Lexile measure 660; Ages 3-5; PrK-Gr.2
Welcome to a serene woodland where lots of expectant animal parents are in their "nesting" phase-that is, busy preparing safe, cozy homes for their growing families. As they dig, tunnel, gnaw, and gather, they create dens, burrows, lodges, and, of course, nests.
Ages 4-8; K-Gr.2
Lindsay Moore's remarkable and beautifully illustrated picture book follows a lone polar bear as she makes her way across sea ice in the Arctic. Sea Bear is a deeply moving and informative story about perseverance, family, nature, and climate change that will resonate with readers of all ages.
Ages 4-6; PrK-Gr.1
A gentle, sweetly illustrated concept book takes on physical forces as young children learn about pushing and pulling. It's time for Bird to build her nest! Follow her as she pulls a worm out of the ground, lifts some twigs that are just the right size, and pushes the twigs into place.
Ages 4-7; PrK-Gr.2
A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K-12 and a 2019 Best STEM Book for K-12 Students. Everyday kids learn how they can help protect bird species, near and far, with Counting Birds--the real-life story of bird counting and watching.
Lexile measure 590; Ages 3-8; K-Gr.3
Come along on a rhyming tour through the amazing animal kingdom--from mammals to millipedes and everything in between--with this engaging picture book about how all creatures are connected!
Galapagos girl Valentina Cruz spends her days observing the natural world around her. She greets the sea lions splashing on the shore, scampers over lava rocks with Sallylightfoot crabs, and swims with manta rays. But Valentina also understands the fragility of this wondrous world, and she makes a solemn promise to protect the islands and her animal friends. Based on a true story.
Lexile measure 480; Ages 4-8; Gr.1-5
Follow a red-tailed hawk in his hunt to feed his family in this lyrical, fierce, and gorgeously illustrated picture book, from Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Caldecott medalist Brian Floca.
Lexile measure AD220L; PrK-K; Ages 3-5
Bestselling author Brendan Wenzel presents a chain of animals of dazzling variety. Each one is different from the last, yet each is also linked by at least one common trait: some obvious, some more subtle. As colours and patterns mix and mingle, and as paws and snouts meet, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world - and ultimately paints a story of connection.
Lexile measure AD800L; Ages 4-8; Gr.K-3
Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests- slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets....While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere--she even brought a crocodile to school! When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons.
Gr.3 and up.
In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary -- widely used in schools around the world -- was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these "lost words" included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail.
Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change... A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention.
A poetry collection introducing animal architects that build remarkable structures in order to attract a mate and have babies. Many animals build something--a nest, tunnel, or web--in order to pair up, lay eggs, give birth, and otherwise perpetuate their species. Organized based on where creatures live--underground, in the water, on land, or in the air--twelve poems bring fish, insects, reptiles, mammals, and birds to life. Back matter includes more information about each animal.
Lexile measure 420; Ages 4-6; PrK-Gr.2
May all of the animals of the earth And the animals of the sky And the animals of the sea Be at peace. This lyrical picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Daniel Kirk encourages young children to be kind to all the animals of the world.
Lexile measure 650; Ages 5-7; PrK-Gr.3
Who is that small and prickly creature? Visit a hedgehog mom and her babies as she teaches them to survive on their own. When the sun has set, Hedgehog's day has only just begun. She's out and about, snuffling through layers of leaves and twigs as she searches for bugs and other things to eat.
Lexile measure 1010; Ages 9-12; Gr.1-3
Behold the most despised bird in human history! So begins Jan Thornhill's riveting, beautifully illustrated story of the House Sparrow. She traces the history of this perky little bird, one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, from its beginnings in the Middle East to its spread with the growth of agriculture into India, North Africa and Europe.
Ages 4-8; Prk-Gr.2
A beautifully illustrated treasury of poems about the last wildernesses on Earth, from the crystal kingdom Arctic to the dusty savannah and the black-as-space deep sea. Stunning artwork brings 13 endangered habitats to life, while factual information at the back details the danger facing these incredible places.
A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird - pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world.
In The Big Book of Beasts Yuval Zommer's wonderful illustrations bring to whimsical life some of the grizzliest, hairiest, bravest, wiliest, and most fearsome beasts in the animal kingdom. Brimming with interesting facts from beast consultant Barbara Taylor, this charming picture book is a beautiful way for parents to introduce young children to the animal world--and for older children to learn by themselves.
Lexile measure 740; Ages 4-8; PrK-Gr.3
A lovely and tranquil celebration of nature The sun has set, the day has ended, but the night hasn't quite arrived yet. This magical twilight is known as the blue hour. Everything in nature--sky, water, flowers, birds, foxes--comes together in a symphony of blue to celebrate the merging of night and day.
