November 2014: Children's Books


Cover of Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim ArnoskyNovember 2014 library profile:

Children's books


"Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them."

from the Audubon Nature Preschool



The Morton Arboretum provides children a place to explore and an environment that makes learning about nature fun, teaching an appreciation for nature and conservation. The Sterling Morton Library helps by nurturing a love of nature from an early age through our collection of children's books! From how-to-garden books to animal stories and fiction, our collections can give kids a fun and interactive way to learn about trees, plants, and wildlife. Crinkleroot, a friendly forest dweller, leads the kids through the forest showing different types of trees by their leaves, bark, fruit, and seeds in Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Trees. With detailed illustrations and a fun-loving guide, author Jim Arnosky provides a first guide to tree identification for curious children to inspire children to know and love the trees around them. We even have children's books written by our own Andrew Hipp, scientist and Herbarium Curator at The Morton Arboretum, about the life cycles of different animals, bugs, and trees like The Life Cycle of a Painted Turtle (2002), Peanut-head Bugs (2003), Olive Trees Inside and Out (2004), and more! Life Cycle of a Painted Turtle and other books in Hipp's Lifecycle Library Series follow animals like turtles, ducks, and mice throughout their life cycle from development to adulthood, describing the challenges they face and providing a glossary at the end for the difficult words or important concepts in the text.



"Hatching: At the end of a month, the duckling gets restless inside its egg. It begins to move its feet and head. As the duckling moves, a tiny, sharp egg tooth at the tip of its beak scrapes against the shell. The egg tooth scratches and pokes, making holes and grooves in the shell. Finally the shell breaks and the duckling comes out, wet and very tired. The eggs in a single clutch usually hatch within hours of each other. The egg tooth falls off a few days after hatching."

"egg tooth: A spine at the end of a bird's bill or turtle's snout, used to break out of the shell in hatching.

clutchEggs laid and cared for by a single bird at one time."

~from The Life Cycle of a Duck by Andrew Hipp, 2002 p. 10, 23


At The Morton Arboretum

Arbor Reading Adventures - "Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time! We’ll read stories, make a craft and then head out on the grounds for an adventure walk. Themes change weekly."


Children's Garden - "At The Morton Arboretum, imagination lives, curiosity grows, and kids flourish in the Children’s Garden. Splash through secret streams, climb colossal acorns, and slide down giant tree roots all day long. Explore, learn, and play among trees and the natural world."


Classes  - The Morton Arboretum offers classes for all ages! Check out this page for programs specially designed for children.


Library resources

A Leaf Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas, 2012

Life Cycles Library series by Andrew Hipp, 2002

Winter Trees by Carole Gerber, 2008

Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky, 1992

My Backyard Garden by Carol Lerner, 1998

Tell Me, Tree by Gail Gibbons, 2002

Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems by Kristine O'Connell George, 1998

Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming, 1996

Sky Tree by Thomas Locker, 1995


Reader's advisory

Check out our other children's books by scientist Andrew Hipp, our collections about bugs, or explore our books on children in naturechildren's gardens, or our books about Beatrix Potter, gardener, illustrator, and author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other stories.


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