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Agriculture-Related Books

Environment and Ecology

Droughts (Weather Science)
Allaby, Michael
Facts on File, 2011
Grades 6-8
Technical, comprehensive entry in the Dangerous Weather series explores the mystery of rain and what happens when it does not come. Allaby first defines drought before discussing the reasons for and results of long periods without rain.
Armentrout, David
Rourke, 2010
Grades 4-6
Large photos accompany past and present examples of how different energy sources can fuel human activity.
The Great Big Water Cycle Adventure
Barnham, Kay
Barron's Educational Series, 2018
Grades K-3
Follow the journey of water, from raindrops to rivers and then back to the clouds. Children have lots of questions about the world around them, and this book helps them discover many amazing and wonderful scientific facts about nature. The charming collage-effect illustrations are inspired by farms and scenery that the illustrator sees around her home in New Hampshire. Lively texts engage children and make this book a favorite to return to again and again. There are also Notes to Parents and Teachers at the end to encourage further exploration and learning.
A Handful of Dirt
Bial, Raymond
Walker and Co., 2000
Grades 3-6
Introduces dirt dwellers, from the tiniest protozoans through myriad invertebrates, to the mammals and reptiles whose burrows aerate the earth, all depicted in large, sharp, full-color photos. The author includes basic instructions for setting up a home compost heap.
Food Watch: Protecting Our Planet
Bramwell, Martyn
DK Children, 2001
Grades 5-7
Overview of fundamental issues surrounding global food conservation. The book covers basic production problems in both first-world and developing countries, focusing on the challenges of feeding an ever-increasing population with shrinking resources.
An American Safari: Adventures on the North American Prairie
Brandenburg, Jim
Walker Co., 1996
Grades 4-7
Mingling facts with personal reflections, Brandenburg acquaints readers with the American prairie. He introduces various types of prairies, the animals that live there, what threatens their habitat, and how it can be saved. The descriptions of bison and prairie dogs are quite informative, but young readers will probably find Brandenburg's encounter with a rattlesnake the most memorable part of the book. Excellent, full-color photographs appear on nearly every page, illustrating the text clearly and sometimes stealing the show. A good resource for children studying the prairie ecosystem.
Sunshine Makes the Seasons
Branley, Franklin M.
Collins, 2005
Grades 1-4
An excellent resource for explaining the concept of seasons, using a pencil and orange and focusing on the sun-earth relationship.
Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
Brendler, Carol, and Ard Hoyt
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
Grades PreK-3
Winnie Finn is passionate about earthworms, going so far as to take them for rides in her wagon. With the Quincy County Fair approaching, Winnie hopes to win a prize for best worms. Fertilizer from her farm helps Mr. Abernathy grow tall corn which is then used by Mrs. Yamasaki-O'Sheridan to feed her Plymouth Rock hens whose eggs are used by Mr. Peasley to make his Afghan puppies coats shine, causing all three to win first prize at the fair. Includes instructions for building your own worm farm.
Drought (Wild Weather)
Chambers, Catherine
Heinemann, 2007
Grades 4-6
The series uses dramatic aspects and effects of weather to develop geographical skills such as vocabulary, using maps, primary and secondary sources of information. Emphasizes that weather extremes have the same causes as weather we experience every day and discusses how people defend their homes and adapt their lifestyles to cope.
Robinson Crusoe
Defoe, Daniel
Collector's Library, 2011
Grades 3-6
Story of a man marooned on an island for nearly 30 years. First-person account shows how his intelligence and education helped him survive for many years, and how he used technology he salvaged from the ship.
Geosphere: The Land and Its Uses (Our Fragile Planet)
Desonie, Dana
Chelsea House, 2008
Young Adult
How people use the land, how they transform natural landscapes to human landscapes, and the environmental consequences of changing land use. Each of the six sections looks at how land area is used today and considers more environmentally sound ways to use areas like forests, work in agricultural areas, mine minerals, generate power, plan urban areas and dispose of waste.
Water (True Books; Natural Resources)
Ditchfield, Christin
Children's, 2003
Grades 4-6
Examines the elements and forms of water and explains the water cycle from evaporation to precipitation. Interesting facts on how much water is required for simple tasks such as brushing teeth and flushing toilets. Simply written, informative and well-organized for research.
Round Like a Ball
Ernst, Lisa Campbell
Blue Apple, 2008
Grades PreK-3
A family responds to a series of clues to discover what is "round like a ball." The clues are placed in large letters on the left side of a double-paged spread, encircling progressively larger cutout circles. The cutout on each successive page offers a glimpse of the next article guessed. When the pages are flipped, a rainbow of cutout circles, large to small, is created on the previous page. After 12 guesses, the pages fold and out to a four-page spread revealing a beautiful likeness of our planet.