Ages 5-9; K-Gr.2
Pray tell us, Mr. Mantis,Do you pray or simply prey? Do you scout about for victims Or fold your hands all day? In addition to the playful rhyming poems, the supplementary text highlights surprising facts about bugs of all kinds--from familiar ants to exotic dragonflies, cringe-worthy ticks and magnificent fireflies. Melissa Sweet's collage-inspired mixed-media illustrations beautifully render these creatures and compliment the poems' whimsical tones.
Lexile Measure 1000L; Ages 7-12; Gr.3-5
Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.
Lexile measure 650; Ages 5-9; K-Gr.4
Sunshine, a red-tailed hawk, can no longer fly free. But her instinct to be a mother is so strong that she builds a nest in her aviary every spring and lays two infertile eggs. One year, Kara, her caretaker, decides to try something different. She gives Sunshine two chicken eggs.Join zoologist Kara Hagedorn and Sunshine to find out what happens in this delightful story of interspecies cooperation.
Lexile measure NC1310L; Ages 7-11; Gr.3-6; Robert F. Silbert Honor book
Award-winning author-illustrator Katherine Roy's How to Be an Elephant delves into the intricate family dynamics at play in a typical African herd. Drawing upon the latest scientific research and Roy's own expedition to Kenya, and brimming with lush watercolor illustrations and detailed diagrams, this book vividly portrays the life and development of an elephant from an uncertain newborn into a majestic adult.
Ages 3-7; PrK-Gr.2
A simple housecat named Simon encounters some bigger cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger, and Cheetah. Each of the big cats has something to say about Simon not being "cat" enough. According to them, he just doesn't measure up. But ultimately, Simon shows the big cats that he's just like them . . . only smaller.
A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction. What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely? Artist Lily Williams explores how the disappearance would affect other animals across the whole planet in this clever book about the importance of keeping sharks, and our oceans, healthy.
Lexile measure AD810L; Ages 4-8; K-Gr.3; Guided reading M
When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can't bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away. But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos.
Ages 5-8; K-Gr.3
Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton turn their talents to the vast variety of life on Earth. The more we study the world around us, the more living things we discover every day. The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one -- including us -- is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern. When humans interfere with parts of the pattern, by polluting the air and oceans, taking too much from the sea, and cutting down too many forests, animals and plants begin to disappear.
Short, lyrical text makes this a perfect naptime or bedtime story. Young readers are introduced to nocturnal animals and their behaviors. Older readers learn more about each animal through sidebar information.
New York Times selection for Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017 In this lovely book, young readers are introduced to a variety of beautiful birds, from the familiar chicken to the exotic ibis. But lurking in the background of every page is a cat, who also seems very interested in the birds. With its funny illustrations and engaging concepts, this clever counting book will invite readers to linger over every page.
Ages 4-8; Prk-Gr.3
From the award-winning author of the bestselling Library Mouse series comes a biographical picture book about the true story of rhino champion Anna Merz and the black rhinoceros Samia.
Lexile measure 780; Ages 5-8; Gr.1-5
The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine. When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they'd ever known. And one of the biggest appetites! Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle--again and again--becoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rank--becoming Sgt. Reckless--and receive two Purple Hearts.
Lexile measure 730; Ages 5-9; Gr.1-4
Named a Best Children's Book of 2017 by ParentsMagazine! This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn't imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that women can do anything they set their minds to.
Este texto breve y sencillo es la historia perfecta para antes de la siesta o antes de irse a dormir. Los animales nocturnos y sus comportamientos son presentados a los jvenes lectores. Lectores mayores aprenden ms acerca de cada animal a travs de la infromacin en las columnas laterales.
In a remarkable collection of poems, children's author Nicola Davies shares keen observations on wildlife around the world. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, the poems reveal fascinating facts about animals of every color, shape, size, and origin, from giant blue whales to bats as tiny as bumblebees.
Ages 4-8; Prk-Gr.2
Join the pack and learn how wolf pups grow! Developed in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History, this fascinating storybook captures a year in the life of a wolf pup.
Lexile measure AD550L; Ages 3-7; PrK-Gr.2; Outstanding science trade books, 2017
In this simple and enlightening book, former teacher Cathryn Sill explains to children what marine mammals are, what they do, and how they live. Accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, About Marine Mammals tells children what is essential for understanding and appreciating these fascinating creatures.
Lexile measure 840; Ages 8-12; Gr.2-6; Outstanding science trade books, 2017
How many species are there across the globe? How much do all of the insects in the world collectively weigh? How far can animals travel? Steve Jenkins answers these questions and many more with numbers, images, innovation, and authoritative science in his latest work of illustrated nonfiction.
