Suggested Children’s Literature for plt preK-8 Activities Content Prepared by Beth Lesure (& others as noted), nh project Learning Tree Organized alphabetically by author by David Wiseman February 2004



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Found bn = Available for sale at Barnes & Noble (BN) online. Found library = not for sale at BN online but located at the Morris County Library system. Unavailable = not for sale at BN online and not found at Morris County or Arlington Library system. Couldn’t find = not recognized at BN or library or not enough info. MN EC= Minnesota PLT Early Chilhood Activity Guide. WI EC = Wisconsin PLT Early Childhood Supplement. Kay West=from Kay Antunez. NH= also on original list from Beth. Wyoming/West = from Cheryl Selby. NC List = http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/nreos/forest/plt/pdf/PLT_Bibliography.pdf



Suggested Children’s Literature for PLT PreK-8 Activities

Content Prepared by Beth Lesure (& others as noted), NH Project Learning Tree

Organized alphabetically by author by David Wiseman

February 2004 (added to through 2005)


  1. A Rainy Day. Sundance.Reading recovery level 2. not enough info

Used in Activity 29

  1. A Tree Fell Over the River. Sundance.Reading recovery level 3. ISBN: 0613308123, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 23

  1. Abrams, Kathleen and Lawrence. Logging and Lumbering. Silver Burdett. 1980.

Discusses the work of loggers, activities at sawmills, various products derived from trees, and measures taken to insure a continued supply of lumber. Grades 3+. ISBN: 0671340077, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 34


  1. Ackerman, Diane. Animal Sense. A. A. Knopf. 2003.

A collection of poems that tells how such animals as alligators, bats, penguins, bumblebees, and skunks use their different senses. Grades PreK-3. ISBN: 0375823840.

  1. Adams, Richard C and Robert Gardner. Energy Projects for Young Scientists. Scholastic. 2001.

Instructions for a variety of projects and experiments demonstrating basic concepts of energy, work, and power, including thermal, electrical, and solar energy, energy of motion and position, and energy conservation. Grades 6+. ISBN: 0531163806, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 39

  1. Adler, Naomi. Dial Book of Animal Tales From Around the World. Dial Books for Young Readers. 1996.

In every corner of the world there are well-loved stories that use animal characters to show us the richness of human nature. This extraordinary collection brings together nine animal folktales that radiate diverse tradition and abound in warmth and humor. Grades 4-7. ISBN: 0803720637.

  1. Adoff, Arnold. In for Winter, Out for Spring. Harcourt. 1991.

This collection of poems, told from the perspective of a young girl, celebrates family life throughout the yearly cycle of seasons. Grades PreK-K. ISBN: 0152014926, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 77
  1. Albert, Richard. Alejandro’s Gift. Chronicle Books. 1994.


Lonely in his house beside a road in the desert, Alejandro builds an oasis to attract the many animals around him. Grades K-3. can’t find

Used in PLT Activity: 96



  1. Aliki. Johnny Appleseed. Prentice-Hall. 1963.

Retells the wandering of John Chapman whose devotion to planting apple trees made him a legendary figure in American history. Grades K-3. ISBN: 0671667467, found bn (also available in Spanish)

Used in PLT Activity: 31, 33, 40, 87, 91, 96

  1. Allen, John Logan L. Student Atlas of Environmental Issues. McGraw-Hill. 1997.

Explores the human impact on the air, waters, biosphere, and land in every major world region. Provides a unique combination of maps and data to help students understand the dimensions of the world's environmental problems and the geographical basis of these problems. Grades 4+. ISBN: 0697365204, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 20, 86, 96

  1. Allen, Judy. Elephant. Candlewick Press. 1995.

When Hannah finds an ivory necklace that belonged to her great-grandmother, it gives her dreams; and she knows she must make restitution to the elephants for their suffering caused by the ivory trade. Grades PreK-2. ISBN: 1564024385, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 88, 91
  1. Allen, Judy. Tiger. Candlewick Press. 1992.


Ancient beliefs and wildlife preservation form the conflict in this beautifully crafted story set in rural China. Grades PreK-2. ISBN: 1564020835, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 88

  1. Allen, Marjorie. Changes. MacMillan. 1991.

Describes, in rhymed text and illustrations, how things in nature change as they grow and develop. Grades PreK-2. can’t find

Used in PLT Activity: 5, 41, 80



  1. Ancona, George. The Golden Lion Tamarins Comes Home. MacMillan. 1994.

As the Brazilian rainforest disappeared, so did Golden Lion Tamarins. They began to die out as deforestation reduced their habitat. Today, tamarins are being bred in zoos and returned to the wild. Grades 1-7. ISBN: 002700905X, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 88

  1. Andersen, Hans Christian. The Fir Tree. Harper and Row. 1970.

Grades K-3. ISBN: 155858501X, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 30, 79

  1. Anderson and Svedburg. Nicky the Nature Detective. R&S Books. 1988.

Nicky's adventures in the woods and fields introduce the reader to the seasonal changes in plants and animals. Grades 6+. ISBN: 9129587867, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 78


  1. Anderson, Ginger. Nature Rhymes for Young Explorers. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. 1995

Book of poetry about nature. Grades PreK+. Couldn’t find

Used in PLT Activity: 5, 46, 47



  1. Anderson, Robert. Forests: Identifying Propaganda Techniques. Gale Group. 1992.

Presents opposing viewpoints about various aspects of forestry, including the management of national forests and the question of how much damage is done by logging and acid rain. Grades 3-7. ISBN: 0899080995, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 32, 35, 50, 59

  1. Animal Watch. Newbridge.

How can we learn more about animals? By studying them up close where they live! Whether scientists are tracking tigers in the jungle, searching for insects in the rain forest, or observing pigeons in a park, they're always making new discoveries. Guided reading level O. couldn’t find

Used in PLT Activity: 1, 22



  1. Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno’s Magic Seeds. Putnam. 1995.

A gift from a wizard makes Jack's fortune grow by ones and twos, then threes and fours, then faster and faster, challenging you to keep track of his riches. Grades K-3. can’t find

Used in PLT Activity: 89



  1. Anthony, Joseph. In a Nutshell. Dawn Publications. 1999.

An acorn grows into an oak, helps sustain other life and eventually

dies and continues to offer life to others. Grades preK-3. ISBN:


188322098X, found bn.

Used in PLT Activity (Kay West): 79


  1. Appelt, Kathi. Bayou Lullaby. Morrow. 1995.

Appelt has written a rhythmic, soothing lullaby for a little girl who lives in a house by the banks of the bayou Grades PreK-2. ISBN: 0688128572, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 71

  1. Applebaum, Diana. Giants in the Land. Houghton Mifflin. 1993.

Giants in the Land is an incredible look at the role the giant pine trees of New England played in the history of the United States, especially in the years preceding the Revolutionary War. Grades 3-6. ISBN: 0395647207, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 33, 95

  1. Applehof, Mary. Worms Eat My Garbage. Flower Press. 1997.

The definitive guide to vermicomposting-a process using redworms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich food for plants. Grades 4-7. ISBN: 0942256107, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 24

  1. Ariane. Small Cloud. Dutton. 1984.

As Small Cloud is born to Singing River and Big Sun, travels across the country, and evolves into rain, the hydrologic cycle is symbolized. Grades K-3. ISBN: 0802774903, found library


Used in PLT Activity: 44


  1. Arkhurst, Joyce Cooper. The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales. Little, Brown. 1992.

Presents six tales about Spider, including those that explain how he got a thin waist and a bald head and why he lives in ceilings and dark corners. Grades K-3. ISBN: 0316051071, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 18

  1. Arnold, Caroline. On the Brink of Extinction: The California Condor. Harcourt Brace. 1993.

Describes the history of the condor in North America and the efforts to capture and breed the few remaining California condors to save them from extinction. Grades 2-7. ISBN: 0152579915, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 88

  1. Arnold, Caroline. Saving the Peregrine Falcon. Carolrhoda. 1985.

Describes the efforts of scientists who are trying to save the peregrine falcon from extinction by taking the fragile eggs that would not survive in the wild, hatching them, raising the chicks, and then releasing the birds back into the wild. Grades 2-6. ISBN: 0876145233, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 36, 88

  1. Arnold, Caroline. The Biggest Living Thing. Carolrhoda Books. 1983.

Presents facts about the giant sequoia trees, including how they grow, the circumstances of their "discovery," how their age is determined, and how forest fires actually help them. Grades K-4. ISBN: 0876142455, found library


Used in PLT Activity: 66, 76, 81


  1. Arnosky, Jim. Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats. Simon & Schuster. 1997.

Introduces different wildlife habitats, including wetlands, woodlands, cornfields, and grasslands. Grades PreK-5. ISBN: 0689835388, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 7, 21, 48, 61, 76, 78, 79, 80

  1. Arnosky, Jim. Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places. Bradbury Press. 1990.

Crinkleroot the forest dweller provides tips for walking in wild places and avoiding such hazards as ticks, poisonous plants, and wild animals. Grades K-7. ISBN: 0027058425, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 46, 87

  1. Arnosky, Jim. In the Forest: A Portfolio of Paintings. Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Publishers. 1989.

Oil paintings that depict the forest at different times of the day during the fall & winter. Text discusses the plants & animals that call the forest home. Grades K-7. ISBN: 0688081622, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 6, 22, 78

  1. Arthus-Bertrand, Yann. The Future of the Earth: An Intro to Sustainable Development for Young Readers. Abrams, Harry N, Inc. 2004.

