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Join us for Story Time: Sundays, April 2nd & 16th at 10:30 a.m.

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.

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. (j) QK149.A1 M273 1989

The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks. Rosenstock, Barbara.
New York, N.Y.: Dial Books for Young Readers, c2012.
Chronicles the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.
Early readers. (j) QH104 .R67 2012

The Ever-Living Tree : The Life and Times of a Coast Redwood. Vieira, Linda.
New York : Walker, c1994.
Describes the 1500-plus-year life span of a coast redwood along with major human historical events that occurred during that cycle.
Early readers. (j) QK495.S5 V673 1994

The Seed and the Giant Saguaro. Ward, Jennifer.
Flagstaff, Ariz.: Rising Moon, 2003.
In this clever variation of "The House that Jack Built," a packrat, carrying fruit from the giant saguaro, is chased by various desert animals and inadvertently helps spread the cactus seed. Includes information on saguaros.
Early readers. (j) SB438.3.S14 W213 2003

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. (j) QH88 .J482 1989

Fairy Dusters & Blazing Stars: Exploring 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.
(j) QK110 .Sa49 1994

Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale. London, Jonathan.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1993.
This gorgeously illustrated retelling of the Karuk folktale tells the story of how warmth first came to the people. Wise Old Coyote knows where to find fire, but capturing it will be an uphill journey requiring the help of many other forest animals.
Early readers. (j) SB435.51.S3 L846 1993

G is for Golden: a California Alphabet. Domeniconi, David.
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, c2002.
An alphabet of things characteristic of the state of California.
Early readers. (j) QH105.C2 A1, D66, 2002

Our California. Ryan, Pam Muñoz.
Watertown, Mass.: Charlesbridge, c2008.
Takes the reader on an imaginary trip through California while offering information about the history and geography of the major cities and towns.
Early readers. (j) QH105 .C2 A1 R958 2008

The Red Poppy. Lucht, Irmgard.
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 1995.
Simple text and large close-up illustrations follow the life cycle of a poppy growing at the edge of a field of rye.
Early readers. (j) QK495.P22 P27, L963, 1995

Squirrel and John Muir. McCully, Emily Arnold.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, c2004.
In the early 1900s, a wild little girl nicknamed Squirrel meets John Muir, later to become a famous naturalist, when he arrives at her parents' hotel in Yosemite Valley seeking work and knowledge about the natural world.
Advanced readers. (j) QH31.M9 M139 2004

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. (j)SB108.5 Y14 1997

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