Lexile measure 1030; Ages 3-5; PrK-Gr.2
Anna Wright's stunning introduction to non-fiction and the natural world is enlivened by her gorgeously sophisticated and fun art style which mixes pen and ink, watercolor and fabric collage. Find out what "pronking" is and how one jellyfish can become two in the humorous descriptions.
Lexile measure AD760L; Ages 3-7; PrK-Gr.1
Fly along with Bee on her very busy day! Through a hole in the book's cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment, from pollinating colorful flowers to buzzing about the bright and beautiful meadow.
Ages 6-10; Gr.1-5; Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Award
The giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures in the world. As large as whales, they hide beyond reach deep within the sea, forcing scientists to piece together their story from those clues they leave behind. An injured whale's ring-shaped scars indicate an encounter with a giant squid. A piece of beak broken off in the whale's belly; a flash of ink dispersed as a blinding defense to allow the squid to escape-- these fragments of proof were all we had . . . until a giant squid was finally filmed in its natural habitat only two years ago.
Ages 7-12; Gr.2-5
Hopping Ahead of Climate Change describes one of the most intriguing and important studies of our time--the work of biologist Scott Mills, who is trying to answer the critical question: Can animals that change their coat colors with the seasons survive shorter winters caused by climate change?
This beautiful picture book follows the journey of a young gray wolf who garnered nationwide attention when he became the first wild wolf in California in almost a century. Using facts recorded by Fish & Wildlife scientists, author Emma Bland Smith imagines the wolf's experiences in close detail as he makes an epic 2,000-mile trek over three years time.
Lexile measure AD860L; Ages 5-7; Gr.1-3; Outstanding science trade books, 2017
Dive into this fascinating counting journey through the amazing and mysterious world of octopuses. This intriguing exploration of octopuses goes through numbers one to ten, with a snappy rhyme and fascinating octopus facts for each number.
Lexile measure 910; Ages 8-10
A biography of William "Doc" Key, a formerly enslaved man and self--trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read, write, and do math, and who together with Jim became a famous traveling performance act and proponent for the humane treatment of animals around the turn of the twentieth century.
Stripes in the Forest by award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison, is the story of an iconic species lost. Told from the perspective of the last wild, female thylacine, it provides readers with an insight into the rare beauty and uniqueness of these amazing animals and explains their fight for survival and provides important lessons for future generations.
Gr.1-4; NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, 2017.
With lyrical text in both Spanish and English, we travel to the magical world of a cloud forest in the Andes of Ecuador. We discover the bounty of plants, animals, and other organisms that live there as we help a zoologist look for the elusive olinguito, the first new mammal species identified in the Americas since 1978.
Lexile measure AD900L; Ages 5-9; K-Gr.3
Have you ever heard of a prickle of porcupines? Or a tower of giraffes? What about a parcel of penguins? This fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay. Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations bring these collective nouns to life in funny ways, making it easy to remember which terms and animals go together.
Ages 8-12; Gr.2-7
Look and learn about nature and the creatures all around you, or become a wildlife detective and study animals and their homes in Eyewitness Explorer: Nature Ranger. Watch a seed grow into a flower, follow animal trails, make a bat box, study flowers, learn disappearing tricks and much more. This is hands-on learning at its best.
Lexile measure AD590L, Ages 3-6; Gr.K-2
A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl! In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England... And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
Ages 4-8; Gr.3-6
All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's poems and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal world.
Lexile measure 170; Gr.K-2
Meet different kinds of snakes! Find out where they live and what they do. Through engaging text features, such as the vocabulary tree and the wrap-up activity, kids will be introduced to vocabulary in concept groups--helping them make connections between words and expanding their understanding of the world.
Lexile measure AD550L; Ages 4-8
Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature's great mysteries. How do monarchs manage to fly some 2,500 miles from Canada and the northern United States south to Mexico? How do they trace a route they've never flown and reach the same destination their ancestors once found? Traveling Butterflies indulges the awe these creatures inspire by taking a poetic, meditative look at the monarch's life cycle.
Lexile measure 1100; Ages 8-13; Gr.4-7
Jane Goodall, one of the most recognized scientists in the Western world, became internationally famous because of her ability to observe and connect with another species. A girl of humble beginnings and training, she made scientific breakthroughs thought impossible by more experienced field observers when she was only in her twenties. Then these animals shaped Jane's life. She began tirelessly fighting to protect the environment so that chimpanzees and other animals will continue have a place and a future on our planet.
