Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Favorite New Picture Books - 2013-2014

Here are a few of our favorite picture books published in the last year.  Check back as we update this list! 

The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit 
By Drew Daywalt

Each crayon writes a letter to the boy who uses them in this hilarious book.

Flora and the Flamingo
Flora and the Flamingo 
By Molly Idle

Flora and her flamingo friend work hard to make a synchronized dance.

Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish
Tiny Rabbit’s Big Wish
Illustrated by David Walker

Tiny Rabbit dreams of being tall but realizes his size is just right.

Poem-Mobiles
Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems
By J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian
Pictures by Jeremy Holmes

Bizarre hybrid car poetry for young readers.

Poor Doreen
Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale
By Sally Lloyd-Jones and Alexandra Boiger
The tale of a fish and her optimistic view on all life’s twists and turns.

Spike
Spike: Ugliest Dog in the Universe
By Debra Fraiser

Spike proves himself of being loyal, smart, and a kind-hearted dog.

Dream Friends
Dream Friends
By You Byun

The inspiring story of a girl who changes her dreams into reality.

Journey
Journey
By Aaron Becker

Caldecott Honor 2014.
The extraordinary journey of a young girl and her imagination.

Toys in Space
Toys in Space
By Mini Grey

Toys left outside find themselves on a journey on a space ship.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
By Peter Brown

Prim and proper Mr. Tiger gets bored and wants to be different and make a change.

Chu's Day
Chu’s Day
By Adam Rex

When Chu sneezes bad things happen, can he hold in his sneezes?

Herman and Rosie
Herman and Rosie
By Gus Gordon

Jazz brings two unlikely companions together in a big city.

The Story of Fish & Snail
The Story of Fish & Snail
By Deborah Freedman

A story of encouraging friends to be their best.

if you want to see a whale
If You Want To See A Whale
By Julie Fogliano

Teaches patience and how to avoid distractions.

What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day
What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day
By Martha Simpson

Funny things not to give your mother as a gift unless she is an animal.

Mustache Baby
Mustache Baby
By Bridget Heos

From hero to villain this baby figures out everyone has a bad hair day.

Tea Rex
Tea Rex
By Molly Idle

The mixture of dinosaurs and tea parties starts now.

Tap the Magic Tree
Tap the Magic Tree
By Christie Matheson
Age Range: 4-8
Interact with the book to explore the wonder of nature.

The Dark
The Dark
By Lemony Snicket
Age Range: 3-6
Story of a young boy conquering his fear of the dark.

Mr. Wuffles
Mr. Wuffles
By David Wiesner
Age Range: 4-8
2014 Caldecott Honor Book
Mr. Wuffles finds a spaceship within his toys which results in a group of aliens’ adventure.

Again!
Again!
By Emily Gravett
Age Range: 4-8
At bedtime, Cedric the dragon wants his mother to read his favorite book again, and again, and again.

Secret Pizza Party
Secret Pizza Party
By Adam Rubin
Age Range: 3-5
While Raccoon is eating pizza at his secret pizza party, he sees a masquerade party going on in the house next door to him and joins the fun.

Found
Found
By Salina Yoon
Age Range: 3-6
Bear tries his very best to return a toy rabbit to its home but by the time its owner appears, Bear has become attached to Bunny.

Open Very Carefully
Open Very Carefully
By Nick Bromley
Age Range: 3-7
A tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to take a peek inside.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Books for Children - Art

1-2-3 I Can Paint!
1-2-3 I Can Paint!
By Irene Luxbacher

Age Range: 4-7
Step-by-step painting projects that introduce art concepts such as color, form and texture.

The Day-Glo Brothers
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
By Chris Barton

Age Range: 7-10
The story of two brothers that experimented with ultraviolet lights and fluorescent paints to invent a new kind of color.

Sky Color
Sky Color
By Peter Reynolds

Age Range: 5+
Tale of a young girl named Marisol who gets to help paint a mural for the school library.

Katie and the Waterlily Pond
Katie and the Waterlily Pond: A Journey Through Five Magical Monet Masterpieces
By James Mayhew

Age Range: 5-7
Katie explores five of Monet’s masterpieces and discovers just why he is one of the world’s most-loved artists.

A is for Artist
A is for Artist: An Alphabet
By Ella Doran

Age Range: 3-6
A creative, innovative approach to the ABC’s.

