From the lush forests of East Tennessee, Read City USA's Tails and Tales reading challenge now brings us to the merciless deserts of the world! Deserts are hot, dry places where more water evaporates than falls to the ground as rain. Temperatures can soar as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit but can also get very cold at night, with temperatures plunging as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit in some places. Examples of deserts are the Namib and Kalahari deserts in Africa, the Arabian Desert in the Arabian Peninsula, the Great Victoria Desert in Australia, and the Mojave and Sonora deserts in the U.S. Animals found in desert habitats include camels, fennec foxes, snakes, hawks, condors, and tortoises.
This book list highlights the desert ecosystem, the animals that live there, and the people that encounter them. Join us on our journey, and don't forget your canteen!
- Displacement by Thalia Chaltas
- Illegal by Eoin Colfer
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber
- Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
- Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson