Books about Los Angeles wildlife for the L.A. BioBlitz Challenge.
Grades Pre-K - 2: A father and child wake up early and leave the city for an all-day hike in the nearby mountains. They observe all kinds of nature and wildlife, including bugs, birds, a waterfall and even a patch of snow, which are documented through photos and journaling. This nearly wordless book is a delightful journey of discovery and togetherness that young and old alike will enjoy.
The Svalbard Global Seed Bank is a secure seed bank, and its "mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of diversity in traditional genebanks" so as to ensure the world's food supply in times of natural and man-made disasters. This beautiful and informative book documents the operation of the facility.
After a review in LAPL Reads, there was and continues to be a phenomenal interest in this book. Librarian Andrea Borchert, who wrote the review, says it best, "Sometimes L.A. seems like an endless stretch of strip malls and freeways. But L.A. is more than that! L.A. is part of the California Floristic Province, a biodiversity hotspot. In its wide range of habitats, from deserts to beaches, there are many wonderful, fascinating plants, animals, and fungi figuring out how to live side by side with us."