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Why Do We Have Different Seasons?
Isaac Asimov, Gareth Stevens Publishers, 1997, ASIN 0836804392
Asimov offers a simple, thorough explanation of seasons with illustrations and photographs for children ages 7–11. Seasonal aspects of migration, hibernation, and celebrations are integrated into the discussion.

Sunshine Makes the Seasons
Franklyn M. Branley, Harper Trophy, 1986, ISBN 0064450198
Children ages 5–8 will enjoy the scores of colorful illustrations in this easy-to-read text. Emphasis is placed on the causes of seasonal change and includes a useful demonstration with a pencil and an orange.

What Makes the Seasons?
Megan Montague Cash, Viking Children's Books, 2003, ISBN 067003598X
The changing seasons are colorfully depicted as a little girl and her cat explore each time of year. A good read-aloud for children ages 4–8 and a springboard for more thorough investigations.

The Reasons for Seasons
Gail Gibbons, Holiday House, 1996, ISBN 0823412385
With the aid of helpful illustrations, Gibbons clarifies the reason for seasonal differences in the hemispheres for children ages 6–10. Each season is presented both separately and as a part of the larger cycle.

Celebrate Seasons/Book and CD Kit
Sara Jordan, Sara Jordan Publishing, 1999, ISBN 1894262034
Jordan offers a collection of 10 songs and activities to celebrate and learn about the seasons, including solstices and equinoxes, and how seasons differ in different parts of the world.

Seasons Through the Year
Jill Norris, Evan-Moor Corporation, 1996, ISBN 1557995621
In her 48-page book for younger children, Norris shares ideas and activities for the classroom that maintain connection to the “Changing Seasons” theme, along with cut-out paper dolls, props, and a full-color, pullout poster. Pages are perforated and reproducible.

The Universe at Your Fingertips: An Astronomy Activity and Resource Notebook
Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1995, ISBN 1886733007
The topic of seasons is presented with activities in this comprehensive loose-leaf astronomy resource guide for grades 1–12.

The Real Reason for the Seasons: Sun-Earth Connections — Unraveling Misconceptions About the Earth and Sun
Alan Gould, Carolyn Willard, and Stephen Pompea, published by GEMS: Great Explorations in Math and Science, 2000, ISBN 0924886455
Designed for ages 11–14, this GEMS unit includes inquiry-based classroom sessions designed to address misconceptions about the Sun-Earth connection.

Science Around the Year
Janice VanCleave, John Wiley & Sons, 2000, ISBN 0471330965
VanCleave offers a suite of hands-on activities for each season accompanied by brief, informative text and fun facts.

How the Summer Season Came: and Other Assiniboine Indian Stories
Jerome Fourstar, Montana Historical Society, 2003, ISBN 0917298942
This collection shares the story of how Coyote, Wolf, Fox, and others bring summer to a cold land. The stories will appeal to all ages and include activities and crafts for elementary aged children.

Tales of the Shimmering Sky: Ten Global Folktales with Activities from the Tales Alive! series
Susan Milford, Williamson Publishing, 1996, ISBN 1885593015
This anthology of 10 beautifully illustrated folktales from around the world for ages 7–12 includes historical, scientific, and geographical facts about seasons and weather, along with activities and crafts that reinforce these concepts.

Journey North Teacher's Manual
Elizabeth Howard and Julie Brophy, 1994, Annenberg/CPB
Journey North's “Mystery Class” project invites children ages 12–16 to locate “mystery classes” in cities around the world by analyzing data about sunlight and seasons. (Order on line)

Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back — A Native American Year of Moons
Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London, 1992, Philomel Books, ISBN 0399221417
This delightfully crafted and illustrated collection explores Native American tales about the Moon during each month of the year. Appropriate for adults and children of all ages.

Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children
Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, 1994, Fulcrum Publishing Co., ISBN 1555911773
Intended as nighttime read-alouds for children ages 9 and older, these Native American sky stories about seasons and many other topics are accompanied by activities and tips on how to best present them.

Beyond the Blue Horizon: Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets
E. C. Krupp, 1991, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195078004
Krupp's book offers interesting anecdotes from around the world along with a detailed explanation of seasons and helpful illustrations for the adult reader.

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January 4, 2007