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Tadpoles and Polliwogs

Tad written and illustrated by Benji Davies

Sometimes the biggest stories come from the smallest beginnings … Meet Tad. She’s the smallest tadpole in a big pond, and lives there with all her tadbrothers and tadsisters. Although something else lives there too … BIG BLUB! And when everyone else starts to disappear, Tad starts to wonder if Big Blub will get her too …

Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein

A growing tadpole loves his frog dad so much he never gives him a moment’s peace.

999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura

999 Tadpoles fit perfectly into a small pond, but when they grow into frogs, it’s a different story.

Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus

A tiny primordial tadpole grows into a frog, feeling just as strong and powerful as the huge tyrannosaurus rex that stomps through the mud.

Wanda and the Frogs by Barbara Azore

Worried that she’ll be forced to give up her tadpoles once they start turning into frogs, Wanda hides them in her bedroom.

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent

Impressed by the proud caterpillar’s boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.

Toads and Frogs by M. J. York

Explores the similarities between toads and frogs, and how to tell them apart. Discover how traits like skin texture, methods of reproduction, and winter survival methods can be used to identify these hopping amphibians. Additional features include a side-by-side comparison of the animals, an activity encouraging readers to demonstrate their knowledge, a phonetic glossary, sources for further reading, an introduction to the author, and an index.

Tadpole to Frog: animals grow up by Shira Evans

Caterpillar to butterfly, tadpole to frog – some creatures take growing up to a whole new level! Learn all about how animals grow and change in this leveled co-reader, perfect for parents and kids to read together

Nebraska Toad and Frog Identification: https://herpneb.unl.edu/frog-and-toad-identification

Lily Pad Hop Activity: https://toddlerapproved.com/2011/05/lily-pad-hop.html

Pond Sensory bin: https://fun-a-day.com/pond-sensory-play-idea-small-world

Frog Life Cycle craft with pompoms: https://www.adventure-in-a-box.com/frog-life-cycle-pom-pom-craft-for-nature-studies/

Inventions and Inventing

Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention by Pip Jones

Izzy Gizmo is invited to an inventing competition, where a greedy competitor forces her to improvise.

Chilly da Vinci written and illustrated by Jarret Rutland

When one of Chilly da Vinci’s inventions separates a chunk of ice from his home iceberg, he must invent something quickly to get himself and the other penguins back home.

Melia and Jo by Billy Aronson

Melia is scientific and loves to create things in her backyard laboratory, but something is missing. Her inventions just aren’t quite right. Enter Jo, her new friend with an artistic spirit. When you add the arts to sciences, something magical happens!

Cleonardo, the Little Inventor written and illustrated by Mary GrandPré

With the town’s annual Grand Festival of Inventions coming up, Cleonardo is determined to invent something impressive to enter, something that will impress her inventor father Geonardo.

The Fix-it Man by Susan Hood

Meet Joshua James, the fix-it man. If he can’t fix it, no one can! When a stinky problem arises, Joshua James takes matters into his own hands with a little help from his younger sister, Sophie.

The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires

A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.

The Truth about My Unbelievable School by Davide Calì

Beware of . . . this school?! Henry is taking his new classmate on a whirlwind tour of their school. Mysterious inventions lurk, the cafeteria requires ninja skills, and some teachers may be monsters! Is this fantastical school to be believed? Or is there an even more outrageous surprise in store?

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming

In the summer of 1851, with encouragement and ideas provided by his family, an inventor builds a working submarine and takes his family for a ride. Includes notes about Lodner Phillips, the real inventor on whom the story is based.

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Jack describes the kind of car he would build–one with amazing accessories and with the capability of traveling on land, in the air, and on and under the sea.

Nonfiction

The Invention Hunters Discover How Machines Work! Written and illustrated by Korwin Briggs

When the Invention Hunters, a group of globe-trotting invention collectors, visit a construction site in their flying museum, a boy helps them by explaining how simple machines like levers, pulleys, and cranks work.

Have you ever wondered who invented Lego, Mr. Potato Head, or toy trains? In Toys! are the fascinating stories behind these toy inventions and many others. Learn why the see-saw was popular with the Romans, how the Slinky was used during the Vietnam War, and the reason Raggedy Ann has a red heart on her chest that says “I love you.” From dolls and checkers to pinball and the modern video game, there’s a wide selection here for boys and girls alike.

Create an inventor supply lab: https://theeducatorsspinonit.com/create-inventor-supply-lab-with/

Tinker Box Inventor’s Kit: https://busytoddler.com/2016/04/tinker-box-inventors-kit/

Tinker tray robots: http://mericherry.com/2014/11/03/make-robots-tinker-trays/

Sun, Sand and Water!

My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf

A girl with a disability explores every facet of the ocean during a day at the beach. A girl spends an entire day exploring the seaside with her mom. A keen observer, she sees the ocean as both “big” and “small” and both “sparkly” and “dull. It’s also “dotted and spiraled and wavy and straight.” Her ocean is full of sounds — it “splashes and crashes” and “laughs and hums.” But, at times, it’s silent. She is inspired to examine and celebrate every part of her ocean and doesn’t let anything hold her back. A delightful nature companion sure to awaken the explorer in every child.

Smug Seagull by Maddie Frost

A smug seagull that loves swiping beach-goers’ snacks gets a taste of his own medicine from a patient crab.

Friends written and illustrated 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.

Hum and Swish written and illustrated by Matt Myers

Jamie wants to quietly work on an art project near her friend, the sea, but people keep disturbing her by asking questions.

Poppleton and Friends by Cynthia Rylant

Poppleton the pig goes to the beach, solves a dry skin mystery, and learns that friends are the secret to a long life.

Sandy feet! Whose feet? Footprints at the Shore by Susan Wood

When a family spends a day at the beach, the children investigate various footprints to see what type of creatures live along the shoreline. Rhyming text turns a sandy beach into an outdoor classroom. The tracks and habits of local wildlife, including hopping sandpipers, scuttling crabs, and burrowing turtles, are identified and explained for young ecology detectives. Even Daddy’s feet make an appearance! And at day’s end, it’s time for tired feet to make their way home. STEM-based back matter includes information on how clues like footprints can identify the type of wildlife inhabiting any given habitat.

This Beach is Loud! Written and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach, but his dad has a trick to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.

A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Reif Ziarnik        

Sights and sounds of a summer twilight mingle with recollections of a lovely day at the beach as a household settles in for the night.

Day at the Beach written and illustrated by Tom Booth

When Gideon decides that he is going to build the most spectacular sandcastle anyone has ever seen without the help of his little sister Audrey, his day at the beach becomes a lesson in sibling bonding.

Non fiction

At the Beach by Shira Evans

Take a stroll along the beach. What do you see? Young readers will learn all about the beach and the animals that call it home in this fun pre-reader. Through text features such as the vocabulary tree and the wrap-up activity, kids will be introduced to new words and concepts — helping them expand their understanding of the world.

Toddler-Safe Play Sand: https://fun-a-day.com/toddler-safe-play-sand/

Icy ocean sensory bin: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/icy-ocean-sensory-play-ice-melt/

Fun At the Beach Sand Slime: https://www.steamsational.com/beach-sand-slime-recipe/

Beach erosion experiment: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-beach-erosion/

Imagine Your Story: Imagination!

When You Need Wings written and illustrated by Lita Judge

 Illustrations and easy-to-read text advise the reader to seek self-confidence on the wings of imagination.

Story Boat by Kyo Maclear

When a little girl and her younger brother are forced along with their family to flee the home they’ve always known, they must learn to make a new home for themselves–wherever they are. And sometimes the smallest things– a cup, a blanket, a lamp, a flower, a story–can become a port of hope in a terrible storm.

Violet Shrink by Christine Baldacchino

Violet Shrink doesn’t like parties. Or bashes, or gatherings. Lots of people and lots of noise make Violet’s tummy ache and her hands sweat. She would much rather spend time on her own, watching the birds in her backyard, reading comics or listening to music through her purple headphones. The problem is that the whole Shrink family loves parties with loud music and games and dancing. At cousin Char’s birthday party, Violet hides under a table and imagines she is a shark gliding effortlessly through the water, looking for food. And at Auntie Marlene and Uncle Leli’s anniversary bash, Violet sits alone at the top of the stairs, imagining she is a slithering snake way up in the branches.

