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The unsettlers : in search of the good life in today's America book cover

The unsettlers : in search of the good life in today's America

Mark Sundeen

640 /Sundeen
Nonfiction, Nature

A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of three families of new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for--or create--a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.--

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Are you FASCINATED by people who manage to live off the grid for long periods of time? Me, too! -Anne W

A charm of goldfinches and other wild gatherings : quirky collective nouns of the animal kingdom book cover

A charm of goldfinches and other wild gatherings : quirky collective nouns of the animal kingdom

Matt Sewell

590 /Sewell

British artist, illustrator and author Matt Sewell's newest book is a wonderfully guide to many of the group names that humans have given to members of the animal kingdom. A Charm of Goldfinches contains more than 50 animal groups, each with Sewell's beautiful watercolor illustrations and a half-page discussion of how the names came to be.

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Everyone knows a pride of lions and a pod of dolphins. But what do you call a group of foxes or crocodiles? What animal make up a shiver or a parliament? -Beth

Up in the garden and down in the dirt book cover

Up in the garden and down in the dirt

Kate Messner

jE Messner
Picture Books, Nature, Gardening

"Up in the garden, the world is full of green--leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant book, discover the wonder and activity that lie hidden between the stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt."--

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One in a great nonfiction picture book series, be sure to look for the others. -Casey

And then it's spring book cover

And then it's spring

Julie Fogliano

jE Fogliano
Picture Books, Nature

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

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Jorey Hurley

jE Hurley
Picture Books, Nature

"A day in the life of a rabbit family, from sleeping to grazing to hiding from danger"--

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Warbler wave book cover

Warbler wave

April Pulley Sayre

jE Sayre
Picture Books, Nature

"A photographic exploration of warbler behavior and migration"--

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Bird builds a nest book cover

Bird builds a nest

Martin Jenkins

jE Jenkins
Picture Books, Nature

"It's time for Bird to build her nest! Follow her as she pulls a worm out of the ground, lifts some twigs that are just the right size, and pushes the twigs into place. Uh-oh! One of the twigs falls to the ground! But after a day of hard work, Bird's nest is ready and waiting"--Publisher's website.

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Du iz tak? book cover

Du iz tak?

Carson Ellis

jE Ellis
Picture Books, Nature

As a tiny shoot unfolds, a myriad of insects peer at it and wonder what it could be.

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This is a perfect title for exploring together--little ones love to talk about what these bugs could be saying. Hint: Ellis has a dictionary, but I bet you can figure it out! -Casey