Children's Books About the Desert!

I spent over 25 years living in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona. It is the place that inspired my first published book, WAY OUT IN THE DESERT, among many other children's books featuring the desert. Enjoy!
- Jennifer Ward

WAY OUT IN THE DESERT

by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward

illustrated by Kenneth Spengler

Cooper Square Publishing, 1998

ISBN-13 : 978-0873586870

Patterned after the traditional song, "Over in the Meadow", WAY OUT IN THE DESERT invites children to count and rhyme through the Sonoran Desert from morning to night, featuring diurnal and nocturnal animals. A glossary and musical score are provided. Children will love searching for the hidden number in each page artfully placed by illustrator Ken Spengler!

"Absolutely delightful!" - School Library Journal

THE SUNHAT
by Jennifer Ward
illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson

ISBN-13: 9781933855783

Adapted from the well-loved classic tale, "The Mitten," this enchanting book introduces us to a new cast of characters and a delightful little girl with a big red hat. With soft, sweet illustrations and rhythmic, playful text, this story is bound to be a timeless favorite.
THERE WAS A COYOTE WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA
by Jennifer Ward
illustrated by Steve Gray
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  • Grand Canyon Reader Award

  • Wyoming Reads Book Award

"Following the exploits of a hungry coyote who sets out to gulp down everything in sight - and the perplexed appetizers socializing in his tummy - There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea blends the vibrant, cartoony art of Steve Gray and singsong rhythm to create a rollicking funny tale." - Midwest Book Review
THERE WAS A COYOTE WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA is integrated into the architecture of the Buckeye Public Library, Coyote Branch, Buckeye, Arizona!
THE SEED AND THE GIANT SAGUARO
by Jennifer Ward
illustrated by Mike Rangner

ISBN-13 : 978-0873588454

"In this entertaining introduction to the flora and fauna of the desert, based on the cumulative structure of "The House That Jack Built," a pack rat accompanied by a host of other desert creatures disperses saguaro cactus seeds. Bright illustrations convey the vibrant heat and striking colors of the desert. A list of facts and an overview of saguaro cactuses accompany the text." - The Horn Book

BECAUSE YOU ARE MY BABY

by Jennifer Ward

illustrated by Sylvia Long

ISBN-13 : 978-0873589116

"Outside the cozy desert home of a human mother and her baby, Ward (Way Up In the Arctic) and Long (A Seed Is Sleepy) visit 12 mothers and babies in the wild to celebrate a universal truth: whether Mom is a coyote, hummingbird or human, she's dedicated to feeding, protecting, teaching and frolicking with her beloved little ones." - Publishers Weekly 
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