Around Our Planet and Great Places On It

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Older Than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth


by Don Brown


Sibert-Honor winner Don Brown brings us a graphic novel about world geology. Perfect for science class as well as anyone curious about our globe, a humble groundhog guides us on a tour through the planet's natural history and describes the different stages of Earth's evolution as well as the incredible natural forces constantly at work.
JN 551.7 Brown
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Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island


by Loree Griffin Burns


In this addition to the Scientists in the Field series, readers join scientists as they tackle something unusual in the world of ecosystems: colonization. Not a colonization by people, but one of cells, seeds, spores, and other life forms that bow in, fly in, float in, and struggle to survive on the beautiful but harsh new island of Surtsey. 
JN 577.52 Burns
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Grand Canyon


by Jason Chin


A stunningly illustrated story of a magical father-daughter hike. The duo's daylong trek out of the magnificent land form becomes a journey through time, as discoveries along the trail transport the girl to various eras in the canyon's creation. 
JN 557.9132 Chin
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In the Red Canoe


by Leslie Davidson


A grandfather and his granddaughter take a canoe ride to revel in the beauty of nature that is all around them. 
PB Davidson
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Tall Tall Tree


by Anthony Fredericks


High in a redwood tree is an unseen world of all kinds of animals. Readers will meet them through rhyming verses as they count them 1 to 10. 
JN 591.734 Fredericks
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All Around Us


by Xelena Gonzalez


Finding circles everywhere, a grandfather and his granddaughter meditate on the cycles of life and nature.
PB Gonzalez
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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth


by Oliver Jeffers


Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers' user's guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet's terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it's big), or a guide to all of humanity (don't be fooled, we are all people), Oliver's signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents. 
PB Jeffers
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Wolf Island


by Ian McAllister


Tells the story of a wolf who swims to an island in the Great Bear Rain forest off the coast of British Columbia.
JN 599.773 McAllister 
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A Different Pond


by Bao Phi


As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. 
PB Phi
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Looking Closely in the Rain Forest


by Frank Sarafini


Through the magic of close-up photography, the author firsts asks the reader to identify an object found in a rain forest in a super close-up picture, with the next page revealing the entire picture.
JN 578.734 Sarafini
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Thank You Earth: Love Letter to Our Planet


by April Pulley Sayre


April Pulley Sayre, award-winning photographer and acclaimed author of more than sixty-five books, introduces concepts of science, nature, and language arts through stunning photographs and a poetic text structured as a simple thank-you note. 
PB Sayre
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If the World Were a Village


by David J. Smith


By narrowing down the world's population to a village of one hundred people, the author offers up some surprising statistics about religion, food, water, nationalities, language, age, and education. 
JN 306.4 Smith
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Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up


by Sally M. Walker


A collection of haiku poems celebrate the planet Earth, including such topics as rocks, earthquakes, fossils, volcanoes, and the water cycle. 
JN 811.54 Walker