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More Animals All Around

Take a look around! You see birds, insects, dogs and other animals in cities, in the country, by and in the sea. Some are seen at night, others during the day. Some are small, others are huge, and some may even need your help. And some you’ll only see in a zoo or in an aquarium. But use your eyes and your ears to listen and see what animals may live near your home!

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

About Birds/Sobre los parjaros

By: Catherine Sill
Illustrated by: Jon Sill
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Handsome, realistic illustrations accompanied by straightforward information about North American birds encourage children to observe birds closely. Additional information about characteristics, etc. concludes this attractive and informative book.

Daytime Nighttime

By: William Low
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Richly hued, lush, realistic illustrations answer the question of what a child might see during the day: a sun-dappled bird, butterfly, or beaver perhaps. At night, there could be a bat or a firefly in moonlight, and a teddy bear as she snuggles into bed.


By: Penelope Arlon, Tory Gordon-Harris
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Splendid photographs are used along with a crisp, easier to read narrative to introduce dolphins, water-dwelling mammals. A glossary, index and access to additional online material complete this appealing and edifying title.

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

By: Lynne Cox
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Most elephant seals live in the ocean but one prefers the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand. Though the townspeople try to relocate Elizabeth, the huge seal finds her way back three times to the delight of many, especially a boy named Michael. Based on a true story, this well-told fictionalized account is expressively illustrated.

I Spy in the Sky

By: Edward Gibbs
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Die-cuts let readers 'spy' a portion of an animal while text provides clues as to what it might be. With the turn of the page the entire bird is portrayed. Basic characteristics and attractive illustrations provide an informative glimpse of a variety of fowl while playing a variant of a familiar game.

Information Graphics: Animal Kingdom

By: Nicholas Blechman
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

An eclectic collection of factoids about animals is presented in an eye-catching, brightly colored format that uses graphic art or "infographics." The result is a fetching book sure to engage sophisticated readers as they dip in and out.


By: Nic Bishop
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Known for his close-up, full-color photographs of animals in the wild, Bishop turns his lens to a variety of lizards from around the globe. The informative, striking book demonstrates that "lizards lead lives that are full of surprises."

Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs

By: Scholastic, Inc.
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Dog lovers — and those who aren't — are sure to be touched by twelve short stories about shelter dogs that find just the right home. Written by various authors, each story is different but each will resonate with sophisticated readers (or listeners) in this varied short story collection.

Montessori: Map Work

By: Bobby George, June George
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

"Our world is made of land and water." The land is called CONTINENTS; the water OCEANS. Select animals that live on each continent are presented on sturdy, textured pages that will hold up to multiple readings and handling by young children while providing a visually appealing introduction to maps and animals.

What If You Had Animal Hair?

By: Sandra Markle
Illustrated by: Howard McWilliams
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Animals and people both have hair. Photographs of animals and droll illustrations of kids with that hair on opposing pages provide a light, humorous and surprisingly informative look at different animals — and of course, hair.

Who Can Jump?

By: Sebastien Braun
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Who can jump? Lift the flap to see small animals in action ending with "YOU can jump!" Bold, uncluttered illustrations and repeated language are sure to absorb young children. The same format is used in the equally engaging Who Can Swim?

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