Winter Reading Program
The Library of Virginia offers an annual winter reading program beginning in February, “I Love to Read” Month, and concludes the first part of March on Read Across America Day. The program is designed for young children, from birth through first grade, and contains elements to help parents and others assist in children’s reading development. Special consideration is given for homes in which Spanish is the primary language.
Artwork will be available December 15, 2017. Send email to Paranita Carpenter to receive artwork.
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The 2018 Winter Reading Program will feature artwork from by Jiaqi Zhou features the grassland biome.
The grassland biome is large and covers 25 percent of the Earth’s surface. Well named, this biome (also known as the prairie) consists mostly of grasses with a few scattered trees.
As a result of latitude, soil, and climate variances, there are two different kinds of prairies: tall-grass prairies and short-grass prairies. In the tropical grassland biome, the grasses tend to be taller because of the constant warm weather and additional rainfall. Sometimes these grasses can grow up to as high as 11 feet! There are two seasons in the temperate grassland: the growing season and the dormant season. Due to the cold climate during the dormant season, the plants stop growing.
The grassland biome contains more than 80 species of mammals (including prairie dogs, bison, badgers, antelopes, foxes) 300 species of birds, and hundreds of different species of plants. Due to human activity (especially overgrazing), however, the ecosystems in the grassland biome and many grassland-dependent species are in danger.