Fresh Air Science Fun – and Giveaway!

Springtime offers so many inviting ways to explore and celebrate nature that we’ve decided to offer the chance to teachers and librarians to win a nature exploration picture book shelf!  The collection includes seven different books, one for each day of the week, and everybody can follow these links to the free web-based resources their publishers are offering. To win the collection of picture books, comment below about how you’ll use them in your classroom or library next spring. To enter to win, you need to enter your comment by May 20.

Now, every nature lover gather round and let’s go exploring!

First on the shelf is Toon Books factual graphic novel for beginning readers.  We’ve all come to love Kevin McCloskey’s witty, informative books about small, common creatures. Toon publishes this book as part of their aptly named series “Giggle and Learn.” To learn and enjoy more related to Snails Are Just My Speed, visit the lesson plans created by Maureen Schlosser.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table is Jacqueline Briggs-Martin’s children’s biography of former basketball star Will Allen’s work to make urban gardening an attractive reality. The picture book is illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin,  and the version we are including on our giveaway shelf is the award-winning read-along audiobook from Live Oak Media and narrated by Peter Jay. Urban and community gardening offer great ways to actively participate in nature.  Want to get started?  Visit these resources related to this picture book.

A Walk on the Shoreline

Taking a walk in nature becomes even more rewarding when we have some guidance about potential attractions we can spot (and hear) along the way. Two different environments for such casual walks are featured in A Walk on the Shoreline, by Rebecca Hainnu with illustrations by Qin Leng, and published by Inhabit Media, and A Walk through Nature, by A Walk Though NatureLibby Walden with illustrations by Clover Robin and published by Tiger Tales.  Whether the walk you can take in a nearby natural setting—a park, your back yard, or maybe another environment—shares some of the plant and wildlife features in these books can make for a great discussion itself.  You can find more ideas for building on experiencing your own and a picture book nature walk by visiting our Pinterest board of At-home Fun Activities we’ve collected.

Acadia Files Spring

You can also receive some expert guidance in becoming a naturalist with the latest volume of Tilbury House’s “Acadia Files” factual picture book series.  The Acadia Files: Book Four, Spring Science, by Katie Coppens with illustrations by Holly Hatam, gives us plenty of inspiration for applying scientific methods to exploring close at hand nature. Each chapter offers an activity that can be achieved in most home settings, with some that may need to wait until schools, libraries, and other places further afield can be reached again.


Common Critter

Also from Tilbury House, for younger picture book readers is the brand new Common Critters, by Pat Brisson and with humorous illustrations by Dan Tavis.  Here’s a perfect guidebook to the very small animals that appear in spring, including worms and birds and even houseflies. The book also contains the author’s sharing of her poetry toolkit, another aapproach we might want to take when enjoying nature.

Leaf Litter Critters

Finally, the seventh title on our giveaway shelf of nature books for spring is Leaf Litter Critters, by Leslie Bulion with illustrations by Robert Meganck, and published by Peachtree Publishing. Again using poetry as the narrative vehicle, this one gives readers a tour of the “brown food web” of tiny animals that are part of nature’s recycling system. The publisher has supplied a classroom-ready lesson plan that can be used at home with ease.

Let’s all find ways to enjoy spring safely this year. And enter to win this collection to support the programming and lessons you can take into next spring, too! Remember to tell us at which school or library you will be using the collection to explore nature in a future spring.



Fresh Air Science Fun – and Giveaway! — 11 Comments

  1. I will be using these books at McVey Elementary.
    Is is an incredible set of books! I am putting every title in my must have list!

  2. These are amazing books a perfect compliment to the backyard science experiments. What a great opportunity during this time.

  3. These look amazing, I’d love to make each book a learning opportunity and explore nature with them. I also would love to highlight the books for my iG followers!

  4. I will be in a new position next year serving two awesome school libraries. I’d love the opportunity to share these with my colleagues in creating some “citizen scientist” collaborations

  5. These look like fantastic books! I would love to review them and then donate them to our local nature preschool where I used to be a substitute teacher. Nature learning is the best!

  6. Beginning my science library from scratch~ these books look like must haves! Thanks for the chance. Already love all things Leslie Bulion & Katie Coppens. Looking forward to meeting new science authors.

  7. We will use them for our Learn From Home lessons and then donate them to my daughters elementary school (Post Elementary) so more kids can enjoy them!

  8. Thanks for this opportunity! I manage the library for Growing Futures Early Education Center (a Head Start affiliate) in Overland Park, KS. The library supports 200 students plus a very busy cadre of Family Advocates who provide in-home services. These seven fresh and beautiful science books would be a welcome addition!

  9. I will use these books in our classroom to provoke student action and agency.
    We have garden beds available on our campus and I hope that Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table will inspire others to start a garden.
    So many of these books look like they will encourage inquiry and foster curiosity. They would be a wonderful addition to our 3rd grade classroom library.

  10. Hello, We have professional Development for Teachers and BRIT Summer Camp at the Botanic Gardens and Botanical Research Institute of Texas. I am interested in all environmental ‘outdoor/plant’ text. Please help me with this task.

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