How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird
Pour Faire Le Portrait D’un Oiseau: How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird
By Jacques Prevert

Age Range: 5-9
A child begins to paint a picture of a tree with a perch… eventually a bird comes to sing.

Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!
Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!
By Jonah Winter

Age Range: 4-8
Any kid who’s been told what to draw, or heard mean things about something they made, will relate to this story about how Pablo faced down his critics and made something truly original.

Look! Look! Look! At Sculpture
Look! Look! Look! At Sculpture
By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Age Range: 6-8
Three mice “borrow” a postcard which is a reproduction of a sculpture, and from it they learn about color, pattern, line, and shape.

Doodle Cook
Doodle Cook
By Herve Tullet

Age Range: 5-8
Follow the 17 recipes and learn how to create a scribble sandwich, a thousand layer cake and chef’s surprise - and then add your own decoration to taste.

Dot
Dot
By Patricia Intriago

Age Range: 3-6
Pairs of circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day.

Fabulous
Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol
By Bonnie Christensen

Age Range: 6-9
Biography of Andy Warhol.

Inkblot
Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity
By Margaret Peot

Age Range: 11+
Teaches how to change inkblots into works of art and to use them as keys to creativity.

Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel
Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: Bringing Matisse to America
By Susan Fillion

Age Range: 10+
Recounts the lives of the Cone sisters, their travels, and their collection of Modern art from such artists as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Red-Yellow-Blue
Red-Yellow-Blue: Colors in Art
By Silke Vry

Age Range: 4-8
Explores color in art, discussing their origins, their symbolic power, and their uses in art.

Art Museum Opposites
Art Museum Opposites
By Katy Friedland

Age Range: 5-10
Teachs children how to understand the differences between night and day, big and small, and old and new visually by using paintings, sculptures, and other objects

Count Monet's Lilies
Count Monet’s Lilies
By Julie Appel

Age Range: 4-6
Learn to count to nine with examples from impressionist painting, including Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and others.

First Art for Toddlers and Twos
First Art for Toddlers and Twos: Open-Ended Art Experiences
By Julie Appel

Age Range: 2-4
Allow your toddler to explore creative art experiences designed just for them.

The Budding Artist
The Budding Artist
Edited by Laura Laxton

Age Range: 3+
Introduction to arts and crafts features easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find materials.

Faces for Baby
Faces for Baby
By Yana Peel

Age Range: 1+
A parent and child can explore twelve paintings of faces by contemporary and modern artists.

The Big Book of Art
The Big Book of Art
By Herve Tullet

This spiral-bound, divided-page book with die-cuts encourages children to look at art from every angle, mixing and matching to create their own masterpieces.

My Art Book
My Art Book
By DK Publishing

Age Range: 7-11
An introduction to art and art history with instructions and step-by step photography showing how to create works of art like mosaics, sculptures, and collages.

Making Art Special
Making Art Special: A Curriculum for Special Education Art
By Helen Goren Shafton

Includes over fifty, full color, illustrated lessons, with step-by-step instructions, as well as helpful information for creating your own lessons.

Catch Picasso's Rooster
Catch Picasso’s Rooster
By Julie Appel

Age Range: 4-6
Reproductions of famous works of art include textured sections for children to feel.

STEM Books for Children - Science, Space

Laika: Astronaut Dog
Laika: Astronaut Dog

By Owen Davey
The fun twist on a real story about the first animal launched into orbit.

Cars on Mars

Cars on Mars
By Alexandra Siy
Age Range: 8-12
Follow NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover on the Red Planet.

Moonday
Moonday
By Adam Rex
Age Range: 3-7
A story of a child’s adventure with the moon.

A Circle in the Sky
A Circle in the Sky

By Zachary Wilson, Illustrated by: JoAnn Adinolfi
Age Range: 3-5
Combine shapes together and make a rocket to explore the moon.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

STEM Storybooks for Young Children

Use these books with babies through age 4 to build interest in the STEM areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and promote skills needed for STEM learning, such as inquiry, curiosity, and problem solving.

I Like Vegetables
I Like Vegetables
Written and illustrated by Lorena Siminovich
Age Range: 2-5
Touch-and-feel board book to learn about opposites and vegetables.

Farm
Farm
Written by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells
Age Range: 2-5
Touch-and-feel board book to learn about farm animals.

