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Back-to-Nature Books for Independent Readers

Celebrate spring with these outdoor-themed books.
 
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Big Bug Surprise
by Julia Gran

Think DIARY OF A WORM meets OLIVIA....

Introducing Prunella — an irresistibly irrepressible, independent, bug-loving little girl, sure to create quite a buzz!

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Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow
by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes
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Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White Illustrated by Garth Williams

American prose stylist E.B. White presents one of the best-loved stories of all time. And a heartwarming portrait of one of the best-loved pigs of all time.

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Paperbacks: $8.09

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The Prince of the Pond
by Donna Jo Napoli Illustrated by Judith Byron Schachner
Having been turned into a frog by a hag, a frog-prince makes the best of his new life as he mates, raises a family, and instills a new kind of thinking into his frog family.
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Rabbit Hill
by Robert Lawson Illustrated by Robert Lawson
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Secret Garden, The
by Frances Hodgson Burnett Illustrated by Jason Cockcroft

After the sudden death of her parents in India, Mary Lennox is sent 'home' to England, and the Yorkshire estate of a distant relative. Sad and lonely, her only interest lies in a secret garden, abandoned after a tragic accident.

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Paperbacks: $6.29

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Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems
by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beckie Prange
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Three Rotten Eggs
by Gregory Maguire

Spring has come to sleepy Hamlet, Vermont, and trouble is in the air. The students in Miss Earth's class are supposed to be concentrating on the charity egg hunt, but instead they're fighting with each other. The hunt is a near disaster.

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Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame Illustrated by Tim Raglin

When Mole and Rat visit Badger in the Wild Wood, they tell Badger about Toad's problem with buying and smashing up cars.  After Badger decides the friends must lock Toad in his room, an adventure begins for Toad that should change his ways for sure.

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A Kid's Spring Ecojournal
by Toni Albert Illustrated by Margaret Brandt
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The Big Bug Book
Series: Set 3
by Barbara Taylor , John Farndon
Stunning picture sequences zoom in even closer revealing the metamorphosis of a butterfly, how a spider spins its web, and a wasp community building their nest.
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Bird Songs
by Les Beletsky

Drawing from the collection of the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Songs presents the most notable North American birds including the rediscovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker in a stunning new format.

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The Burgess Bird Book for Children
by Thornton W. Burgess Illustrated by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
Renowned naturalist and author of children's books on wildlife successfully blends information and entertainment in his book about birds, among them saucy Jenny Wren, Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, Creaker the Purple Grackle, Downy the Woodpecker, and other feathered friends.&n
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Fun With Nature
by Mel Boring
"Fun With Nature" helps kids discover the incredible world in their backyards.
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Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots
by Sharon Lovejoy
Plant a pumpkinseed with a child, and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting with children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift.
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Sketching Outdoors in Spring
by Jim Arnosky
Another lovely book in which the artist-naturalist shares his pleasure in sketching the world around him.
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