Books by Theme
Bugs, Birds, and 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.
Bats: Biggest! Littlest!
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
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
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
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.
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
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."
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 and More! Poems for Two Voices
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
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
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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