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Independent Reading

EASY
A Sea of Grass: The Tallgrass Prairie
by David Dvorak. Macmillan Publishing, 1994
Beautiful color photographs enhance information about the plants and animals of the prairie.
Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year
by Betsy Bowen. Little, Brown & Co., 1991
This books celebrates the beauty and mystery of America's Northwoods with woodcut illustrations introducing letters of the alphabet and a brief text that describes the changing seasons.
Marshes and Swamps
by Lynn M. Stone. Childrens Press, 1983
This book describes plant and animal life of the wetlands and emphasizes the importance of the wetlands to the earth's ecology.
AVERAGE
The Shawnees: People of the Eastern Woodlands
by Laurie A. O'Neill. The Millbrook Press, 1995
The life, culture, and values of loyalty and honesty of the Shawnees in the 19th century.
The First Americans
by Joy Hakim. Oxford University, 1993
This engaging book presents the history of early people in North America in a way that helps students tie information about earlier times to their own lives.
Wetlands: Bogs, Marshes, and Swamps
by Lewis Buck. Parents' Magazine Press, 1974
An interesting discussion of the wildlife and plants in bogs, marshes, and swamps and of how these geographic features were formed.
Grasslands
Delia Goetz. William Morrow, 1959
Explains the importance of grasses as plants and discusses the grasslands of the prairies, including the wildlife found there.
Icebergs and Glaciers
by Seymour Simon. William Morrow, 1987
A discussion of how glaciers are born, why they move, and where they are, accompanied by diagrams and beautiful photographs.
CHALLENGING
Buffalo: The American Bison Today
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Ticknor & Fields, 1986
This well-illustrated book details the history of the great North American bison herds and describes the life of the buffalo in each season.
The Earliest Americans
by Helen Roney Sattler. Clarion Books, 1993
This book describes the most widely accepted theories on who the first Americans were.
Glaciers: Ice on the Move
by Sally M. Walker. Carolrhoda Books, 1990
A fact-filled book that explains what causes glaciers to form, how they move, and how they affect the landscape.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back
by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London. Thomas Locker, Inc., 1992
This beautifully illustrated book contains thirteen Native American legends, one for each moon of the Native American year.
Keepers of the Earth
by M. Caduto and J. Bruchac. Fulcrum Publishing, 1989
This book presents folktales from many Native American cultures.
REFERENCE BOOKS
US Kids History: Book of the American Indians
by Marlene Smith Barazini and Howard Egger-Bovert. Little, Brown, & Co., 1991
This practical resource contains activities and projects to help explain what life was like for Native Americans before the Europeans came.
Save Our Prairies and Grasslands
by Ron Hirschi. Delacorte Press, 1994
This book provides a thorough discussion of prairies and how to save them.
Moundbuilders and Cliff Dwellers
Time-Life Books, 1992
An excellent resource on ancient North American civilizations.