The Imaginaries: little scraps of larger stories by: Emily Winfield Martin

A collection of illustrated scenes with corresponding stories set in the worlds of Emily Winfield Martin

Nola’s scribbles save the day written and illustrated by Cristina Lalli

Nola loves her scribbles. They go with her wherever she goes. But she can’t seem to share her scribbles with others: no one seems to understand the imaginative world she’s created for herself.

The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

Follow a group of animal friends as they discover a collection of mysterious buttons, all of which do different things! From a blue singing button to a purple tickle button, from a rude sound button to a mysterious white button, there’s only one way to find out what they do: press them all!

Ivy Bird by Tani McCartney

Ivy Bird is a celebration of the natural world and the joy found in imaginative play. Perfect for reading aloud, this book will delight children with its search-and-find elements, bright illustrations, and exuberant story. A nonfiction element, two pages bursting with colorful bird illustrations, encourages readers to seek out birds in their own neighborhoods.

Wordless

Window written and illustrated by Marion Arbona

In this one-of-a-kind, wordless picture book, a child is making her way home from school, imagining what’s behind the windows of the houses and other buildings she passes. And that’s where the fun begins.

Imaginative car wash tunnel at home: https://www.learning4kids.net/2012/05/13/kids-car-wash-tunnel/

Super hero cuffs imaginative play: http://www.readingconfetti.com/2013/08/tp-roll-super-hero-cuffs.html

Imagine Your Story: Dreams

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: a story about friendship and loving our Earth by Land Wilson

Little Sofia befriends the Moon and sets off on a dreamy adventure to visit her friend. She sees our planet from the Moon’s point of view and is inspired to do whatever she can to protect our Earth. When she wakes, Sofia encourages others to do the same.

The night bear by Ana de Moraes

Each night, the night bear heads into town and eats his favorite food–children’s nightmares–but one day finds a dream in the garbage that does not taste right to him.

Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins

Most marshmallows like to watch television and lead normal lives–but some marshmallows dream of greater things.

Sea Glass Summer by Michelle Houts

A boy named Thomas finds pieces of sea glass on the beach and dreams of where they came from.

Dreamland written and illustrated by Noah Klocek

As Amelie goes to bed, she sets out in search of her dreams, venturing into a surreal world and overcoming cold toes, tangled blankets, and ticking clocks to uncover her favorite dreams.

Wordless

Dandelion’s Dream written and illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion! Roots and leaves unfurl into four tiny paws and a long tail, complete with a fluffy yellow tuft. What a great wide world there is to explore when you have paws instead of roots– there are fast trains to ride, regal ships to sail, and cities with lights as bright as Dandelion’s field in full bloom. A happy little dandelion views the world with wonder in this wordless story about enjoying life to the fullest.

Marshmallow science experiments:

https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/activities/marshmallow-science-experiment-candy-steam-activity/

https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/marshmallow-science-experiment.html

How to make a dandelion crown:

http://www.pinkstripeysocks.com/2014/04/diy-dandelion-crown.html#more

Sea glass wind chimes:

http://blog.consumercrafts.com/decor-home/sea-glass-diy-wind-chimes/#_a5y_p=607956

Imagine Your Story: Wishes

Dandylion Summer written and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

When two sisters make a wish upon a dandelion, the seeds scatter and bring them Dandylion, a friend to play with all summer long. Together, they go on lots of adventures. As the seasons change, Dandylion must say goodbye–but fall is on the way, with new friends to meet and wonders to explore!

The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes

Marianne has no friends until she unearths an entire dinosaur skeleton on the beach and wishes that it would come to life.

The Perfectly Perfect Wish by Lisa Mantchev

A young girl has so many choices but only one wish. She asks those around her what they would wish for, but nothing seems quite right. What will her perfect wish be?

Snow Globe Wishes by Erin Dealey

After the worst snowstorm of the year, a young girl wishes on a snow globe that everyone will come out to play and share a dream of peace.

The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow by Lora Koehler

The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?

Make a Wish, Henry Bear written and illustrated by Liam Francis Walsh

Henry Bear’s unusual parents encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher. But what happens when Henry Bear grows tired of indulging in childish things?

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry

A child presents ten essential rules of birthday wishes, from planning the right party through having the right dessert–with a light to blow out–to keeping the wish secret.

Cat Wishes by Calista Brill

A cat who professes not to believe in wishes is granted three of them, but makes them nonetheless.

The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman

When Roxie and Lukie go back to the park for their jump rope, they find a group of foxes trying to learn the game, and the smallest fox–who also happens to be named Roxie–tells them that finding the rope to play with was her wish come true.

World Pizza by Cece Meng

Mama wished for world peace–and then a pizza fell from the sky and landed gently on her lap.

Yes Day! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A little boy gets everything he asks for on Yes Day, a special day that only comes once a year.

Q-tip Dandelion craft – Make a wish: https://bloomington-normal.macaronikid.com/articles/582651e824d8f4da3ab0b503/q-tip-dandelion

Dinosaur bones craft with penne pasta: http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Dinosaur-Bones.html

Reconstructing a dinosaur: https://www.mos.org/sites/dev-elvis.mos.org/files/docs/education/mos_dig-into-dinosaurs_reconstructing-a-dinosaur.pdf

https://lcl.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/default/search/results/?qu=wishes#

Imagine Your Story: Mermaids

Mabel: A Mermaid Fable by Rowboat Watkins

A picture book about a mermaid named Mabel, who unlike the rest of her family does not have a moustache, and the seven-armed octopus who becomes her friend and helps her see that she is just right the way she is.

Mermaid and Me written and illustrated by Soosh

A girl and a mermaid become best friends as they figure out how to enjoy their favorite things together, but when the shore becomes unsafe Mermaid must leave, promising to return.

Pearl written and illustrated by Molly Schaar Idle

When young Pearl, a mermaid, becomes caretaker of a single grain of sand, she discovers that performing even the smallest task well can transform the world.

Julián is a Mermaid written and illustrated by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

The Mermaid written and illustrated by Jan Brett

Set in the ocean off Japan, this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears stars Kiniro, a mermaid, who finds a baby octopus’s breakfast, chair, and bed just right.

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell

Each of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one’s purpose.

Wordless book

Friends written and illustrated 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.

Nonfiction:

Mermaids by Charlotte Guillain

Introduces mermaids and the legends told about them in different countries around the world.

Mermaid Tail sensory bottle: https://rhythmsofplay.com/glittering-mermaid-tail-sensory-bottle/

Paper Plate Mermaid Twirler: https://www.redtedart.com/paper-plate-mermaid-twirler/

Mermaid Ice Excavation: https://mamapapabubba.com/2016/07/06/mermaid-ice-excavation/

Swimming Mermaid Craft – Printable Curl Animation: https://kidscraftroom.com/swimming-mermaid-craft-printable-curl-animation/

DIY Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray: https://lemonlimeadventures.com/diy-mermaid-sensory-writing-tray/

How to Make a Mermaid Tail Using Household Items: https://www.momtrends.com/kids/how-to-make-a-mermaid-tail-using-household-items

Imagine Your Story: Kings and Queens

The Cook and the King by Donaldson, Julia.

A hungry but finicky king wants Wobbly Bob as his new cook, but must pitch in to do everything the cook is afraid to do, from fishing to frying.

The King of Kindergarten by Barnes, Derrick

Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.

Once Upon a Goat by Dan Richards

When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.

Queen on Wednesday written and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

When Thelma is bored, she decides to become a queen but the responsibilities are so great that she soon has a royal headache.

How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea by Kate Hosford

A pampered queen sets out in a hot air balloon with her butler, James, in search of the perfect cup of tea and after stopping in Japan, India, and England, she returns home knowing exactly what she has been missing.

Mr. Squirrel and the King of the Forest written and illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Mr. Squirrel is back in another hilarious tale. Mr. Squirrel can’t believe his eyes–an unknown, mysterious creature is under his tree. It must be the legendary King of the Forest. Will the king share his wisdom to Mr. Squirrel and the other animals and help them have a better life, as legend has it? In fact, the king tells the animals his only and most important rule of life. But as it turns out, it’s anything but royal…

In a Small Kingdom by Tomie DePaola

This folkloric picture book tells the story of a magical robe that goes missing, and the kingdom that hangs in the balance

King Alice written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

A young girl wakes her father by informing him that she is King Alice, then draws him and other family members into her imaginative activities, from writing a book to a sleepover with fairies.

I Want my Dad! Written and illustrated by Tony Ross

When the Little Princess discovers that her dad, the King, is not as adventurous as the other dads, she decides to give some fun activities a try without him and realizes she is more like her father than she thought.