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Written by Fiona Watt, illustrated by Rachel Wells
Age Range: 2-5
Touch-and-feel board book to learn about dinosaurs.

Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five
Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five
By Valorie Fisher
Age Range: 2-5
Complete with numbers, opposites, weather, shapes, colors, seasons, and the alphabet.

Apple Farmer Annie
Apple Farmer Annie
Written and illustrated by Monica Wellington
Age Range: 3-6
Follow Annie through her apple-filled day of picking, counting, sorting, baking, and selling.

First Shapes
First Shapes
By Felicity Books
Age Range: 2-6
Shape recognition with embossed pages.

A Circle in the Sky
A Circle in the Sky
By Zachary Wilson, Illustrated by: JoAnn Adinolfi
Age Range: 3-5
Combine shapes together and make a rocket to explore the moon.

Lots of Spots
Lots of Spots
By Lois Ehlert
Age Range: 2-4
Short animal poems about animals with spots and stripes.

Move!
Move!
By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Age Range: 2-6
Teaches kids the ways animals move.

Tools
Tools

By Taro Miura
Age Range: 2-6
Introduces tools and their appropriate professions.

Nest
Nest
By Jorey Hurley
Age Range: 2-6
A one word to simple phrase picture book about robins.

1-2-3 Peas
1-2-3 Peas
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
Age Range:2-4
Count using illustrations of peas from 1 to 100.

Maisy Grows a Garden
Maisy Grows a Garden
By Lucy Cousins

Age Range: 2-5
Pull the tabs to help Maisy grow her garden.

Go! Go! Go! Stop!
Go! Go! Go! Stop! 
By Charice Mericle Harper
Age Range: 2-5
A construction site needs a combination of “Go” and “Stop” to get things done.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

STEM Books for Teachers - Lesson Plans and More

Use these books to find lesson plans and activities to teach science, math, and technology to PK-5 students. 

Celebrating Every Learner
Celebrating Every Learner
By Thomas R. Hoerr, S. Boogeman and C. Wallach
Activities and strategies for creating a multiple intelligences classroom.

Curious Crayons
Curious Crayons: Early Childhood Science in Living Color
By Terrific Science Press
Cross curricular activities linking crayons to science, math, etc.

Let's Take It Outside
Let’s Take It Outside!
Edited by Kathy Charner, M. Rein, and B. Roberts
Teacher-created activities for outdoor learning.

The Preschool Scientist
The Preschool Scientist
By Robert A. Williams, E. A. Sherwood, R. E. Rockwell, and D. A. Winnett
Using learning centers to discover and explore science.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Science, K-8
Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Science, K-8
By Gayle H. Gregory and Elizabeth Hammerman
Includes grade-appropriate sample lessons and strategies for inquiry-based, problem-based, and cooperative learning.

See For Yourself!
See For Yourself! Second Edition
By Vicki Cobb
Provides experiments suitable for science fair projects in the fields of chemistry, earth science, physical science, the human body, and technology.

Teaching Science in Elementary & Middle School
Teaching Science in Elementary & Middle School: A Cognitive and Cultural Approach
By Cory A. Buxton and Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr.
Prepares teachers with 100 key experiments that teach core, standards-based science concepts within a methods instruction model.

Incredible Edible Science
Incredible Edible Science
By Liz Plaster and Rick Krustchinsky
Recipes for developing science and literacy skills.

Celebrate Nature
Celebrate Nature!
By Angela Schmidt Fishbaugh
Activities for every season.

Learn and Play the Green Way
Learn and Play the Green Way
By Rhoda Redleaf
Fun activities with reusable materials.

Weaving Science Inquiry and Continuous Assessment
Weaving Science Inquiry and Continuous Assessment
By Maura O’Brien Carlson, G. E. Humphrey, and K. S. Reinhardt
Explores the nature of continuours assessment in the context of science inquiry and contains specific tools and techniques, stories, and strategies.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders
By Linda Garrett and Hannah Thomas
Nature education for young children.

Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8
Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8
By Michael L. Bentley, E. S. Ebert II, and C. Ebert
Connects constructivist theory with science content standards, practical applications, teaching strategies, and activities.

Science Beyond the Classroom
Science Beyond the Classroom: An NSTA Press Journals Collection
Edited by Linda Froschauer
Provides step-by-step, teacher-tested instructions and guidelines.