Keeping Water Clean
Farrell, Courtney
Cherry Lake, 2010
Grades 4-6
Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives
Farrell, Jeanette
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2005
Young Adult
Broad-ranging book on the beneficial roles of microbes. Considers benefical microbes in the production of bread, cheese and chocolate as well as their vital role in the gut, where they break down certain foods, kill harmful microbes and enable certain genes in the intestines to maximize digestion. Also explains the process by which microbes dispose of human waste in sewage treatment plants.
Where Once There Was a Wood
Fleming, Denise
Henry Holt, 2000
Grades PreK-3
Inspired by events in her own backyard, the author creates a poignant yet hopeful portrait of our disappearing natural environment. The last pages of the book teach children how to make a more "creature friendly" backyard, including information about what types of food, trees and flowers attract different kinds of animals. Where Once There Was a Wood also suggests projects families can do together.
Protecting Earth's Water Supply (Saving Our Living Earth)
Fridell, Ron
Lerner Classroom, 2008
Grades 4-6
Super Science Projects About Earth's Soil and Water (Rockin' Earth Science Experiments)
Gardner, Robert
Enslow, 2007
Grades 3-5
Each experiment is clearly explained in step-by-step instructions, illustrated with diagrams and formatted on uncluttered pages. Immediately following each experiment is a spread that further explains the scientific principles involved and notes examples of real world applications. Environmentally focused projects, such as a demonstration of how groundwater becomes polluted, offers great Earth Day ideas.
Flooding and Drought (Looking at Landscapes)
Gifford, Clive
Evans Brothers, 2005
Young Adult
Informative and lively discussion of drought, showing how specific features of the Earth are formed, their causes and effects, patterns and processes, and our study and understanding of them. The series aims to inspire questions about different environments and landscapes and our relationships with some of the greatest forces of nature we experience on Earth.
Rainmakers: A Photographic Story of Center Pivots
Groundwater Foundation
Groundwater Foundation, 2005
The regular pumping sound and motion of a center pivot irrigation system is the heartbeat of many successful farming operations. Flying over agriculture regions, many airline passengers look down on the circles of green. This book explains how center pivot irrigation contributes to the food on which we depend. This important story is presented through instructive photos which convey the history and complexity of center pivots and show how the technology has become an integral part of nourishing our world.
Hamilton, Virginia
Sandpiper, 1997
Grades 4-6
Lindy and her parents rescue a tall, "stick-fella" from a sudden dust storm. Named Drylongso for the periods of drought that "lasted so long, folks thought it was just ordinary. The adults cautiously accept his peculiar nature - his mysterious arrival, his unknown origins, his prophetic statements on growth and life. In contrast, Lindy bombards him with her curiousity. An afterword offers both a historical account of US drought cycles and cultural context for the central character.
Biofuels (Energy Today)
Horn, Geoffrey
Chelsea Clubhouse, 2010
Grades 4-6
A Cool Drink of Water
Kerley, Barbara
National Geographic Children's, 2006
Grades 4-6
International tour of water gathering around the world. A boy fills a jug from a drainpipe; women in burqua balance brass pots on their heads. A concluding section expands briefly on each image's location and story. A final essay provides statistics about water conservation. Excellent for cross-cultural discussions.
Take a City Nature Walk (Take a Walk Series)
Kirkland, Jane
Stillwater, 2005
Grades 4-6
Promotes observation, discovery and wonder and provides activities, artwork and stories that explore the world of nature in human-built surroundings. Sidebars supply definitions and pronunciations of new words and concepts and details important plants of the urban landscape.
The Mother Ditch
Lafarge, Oliver
Sunstone, 1983
The mother ditch, or acequia madre, is the main water line that is dug by hand and feeds many of the smaller acequias that cover the fertile land of Northern New Mexico. The acequias, water ditches, were used to irrigate the fields of crops for many farmers in the early days of settlement in New Mexico. A unique technology, the acequia, especially the mother ditch, had to be taken care of by everyone in the community that benefited from its generosity. A governing body was established to watch over the utilization and maintenance of the ditch. The acequia was truly one of the last vestiges of a life where people depended on each other for survival. The life of the community revolved around the acequia. Cooperation was essential to ensure everyone's sustenance. (English and Spanish)
Juan the Bear and the Water of Life: La Acequia de Juan del Oso
Lamadrid, Enrique R., Arrellano, Juan Estevan and Amy Cordova
University of New Mexico, 2008
Grades 4-6
From the mountains of northern Spain to the Andes in South America, Spanish-speaking people have told ancient legends of Juan del Oso and his friends. In this children's tale, agriculturalist Juan Estevan Arellano and folklorist Enrique Lamadrid share a unique version of a celebrated story that has been told in northern New Mexico for centuries. (English and Spanish)
Lichtenheld, Tom
Holt, 2011
Grades PreK-2
Cloudette is just a small cloud, but she wants to make a brook babble, a waterfall fall and give some kids a day off from school. Her tale raises questions relevant to little children: "Is there anything good about being small?" "Will I ever be as good as the big kids?" "What do clouds do, anyway?"
