Book List Theme 7

Tales of Nature: Nature Traditions and Legends

Prepared by Kelsey Witowich and Catherine Bellamy, Surrey Libraries

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* NNELS and CELA provide access to audiobooks for people with perceptual or print disabilities.


Ages 3-5

Lessons from Mother Earth
by Elaine McLeod
This gentle story demonstrates the First Nations’ tradition of taking care of Mother Earth. Tess has visited her grandmother many times without really being aware of the garden. But today they step outside the door and Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. And if you take care of the plants that are growing, you will always find something to nourish you.
Ogopogo Odyssey
by D.A. Hawes
While visiting his grandparents’ winery in the Okanagan Valley, a young boy meets the legendary monster of the lake, the Ogopogo, and embarks on a summer adventure that he will never forget.
Goodnight World: Animals of the Native Northwest
by Native Northwest

Twenty-three Northwest Coast artists have contributed their art for this beautiful book as each of the animals, birds, and sea creatures say good night by dreaming, singing each other to sleep, and various activities unique to each animal. This picture book reinforces worldview values of acknowledging the end of the day while explaining the importance of interdependence with the environment.

A Stick Is An Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play
by Marilyn Singer

This book presents a tribute to timeless childhood summer activities, from playing hide-and-seek and hopscotch to making mud soup and imagining that a stick is a magic wand. While younger readers might need help with some of the poems, this book invites the whole family to join in and have fun!

The Water Hole
by Graeme Base

Introducing the numbers from one to ten, an ever growing number of animals visit a watering hole, while the water slowly dwindles. Though the animals disappear when the water hole dries up, rain eventually falls and the earth springs back to life.

The Raven and the Loon
by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
This retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale tells of how these two birds, originally all white, came to have their current appearances. Bored one day, Raven stops by to visit Loon, and the two decide to make new coats for each other. But a series of mishaps leave them with the forms and colors that they have today.

Ages 6-8

In the Red Canoe
by Leslie Davidson
Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads–a multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book. A tribute to those wild places we love, In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers along for the ride.
Saving Sammy
by Eric Walters, Norah McClintock
After Morgan’s backyard is flooded by the nearby river, her dog, Shire, finds a baby beaver that has been washed out of its den. Realizing that its parents aren’t coming back, Morgan must quickly learn to care for the beaver, which she names Sammy. Morgan’s parents warn her that he can’t stay with them forever. Will Morgan be able to find a safe home for Sammy?
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and other Natural Disasters
by Lenore Look
Alvin Ho does not think the great outdoors is great. It is super-duper scary. Luckily, when his dad suggests–gulp!–a camping trip, Alvin is prepared. So grab your mosquito netting and your heavy-duty flashlight and experience the great outdoors with the one and only Alvin Ho.
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse
by Frank Viva
There’s so much to see at the bottom of the world! Join a young explorer and his best friend, Mouse, on a sea journey to Antarctica, where they make new friends with penguins and a whale — and have all kinds of fun.
If You Love Honey: Nature’s Connections
by Martha Sullivan
Honey is a sweet gift from nature – all of nature, actually. Honey is linked in a very real way to dandelions, earthworms, mushrooms, the old oak tree and even the blue jays squawking in its branches. A simple but accurate diagram in the back matter explains how bees make honey and also pollinate plants, as well as the role of beneficial insects and decomposers. Included are activities and recipes sure to be lot of fun!
A Walk on the Shoreline
by Rebecca Hainnu
Young Nukappia can’t wait to get out to his family campsite on the shoreline. While walking along the shore, he learns that the shoreline is not just ice and rocks and water. There is an entire ecosystem of plants and animals that call the shoreline home. From seaweed to clams to char to shore grasses, there is far more to see along the shoreline than Nukappia ever imagined.

Ages 9-12

Bearwalker
by Joseph Bruchac
When Baron arrives at the camp in the Adirondacks, he senses something sinister about the man who wears a bear claw necklace. He’s heard the Aboriginal legend of evil men who can walk the earth as a bloodthirsty combination of man and bear, but Baron never thought he’d come face to face with the legend.
Snow Summer
by Kit Peel
Massive climate change has caused a winter that will not thaw, and it seems that the forces of nature have turned on humanity itself. But in the sleepy British village of Pateley, one special girl may hold the key to the earth’s survival.
The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown
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When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants.
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World
by Julia Rothman
See the world in a new way! With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of a volcano to what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly migration, the ecosystem of a rotting log, the parts of a bird, the anatomy of a jellyfish, and much, much more.
Eye of the Storm
by Kate Messner
In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster storms are a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the heart of storm country, Jaden Meggs is excited to reconnect with her dad after he spent years researching storm technology in Russia. She’ll also be attending the exclusive summer science camp, Eye On Tomorrow, that her dad founded. There, Jaden meets Alex, a boy whose passion for science matches hers, and together they discover a horrible truth about her dad’s research that is putting countless lives at risk.
Spirit Animals: Wild Born
by Brandon Mull
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Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts – a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children – and the world – have been changed forever.