Let's Do Science Today!
Let’s Do Science Today!
By The Mailbox Book Staff
Preschool edition, hands on simple steps for application.

Let's Do Science Today!
Let’s Do Science Today!
By The Mailbox Book Staff
K-1 edition, hands on simple steps for application.

Activities Linking Science with Math K-4
Activities Linking Science with Math K-4
Edited by John Eichinger
Activities that promote the development of children’s problem-solving skills. Each activity includes a list of needed materials, a step-by-step procedure, discussion questions, and assessment techniques.

Numbers for Little Learners
Numbers for Little Learners
By The Mailbox Book Staff
PreK-K edition, builds number sense skills.

Numbers, Colors, and Shapes on Parade
Numbers, Colors, and Shapes on Parade
By The Mailbox Book Staff
PreK edition, builds early math skills.

Everything Numbers
Everything Numbers
By The Mailbox Book Staff
PreK-K edition, builds early math skills.

STEM Books for Children - Science, Nature

Use storybooks and colorful and engaging non-fiction to get young children interested in the principals of STEM.  These are some of our favorites for teaching about science and nature. 

It's Our Garden
It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden

By George Ancona
Age Range: 5-8
Season by season school gardening project experience.

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

By Carole Gerber
Age Range: 3-8
Combines the plant and insect worlds through poetry.

The Eagles are Back
The Eagles are Back

By Jean Craighead George
Age Range: 4-8
Motivates children to care about the environment and it’s creatures.

How Big Could your Pumpkin Grow?
How Big Could your Pumpkin Grow? 
By Wendell Minor
Age Range: 3-5
Tells about historical landmarks and landscapes as well as size and scale.

Maple
Maple
By Lori Nichols
Age Range: 2-5
A young girl’s story about companionship and becoming a big sister.

Just a Second
Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time
By Steve Jenkins
Age Range: 4-8
A way to measure time with facts about animals and nature.

Tap the Magic Tree
Tap the Magic Tree
By Christie Matheson
Age Range: 2-6
Interact with the book to explore the wonder of nature.

Snowflakes Fall
Snowflakes Fall
By Patricia Maclachlan and Steven Kellogg
Age Range: 3-7
Celebration of life’s natural cycle.

Yucky Worms
Yucky Worms
By Vivian French
Age Range: 4-8
A fun way to learn facts about worms.

Tornadoes!
Tornadoes!
By Gail Gibbons
Age Range: 4-8
Information on how tornadoes are fored, how they are classified, and what to do if one is headed your way.

Forest Has a Song
Forest Has a Song
By Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

Age Range: 5-9
Poetry about nature.

Ladybugs
Ladybugs
By Gail Gibbons

Ages 3-7
Interesting facts about ladybugs and how they serve the environment.

and then it's spring
And Then It’s Spring
By Julie Fogliano

Age Range: 4-7
The story of a boy who plants a garden in hopes of spring to follow.

Maisy Grows a Garden
Maisy Grows a Garden
By Lucy Cousins

Age Range: 2-5
Pull the tabs to help Maisy grow her garden.

The Beetle Book
The Beetle Book
By Steve Jenkins

Age Range: 4-8
Interesting facts about many different kinds of beetles.

Sophie's Squash
Sophie’s Squash
By Pat Zeitlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf

Age Range: 3-7
A tale of a young girl and her new friend, the squash from the farmer’s market.

Spiders
Spiders
By Nic Bishop

Age Range: 4-8
Gatefold book with facts and information on spiders.>

Summer Birds
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
By Margarita Engle

Age Range: 5-8
Based on the true story of a girl who broke new ground as a scientist and an artist.

Butterflies
Butterflies
By Seymour Simon

Age Range: 6-10
Learn where to find butterflies and moths, how to observe them in nature, and how to plant your very own butterfly garden!

STEM Books for Children - Math

Picture books and engaging non-fiction to get young children interested in math.  

The Boy who Loved Math
The Boy who Loved Math

By Deborah Heiligman
Age Range: 3-8
The story of Paul Erdos and his love for math.

Bedtime Math
Bedtime Math

By Laura Overdeck
Age Range: 3-10
Includes over 100 math riddles to make math fun. Each riddle has a varying levels of difficulty, depending on the children’s age.  Categories for “wee ones,” “little kids,” and “big kids.” 

