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California Deserts

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California has unique and fascinating deserts, including two national parks – Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Death Valley is the hottest place on earth and parts of the valley are below sea level. In Joshua Tree and the Mojave Desert, kids will see the unusual spikey Joshua trees. Palm Springs combines resort amenities with desert scenery and snow covered mountains. Anza Borrego is famous for spring wildflowers.
California Deserts Photo Album
    Death Valley National Park
    Mojave Desert
    Joshua Tree National Park
    Palm Springs
    Anza Borrego (near San Diego)
    Tip: Read our blog post: "California Deserts: November to April is good time to visit"
kids books California deserts
     
Desert Voices california  
Desert Voices
Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall

Poems about each creature of the desert – jackrabbit, pack rat, rattlesnake, cactus wren, desert tortoise, buzzard, toad, lizard and coyote. “Far down in the earth, quiet as a stone, I wait for rain.” (Picture book)

 

     
Death Valley Desert
William B. Rice

Find out about wildlife, people who lived in Death Valley, climate (highest recorded temperature is 134 degrees) and geology of this unique landscape. (Easy reader)

 

 
     
Death Valley: A Day in the Desert childrens books  
Death Valley: A Day in the Desert
Nancy Smiler Levinson, Diane Dawson Hearn

Discover animals and plants that survive and thive in Death Valley – great horned owls, roadrunners, desert tortoises, kangaroo rats, wild burros, kit foxes, free-tailed bats, barrel cactus, Mojave yucca. (Easy reader, illustrations)

 

     

Find out about Joshua Tree National Park – how Joshua trees grow, different kinds of cactus, amazing rock formations, desert animals (jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, rattlesnakes, hummingbirds, chuckwallas), Native Americans and miners (looking for gold), conservation, endangered animals, and protecting the park's future. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

 
     
 

Explore Joshua Tree with Ranger Red Fox – desert trees and plants, strange-shaped rocks (some are 1.7 billion years old), sources of water, wildlife guide, wildflower tracker, map. Fun for younger kids. (Picture book)

 

     
Desert Discoveries
Ginger Wadsworth, John Carrozza

A day in the life in the desert – road runners race around in the heat of the day and lizards bask in the sun, but desert tortoises and jackrabbits seek the shade. When the sun sets, out come the bats and kangaroo rats.  Try to figure out which is a desert tortoise and which are just rocks, and can you find the coyote singing in the moonlight? (Picture book)

 

 
Desert Discoveries
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