Looking Forward to Summer Reading: Booklists for Your Program

The temperature may be hovering around zero, but our minds are elsewhere! With winter in full force, we’re already looking forward to summer reading in 2022. Whether you’re participating in the CSLP or iREAD program this year, we’ve got you covered. Read on for robust book lists of titles that support your library’s theme.

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Jaguars in America? The Surprising History Revealed in AMERICAN JAGUAR

The Wild West may be a little wilder than you think. For thousands of years, jaguars roamed portions of Arizona, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana, and sometimes ventured into Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, and North Carolina. But today, jaguars are mostly absent from the United States. American Jaguar: Big Cats, Biogeography, and Human Borders by wildlife biologist Elizabeth Webb takes a deep dive into the jaguar’s current predicament and highlights the work of field scientists searching for ways to restore their populations.

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A Peek at Beaks: An Interview with Author Sara Levine and Illustrator Kate Slater

Have you ever seen a bird with a beak like a straw? How about a bird with a beak that looks like a pair of tweezers? Get ready to see these birds and many more in A Peek at Beaks: Tools Birds Use by Sara Levine and illustrated by Kate Slater. Structured as a guessing game, this playful picture book introduces young readers to the science and anatomy of different bird species. Discover how birds’ beaks resemble—and can be used like—tools!

Today author Sara Levine and illustrator Kate Slater join us to share their most surprising moments while creating the book, their hopes for young readers, and much more.

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Guest Post: Tracking Down Science Stories with Kate Messner

by Kate Messner, author of Tracking Tortoises: The Mission to Save a Galápagos Giant

Ask anyone who loves the natural world about places they’d love to visit, and chances are, the Galápagos Islands will be near the top of the list. Growing up in a small town in Western New York, I’d read about the unique wildlife endemic to the islands and the work scientists were doing there. It felt worlds away from the apple orchards and white-tailed deer of my own backyard, and I imagined how amazing it would be to visit one day, to see those amazing animals and learn more about the islands they call home. 

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