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Suggested Reading


Sonoran Desert
Christopher Helms
KC Publications, Inc.

All About Saguaros
Carle Hodge
Arizona Highways

Saguaro: A View of Saguaro National Monument
and the Tucson Basin
Gary Paul Nabhan
Southwest Parks and Monuments Association

House in the Sun
George Olin
Southwest Parks and Monuments Association

Discovering the Desert
William McGinnies
University of Arizona Press

Desert Plants - Rincon Mountains
Bowers and McLaughlin
University of Arizona Press

Desert Plants - Tucson Mountains
Rondeau, Van Devender et al
University of Arizona Press

Lets Explore the Desert - Family Go Guide
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Wildlife of the North American Deserts
Nature Trails Press

Venomous Animals of Arizona
The Arizona Board of Regents

The Life of the Desert
Ann and Myron Sutton
McGraw Hill

Those Who Came Before
Robert and Florence Lister
Southwest Parks and Monuments Association

Hohokam Indians of the Tucson Basin
Georgonis and Reinhard
University of Arizona Press

Southwest Indian Tribes
Tom Bahti
KC Publications, Inc.

Gathering the Desert
Gary Paul Nabhan
University of Arizona Press

Messages in Stone
Wm. Michael Stokes
Wm. Lee Stokes
Starstone Publishing

Indian Rock Art of the Southwest
Polly Schaafsma
University of New Mexico Press

Learning About Insects of the Southwest
Floyd Werner and Carl Olson
Fischer Books

Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona
Anne Orth Epple
LewAnn Publishing Company

Southern Arizona Nature Almanac
Roseann and Jonathan Hanson
Pruett Publishing Company

A Field Guide to Desert Holes
Pinau Merlin
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
University of California Press


Easy Field Guides of Arizona
Mammals, Birds, Trees, Snakes, Insects, Cactus & Petroglyphs

Primer Publishers

Desert Giant; The World of the Saguaro Cactus
Barbara Bash
Little, Brown and Company

The 100 Year Old Cactus
Anita Holmes
Four Winds Press

The Desert is Theirs
Byrd Baylor
MacMillian Publishing Company

Desert Voices
Byrd Baylor
MacMillian Publishing Company

Cactus Hotel
Brenda Z. Guiberson
Henry Holt and Company, Inc.

I’m in Charge of Celebrations
Byrd Baylor
MacMillian Publishing Company

When Clay Sings
Byrd Baylor
MacMillian Publishing Company

Creatures of the Desert World
National Geographic Society
(Pop-up book)

Don't Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story
Conrad P. Storad
Resort Gifts Unlimited, Inc.

The Three Little Javelinas
Susan Lowell
Northland Publishing

One Small Square
Donald M. Silver
Learning Triangle Press

Habitats - Saguaro Cactus
Paul and Shirley Berquist
Children's Press

Cactus Cafe - A Story of the Sonoran Desert
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Trudy Corporation


A Pima Remembers
George Webb
University of Arizona Press

By the Prophet of the Earth
L.S.M. Curtain
University of Arizona Press

The Papago and Pima Indians of Arizona
Ruth Underhill
Filter Press

Sing Down the Rain
Judi Moreillon
Kiva Publishing, Inc.


Elena and the Coin
Laura Orabone
Center for Desert Archeology

Did You Know?

Fairy Duster

March and April are the best months to view wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert. Popular flowers include the Mexican golden poppy, the Arizona penstemon, and the Fairy duster.