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A Handful of Dirt


Soil may not be alive, but amazingly, multitudes of microscopic creatures live there, battling it out in an eat-or-be-eaten world. These tiny creatures, invisible to our eyes, provide food for the insects that in turn feed the reptiles and mammals that live in and above the soil. You'll never look at the ground you walk on in the same way after Raymond Bial, an award-winning photo essayist, takes you on this eye-opening, down-and-dirty tour of one of the earth's most precious resources.

A Sand County Almanac


This book explores American landscapes. It is a stunning and classic tribute to our land, and a challenge to protect the world we love.

A Year on the Farm With Casey and Friends


A Year on the Farm introduces children to the world of modern farming, showing the tractors, combines and other equipment needed to plant and harvest crops. The book is filled with photographs of equipment at work and a cast of illustrated characters including Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm, and a whole team of equipment characters. Casey and her farm equipment friends teach readers about the different jobs a farmer does each season. Children will learn that modern farming involves planning for the farm year, reacting to the weather and working hard as a team.

Agriculture and Culture of Costa Rica


This is a unique, fun booklet designed to improve understanding of the interactions of agriculture, culture, and environment in Costa Rica. Through interdisciplinary agronomic learning with a relevant “real world” perspective, students will find interest in Costa Rica and its agriculture systems.

Atlas of Our Country's History


An overview of United States history is presented in maps, graphs, and photographs with concise explanatory text. Clear, curriculum-related maps develop visual literacy, easy-to-understand graphs help students make comparisons, photos and illustrations expand understanding, and an index, glossary, and tables allow students to practice reference.

Atlas of United States History


Visualizing U.S. history's what, when, were, how and why. Rich in information, but clear in presentation, this atlas’s ten chronological units each cover a major era. After a “How Does This Atlas Work” introduction, the units each begin with a timeline and introductory text, and then the atlas’s captioned, full-color maps and images are labeled “A-B-C-D” to guide readers logically from idea to idea.

Barry and His Buddies Munch Better Soil


Follow along as Barry the tardigrade introduces students to protozoa, worms, bacteria, fungi, and other things that live in the soil.

Christmas on the Farm


An illustrated book reminiscing the simple side of the holiday season, emphasizing the joy of family and friends over material goods.

Compost Stew


From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile. How do you start a compost pile? What's safe to include? This book provides the answers. 

Dirt; The Scoop on Soil


Sand and silt, erosion and humus. Vivid illustrations and clear, fact-filled text explore the amazing science of soil.

Food and Agriculture


This series introduces themes such as saving and recycling resources, the effects of pollution, how we use the land, migration, and settlement. It looks at how research is carried out, which reinforces the pupil's own experience of geographical investigation; contains large photographs including aerial views, maps, and graphs to illustrate statistical information; and includes case studies of someone working in the field.

Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition


Many Native Americans regard corn as a gift, a food with sacred value. The Winnebago, or Hochunk people, tell a story about a clan leader who saw a spirit called Corn Person in a dream. Corn Person showed the man how to plant, grow, and preserve corn so his people would have food to eat all year. In this photographic essay, twelve-year-old Russell learns the traditions of corn from his grandfather, who is from the Winnebago reservation in Nebraska.

Germ Stories


"I told my three sons stories about germs more than fifty years ago as fanciful bedtime tales." So begins this charming collection of poems written by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Arthur Kornberg to help us learn about the germs that help and harm us. These rollicking, entertaining, and informative poems have been illustrated with witty and amusing watercolors and the book also contains electron micrographs and a glossary for the student who wants to go deeper into the world of microbiology.

Growing Seasons


Elsie Lee Splear grew up on a farm in the early part of the 20th century. With the help of her daughter, Carolyn, Elsie tells what life was like for her and her sisters: the hard work they did making their own soap, churning butter, canning fruits, butchering meat, and much more. Everything had a season but as the years turned, a few, small changes came to their lives.



