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May 2013 Children's Story Time

Going Native with California Plants

Reading new books and old favorites on May 5th and 19th

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, a bevy of stuffed animals and lively readers. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11am. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science and nature-related myths and stories.

Agave Blooms Just Once. Jernigan, Gisela. Tucson, Ariz.: Harbinger House, 1992.
Illustrated verses present plants and animals of the desert from A to Z. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Agave, Fremont Cottonwood, Desert Willow, Nolina, Unicorn Plant, Soaptree Yucca
(j) QH88 .J482 1989

California Wildflowers: A Children's Field Guide to the State's Most Common Flowers. Magley, Beverly. Billings, Mont.; Falcon Press, 1989.
Common California wildflowers are described and illustrated with color drawings. They are grouped by habitat and each habitat also has a general description. (Advanced readers)
California Native Plants: Over fifty different native plants and flowers
(j) QK149.A1 M273 1989

A Class Trip to Miss Halberg's Butterfly Garden. Brorstrom, Gay Bishop. Sebastopol, Calif.: Pipevine Press, 2000.
A class learns about butterflies on a field trip to the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol, California. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Dutchman's Pipevine, Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle
(j) QL545 .B648 2000

A Dandelion's Life. Himmelman, John. New York: Children's Press, 1998.
Text and illustrations follow the life cycle of a dandelion, describing seed germination, growth and flowering, visits by various insects, the dissemination of new seed, and the withering of the flower stalk in winter. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Dandelion
(j) QK495.C74 T17 H576 1998

Fairy Dusters & Blazing Stars: Exlporing Wildflowers with Children. Samson, Suzanne M. Niwot, Colo.: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1994.
North American wildflowers are fancifully depicted with illustrations inspired by their common names.
California Native Plants: Over fifteen different native plants and flowers (see index for California species)
(j) QK110 .Sa49 1994

Fire Race. London, Jonathan. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1993. With the help of other animals, Wise Old Coyote manages to make fire from the willow. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Arroyo Willow
(j) SB435.51.S3 L846 1993

Insect-Eating Plants. Cooper, Jason. Vero Beach, Fla.: Rourke Enterprises, 1991.
An introduction to types, characteristics, habitats, and feeding adaptations of carnivorous plants. (Early readers)
California Native Plants: Sundews, California Pitcher Plants
(j) QK917 .C786 1991

Mojave. Siebert, Diane. New York, HarperCollins, 1988.
Evokes the land and animals of the Mojave Desert in poetic text and illustrations. (Advanced readers)
California Native Plants: Yucca, Joshua Tree, Creosote, Beavertail Cactus, Cholla Cactus, Barrel cactus, California Poppy
(j) QH105.C2 M64, Si15, 1988

Weaving a California Tradition: A Native American Basketmaker. Yamane, Linda. Minneapolis, Minn.: Lerner Publications, 1997.
Follow an eleven-year-old Western Mono Indian, as she and her relatives prepare materials needed for basketweaving, make the baskets, and attend the California Indian Basketweavers Association's annual gathering. (Advanced readers)
California Native Plants: Deergrass, Chaparral, Sourberry, Redbud, Sedge, Bracken Fern
(j)SD397.Ch8 B279 1991

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