SOIL! Get the Inside Scoop
Lindbo, David
American Society of Agronomy, 2008
Grades 4-6
Full-color book explores how soil is part of our life—the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the houses we live in, and more. Readers learn about different kinds of soil and meet the scientists who work with soil every day.
Our Seasons
McKneally, Ranida, and Grace Lin
Charlesbridge, 2007
Grades K-5
Haiku poetry accompanies season-related questions and answers about weather, the natural world and the human body.
Urban Sprawl (Current Controversies)
Miller, Debra
Greenhaven, 2008
Young Adult
The World Beneath Our Feet: A Guide to Life in the Soil
Nardi, James B.
Oxford, 2003
Grades 4-6
How soil is formed, symbiotic relationships between plants and lichens, algae, bacteria and fungi with an examination of more than 100 kinds of subterranean organisms. Also profiles soil, microbes, invertebrates and vertebrates. Entries describe the distinctive physical and behavioral characteristics or organisms, where they are found, their diets, feeding methods and roles in the ecosystem. Sidebars provide common names, scientific classification, ecological function and more.
Water Pollution (Water Science)
Ostropowich, Melanie
Weigl, 2010
Grades 4-6
When a puddle dries up, where does all the water go? Format encourages reading and comprehension, introduces the topic through visual diagrams, hands-on experiments and fascinating biographies.
Cris, Amazing Grazing
Boyd Mills, 2002
Grades 3-5
Using the stories of three Montana ranchers, the book's main focus is rangeland grazing, the love ranchers have for their land, and their efforts to preserve and enhance the environment.
Potato Clocks and Solar Cars: Renewable and NonRewable Energy (Raintree Fusion: Physical Science)
Raum, Elizabeth
Raintree, 2007
Grades 4-8
Discusses topics such as fossil fuels, alternative energy sources and sustainable energy.
Dirt: The Scoop on Soil
Rosinsky, Natalie M.
Picture Window, 2003
Grades K-2
Entertaining illustrations and clear, fact-filled text explore the amazing science of soil. Suggested activities/experiments and fun facts are included.
Song of the Waterboatman and Other Pond Poems
Sidman, Joyce, and Beckie Prange
Houghton-Mifflin, 2005
Grades PreK-3
Science facts combine with vivid poems about pond life through the seasons. Focusing on one pond creature or plant per spread, Sidman employs many poetic forms.
Symbiosis (Science Concepts, Second Series)
Silverstein, Alvin, and Virginia B. Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn
21st Century, 2007
Young Adult
Introduces key concepts of symbiosis by exploring their development, applications and relation to knowledge as a whole. Covers mutualism, commensalism and parasitism and gives numerous examples of these important partnerships. Further chapters consider the symbiotic relationships that humans have with animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms.
Soil: Digging Into Earth's Vital Resource (Exploring Science: Earth Science Series)
Stille, Darlene R., and Hossain and Farhana
Compass Point, 2005
Young Adult
Provides an overview of the components of soil and how it is formed. In addition it also explains some of the different soil horizons or layers and different soil types.
Freshwater Habitats: Life in Freshwater Ecosystems, Children's
Toupin, Laurie
Watts Library 2005
Grades 4-6
America's Prairies and Grasslands: Guides to Plants and Animals
Wallace, Marianne
Fulcrum, 2001
Grades 4-7
Prickly Pear, needlegrass, deer mouse, roadrunner. Where can you find these fascinating plants and animals? In the vast ecosystem of North America's prairies and grasslands! In this guide you will learn about these huge, open areas and unique habitats. Find out how plants survive after wild prairie fires. Learn where to find water sources and when best to view the animals in these habitats. Identify the many different plants and animals in colorful illustrations. Each prairie or grassland region-Tallgrass Prairie, Mixed Grass Prairie, Shortgrass Prairie, Palouse Prairie, California Valley Grassland, and Semidesert Grassland-features full-color illustrations which helps you identify plants and animals. The "hard to find" sections point out unusual finds such as pocket gophers, vernal pools, and the living rock cactus. Maps, a list of common scientific names, and additional resources make America's Prairies and Grasslands a complete guide to North America's prairie habitats.