Here, in their second stunning collaboration, Diane Siebert and Wendell Minor create a joyful, singing celebration of this country's Heartland, the Midwest. It is a land where wheat fields grow and cornfields stretch across the plains to create a patchwork quilt in hues of yellow, green, and brown; a land where herds of cattle graze in pastures draped in lush, green grass, and a newborn calf stands in the sun. And upon this land toils the farmer, strong and proud, whose weathered face tells a tale of a life of work that's never done. The Heartland -- a land where, despite man's power, nature reigns.

How do Humans Depend on Earth?


The importance of plants and our dependence on them not only for food, but also for our clean air and water are discussed in this book.

Iowa's Groundwater Basics


A geological guide to the occurrence, use, and vulnerability of Iowa's aquifers.

It Feels Like Snow


Alice doesn't need a weather forecast to tell if it's going to snow. She can feel it in her toes and elbows and nose. Each time she feels a twitch or a tingle, she warns her neighbors. 'There's snow coming,' she tells Etta and Gretta Grillo. 'I can feel it in my toe!' Like Alice's other neighbors, the Grillo sisters laugh and ignore her warning. But sure enough, the snow falls and catches everyone by surprise— everyone that is except Alice, who has loaded in her supplies. But now she feels a big snowstorm coming. And still her neighbors ignore her warnings. What will Alice do?

Jump Into Science; Dirt


This fun book explores how soil is formed, its layers, and its importance as a natural resource that living things need to survive.

Junior Geographer Atlas


First explaining the concepts and skills used in reading maps and globes, and then allowing readers to apply those skills to studying U.S. regions, this full-color atlas helps students become geographically savvy. Basic map elements and symbols are illustrated and explained, graphs and photographs illustrate the concepts in a different way, and the concepts introduced are those typically included in standardized and state assessments.

Life in a Bucket of Soil


This fascinating 96-page book can be used to introduce older grade school students to industrious ants, tunnel-building earthworms, snails and slugs, beetles, and many other creatures inhabiting the world beneath our feet. The book provides vivid descriptions of how soil organisms live, breed and interact; their methods of locomotion, feeding and defense; and the effect they have on the soil in which they live.

Living and Nonliving


This book offers a short and simple introduction to living and nonliving things. It includes bright, clear photographs to accompany each piece of information.

Looking at Rocks


From the backyard to the local bank, rock hounds can identify common rocks wherever they go with this rocking illustrated guide.

Our Big Home


Young children usually think of their home as the structure in which they live. In Our Big Home, the author and illustrator present a much larger vision of home as the planet Earth. Linda Glaser's beautiful poem is a wonderful way to gently lead children toward the all-important understanding of caring for our environment. In her lyrical, child-oriented style, she presents the idea that our big home is shared not only with all people but with all plants and animals as well. She shows that we share the air, the water, the soil, and other elements that affect and sustain all of us who live on Earth.

Pickles to Pittsburgh; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


In this charming sequel to the classic Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry eagerly await Grandpa's return from a vacation that his postcard says has been one of the best and most unusual ever. When Kate drifts off to sleep that night she visits the strange land of Chewandswallow, a land characterized by leafy jungles of lettuce, and tuna fish sandwiches so gigantic they have to be moved by helicopter.

Seed Soil Sun


Once again, noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a small corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air, with roots extending over six feet into the ground. The book also discusses the makeup of soil and the amazing creatures who live there, from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas, and earthworms.

Snow Comes to the Farm


A day comes when the air holds its breath, still and full of expectation. Snow is coming, and soon the land will be transformed. This is the story of two brothers, waiting and watching in Owl Woods, for the first snow of winter.

Soil, Seeds, Sun and Rain! How Nature Works on a Farm


This book talks about the way nature impacts crops. What happens when it rains too much? What happens if it rains too little? What can farmers do to help their plants? This book answers those questions and more!

