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Monarch Butterflies


The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly

Every fall, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to Central Mexico. West Coast populations make a similar though much shorter trip to coastal California. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration “one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world.” Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, modern farming practices, urban development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year.

But today, an army of citizen scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator’s habitat – the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors – so that one of nature’s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards.

The Monarch showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch’s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch enthusiast and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides “action” projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations…to volunteer activism.

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December 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Maybe Something Beautiful

How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation–and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

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October 25, 2018 at 5:25 am 1 comment

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September 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Kid Curator: How To Look at Public Art

August 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Asilomar so Lovely

Asilomar Camp Song

“Asilomar so Lovely, Down by the Edge of the Sea, Where the Pine Trees Tall and Stately, And the Sand Dunes call to Me.”

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April 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Song of the Swallows

Song of the SwallowsSong of the Swallows by Leo Politi

This Caldecott Medal winning picture book from the beloved writer and illustrator Leo Politi tells the story of the yearly arrival of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Julian, the bell ringer of the mission, tells young Juan the story of the swallows and together they eagerly await the birds return. Music and lyrics for “La Golondrina,” a traditional song about the swallows, are included and Spanish phrases are sprinkled throughout the story. This charming book is an excellent introduction to the history of the California missions for young children.

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March 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

BabyLit: All Aboard!

by Haily Meyers and Kevin Meyers
CaliforniaAll Aboard! California: A Landscape Primer

From the snowy mountains to the beach, your little one will see the vast beauty of California’s landscape, without even having to leave home.



National_ParksAll Aboard! National Parks: A Wildlife Primer

Explore the nation’s marvelous national parks from Acadia to Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon to the Grand Tetons.


March 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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