Lexile measure 770; Ages8-10; Gr.3-4
Bao Bao, the National Zoo's new cub, was officially introduced to the world in January 2014, after a formal naming ceremony-and this photo- and fact-filled book will introduce kids to Bao Bao's world!
Lexile measure AD580L; Ages 5-8; PrK-gr.2
This stunning nature alphabet book explores the fascinating ecosystem of the Pacific west coast -- a magnificent area that combines an ancient rainforest, a rugged beach and a vast, open ocean, and where whales, bears, wolves, eagles and a rich variety of marine species thrive in an interconnected web of life.
Ages 4-7; PrK-Gr.2
Wild Ideas looks deep into the forests, skies and oceans to explore how animals solve problems. Whether it's weaving a safe place to rest and reflect, blowing a fine net of bubbles to trap fish, or leaping boldly into a new situation, the animals featured (including the orangutan, humpback whale and gibbon) can teach us a lot about creative problem solving tools and strategies.
Lexile measure NC1260L; Ages 8-12
Animalium presents the animal kingdom in glorious detail with illustrations from Katie Scott, an unparalleled new talent. Welcome to the Museum is a series of books set on the "walls" of the printed page, showcasing the world's finest collections of objects -- from natural history to art.
Lexile measure AD900L; Ages 5-8; Gr.K-3
What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim? Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, Born in the Wild is an awww-inspiring look at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they're born in the wild, they're not so very different from us, after all!
And when we look at an animal, it's hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn't true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous--and very true--explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.
Lexile measure 1040; ages 6-12; Gr.3-6
In his eye-popping work of picture book nonfiction, the Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins explains how for most animals, eyes are the most important source of information about the world in a biological sense. The simplest eyes--clusters of light-sensitive cells--appeared more than one billion years ago, and provided a big survival advantage to the first creatures that had them. Since then, animals have evolved an amazing variety of eyes, along with often surprising ways to use them.
How do you raise a butterfly? On a farm in Costa Rica, workers care for these delicate, winged creatures as they change from eggs to caterpillars to pupae. Like any other crop, the butterflies will eventually leave the farm. But where will they go? And just how do you ship a butterfly? Very carefully! To discover how it works, follow these butterflies on a remarkable journey!
Ages 5-8; PrK-Gr.2
A delightful exploration of the incredibly variety of nests birds build for their babies, illustrated by a Caldecott Honoree. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy--and all the birds that call them home!
Lexile measure NC1330L; Ages 7-11, Gr.3-6
A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to dine on their favourite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coasts. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet's most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals.
Lexile measure AD200L; Ages 4-8; Gr.PrK-K; Guided reading K
Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi! Grab your magnifying glass! Find your field guide! And come hop, hide, swim, and glide through this buggy backyard world! Featuring insects including butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have insect enthusiasts of all ages bugging out with excitement!
Lexile measure IG1030L; Ages 8-10; Gr.3-6
Animals smooth and spiky, fast and slow, hop and waddle through the two hundred plus pages of the Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins's most impressive nonfiction offering yet. Sections burst with fascinating facts.
Lexile measure IG640L; Ages 6-8
Why do millions of flamingoes flock together in Africa? Why do meerkats live in colonies? Animal groups have some fascinating behaviors. Discover the amazing bonds that keep animal groups together.
Ages 6-8; Gr.1-3
Starting from the northern United States and southern Canada, millions of Monarchs converge every fall in one region in central Mexico. It's not only an amazing sight to behold for the lucky residents of the area, but also a true miracle of nature. This easy reader follows the 2,500 mile-long journey of the Monarchs, with both full color illustrations and photographs.
Awards: A Junior Library Guild Selection; Ages 10 and up, gr. 4-6.
The author tells of some of her experiences on a four-month research trip to the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean where she studied seabirds (boobies, petrels) and marine mammals (dolphins & whales).
Lexile measurement: 930L; Ages 8-12.
Describes the rescue and rehabilitation of a young Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, named Winter, who received an artificial tail after being badly injured when caught in a crab trap.
Lexile measure AD980; Ages 5-12, gr. 2-5
Beetles squeak and beetles glow. Beetles stink, beetles sprint, beetles walk on water. With legs, antennae, horns, beautiful shells, knobs, and other oddities--what's not to like about beetles? The beetle world is vast: one out of every four living things on earth is a beetle. There are over 350,000 different species named so far and scientists suspect there may be as many as a million. From the goliath beetle that weighs one fourth of a pound to the nine inch long titan beetle, award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array of these intriguing insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.
Lexile measure 900; Ages 6-9, gr. 2-4.
Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain? Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island--born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands.
Lexile measure AD860L; Ages 4-8; Prk-gr.2
In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies. Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime.
