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The following storybooks offer connections between science and literature. Find these books in your library and connect student learning across the curriculum.

The Gardener
Author: Sarah Stewart - Illustrated by: David Small
Level: 2-3 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Year: 2007 - ISBN: 031236749X
Description: In the 1930s, a little girl comes to live with her grumpy uncle in the city. Her love of growing things literally makes joy blossom for the neighborhood.

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale Of The Amazon Rain Forest
Author: Lynne Cherry
Level: K-5 - Publisher: Harcourt Brace - Year: 2000 - ISBN: 0-152-02614-2
Description: A man who comes to chop down a tree takes a rest. As he sleeps, the animals that live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their world. Like the rain forest, the story and illustrations are dramatic, vibrant and wondrous.

Hey There, Stink Bug!
Author: Leslie Bulion - Illustrated by: Leslie Evans
Level: K-5 - Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing - Year: 2006 - ISBN: 9781580893046
Description: Antlions, skipper caterpillars, and even dung beetles make appearances in this book, which is a collection of poems that focuses on the insect world. It includes a number of poetic forms, including haiku and clerihew. A brief annotation is included with each poem, providing some interesting background information for the readers, young and old alike. Glossary included.

A House for Hermit Crab
Author: Eric Carle
Level: K-3 - Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks - Year: 2005 - ISBN: 1-416-90309-7
Description: Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell, so he sets out in search of a bigger one. On his underwater journey, he makes new friends that help him turn his new house into a home.

Miss Rumphius
Author: Barbara Cooney - Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
Level: 3-4 - Publisher: Viking Press - Year: 1982 - ISBN: 0-670-47958-6
Description: Great-aunt Rumphius was once a little girl who loved the sea, longed to visit faraway places, and wished to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. As an old woman, her last wish is fulfilled as she spreads lupine seeds and watches the plants disperse.

Oak Tree
Author: Gordon Morrison
Level: 3-5 - Publisher: Walter Lorraine Books - Year: 2005 - ISBN: 0-618-60918-0
Description: A year in the life of a grand oak tree is depicted through detailed pencil and watercolor paintings, expressive text, and explanatory margin notes. Explains the ecology of the tree as a host for a number of small creatures.

The Sign of the Seahorse: A Tale of Greed and High Adventure in Two Acts
Author: Graeme Base
Level: 3-5 - Publisher: Puffin Books - Year: 1998 - ISBN: 0-140-56387-3
Description: The inhabitants of a coral reef ecosystem are threatened when a shady real estate deal floods their area with poisonous waste and pollution.

Snail Girl Brings Water: A Navajo Story
Author: Geri Keams - Illustrated by: Richard Ziehler-Martin
Level: K-8 - Publisher: Northland Publishing - Year: 1998 - ISBN: 0-87358-662-X
Description: This book is a Navajo creation story about bringing water to the desert and how snails got their shells. | © 2009 The Franklin Institute - All rights reserved.