Soil, Silt, and Sand; Layers of the Underground


There’s more than just dirt below! Readers will learn about the layers and types of soil underground. Rocks, clay, sand, silt and all nonliving things underground are explored. Earth's core, mantle, and crust are also discussed.  Readers will also discover why we could not live without dirt, and why we need to protect it.

Spend a Year on the Farm


This picture book has bright, full-page photographs that help young learners discover the world of agriculture.

Step-By-Step Experiments with Soils


This book provides great insight and ideas for how to incorporate soil into science with fun, hands-on activities.

Sugar Snow


Laura is delighted when a soft, thick snow falls in late spring in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. A late snow helps the trees make more sap for maple syrup, and maple syrup means sweet sugar cakes and sticky fingers for Laura!

Sugarbush Spring


In the month of the Maple Sugar Moon, the snow's too wet for angel making, icicles rain from Grandpa's porch roof, and something is stirring in the woods. It's sugarbush spring; time to tap the trees, prepare the bottles, then gather round the cook fire to eat chicken and dumplings, roast marshmallows, and tell stories while the cold sap heats through, thickens, and boils to make syrup.

Sustainable Agriculture


Thrilling new discoveries in science and technology are announced almost daily. Sustainable Agriculture covers a broad spectrum of issues related to advances in farming technology, such as sustainable soil, water, energy, and biotechnology. High-impact photos and explanatory graphics and charts bring scientific concepts to life.

The Murky Water Caper


Turn water quality, the environment, and pollutants into a detective whodunnit case! This book offers a great way to begin conversations on environmental sustainability, water quality, and more.

The Soil Neighborhood


The Soil Neighborhood is the second book in a series about Kailey, who learns many fascinating things about agriculture. In this book, Kailey learns the importance of soil and how it affects her every day life. She learns how the different creatures and components in soil work together to make soil a good place for farmers to grow and harvest crops.

The Wonderful Water Cycle


Three-quarters of our Earth is covered by water. This book explains how water travels in a never-ending pattern called the water cycle and how water is used, from bathing to irrigating crops, along with tips for conserving our most important natural resource.

United States Atlas


This large, full color atlas discusses each state and region in the U.S., and includes maps, facts, and commodities.

Water is Water


The many forms that water can take have never been so artfully described or gloriously depicted as in this handsome informational book by Miranda Paul, with paintings by Jason Chin, creator of Gravity, Redwoods, and other distinctive works of nonfiction.

Water; Sources, Use, Conservation


This text introduces students to the one resource we cannot live without, but take for granted. Water explains, in an engaging student-friendly manner, the Hydrologic Cycle or Water Cycle. It explains the different states of water and how these states affect the world we live in.

What is a Watershed?


What is a watershed? Find out what they are and how we can take care of them with this book.

Why Living Things Need… Light


This book explores the concept of light, and why living things (like plants and animals) need it.

Why Living Things Need… Water


This book explores the concept of water, and why living things (like plants and animals) need it.

World Atlas


Excellent classroom atlas for middle and high school students. Chapters address the world, its continents and regions, the Pacific Rim, and the Arctic and Antarctic. Most regional studies are anchored by two shaded-relief reference maps (political and land cover), while the world and U.S. sections also include sculptural-relief (elevation) and thematic maps. Photographs, graphs, and explanatory sidebar text further enrich the treatment of each region.

You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Dirt!


Without dirt (or soil) life would have developed different and we humans probably wouldn't be here at all. Soil supplies a surprising variety of raw materials for making things. Learn about the ways soil has been used by humans over the centuries, from cave paintings to crop farming, and the exciting prospects for soil in the future.

You're Aboard Spaceship Earth


This attractive picture book enlarges on the metaphor "spaceship Earth," explaining that just as the space shuttle carries all the food, water, and oxygen the astronauts need, Earth carries all the food (minerals), water, and oxygen we need. It demonstrates the water, mineral, and oxygen cycles, showing that Earth makes a great spaceship, but tells readers that "our job is to keep it that way."