and rest, and all of it is perfect and beautiful.

On a cold winter morning, grandmother writes, “Dear Rebecca, winter is here”. Read on to experience the many swift changes of winter grandmother describes in her letter.

Billy can’t wait to start growing fruits and vegetables in his Grandpa’s garden. Read along as Billy learns all of Grandpa’s gardening tips, and enjoys the fruits (and veggies) of their labor.

Watch the seasons come to life in this comprehensive book of poetry.

Everything Pumpkin! This book offers multiple pumpkin projects, ranging from growing pumpkins in a garden to pumpkin seed jewelry.

In November the air turns crisp and cold. Families, animals, and insects all gather together for warmth. This is a great book to share with students to celebrate the month of November.

A fold-out rhyming book showing the progress of a seed, into a plant, then into a crop.

A story of all the wonderful things to do in the summer, illustrated by beautiful cut-paper illustrations.

Step back in time for a captivating glimpse of Cherokee life in pre-Columbian North America. Join Little Wolf and his family as they prepare to celebrate Itse Selu, the harvest festival. As night approaches the village, the magic of anticipation fills the air. The luscious feast, Grandfather’s storytelling, and the sacred corn dance weave a magical tapestry of tradition.
ITSE SELU celebrates the rich and expressive spirit of the ancient Cherokee culture. The inclusion of Cherokee vocabulary introduces readers to their language and creates a unique texture. A pronunciation key, alphabet, and glossary are included.