A Land Remembered, by Patrick Smith
A Land Remembered focuses on the fictional story of the MacIveys, who migrated from Georgia into Florida in the mid-19th century. After settling, this family struggles to survive in the harsh environment. First they scratch a living from the land and then learn to round up wild cattle and drive them to Punta Rassa to ship to Cuba. Over three generations, they amass more holdings and money, and move further from their connection to the native, untamed land.
Everglades: America's Wetland, by Mac Stone
From Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, from inside the bone-crushing jaws of an alligator to the storms that race across the blackwater backcountry, award-winning conservation photographer Mac Stone takes us on a visual journey through the Everglades. More than 200 striking photographs showcase the natural beauty of this unique wetland, capturing the amazing depths of its landscapes, the diversity of its wildlife, and the resilience of the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.
Everglades, by Jean Craighead George
The Florida Everglades is a unique ecosystem - nowhere else in the world can such an enviornment be found. Everglades tells the story of this living kaleidoscope of color and beauty: from its creation as a blue-green sea through its evolution to a miraculous river, the home of egrets, orchids, and alligators.
Everglades Forever: Restoring America's Great Wetland, by Trish Marx
As the children explore Everglades National Park and the nearby Miccosukee Reservation, they discover each area's habitats, wildlife, and plant life. They also learn that pollution and disrupted water flow have put the Everglades in danger but that people, environmental agencies, and governments are now working to control the damage. Most important is the Everglades Restoration Plan, an unprecedented ecological intervention that will restore the natural flow of water and allow the plants and animals of the Everglades to survive.
The Everglades: River of Grass, by Marjory Stoneman Douglas
The Everglades: River of Grass is a non-fiction book written by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. Published the same year as the formal opening of Everglades National Park, the book was a call to attention about the degrading quality of life in the Everglades and remains an influential book on nature conservation as well as a reference for information on South Florida.
Everglades Wildlife Series, by Howie Minsky
These wildlife books contain stunning photography, great stories, fun facts, conservation tips, and wholesome life lessons.The emergent readers books use stunning photographs to depict the actions of the story. Readers can identify the main idea and details as well as ask and answer questions about the actions of the characters. Detailed, supportive photographs, high-frequency words, and repetitive phrases support these early emergent readers.
Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, by Sandra Neil Wallace
From acclaimed children's book biographer Sandra Neil Wallace comes the inspiring and little-known story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the remarkable journalist who saved the Florida Everglades from development and ruin.
The Last Egret: Adventures of Charlie Pierce, by Harvey Oyer
In the late 19th century, hunters killed millions of birds in the Florida Everglades to supply the booming trade in bird feathers for ladies' fashion. As teenagers, Charlie Pierce and his friends traveled deep into the unexplored Florida Everglades to hunt plume birds for their feathers. They never imagined the challenges they would encounter, what they would learn about themselves, and how they would contribute to American history.
The Talking Earth, by Jean Craighead George
Billie Wind lives with her Seminole tribe. She follows their customs, but the dangers of pollution and nuclear war she's learned about in school seem much more real to her. How can she believe the Seminole legends about talking animals and earth spirits? She wants answers, not legends. "You are a doubter,"say the men of the Seminole Council and so Billie goes out into the Everglades alone, to stay until she can believe. In the wilderness, she discovers that she must listen to the land and animals in order to survive. With an otter, a panther cub, and a turtle as companions and guides, she begins to understand that the world of her people can give her the answers she seeks.
Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? by Anne Rockwell
Scientists consider alligators a "keystone species" - the most important animal in their habitat. Without the alligator, many animals dependent on the gator would become extinct. Read and find out about how alligators are much more than big jaws and sharp teeth!
Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., by Cynthia Barnett
Mirage is the finest general study to date of the freshwater-supply crisis in Florida. ... "With lively prose and a journalist's eye for a good story, Cynthia Barnett offers a sobering account of water scarcity problems facing Florida—one of our wettest states—and the rest of the East Coast."
A Seminole Legend, by Betty Mae Jumper
This collaboration between Jumper and Patsy West, an ethnohistorian who contributes general tribal history, is a rare and authentic account of a pioneering Florida Seminole family. It will take its place in Seminole literature, historical and anthropological studies, Florida history, women's history, and Native American studies.
Legends of the Seminoles, by Betty Mae Jumper, Guy LaBree, and Peter Gallagher
Late at night around the campfires, Seminole children safely tucked into mosquito nets used to listen to the elders retelling the old stories and legends. The priceless tales of mischievous Rabbit, the Corn Lady, the Deer Girl, and the creatures of the Everglades are all written down and collected here for readers of all ages. This is a portrait of the beliefs and lifeways of the Seminoles of Florida as well as a delightful read for anyone interested in the first peoples of Florida.
She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribe Leader, by J.G. Annino
Traces the life and achievements of one of modern America's first female elected tribal leaders, describing in lyrical text her half-Seminole heritage, her determination to acquire an education and her contributions as a community activist.
Materials for Print
Neighborhood Everglades Animal Scavenger Hunt!
Trot, walk, jog or do a drive thru around your neighborhood and find as many Everglades animals as you can on your neighbors' windows and/or lawns.
We encourage all to place Everglades stuffed animals, toys or drawing on their window visible to those walking on the sidewalks/streets or driving by.
If your windows are not visible from street, you can place it inside the car window closest to the sidewalk/street.
Animal coloring pages are provided here for you to print and color them.
Print the Everglades Animal Scavenger Hunt sheet here
Please take a photo of your stuffed animal, drawing, coloring, etc. on your window/lawn and post it on your Instagram. Don't forget to use #EvergladesLiteracy and tag The Everglades Foundation's social media handles.
Facebook: @evergladesfoundation and @evergladesliteracyprogram
Let's go for a hike through the Everglades! Join Analise Fussell, our K-12 Education & Outreach Assistant, as she explores the Pine Rocklands of Everglades National Park. Learn more about this endangered habitat, its adaptation to fire, and some of the plant and animals species who call it home!
Ready for another adventure with Analise? Follow along as she explores the Cypress Swamp! Learn all about the flora and fauna that live in this unique habitat, you might even get a chance to see and hear some cool animals!