This week is is Evergreen Week in Exploring Nature with Children. We’ve been excited for this one because every day we drive up the mountain to take Big Kid to school she makes sure to mention “Mom, evergreens are trees that never lose their leaves”. There is a row of evergreens we pass, which right now stand in stark contrast to the bare, brown deciduous trees around them.
I’ve been holding off posting this because I was waiting on Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves from the library, and I’m so glad I did!! It is stunning and beautifully written.
These are the books we’ve be reading for Evergreen Week:
Let’s Visit the Evergreen Forest by Buffy Silverman – This nonfiction book has great photographs and information about the evergreen forest biome. It discusses what other plants animals are found there, and a little bit about ecosystems. Nonfiction text features like a table of contents, page numbers, maps, picture captions, a glossary, and index are also present.
Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves by Annemarie Riley Guertin & Helena Perez Garcia – This stunning fiction book explains why fir, spruce, and juniper trees remain green all winter. When a little red bird hurts his wing and cannot fly south for the winter, all the other trees are too busy, or too selfish to help. Together, the fir, spruce, and juniper trees keep the red bird safe and fed all winter, and are therefore spared from Frost’s wintery touch. This book is also perfect for our Kids Lit Kindness Challenge this month!
The Life Cycle of a Pine Tree by Linda Tagliaferro – A great nonfiction book for toddlers and preschoolers, this book has large, clearly labeled photographs with corresponding simple, factual sentences about the stages in a pine tree’s life cycle. Some of the reviews mention the pictures are not necessarily of pine trees, but are of evergreen trees. For our purposes this book was great and I used “evergreen trees” interchangeably with “pine trees”. This is something we will distinguish more as my girls get older.
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree? by Jennifer Blomgren & Andrea Gabriel looks AWESOME for this study, but none of the libraries around us have it, so I haven’t read it myself.
What books will you be reading for Evergreen Week?
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