In the Canyon
By Liz Garton Scanlon
Beach Lane Books, 2015. Picture book.
A young girl embarks on a hike through the Grand Canyon and points out the lizards, birds, petroglyphs, and rock formations she sees. Even after she leaves to return to her city home, she carries with her the memories and connection to nature she experienced.
The rhyming text in this book is simple enough for early readers to try out. The block print illustrations with their vibrant, saturated colors create a strong sense of place and depict specific plants and animals native to the West. A great choice for families planning a hiking trip or desert adventure.