Mr. Goethe's Garden by Diana Cohn, Paul Mirocha (Illustrator)
This book tells the story of a unique friendship between an inquisitive young girl and her elderly world-famous neighbor who teaches her to draw and observe the natural world in a special way.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people's lives. This warm and winning book hosts an unforgettable cast of characters, including a librarian who fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace, an ex-con pet-store clerk who plays sweet music to his animal charges, and the neighborhood "witch," a nearly blind woman who sees with her heart.

A Saguaro Cactus
by Jen Green
A Saguaro Cactus tells young readers what animals make their home high above, on the ground, and deep below the cacti of the Sonoran Desert.

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
by Dav Pilkey
A new take on an old tale. The story of how some turkeys share in Thanksgiving by being AT the table and not ON it.

The Magic Finger
by Roald Dahl
A little girl has a special gift and uses it for the voiceless.

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth
by Earth Works Group

A Pinky Is a Baby Mouse: And Other Baby Animal Names

by Pam Munoz Ryan, Diane Degroat (Illustrator)
Everyone likes to know the names of baby animals. This book is in rhyme so children can more easily remember. It is written for ages 4-6, but is fun and educational for all.

Everybody's Somebody's Lunch
by Cherie Mason, Gustav Moore (Illustrator)
There are no "good" or "bad" animals. The main character of this story, a sensitive little girl, sees the predator/prey relationship in an entirely new light. All who read this book will come away with a new respect for wildlife.

by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator)
A delightful story that illustrates animal defenses through the eyes of Sassafras, a "smelly-old, stinky-old, funky-old skunk."

The Lorax
by Theodor Seuss Geisel
A classic by Dr. Seuss about how greed destroys a forest.

Two Tiny Mice
by Alan Baker
Two tiny field mice look out into the world and see lots of things. Good natural history and wonderful illustrations.

Unbeatable Beaks

by Stephen R. Swinburne, Joan Paley (Illustrator)
Most of us think that a beak is a beak is a beak. Did you know that beaks can be a chisel or a hook or a "pickax, rolling pin, fishing net, straw"? Children learn how birds use their beaks as tools.

Who Cares About Animal Rights?

by Michael Twinn, Arlette Lavie (Illustrator)
A book for young children that clearly explains the rights of animals by asking the right questions. It ends with things that children can do to help animals.


A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian
by Judy Krizmanic
This book covers all of the bases, such as how to make sure you meet your nutritional requirements, how to deal with anxiuos parents and skeptical friends, vegetarianism and the environment, how to find answers to tough questions, and easy beginner's recipes.

The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook
by Judy Krizmanic, Matthew Wawiorka (Illustrator)
From Apple-Date Dessert to Zesty BBQ Burgers, vegetarian cooking is more varied and exciting than ever before. Here are over 120 recipes for mouth-watering and nutritious meals, snacks, and desserts–including Easy Homemade Granola, Cold Sesame Noodles, Thai Coconut Curry, and Chocolate Coma–that are easy enough for beginning chefs to handle. You'll also find a glossary of cooking terms and unusual ingredients, complete step-by-step menus for meals the whole family can enjoy, and even a chapter on college cuisine.

Vegetables Rock!: A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians

by Stephanie Pierson
A resource guide for basic nutrition information, great tips, a helpful Q & A, and recipes for young vegetarians.

Student's Go Vegan Cookbook
by Carole Raymond
This book contains over 135 quick, easy, cheap, and tasty vegan recipes.

The King Snake by Allan W. Eckert
A very special young adult nature novel about the life and adventures in survival of a North Carolina king snake. The story shows the way he lives, how he catches and eats his prey, his value in the balance of nature and the fascinating events of his life, shedding new light and understanding about the lives of snakes, which, despite their value to man, are so often misunderstood and deliberately killed just because of what they are or are perceived to be.