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Bugs, Birds & Animals

They fly, crawl, run or slither; some are spotted, others striped; many are adored while others make us wary — but they are all part of the fascinating world of nature.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Bats: Biggest! Littlest!

By: Sandra Markle
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Bats come in different sizes with different characteristics but each serves a particular purpose. Crisp photographs and lucid writing provide a riveting introduction to these often maligned creatures.

Eat Like a Bear

By: April Sayre
Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Rhythmic text and lush illustrations invite young readers (or listeners) to eat like a bear from April until midwinter. Textured illustrations and more thorough backmatter conclude this engaging introduction to brown bears and their habitat.

If You Were a Panda Bear

By: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Meet a panda, moon bear, sloth bear, sun bear and other kinds (plus a teddy bear) in simple rhyming text and gentle illustrations. Bear facts and where to find additional information conclude this easy informational picture book.

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

By: Lola Schaefer
Illustrated by: Christopher S. Neal
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In one lifetime, creatures presented will grow or show one behavior repeatedly. Limited text combines with textured illustration to reveal these estimates from one papery spider egg sac to a thousand baby seahorses. Animal and math information conclude this unique glimpse of animals.

Monkey Colors

By: Darrin Lunde
Illustrated by: Patricia Wynne
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Meet different kinds of monkeys — all of which come in many colors — shown in crisply lined, full-color illustration and brief text. Additional information about each of the 12 monkeys introduced and a world map concludes this brief, enticing introduction.

Paul Thurlby's Wildlife

By: Paul Thurlby
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Interesting factual tidbits inspired imaginative animal portraits. The strong graphic design on large pages encourages close reading so that "while the creatures …may look a little silly, they are all based on real animal facts."

Python

By: Christopher Cheng
Illustrated by: Mark Jackson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Like most snakes, pythons are often vilified. Realistic watercolors, however, of a Diamond Python (native to Australia) and informative text present a slice of her life from warming in the sun to hatching eggs — and, of course hunting and eating.

Seeds, Bees, Butterflies & More! Poems for Two Voices

By: Carole Gerber
Illustrated by: Eugene Yelchin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poems intended for two voices celebrate nature and how its creatures are interrelated. Seeds helicopter, hitchhike and travel by bird; worms snack; snails leave trails and more in playful verses made more accessible by the large, colorful, almost whimsical illustrations.

Stronger than Steel

By: Bridget Heos
Illustrated by: Andy Comins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The strength of Spiderman's web wasn't far from reality. Biologist Randy Lewis' work proves it. A highly readable text and captivating photographs make a complicated topic, related issues, and current research understandable for sophisticated readers of all ages.

The Mystery of Darwin's Frog

By: Marty Crump
Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Charles Darwin came across a distinctive frog in Chile during his ventures on the Beagle. The exceptional characteristics and the mysteries it created are presented in engaging text, photographs and notable, realistic collage illustrations. Additional resources are included.

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