Literature Connections to
The Real Reasons for Seasons

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A Circle of Seasons
Dear Rebecca, winter is here
Discover the Seasons

Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm
The Four Seasons
Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
A Haiku Garden: The Four Seasons in Poems and Prints
The Nest: A Journal of Seasons
Nicky the Nature Detective
The Seasons and Someone
Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back
Thirteen Moons Series
To every thing there is a season: verses from Ecclesiastes

A Circle of Seasons
by Myra Cohn Livingston
Holiday House, 1988
Although suggested for somewhat younger students, this thirteen-stanza poem following the cycle of the seasons could help encourage your students’ own creative efforts.

Dear Rebecca, winter is here
by Jean Craighead George; illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
HarperCollinsPublishers, 1993.
A grandmother explains to her granddaughter how the arrival of winter brings changes in nature and the Earth’s creatures, and how the return of spring and summer will bring more changes.

Discover the Seasons
by Diane Iverson
Dawn Publications, 1996
Poetry about the seasons with hands-on activities and recipes.

Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm
by Davis Mas Masumoto
Harper, 1996
This beautifully written adult non-fiction book for more advanced readers is arranged by the seasons, as the author describes the joys, hard work, environmental and economic challenges of growing fruit in Del Rey, California.

The Four Seasons
by Antonio Vivaldi
Bullfinch Press, 1999
This book with CD includes a recording of the world-famous composition by Antonio Vivaldi. Text includes the original sonnets that inspired the music and great art to suit the seasons depicted.

Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
by Sally M. Hunter
Lerner Publications, 1996
This book describes the daily life of 12-year old Russell, a middle schooler of mixed heritage experiencing the modern city of St. Paul and while learning about his grandfather’s Winnebago traditions, particularly the importance of corn.

A Haiku Garden: The Four Seasons in Poems and Prints
Stephen Addiss, Fumiko Yamamoto and Akira Yamamoto (editors)
Weatherhill, 1996
Season-related poetry with accompanying woodcuts. Have your students write haikus on the seasons!

The Nest: A Journal of Seasons
by Crystal Reeve
The Running Cat, 1999
This book is a photo essay of the seasons as they impact a small nest and surrounding area in Sinks Canyon State Park, Wyoming. There is space on each page for journal writing.

Nicky the Nature Detective
Ulf Svedberg, Lena Anderson (illustrator), Ingrid Selberg (translator) Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1998
This well-known book is filled with information as, season by season, it describes changes in flora and fauna, with lots of ideas for nature activities.

The Seasons and Someone
by Virginia Kroll; illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi
Harcourt Brace, 1994.
A young Inuit girl in Alaska describes how the animals and her family adapt to the changing seasons.

Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons
by Joseph Bruchac, Jonathan London; illustrated by Thomas Locker.
Philomel Books/Putnam & Grosset, 1992
Stories from different Native American cultures evoke seasonal change. Among the moons are: Baby Bear Moon, Moon When Wolves Run Together, Moon of Popping Trees, and Moose-Calling Moon. The book notes that some Native American cultures, such as those in the far north and the desert, divide seasons in different ways, such as winter/summer or dry time/time of rains.

Thirteen Moons Series
by Jean Craighead George
HarperCollins, 1991/1992.
These books portray crucial episodes in the lives of animals in different seasons, organized by month. The series includes: The Moon of the Salamanders (1992); The Moon of the Chickarees (1992); The Moon of the Fox Pups (1992); The Moon of the Wild Pigs (1992); The Moon of the Mountain Lions (1991); The Moon of the Deer (1992); The Moon of the Alligators (1991); The Moon of the Gray Wolves (1991); The Moon of the Moles (1992); and The Moon of the Winter Bird (1992).

To every thing there is a season: verses from Ecclesiastes
Illustrations by Leo & Diane Dillon
Blue Sky Press, 1998.
Presents the famous excerpt from Ecclesiastes and complements each verse with a different style of art from around the world

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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