That's a Possibility
That’s a Possibility! 
By Bruce Goldstone
Age Range: 5-9
Teaches probability and statistics in a fun way.

Mesmerizing Math
Mesmerizing Math
By Jonathon Litton
Age Range: 7-10
Explains numbers, probability, geometry, transformations, and statistics.

Millions, Billions, & Trillions
Millions, Billions, & Trillions
By David Adler
Ages 7-10
A visual way to show big numbers to children.

A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It:  A book about time
A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It:  A book about time

By Brian P. Cleary
Ages 4-8
Introduces the measurements of time.

Touch Think Learn: Numbers
TouchThinkLearn: Numbers
By Xavier Deneaux
Age Range: 2-5
Easy read for teaching numbers.

Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals In Nature
By Sarah C. Campbell & Richard P. Campbell
Age Range: 7-10
Shows math is in the world around us.

Shaping Up Summer
Shaping Up Summer
By Lizann Flatt
Age Range:4-7
Teaches concepts of geometry, symmetry, and spatial sense in nature.

One Gorilla: A counting Book
One Gorilla: A counting Book
By Anthony Browne
Age Range: 2-5
Counting different types of primates.

Touch and Feel 123
Touch and Feel 123
By Dk Publishing
Age Range: 2-5
Teaches toddlers how to recognize numbers while interacting with the book.

Count the Monkeys
Count the Monkeys
By Mac Barnett
Age Range: 3-6
Count the number of things that scare the monkeys away.

City Numbers
City Numbers
By Joanne Schwartz and Matt Beam
Age Range: 3-5
Shows readers numbers all around us in the city.

Bugs by the Numbers
Bugs by the Numbers
By Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss
Age Range: 4-7
Provides facts about bugs while introducing numbers and counting.

1-2-3 Peas
1-2-3 Peas
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
Age Range:2-4
Count using illustrations of peas from 1 to 100.

123 versus ABC
123 Versus ABC
By Mike Boldt
Age Range:3-6
Mixes numbers and the alphabet.

20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street
20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street
By Mark Lee
Age Range: 3-7
Count the trucks that get stopped in the middle of the street.

How Many Blue Birds
How Many Blue Birds Flew Away?
By Paul Giganti, Jr. Illustrations by Donald Crews
Age Range: 4-8
Count the birds to find the difference from page to page.

STEM Books for Children - Technology / Engineering

Use storybooks and colorful and engaging non-fiction to get young children interested in the principals of STEM.  These are some of our favorites for teaching about technology and engineering.

Transport: Fast and Slow
Transport:  Fast and Slow

By Junzao Terada
Ages 2-4
Introduces first vocabulary about modes of transportation.

Locomotive
Locomotive

By Brian Floca
Age Range: 4-10 
A family embarks on a trip on the transcontinental railroad in 1869.

Laika: Astronaut Dog
Laika: Astronaut Dog

By Owen Davey
Ages 4-8
The fun twist on a real story about the first animal launched into orbit.

Go! Go! Go! Stop!
Go! Go! Go! Stop! 
By Charice Mericle Harper
Age Range: 2-5
A construction site needs a combination of “Go” and “Stop” to get things done.

Diggers Go
Diggers Go
By Steve Light
Age Range: 2-4
Construction vehicles and their noises.

Go!
Go! The Whole World of Transportation
By DK Publishing
Age Range: 8-12
Cars, planes, trains, and more explained with detailed facts and descriptions.

Cars on Mars
Cars on Mars
By Alexandra Siy
Age Range: 7-12
Follow NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover on the Red Planet.

Cars
Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!
By Patricia Hubbell
Age Range: 2-5
Beautiful Illustrations feature many kinds of cars

Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom
Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom
By Stuart J. Murphy and Chris Demarest
Age Range: 3-6
Teaches readers to recognize patterns.

This Rocket
This Rocket
By Paul Collicutt
Age Range: 3-6
Various kinds of rockets and spacecrafts.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Age Range: 6-8
A true story of a boy whose great idea inspired the world.

Dig In
Dig In!
By April Jones Prince
Age Range: 1-4
Movable parts picture book about mice and their busy day on the construction site.

Machines Go To Work
Machines Go To Work
By William Low
Age Range: 2-6
Gatefold book that allows kids to see machines doing their jobs.

On a Beam of Light
On a Beam of Light

By Jennifer Berne, Vladimir Radunsky
Age Range: 6-9
A story of Albert Einstein.

Tools
Tools

By Taro Miura
Age Range: 2-6
Introduces tools and their appropriate professions.

What Do Wheels Do All Day?
What Do Wheels Do All Day?

By April Jones Prince
Ages 4-7
Simple direct text about different kinds of wheels and their duties.

Hooray for Inventors!
Hooray for Inventors!

By Marcia Williams
Age Range: 7-12
Tons of different inventors and their inventions.

STEM Books For Children - Science, Animals

Use storybooks and colorful and engaging non-fiction to get young children interested in the principals of STEM.  These are some of our favorites for teaching about science and animals. 

Frog Song
Frog Song

By Brenda Z. Guiberson
Age Range: 3-7
Teaches the importance of frogs in an ecosystem.

Python
Python

By Christopher Cheng
Age Range: 4-8
Informative book about pythons.

Deadly!
Deadly! The Truth about the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

By Nicola Davies
Age Range: 8-12
Warns children about the defense and attack methods of animals.

The Mystery of Darwin's Frog
The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog

By Marty Crump
Age Range: 6-10
Teaches science of a frog.

The Eagles are Back
The Eagles are Back

By Jean Craighead George
Age Range: 4-8
Motivates children to care about the environment and it’s creatures.

The Tapier Scientist
The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal

By Sy Montgomery
Age Range: 4-9
Information on the life of a tapir and scientific field work.

Puffling Patrol
Puffling Patrol

By Ted Lewin
Age Range: 5-10
Story of local children who rescued and cared for puffins before helping them back out to sea.

Parrots over Puerto Rico
Parrots over Puerto Rico

By Susan L. Roth
Age Range: 4-8
Shows the importance of extinction and recovery efforts of Puerto Rico.

The Greatest Dinosaur Ever
The Greatest Dinosaur Ever

By Brenda Z. Guiberson
Age Range: 4-8
Picture book about dinosaurs.

Peek-A-Zoo!
Peek-A-Zoo!
By Nina Laden
Age Range: 2-5
Read clues to guess the animals peeking behind the pages.

My first Book of Baby Animals
My first Book of Baby Animals
By The National Wildlife Federation
Age Range: 2-5
Matches animals with their babies.

A Little Book of Sloth
A Little Book of Sloth
By Lucy Cooke
Age Range: 5+
Photographic picture book about baby sloths.

The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs
The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs
By Sandra Markle
Age Range: 8+
Real life science mystery about the disappearance of the Panamanian golden frog.

If I Never Forever Endeavor
If I Never Forever Endeavor
By Holly Meade
Age Range: 3-7
A tale for anyone anyone facing a rite of passage, change, or challenge.

Thunder Birds
Thunder Birds: Natures Flying Predators
By Jim Arnosky
Age Range: 6-10
Beautiful artwork and information text describe different types of predatory birds.

Nest
Nest
By Jorey Hurley
Age Range: 2-6
A one word to simple phrase picture book about robins.

An Egg Is Quiet
An Egg is Quiet
By Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
Age Range: 4-8
Countless interesting facts about eggs.

Lots of Spots
Lots of Spots
By Lois Ehlert
Age Range: 2-4
Short animal poems about animals with spots and stripes.

Actual Size
Actual Size
By Steve Jenkins
Age Range: 3-7
Illustrations of animals small and large with appropriate sizes.

Sisters & Brothers
Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World
By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Age Range: 3-7
Sibling relationships within the animal kingdom.

Move!
Move!
By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Age Range: 2-6
Teaches kids the ways animals move.

How Many Ways Can You Catch A Fly?
How Many Ways Can You Catch A Fly?
By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Age Range: 4-8
Animals and their problem solving skills.

Slither and Crawl
Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles
By Jim Arnosky
Age Range: 6-10
Fold out pages with various facts and information on reptiles.

Animal Eggs
Animal Eggs: An Amazing Clutch of Mysteries and Marvels
By Dawn Cusick and Joanne O’Sullivan
Age Range: 4-8
Amazing facts and images on animals and their eggs.

Just a Second
Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time
By Steve Jenkins
Age Range: 4-8
A way to measure time with facts about animals and nature.