The first book for young readers that explains sustainable development in easy terms. An attention-grabbing primer on mankind's direct and indirect effects on the natural world, this book explains how such topics as global trends, economic disparity, and invasive species, among others, have changed the world in which we live. Grades 4-8. ISBN: 0810950189.


  1. Asch, Frank. Sawgrass Poems. Harcourt Brace. 1996.

Beginning with an eloquent introduction to the Everglades, this collection of 20 poems transports readers to that unique place and challenges them to look at it intently, often through the eyes of creatures living there. Grades PreK-4. ISBN: 0152001808¸ unavailable

Used in PLT Activity: 71



  1. Asch, Frank. The Earth and I. Harcourt. 1994.

A child explains how he and the Earth dance and sing together and take turns listening to each other. Grades PreK+. ISBN: 0152004432, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 96

  1. Asch, Frank. Water. Harcourt Brace. 1995.

Identifies some of the places water is found, from the obvious (rivers, lakes, rain, ice) to the not so obvious (clouds, dew, a tear). Grades PreK-3. ISBN: 0152023488, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 44

  1. Aten, Jerry G. Democracy For Young Americans. McGraw-Hill. 1996.

Grades 6+. ISBN: 0866534830, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 57

  1. Atkins, Jeannine. Girls Who Looked Under Rocks The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists. Dawn. 2000.

The six women portrayed in this book—Maria Merian (b. 1647), Anna Comstock (b. 1854), Frances Hamerstrom (b. 1907), Rachel Carson (b. 1907), Miriam Rothschild (b. 1908), and Jane Goodall (b. 1934)—all grew up to become award-winning scientists, writers and artists, as comfortable with a pen as with as with a magnifying glass. They each overcame opposition and found ways to pass on their vision of how all lives in nature are beautifully connected. Grades 4-5. ISBN: 1584690119, found bn


Used in PLT Activity: 34


  1. Baehr, Patricia. For A Good Cause. Newbridge.

This collection of short profiles features a diverse group of people telling how and why they took action for a cause close to their hearts. Guided reading level U. can’t find

Used in PLT Activity: 96



  1. Bailey, Jill. Save the Tiger. Steck-Vaughn Co. 1992.

Akbar, a tracker for a tourist lodge, works with villagers, would-be poachers, and those involved in Project Tiger to protect the diminishing number of tigers in his part of India. Grades 2-7. ISBN: 0811465519, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 88

  1. Baker, Jeannie. Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Greenwillow Books. 1988.

On a camping trip in an Australian rain forest with his father, a young boy thinks about the history of the plant and animal life around him and wonders about their future. Grades K-3. ISBN: 0688063632, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 80, 95

  1. Baker, Jeannie. Window. Greenwillow Books. 1991.

Chronicles the events and changes in a young boy's life and in his environment, from babyhood to grownup, through wordless scenes observed from the window of his room. Grades K-3. ISBN: 0688089186, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 33, 55, 95
  1. Baker, Lucy. Life in the Rainforests. Watts. 1990.


Describes the importance of rain forests, types of plant and animal life that live there, and how rain forests are threatened by deforestation. Grades 2-7. ISBN: 0590461311, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 18, 49

  1. Bancroft, Henrietta and Nonny Hogrogian. Down Come the Leaves. Harper Collins. 1961.

Grades K-3. ISBN: 0690243138, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 78

  1. Bang, Molly. Common Ground: The Earth, Water, and Air We All Share. Scholastic. 1997.

Imagines a village in which there are too many people consuming shared resources and discusses the challenge of handling our world's environment safely. Grades K-7. ISBN: 0590100564, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 38

  1. Baron, Kathy. The Tree of Time. A Story of a Special Sequoia. The Yosemite National Park. 1994.

Traces the life of a 2000 year old giant sequoia in relation to

important events in world history. Grades 4-6. ISBN: 0939666731,

found bn.

Used in PLT Activity (Kay West): 66

  1. Baron, Robert. Hudson: Story of a River. Fulcrum Publishing. 2004.

Presents an imaginary journey back in time to the birth of the Hudson River and examines its history, pollution and clean-up, nearby Native American and European settlements, and the river's appeal as a tourist destination and literary subject. Grades 4-8. ISBN: 1555915124.


  1. Bash, Barbara. Ancient Ones: The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir. Sierra Club, Little & Brown. 1994.

The Ancient Ones tells the tale of an old-growth forest. Grades 2-6. ISBN: 1578050812, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 33, 66

  1. Bash, Barbara. In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree. Sierra Club. 1996.

This book captures the soul of the ancient and sacred banyan, painting a vivid picture of its importance to the people and other life forms that flourish beneath and within its welcoming branches. Grades K-5. ISBN: 1578050804, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 18, 20, 90, 92

  1. Bash, Barbara. Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab. Sierra Club. 2002.

Text and pictures document the life cycle of this amazing tree of the African savannah, and portrays the animals and people it helps to support. Grades PreK-5. ISBN: 1578050863, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 9, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 79, 80, 90

  1. Bash, Barbara. Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City. Sierra Club. 1990.

Describes the birds that make their homes in the heart of the city and examines how they have adjusted to such a harsh urban environment. Grades 3-7. ISBN: 0316083127, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 22, 86

  1. Batten, Mary. Anthropologist: Scientist of the People. Houghton Mifflin. 2001.


This story focuses on the lives of the natives within the South American rainforest, and the work of a woman who became a professional anthropologist and studied the natives. Grades 6+. ISBN: 0618083685.

  1. Baylor, Byrd and Peter Parnall. The Other Way To Listen. Aladdin. 1978.

An old man teaches a child the art of listening to nature. Where most would hear only silence, the child learns to hear the thousand rich noises of the desert. Grades PreK-2. ISBN: 0689810539, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: (WI EC) 4

  1. Baylor, Byrd. The Table Where Rich People Sit. Atheneum. 1994.

A girl discovers that her impoverished family is rich in things that matter in life, especially being outdoors and experiencing nature. Grades K-4. ISBN: 0689820089, found bn

Used in PLT Activity: 19

  1. Becker, Bonny. The Quiet Way Home. Henry Holt & Company. 1995.

A little girl and her grandfather take the “quiet” way home from school, walking along a path. They hear all kinds of noises, taking time to enjoy the sounds of the honeybee “buzzing”, the black bird “scolding” and the grasshopper “whirring”. Grade PreK. ISBN: 0805035303, available used from bn for $49.95

Used in PLT Activity: (MN EC, WI EC) 4
  1. Beer, Kathleen. What Happens in the Spring. National Geographic Society. 1977.


Describes the changes in plants and animals in the spring. Grades PreK-2. can’t find

Used in PLT Activity: 78



  1. Behn, Harry. Trees (A Poem). Henry Holt and Company. 1992.

With rhythmic, melodic text, this gentle picture book graced with beautiful illustrations encourages young children to look more closely at the trees around them. Grades PreK-2. ISBN #: 080501926X, found library

Used in PLT Activity: (MN EC, WI EC) 21,5; (Kay West) 5

  1. Bellamy, David. The Forest. C.N. Potter. 1988.

Taking the reader through the four seasons in the forest, this picture book describes the lives of the creatures and plants that live there, and what happens when man threatens to destroy them. Grades 2-4. cant find

Used in PLT Activity: 8, 87, 89



  1. Benson, Christopher. Careers in Conservation. Lerner. 1974.

Describes briefly the careers available in the conservation field, including forester, sanitation engineer, geologist, air pollution inspector, land use planner, and others. Grades 1-5. 1974!!!!!!!! ISBN: 0822503204, found library

Used in PLT Activity: 34

  1. Berger, Melvin. Where Do the Animals Live? Newbridge.

Burrows, tree holes, nests, hives, webs, lodges, ice floes, caves, ground holes, and oceans – students meet animals that make their homes in these places. Grades K-2. ISBN: 1567840191, unavailable

Used in PLT Activity: 22


  1. Berger, Melvin. Amazing Water. Newbridge.

Explains how water is transformed from a liquid to both a solid and a gas as seen in snow, rain, fog, hail, clouds, and ice. Grades K-2. ISBN: 156784104X, unavailable

Used in PLT Activity: 44



  1. Berger, Melvin. An Apple a Day. Newbridge.

Students see how apples grow and are harvested, shipped, and sold. The parts of a flower, pollination, and the seasons are also introduced. Grades K-2. ISBN: 1567840116, unavailable

Used in PLT Activity: 16, 65



  1. Berger, Melvin. Animal Senses. Newbridge.

Students will be surprised to learn that the katydid's ears are on its front legs, a snake smells with its tongue, butterflies taste with their feet, and more. Grades 2-4. ISBN: 1567842151. unavailable

Used in PLT Activity: 1,2,3,4



  1. Berger, Melvin. Animals in Hiding. Newbridge.

Students learn about camouflage and adaptation as they try to fin the animals “in hiding” in the fascinating full-color photographs. Grades K-2. ISBN: 1567840108, unavailable

Used in PLT Activity: 25



  1. Berger, Melvin. Can Kids Save the Earth? Newbridge.

Students discover that other children all over the world are helping to improve the environment, and they learn what they can do to help. Grades 1-4. ISBN: 1567842097, unavailable

Used in PLT Activity: 87, 96


  1. Berger, Melvin. Can Kids Save the Earth? Newbridge.

Students discover that other children all over the world are helping to improve the environment, and they learn what they can do to help. Grades 1-4. ISBN: 1567842097, unavailable.

Used in PLT Activity: 96





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