Lexile measure 1130; Ages 8-14; Gr.4-7
No human being has ever seen a triceratops or velociraptor or even the mightyTyrannosaurus rex. They left behind only their impressive bones. So how can scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Or if their flesh was scaly or feathered? Could that fierceT.rex have been born with spots? In a first for young readers, the Sibert medalist Catherine Thimmesh introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail.
Welcome to the hidden world of the most popular bugs on Earth. Opening the beautiful and accessible pages of this book is like turning over a series of stones under which you'll find a fascinating array of the world's coolest creepy-crawlies.
Ages 8-12, gr. K-5
In this child-friendly atlas, stunning animal photos combine with colorful, easily accessible maps to teach young readers about geography through the wild creatures that fascinate them.
Ages 8-12; Book level 7.1, gr. 4-7
The Baghdad Zoo was once home to more than six hundred magnificent animals. But after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the city faced widespread destruction. When U. S. Army Captain William Sumner was asked to check out the state of the zoo, he found that it, too, was devastated. Hundreds of animals were missing, and the few remaining were in desperate need of care. And so Captain Sumner accepted a new mission. Together with an international team of zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and dedicated animal lovers, Captain Sumner worked tirelessly to save the neglected--but tenacious--animals of Baghdad.
Lexile measure 830; Ages 7-10; Gr.2-5
Pollination directly affects the food supply on Earth. Pollinators are threatened by pesticides, invasive species, and habitat destruction, but they are especially threatened by a lack of awareness about their importance. This informative book filled with stunning photographs will help children look at insects in a very different way.
Lexile Measure 960; Book level 5; Ages 4-8; Gr.Prk-3
You can celebrate the huge difference caring people make for endangered animals while you practice subtraction skills. Slade presents a new subtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse. The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites.
Lexile measure 890; ages 5-12; book level 4.8; informational, gr. 2-4
Nic Bishop's signature up-close, stop-action photographs show frogs larger than life. See tiny poison dart frogs and mammoth bullfrogs, in amazing images that show the beauty and diversity of frogs from around the globe. And simple, engaging text conveys basic information about frogs -- as well as cool and quirky facts.
Lexile measure AD810L; Gr.2-4; Guided reading M
Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat--they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.
Lexile measure 1040; age 6-13; nonfiction, gr. 3-5.
Yellowstone National Park's majestic geologic wonders and remarkable wildlife draw millions of visitors each year. But there was a time when these natural treasures were in great danger, all because after years of unrestricted hunting, one key piece of the puzzle had been eliminated-the wolf. Now, more than a decade after scientists realized the wolves' essential role and returned them to Yellowstone, the park's natural balance is gradually being restored.
Lexile measure 1040; ages 7-9; book level 5.5; informational, gr. 1-3.
When children learn to recognize and read animal tracks they're actually mastering an ancient language of shapes and patterns--and gaining knowledge of the natural world. Acclaimed artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky has created a breathtaking and informative reference on the subject, filled with intricately drawn prints from creatures both wild and domestic, as well as large-scale paintings of the animals in their environment.
Ages 6-10; book level 4.4; nonfiction, gr. PreK-2.
The wolfsnail hunts its prey: other snails. This true tale of horror begins in the leaf litter beside a quaint porch in Jackson, Mississippi. The wolfsnail is on the prowl. Big, strong, and fast (for a snail), the wolfsnail has a taste for meat. In some areas, it is called the cannibal snail.
Lexile measure 880; Ages 8-12; Book level 5.5; gr. 3-6.
Emperor penguins are one of the very few species able to survive in the frigid Antarctic and the only species that stays there year round. The Life Cycle of an Emperor Penguin uses straightforward text and beautiful pictures to explain in detail the roles of the fathers in hatching the eggs and caring for the newborns, the predators of emperor penguins, the survival skills emperor penguins need to live in the Antarctic.
Feast your eyes on these amazing creatures before they disappear. This stampede of wild animals, from Chinese Alligator to Grevy's Zebra, are so rare, they're all endangered. David McLiman's bold and playful illustrations transform each letter into a work of art, graphically rendered with animal characteristics.
Lexile measure IG1080L; PrK-Gr.2; Guided reading L
How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world's largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that's bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don't tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself--at their actual size.
Ages 8-10; Gr.3-6
A sea turtle's life is marked by perilous journeys--to the beach where it lays eggs and as a hatchling to the sea. In addition to its natural predators, it faces great danger from encroaching civilization. This fascinating book describes the different species, their behavior, and how people are trying to save these endangered animals.
Guided Reading Level: J; Lexile: 620; Ages: 5-11; Grade Level: 3.3
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.