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National Parks Service at 100

brown_mule-train-mail Brown, Craig  Mule Train Mail
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Charlesbridge

The book opens with postman Anthony at the top of the Grand Canyon loading mules with letters and packages. The landscape’s yellows, browns, and rust colors radiate heat; the palette changes to whites and blues to convey the danger of driving rain and sleet. An author’s note provides detail about the process and of Brown’s own expedition with Supai letter carriers.
Subjects: North America; West (U.S.); Animals—Mules; Postal service; Arizona; Grand Canyon National Park (AZ); Mail carriers

carson_park scientistsCarson, Mary Kay  Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard
Gr. 4–6, middle school     75 pp.     Houghton

Photographs by Tom Uhlman. Scientists in the Field series. Carson takes readers to three national parks — Yellowstone, Saguaro, and Great Smoky Mountains — to introduce a collection of scientists and researchers. The focus is on not just the science but also methods of investigation, from scientific tools to necessary hiking gear. Facts about the parks and supporting scientific information, along with instructive photographs, are interspersed throughout the book. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Natural History; National parks and reserves; North America; Scientists

Ffrisch_badlands-national-parkrisch, Nate  Badlands National Park
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Creative Education

Frisch, Nate  Big Bend National Park
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Creative Education

Frisch, Nate  Grand Teton National Park
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Creative Education

Frisch, Nate  Rocky Mountain National Park
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Creative Education

Preserving America series. This series provides an in-depth look at the history, development, and biological and geological formation of America’s national parks. The information is well organized and presented in erudite text. Maps and large, gorgeous photographs of landscapes and wildlife appear prominently in otherwise understated layouts. An appendix in each volume provides further information on animals and planning a visit. Websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: North America; National parks and reserves; Rocky Mountains; Mountains and mountain life; Texas; Big Bend National Park (TX); South Dakota; Badlands National Park (SD); Wyoming; Grand Teton National Park (WY)

aretha_yellowstone-national-parkAretha, David  Yellowstone National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover
Gr. 4–6, middle school     128 pp.     Enslow/Links.com

Graham, Amy  Acadia National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover
Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow/Links.com

Graham, Amy  Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover
Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow/Links.com

Jankowski, Susan  Everglades National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover
Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow/Links.com

Jankowski, Susan  Olympic National Park: Adventure, Explore, Discover
Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow/Links.com

Reed, Jennifer  Cape Hatteras National Seashore: Adventure, Explore, Discover
Middle school, high school     128 pp.      Enslow/Links.com

America’s National Parks series. Older readers (and adults) will find this series useful for its coverage of six national parks’ history, ecology, animal life, current challenges, and tourist attractions. Report writers, especially, may find the publisher’s enhanced website a welcome shortcut to doing their own Internet research. Contemporary and archival photographs and web screenshots accompany the information. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: North America; National parks and reserves; Seashore; Cape Hatteras (NC); Acadia National Park (ME); Great Smoky Mountains (NC and TN); Mountains and mountain life; Everglades National Park (FL); Olympic National Park (WA); Yellowstone National Park

The Camping Trip that Changed AmericaRosenstock, Barb  The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Dial

Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. In 1903, Roosevelt asked Muir to take him camping in the Yosemite wilderness. By the time the two reached Yosemite, Roosevelt had been persuaded to create “national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and national forests.” Rosenstock (as she explains in an author’s note) has invented the dialogue here, but the ideas expressed are authentic. Gerstein brings his usual verve to the expedition. Bib.
Subjects: North America; Yosemite National Park (CA); National parks and reserves; Muir, John; Presidents—United States; Roosevelt, Theodore; Camps and camping; Nature; Trees; Forests and forestry

From the September 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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  1. Thank you for this list!

    For more fascinating insights into the creation of the National Park Service, I would also suggest Annette Pimentel’s new book, Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans and Helped Cook up the National Park Service (about the Chinese American chef, Tie Sing). It was illustrated by Rich Lo and published by Charlesbridge, 2016.

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