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Caterpillar Adventures

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

A caterpillar learns to be patient while trying to metamorphosize.

Caterpillar Dreams by Clive McFarland

Follows the adventures of Henri the Caterpillar, who leaves the safety of his garden to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.

Mr. King’s Machine by Geneviève Côté

Mr. King likes pretty things. He also likes machines. So when he discovers a flower that has been nibbled by a caterpillar, he builds himself a Caterpillar-Catcher. Off he zooms–unaware that his machine is filling the sky with smoke and that his friends are calling him to stop!

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar by Steve Wilson

Horace and Hattie watch a caterpillar become a butterfly … and are inspired to attempt a transformation of their own!

Holey Moley by Lois Ehlert

After digging holes and munching on crawly bugs, a chubby mole settles in her cozy burrow for winter. Includes glossary identifying all of the different worms, caterpillars, moths, and butterflies included in the illustrations.

Bye, Bye, Butterflies! By Andrew Larsen

Inspired by the sight of some school kids releasing butterflies up into the sky, a young boy turns into a “butterfly scientist” and helps his teacher and classmates care for some caterpillars as they grow into butterflies.

Bob and Otto by Robert Bruel

Otto the worm is shocked to discover that his best friend Bob is actually a caterpillar who emerges one day as a butterfly.

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Water Land : Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale

Based on Montessori teachings, die-cut pages identify and contrast types of water bodies and their corresponding land masses to help young readers understand how connected the earth and the water really are.

Hey, Water! By Antoinette Portis

Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms.

Wet by Carey Sookocheff

Explores getting wet in good ways, such as stepping into a pool, and bad ways, such as sitting on a bench after rain.

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

Water is Water : a Book About the Water Cycle by Paul Miranda

A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways

Watersong by Tim McCanna

A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia.

Friends by Geraldo Valério

When a girl and a frog go to the beach to fish, they are frustrated to find that the fish aren’t biting. Instead, they stare into the water and make faces at their reflections. Then, something spectacular happens. The reflections take on lives of their own, transforming into a mermaid with her own pet frog. Surprise gives way to delight as they invite the girl and the frog to enter a stunning underwater world. The new friends swim and play amongst colorful sea creatures until they discover a pair of glowing pearls and turn them into matching necklaces.

Ice Boy by David Ezra Stein

Tired of helping others cool their drinks, Ice Boy proceeds to sneak out of the freezer and heads to the beach, where his edges begin to blur. Eventually he melts and becomes Water Boy and then he evaporates and turns into Vapor Boy. Then a big storm freezes him back into Ice Boy and sends him home–before a new adventure begins.

Me and You and the Red Canoe by Jean E. Pendziwol

In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way.

Water absorption experiment: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/preschool-water-science-experiment/

Three water experiments: https://www.playfullearning.net/resource/water-is-water-3-experiments-for-kids/

Dinosaur Bones

What if You Had T. Rex Teeth? : and Other Dinosaur Parts by Sandra Markle

From a velociraptor’s sharp sickle-tipped toes to a T. rex’s giant curved teeth, and from the body armor of an ankylosaurus to the long neck of a brachiosaurus, discover what it would be like if you had one of these wild dinosaur parts.

Dinosaur : a Photicular Book by Kathy Wollard

We see their bones in museums. But now, see dinosaurs as if you were traveling on an expedition a hundred million years ago. Using unique Photicular technology, DINOSAUR takes an extraordinary leap to bring these legendary and long-extinct creatures back to life.

Fossil by Fossil : Comparing Dinosaur Bones by Sara Levine

This lively picture book will keep young readers guessing as they find out how human skeletons are like and unlike those of dinosaurs!

Marlo and the Dinosaurs by Christopher Browne

When Marlo wakes up from his afternoon nap, he spots something curious…. His investigation brings him into a lush jungle, where a whole new world full of colorful dinosaurs of every size awaits him.

Am I Yours? By Alex Latimer

Some friendly dinosaurs must help a lost egg after it’s blown out of its nest. But if they are to reunite the little egg with its true parents, they must first discover what kind of dinosaur lies inside.

The dinosaur expert by McNamara, Margaret

Future scientist Kimmy eagerly shares information about dinosaurs during a school field trip until classmate Jake tells her “girls aren’t scientists,” but Mr. Tiffin sets her straight.

Dino Duckling by Alison Murray

A funny and touching celebration of difference, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling. Dino Duckling can dive, swim and fish just like his duckling brothers and sisters. But when the time comes for the family fly south for the winter, Dino Duckling finds he really is different!

The T-Rex Who Lost His Specs! By Jeanne Willis

A young Tyrannosaurus rex with very poor eyesight loses his eyeglasses, resulting in chaos for himself and the creatures around him.

Rex by James Simon

A terrifying Tyrannosaurus rex spends his days raging through the jungle and scaring all the other dinosaurs until one night a tiny dinosaur hatches from an abandoned egg and decides that the big dinosaur is his father.

How To Be a T-Rex by Ryan North

Tyrannosaurus Rex enthusiast Sal transforms herself into an uncontrollable T. Rex, partly because her brother said it would be impossible, but soon discovers the downsides of always being fierce.

One Hundred Bones by Yuval Zommer

Scruff the dog is a stray who just loves to dig. It doesn’t make him the most popular dog in town. But when he sniffs out a pile of old bones, he gets all the neighborhood dogs to help him. They uncover not one, not two, not three … but 100 bones and make the most exciting dinosaur discovery of all time!

Dinosaur skeleton craft with pasta and coffee grounds: http://www.lovingmynest.com/learning-activities/dinosaur-craft/

Digging for dinosaur bones – salt dough: http://: https://theimaginationtree.com/digging-dinosaur-bones-maths-game/

Dinosaur fossils – salt dough: http://: https://www.makelifelovely.com/diy-dinosaur-fossils-with-salt-dough/#

Frozen dinosaur eggs: : https://theimaginationtree.com/frozen-dinosaur-eggs-sensory-play/

https://www.thecrafttrain.com/sparkly-paper-plate-dinosaurs/ Paper plate dinosaurs:

Porcupine’s Picnic : Who Eats What? By Betsy R. Rosenthal

Porcupine is having a picnic! As more animals arrive, each of them eats something different. But then Tiger shows up. Uh-oh! Offers further information about herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores

Whose Food is This?: a look at what animals eat–leaves, bugs, and nuts by Nancy Kelly Allen

What’s for dinner? : quirky, squirmy poems from the animal world by Katherine B. Hauth

What in nature could be more poetic than the hunt for food and the struggle for survival? In twenty-nine poems readers will squirm at the realities of how the animal world catches food, eats it, and becomes dinner in turn.

I Won’t Eat That by Christopher Silas Neal

Cat is very hungry. But cat food is dry and dull and not at all yummy. So what in the world should Cat eat instead? Turtle eats worms, but worms are too wiggly. Fox eats rabbits, but rabbits are too bouncy. What everyone else loves to eat is thoroughly unappetizing to Cat. Until, by chance, the thing Cat really wants to eat appears right in front of him. What could it be?

Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino

Food is running short so Morris’s big brothers dig down deeper, but Morris tries digging up instead and discovers a beautiful new place, filled with delicious treats and new friends.

If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore what various animals, from an armadillo in an underground restaurant to a wallaby in a sandwich shop, might choose to eat.

Eats by Marthe Jocelyn

With a fresh cast of animal characters — and what they eat — the creative team of Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter has produced another work in their award-winning series for very young book and art lovers.

Worms for Lunch? By Leonid Gore

Easy-to-read text and die-cut illustrations allow various creatures to reveal what they like to eat.

Classify each animal into omnivore, herbivore or carnivore: https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/11/science-for-kids-omnivore-herbivore-and-carnivore.html

Food web label and color page: https://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/food_web_label.html

Food web handout: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/resources//46523/foodwebhandout.pdf Food chain activity:

Food chain activity: https://blog.littlelives.com/explain-to-kids-food-chains-c34731760728

Bugs all Around!

A Web by Isabelle Simler

Follows a spider as it collects items to decorate its web from a landscape filled with insects, leaves, flowers, feathers, and seeds, all labeled for identification.

Twig by Aura Parker

Heidi, a tall, twig-like stick insect, does everything she can to make friends on her first day at Bug School, but even her teacher, Miss Orb, fails to notice her.

100 Bugs! : a Counting Book by Kate Narita

A boy and girl find and count 100 different bugs in their backyard in increments of ten.

How to Find a Friend by Maria S. Costa

A wistful blue squirrel and an athletic red rabbit are each looking for a friend and missing each other by inches, although helpful bugs are trying to steer them in the right direction.

Leap by JonArno Lawson

A startled little flea triggers a domino effect of surprised jumps in a grasshopper, a bunny, a dog and other animals in a circular story poem that combines engaging action words with mixed-media collage art.

Stories from Bug Garden by Lisa Moser

The garden was old and forgotten, with a tumbledown wall and a one-wheeled barrow. So they moved in one by one, by one. What may appear to be an abandoned garden is actually home to an eclectic array of insects, from a ladybug who prefers making mud angels to acting like a lady, to a roly-poly bug who loves to roll, to a cricket who dreams of grand adventures.

Flowers are calling by Rita Gray

Rhyming text explores the wonders of natural cooperation between flowers and the animals and insects of the forest.

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

From butterflies and moths to crickets and cicadas, a rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior.

Ant puppet craft: http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2013/06/easy-ant-puppet-snack-bug-week.html


Insect sort printable: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-A9qMIF_l6UZWMyN2Y1YjMtMWZmOC00OTQzLWFjMDUtODI2ZmY0NjkxOGM2/view

National Geographic Invertebrates: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/

Birds in Spring

A Round of Robins by Katie Hesterman

Follow a pair of robin parents from nest-building and egg-laying, to raising their hungry hatchlings, and finally sending off their flying fledglings.

Wings by Cheryl B.Klein

Follows a baby bird on its first flight, one that starts cautiously and ends with delight.

Bird Watch by Christie Matheson

Count backward from ten as you search for hidden birds (and insects and animals) in this seek-and-find picture book.

Not your nest! by Gideon Sterer

Bird builds the perfect nest, the only problem is everyone else wants to sleep in it!

This is the Nest that Robin Built: with a little help from her friends by Denise Fleming

A cumulative rhyme about the animals who help Robin build her nest.

Crow not Crow by Jane Yolen

Tells the story of a child’s first birding expedition on a golden autumn day.


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Trevor by Jim Averbeck

Trevor is lonely and looking for a friend. He stretches his wings the length of his boring cage and notices the tree outside stretching its branch. And on the end of that branch? Perhaps a new friend. But one that is quiet and shy. Trevor knows just how to make him feel comfortable. This is an elegantly told, truly unique tale of a canary who befriends a lemon and finds that you don’t have to be two of a kind to form a meaningful and lasting friendship.

Egg by Kevin Henkes

Three little birds crack their way out of eggs and fly away, leaving one egg sitting all alone until the three chicks come back and discover a friendly baby alligator has finally hatched.

North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown

Follows the journey of a little bird who flies to the north, south, east, and west to decide which direction she likes best.

Bird Feeder wreath: http:// https://sugarspiceandglitter.com/kid-made-bird-feeder-wreath/

Bird feather painting: https://munchkinsandmoms.com/feather-painting/

Rabbits and Bunnies

Meet a Baby Rabbit by Jennifer Boothroyd

Since the focus of this series is baby animals, each title is organized around the birth of the animal, how it is cared for by its mother, how long it takes to grow up, and the purpose they serve on the farm.

Hush, Little Bunny by David Ezra Stein

A father rabbit offers messages of nurturing protection and comfort to his baby.

Big Bunny by Rowboat Watkins

A parent and child share the telling of a story about a giant bunny who eats carrots– and maybe trucks and bridges (according to the child).

Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda

In this interactive picture book, the reader must help Bunny as he gathers apples to eat, and uses his red scarf to climb a tree or create a rope bridge.

Dust Bunny Wants a Friend by Amy Hevron

A lonely dust bunny tries to make friends with passing creatures with no success, until a broom sweeps him under the bed and he finds more friends like him.

Good day, good night by Margaret Wise Brown

A little rabbit greets each day and says good night to the familiar things outside.

When a Wolf is Hungry by Christine Naumann-Villemin

When Edmond Bigsnout, a lone wolf, sets out to satisfy his craving for a city rabbit, his efforts are foiled by apartment dwellers who think he is a new neighbor.

My Very Own Space by Pippa Goodhart

A little rabbit is trying to read his book in peace, but there’s so much going on around him! Maybe he needs some space just for himself. With minimal text accompanying beautiful and sweet illustrations, this charming picture book explores ideas of personal space and sharing in a way that even very young children can enjoy.

The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian

Illustrations and rhyming text explore how rabbits spend their days throughout the year.

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