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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.

Ever wonder why a tomato is actually a fruit? This book explains exactly what a fruit is in simple terms that young children can understand.

Sophie and her friends work together to grow a neighborhood vegetable garden. From zucchini to potatoes to carrots, the kids grow it all. Page by page, vegetable by vegetable A Harvest of Color gives great gardening advice in the voice of the children, and offers hints that are helpful to any gardener, old or young. You’ll love the book’s realistic photographs of Sophie and her friends gardening.

A month by month guide to planning and growing your own garden. Each month provides a description of what needs to happen during that month to grow a successful garden.

Seven-year-old Alicia and her parents are enjoying the annual festival celebrating Mexico’s independence. There are mariachis strolling across the festival grounds, folkloric dancers twirling in their colorful costumes and brightly colored booths lining the plaza.
But the hot day has fruit juice: there’s watermelon, strawberry, mango and even papaya. The watermelon juice is so delicious that Alicia drinks it all. “Mami, this tastes better than that red soda I drink after soccer practice. Can we make some of these at home?” Soon, Alicia is perfecting her own recipe and sharing it with her teammates after soccer practices and games.
In this bilingual […]

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

Unique woodcut illustrations take you on an edible journey through the alphabet.

Told in English with Cherokee translation.

 A little boy plants an apple seed, already envisioning the big apple tree it will someday be.  But when its  first fall comes and goes, and apples fail to appear on its branches the little tree begins to doubt its calling. How can the little boy find the encouragement needed to convince the young tree to give the seasons and years the time to work their magic? 
 

A debut book by Cherokee author Sandy Tharp -Thee told in English with Cherokee translation. The book includes a Cherokee syllabary, with illustrations by Oklahoma artist Marlena Campbell Hodson.

Nonfiction tale of a butterfly’s life.

Nonfiction tale of a spider’s life.