Tree in the Trail

Trees were scarce on the Kansas prairie once. When the young Indian boy took such great pains to shelter the tiny cottonwood from the hooves of the bison, little did he realize what changes the sapling would live through! Tree in the Trail, a well-researched fiction title by Holling C. Holling, introduces children to the…… Continue reading Tree in the Trail

Homemade Cards

Looking for a way to say it just right to that special friend or loved one? Don’t buy a card—make one! Both adults and young people can enjoy making their own greeting cards, and Homemade Cards by Charlene Kennell offers great tips and inspirations: How to find useful but inexpensive supplies.How to use the elements…… Continue reading Homemade Cards

The First Trans-Continental Railroad

The construction of the the Transcontinental Railroad was an event that had a profound effect on America.  It was symbolic of a young nation’s desire to stretch from sea to shining sea.  The result was the settlement of the West. Although the main line passed north of Kansas, the Transcontinental Railroad still left its mark…… Continue reading The First Trans-Continental Railroad

A Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals—For Free!

Kansas has a wide diversity of interesting mammals.  If you want to identify the species you have seen, or if you just want to learn a bit more about familiar species, here’s the perfect little guide for you: A Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals by George Potts and Bob Gress. This handy booklet contains…… Continue reading A Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals—For Free!

The First Book of Farming

Interested in taking a scientific approach to farming?  Give this oldie a try: The First Book of Farming by Charles L. Goodrich. Although not entirely up to date, The First Book of Farming nevertheless contains many sound principles.  It explores the needs of a plant, examining each of its parts in turn: Roots. Seeds. Leaves.…… Continue reading The First Book of Farming

Kids Cooking

Here’s a fun and easy way for young folks to learn how to cook. What makes this cookbook unique? The directions. Kids Cooking: Scrumptious Recipes for Cooks Ages 9 to 13 from the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library explains the cooking process clearly. Much of the information is illustrated by color photos. For instance, pictures demonstrate the…… Continue reading Kids Cooking

A Kid’s EcoJournal Series

If your children love the outdoors and also love to write, they may enjoy A Kid’s EcoJournal series by Toni Albert. There are four of these books (spring, summer, fall, and winter), but they all follow a similar format. After some tips on exploring and writing about nature comes space for entries. Each entry has…… Continue reading A Kid’s EcoJournal Series

The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide

Looking for a gift idea for a young gardener? Here’s a book that may spark an interest. Practical but inviting, The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide by Rebecca Park Totilo makes the gardening process fun and simple. Besides discussing the basics of planning, planting, and caring for plants, this book offers projects galore: Make seed tape.…… Continue reading The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide