Living Books to Enrich Science Studies

A little girl and her father go late at night into the forest, looking for owls. As they quietly walk along, trees and animals silently keep them company. Her father makes the call of the Great Horned Owl, and they wait for a reply. Is there an owl in the forest? Will they see one tonight? This Caldecott Medal winner is a verbal and visual treasure that celebrates the special companionship between a parent and child as they share the beauty of nature together. 32 pages.

The busy Boston streets are too dangerous for eight little ducklings! But with a little help from a friendly policeman, Mrs. Mallard and her family arrive safely at their new home. The Public Garden was no place for the ducklings when they were first born, but now they're old enough to brave the raucous crowds and swim with the giant swan boats. Available for the first time in a full-size paperback edition, this Caldecott Medal-winning classic continues to delight generations of children. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. The 1942 Caldecott Medal winner.

Follow the Flyaway by Sarah Nelson and Maya Hanisch, tells the story of the life of birds right through their first big migration. See the baby birds hatch in their nests, grow feathers, learn to fly, and finally follow the autumn winds south along the majestic flyway to migrate. Reader's senses will be heightened as they read along in this rhyming, poetic text, viewing the nostalgic illustrations, picking up on the birds' sensory journey of sights and sounds. Endnotes provide facts about bird migration, the four flyways of North America, the species of birds found in the book and sources for further reading. Paperback, 32 pages. Recommended for ages 3 to 9 years old.

In 189 Canaries by Dieter Boge, translator, Laura Watkinson, and illustrator, Elsa Klever, readers will be introduced to the little-known history of a beloved songbird, and will hear an unforgettable story about music, migration , and the search for home. This yellow canary lives in a cozy room in northern Germany, and spends his time melodiously singing to the miners and carpenters of the Harz mountains. Suddenly, a dealer comes and takes the canary far away from everything he knows. From trains and steamships, his journey leads across Europe and even the Atlantic, until he arrives in New York, where he hears a strangely familiar song. This beautifully illustrated story will sure to be a favorite of your young reader. Hardcover, 48 pages. Ages 6-10

Learn all about a variety of Birds, nests and eggs with this brightly illustrated book. From the Robins' blue shelled eggs to the Killdeer's rocky nest, you'll enjoy reading about many interesting facts for 15 different kinds of birds. And what better way is there to learn about birds than to watch them? There are also instructions for building a "blind", a suet feeder, room for your observations and more. 47 semi-glossy pages, softcover.

Little Owl spends his nights flying around and gazing up at the moon and the stars. He often watches other nocturnal going about their business and other animals snoozing the night away. He wonders what happens when the night ends and his mother softly explains the transition from night into day with poetic prose as Little Owl drifts off to sleep---before the morning comes! This adorable board book is just the right size for small hands and makes for a wonderful bedtime story.

John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring. This book reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds. Capturing the early passion of America's greatest painter of birds, this story will leave young readers listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own homes. Recommended for ages 5 to 8.

    In this laugh-out-loud, classic tale set in rural Sascatchewan, young Billy rescues two injured Great Horned Owls and adopts them into his growing menagerie of dogs, birds, snakes, and other small creatures. Readers will follow along as Billy and his two best friends train Weeps and Wol, take them to school, participate in an animal parade, and wrangle all his other animals. Even more hilarious adventures ensue that try the patience of his long-suffering mother, father, and, well, the entire neighborhood. 91 pages, softcover. Ages 8 and up.

    Louis is a Trumpeter Swan who came into the world lacking a voice. When his father explained to him that he was different from other cygnets, Louis felt scared. His father, however, promised to help. Sam Beaver, a boy who loved all wild things, took Louis to school, where he learned to read and write. This was a help, but it did not solve his major problem: he was in love with the beautiful swan, Serena, and she spurned him because he was defective. And that was when Louis's father, the old cob, did a difficult thing - he put honor aside and stole a trumpet so his son would be able to woo his love. Louis' determination to become a trumpeter and pay off his father's debt takes him far from the wilderness he loves. But he succeeds and wins the swan of his desiring. Paperback, 252 pages. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

    Petook by Caryll Houselander and Tomie dePaola, is a story of Petook, a snowy white rooster that is proud and very protective of his wife's brood of chicks. When a young Jesus visits the garden, Petook is concerned for the chicks' protection, until he see the young boy kneeling and caressing his newborn chicks. Years later, as Petook is waiting for another hatching, he witnesses men being crucified at Calvary's Hill. Petook becomes agitated, but doesn't know that one of those men was the young visitor from years ago. Three days later on Easter morning, a new brood of chicks hatch, and the Resurrection of the stranger coincide. Petook is inspired to crow with great joy, celebrating the mystery of new life. Hardcover, 32 pages. Ages 5 to 8 years old

    This book is one of the best-loved and enduring children's books, both for its spirited and irrepressible hero and for its beautiful evocation of a distant land and way of life. Every child can sympathize with a dawdling duck who wants to avoid a spanking, and share his excitement and wonder as he sails down the river. Ages 3 - 8

    Ezra Brown, a fourteen-year-old ship's boy, was standing watch in the crow's nest during a snowstorm when he first saw the white seabird. Suddenly she flew straight upward, and Ezra quickly realized that his whaling ship was heading straight for an iceberg! The ship was saved, and later, from two Walrus tusks he'd traded with an Eskimo for, Ezra carved Seabird. He set her on a limber piece of baleen so the bird could hover in the air around him as he completed his chores on the ship.

    Seabird became the mascot for four generations of seafarers: aboard a whaler, a clipper ship, a steamship, and finally an airplane. The story takes a unique look at America's seafaring history through the eyes of a carved bird and her special owners. It is full of beautiful, full-page paintings as well as fascinating and informative black-and-white drawings that ring the text. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. A 1949 Newbery Honor book.

    From tiny hummingbirds to enormous eagles, this fact-packed guide will introduce young readers to the extraordinary world of birds. Information about different types of birds from around the world, why birds make nests, how they raise their young, and the wonder of flight and migration are a few of the topics covered in the colorful pages, full of detailed illustrations. Your children will also learn how to encourage birds into their own backyard with fun activities to try. Part of the All About Nature series, which introduces the wonders of the natural world to the youngest readers, with fascinating facts and practical exercises to try at home. 48 pages, hardcover. Ages 5 and up.

    In The Bird Atlas by Barbara Taylor and illustrator, Richard Orr, children will discover the amazing world of birds, in this beautifully illustrated children's bird atlas! This book will take you from continent to continent, exploring different biomes like rivers and deserts, while learning fascinating facts along the way like, Why are flamingo's pink? Why are vultures bald, and bald eagles actually are not? Why do birds migrate and which birds migrate the farthest?

    Every continent is introduced with an overview of the ecology, climate, landscape, and the incredible birds that live there. From the snowy owls in the Arctic to the towering ostriches in Africa, your child will gain a wealth of knowledge in this wonderfully illustrated, and informative volume. Hardcover, 64 pages. Ages 9-12.

      The cat is out. He's looking for lunch, and the garden is filled with birds--yum! Children will delight in this spirited story as they snoop, sneak, and prowl with the cat, meeting twelve common birds and learning to identify each one. Accompanied by a detailed glossary, here is an irresistible backyard adventure for the whole family to enjoy together.

      From this magically right beginning came the concept of Beginner Books, exacting blends of words and pictures that encourage children to read - all by themselves. Hailed by elementary educators and remedial reading specialists, these enormously popular books are now used in schools and libraries throughout the English speaking world.

      In Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins and illustrator, Richard Jones, young readers will be introduced to science's physical forces through the uncomplicated words and delightful illustrations of nest-building day with Bird. This concept is discovered through pulling a worm from the ground, lifting the perfect sized twigs, and pushing them into place. After a day of hard work, the nest is ready, but do you know what it's waiting for? Paperback, 32 pages. Ages 4-6.

      Two little birds hatch and grow until one day, they see an amazing sight: hundreds of birds, all flying together in one direction. They decide to join in, and so begins an amazing and sometimes dangerous journey that they never could have imagined. Eventually they return home---and the cycle starts of again.

      Little Critter and his little sis find a baby bird in their yard and they want to help it. The whole family gets involved in helping to care for baby bird, and as time passes, baby bird gets bigger and flies away. But in the spring baby bird comes back, and this time he has a baby bird of his own! This My First beginning reader is perfect for emergent readers with basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations.

      Dawn Watkins weaves a story around a treasured childhood memory of the time her grandfather carried chickadees into the house and let them light in the Christmas tree. He delighted his own grandchildren even as Jack and Nora are delighted by their grandfather.

      Things take some getting used to, Grandfather has said. But Jack doesn't think he will ever get used to the wintry cold and snow at his grandparents' house.

      Strange, though, Grandfather's chickadees don't seem to mind the cold. And one day the little birds are escorted inside to perch in the newly cut Christmas tree. What could live ornaments have to do with Jack's homesickness? Recommended for ages 2 to 6.

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      The perfect introduction book to birdwatching, this easy-to-navigate guide features only common backyard birds you're likely to see! Vibrant photographs and illustrations highlight what to look for, with notes on habitat, voice, food, and more. Learn to identify cardinals, robins, finches, jays, sparrows, wrens, and more! 48 pages, softcover.

      How many North American birds can you recognize? When you hear a bird singing overhead can you use binnoculars to find its nest in the trees? You'll find out all this and more in this fun activity and guide on the birds in your neighborhood.

      Children's Encyclopedia of Birds includes stunning photography of many bird species, pointing out their vibrant plumage and distinctive characteristics. Alongside these pictures are amazing facts about their anatomy and behavior. Perfect for children working on a school project, or simply those bonkers about birds, this encyclopedia is a brilliant guide for kids aged 8+. 128 pages, hardcover.

      Please Note: This book teaches evolution and an old-earth timetable.

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