September 1, 2023

USVLT Reads - September

In honor of National Read-A-Book Day and the recent return to school, this month's book recommendations are for all the conservation-minded and adventurous young people in our community. We have all ages covered, and hope you find something fun for yourself, a family member or friend on this list. If so, you can pick up a copy from your favorite local, independent bookstore or on-line. 

1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, by Kenard Pak (Ages 2-5). Join a young girl on her ramble through her community, welcoming the varied signs of autumn and a diverse array of fellow townspeople.

2. We are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom (Ages 3-7). This gorgeously illustrated Caldecott Medal winner from 2021 is rallying cry to safeguard our planet's water resources, inspired by numerous North American Indigenous-led movements, and written and illustrated by an Indigenous author-illustrator team. 

3. Banner in the Sky, James Ramsey Ullman (Young Adult). A Newbury Honor Award-winner and enduring story of outdoor adventure centered around a young alpinist's attempt to climb the Matterhorn in tribute to his famous mountaineering father. 

4. Wild & Free Nature: 25 Outdoor Adventures for Kids to Explore, Discover and Awaken Their Curiosity, Ainsley Arment (Caregivers, and All Ages). A beautifully-illustrated and organized resource book for parents, educators, and caregivers to inspire hands-on outdoor activities with kids, based on the belief that nature is the best classroom.