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Compost Stew

Mary McKenna Siddals

Kids everywhere can help the environment! Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.

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Invites young readers to find various quantities of such things as farm animals and tools which are labeled in the illustrations of rural scenes, including a sheep farm, an orchard, a rice paddy, and bee hives.

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A captivating exploration of how a family gets a farm ready for the snow of winter, Sleep Tight Farm lyrically connects each growing season to the preparations at the very end of the farm year. This beautiful and informative book paints a fascinating picture of what winter means to the farm year and to the family that shares its seasons, from spring’s new growth, summer’s heat, and fall’s bounty to winter’s well-earned rest. All year long the farm has worked to shelter us, feed us, keep us warm, and now it’s time to sleep.

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Hey, Hey, Hay

Christy Mihaly

Every bale of hay has a little bit of summer sun stored in the heart of it— learn from a mother-daughter team how hay is made!

Feeding her horses one cold and wintry day, a girl thinks about all the hard work that went into the fresh-smelling bales she’s using. The rhyming text and brilliant full-page paintings follow the girl and her mother through the summer as they cut, spread, dry and bale in the fields.

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The Garden Classroom

Cathy James

Packed with garden-based activities that promote science, math, reading, writing, imaginative play, and arts and crafts, The Garden Classroom offers a whole year of outdoor play and learning ideas—however big or small your garden.

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Daddy Played Music for the Cows

Maryann Weidt, Hanri Sorensen

This beautifully illustrated tale presents a daughter’s tender memories of growing up in rural America-from chasing mourning doves across shafts of sunlight and playing hide-and-seek between the cows to swinging from a rope into a feathered of hay. At the center of her memories are the songs her father played for the cows and the love he showed for his daughter.

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Oh Say Can You Seed?

Bonnie Worth

I’m the Cat in the Hat, and I think that you need to come take a look at this thing called a seed. This non-fiction book introduces beginning readers to seeds and plant life cycles. The companion book to the Living Necklace lesson plan and the Living Necklace Kit. Please check the kit out separately.

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Learn how the modern dairy farmers care for their cows and their environment. Take this virtual tour of a farm, while enjoying this entertaining and educational video, you get to see it all. Take the tour here.

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Ecology Field Cards-Set 1, Douglas-fir Forests

Oregon State University Extension

Discover what lives around you! Created for Willamette Valley habitats, explore local plants insects, wildlife, and more! Each set comes with an Educator’s Guide which includes educational activities for students.

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Ecology Field Cards-Set 2, Oak Woodlands

Oregon State University Extension

Discover what lives around you in the Oak Woodlands! Created for Willamette Valley habitats, explore local plants insects, wildlife, and more! Each set comes with an Educator’s Guide which includes educational activities for students.

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