The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center has over 3,000 volumes in the Marie Vann Memorial Library. Our children’s section has a wonderful collection of books for toddlers and young children. Bean bag chairs make a cozy spot for a storytime. The natural history, nature education and juvenile natural history volumes are available to use on site, 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 4p.m.
Library Spotlight by Library Volunteer Susan Seidensticker
Attention Parents and Teachers looking for Science Project supplemental sources:
The Arboretum Library owns a wonderful children’s book simply called Trees by Andres Llamas Ruiz. Its outstanding feature is excellent, brightly colored numbered illustrations. Each chapter is only two pages and the information is very clear and easy for a child to grasp. It’s especially good on the fertilization cycle with other pluses being the glossary and index. Eyewitness series books are always stand outs and the one called Tree by David Burnie is no exception.
For 6th graders on up there are full, but not overdone, explanations of the tree life cycle with again excellent, labeled and highly attractive illustrations. Trees of North America(Science Nature Guides series) will help a child identify a tree by its leaf, flower or fruit. In addition, there are easy to follow descriptions for:
(1) Planting a tree
(2) Growing a seed and
(3)Testing for Acid Rain.
A brand new addition to the Library’s collection is Take a Tree Walk by Jane Kirkland. This is a great source for children investigating tree life on their own and could be easily adapted for scout leaders planning a field trip.
All of these books can be found in the Juvenile Section of the Library under the category “Juvenile Trees” and then under the first letter of the author’s last name.