Kings of the Castle by Victoria Turnbull

George wants to build a sand castle that would turn any monster green, but when he meets the strangest creature he has ever seen, the night takes an unexpected turn.

His Royal Highness, King Baby: a terrible true story by Sally Lloyd-Jones

On one horrible day, a new ruler is born into a young princess’s family: a ruler she dubs His Royal Highness, King Baby. This small interloper is so smelly. He is so noisy. And all the talk in the Land is about him (Such a nice burp! Oh, what a lovely poo-poo!), nonstop, ALL THE TIME! Has there ever been such an era of wicked rule?

Buoyancy and density science for kids: King Arthur’s sword: http://www.theusualmayhem.com/2016/01/buoyancy-and-density-science-for-kids-king-arthurs-sword/

Castle lap book: http://littlewhiteschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2008/11/castle-lap-book.html?m=1

Imagine Your Story: Knights!

The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight by Jennifer L. Holm

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn’t much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems?

The Knight Who Said “No!” by Lucy Rowland

Ned the knight always does exactly what he is told, but when a dragon swoops into town, he decides for the first time to say “no.”

The Wall in the Middle of the Book written and illustrated by Jon Agee

A knight who feels secure on his side of the wall that divides his book discovers that his side is not as safe as he thought, and the other side is not as threatening.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other’s embrace after fighting a dragon together.

Brianna Bright, Ballerina Knight written by Pam Calvert and illustrated by Liana Hee

When Princess Brianna Bright’s dreams of becoming a ballerina seem doomed, she knows it’s time to find out exactly what it is she’s destined to do. Discovering her true talent won’t be easy–but Brianna won’t give up, especially not with her trusty dog, Pixie, at her side!

The Sword in the Stove written and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer

A quirky picture book in the spirit of Monty Python about two bumbling knights who keep finding objects in a stove (a sword, a shield, a helmet) … objects that ominously belong to their missing friend Harold.

The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

Ordered by his parents to tame a dragon, a gentle knight who prefers reading to fighting arms himself with a book.

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm

The Knight can’t wait for her first camping trip. She and her horse Edward pack everything they need–including her beloved Teddy–and head out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found. Instructions for drawing the Knight, horse, rabbit, and bear on lining papers and pages after/before them.

Ogres Awake! By James Sturm

The knight and her horse, Edward, have made a startling discovery: there are three huge ogres asleep at her doorstep! When they wake up, the kingdom is in big trouble! The knight, Edward, and some garden gnomes fight back, not with swords and shields, but with potato peelers and spoons. It turns out that ogres are pretty friendly when they have full stomachs! The endpapers provide quick drawing lessons for the knight, Edward, the gnomes, and the ogres.

The Making of a Knight: how Sir James earned his armor by Patrick O’Brien

Traces James’s journey during the Middle Ages in England from inexperienced page at the age of seven to knighthood at the age of twenty-one.

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie DePaola

What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it’s no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor’s things to find out how to fight a knight!

Nonfiction

Knights and Castles by Rupert Matthews

From armor to jousting, Knights and Castles covers everything there is to know about knights and medieval castles.

Knights and Castles takes an up-close look at the history of knights, their chivalrous code, the battles they fought, and more. Learn about the heroic actions of famous knights, including El Cid and Sir John Hawkwood, and the monks who took up arms to protect pilgrims.

International Heraldry & Heralds – shield shapes and information: http://www.internationalheraldry.com/

Stick bow and arrow craft for Kids: https://artsycraftsymom.com/stick-bow-and-arrow/

Cardboard swords: http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/11/we-have-weapons.html

Popsicle stick catapult: http://www.sylvanlearning.com/blog/index.php/critical-thinking-with-a-catapult/

Exploring Nature

Mae the Mayfly by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Soon after Mae the mayfly hatches she is nearly eaten by a trout, sending her into hiding, but knowing she has only one day to enjoy the world gives her courage to venture out again.

Nesting by Henry Cole

Two robins build a nest together and raise their chicks, navigating a year of changing seasons and serpentine predators.

Green on Green by Dianne White

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text highlight the animals, fruits, feelings, and colors that characterize each season of the year.

Outside In by Deborah Underwood

Illustrations and easy-to-read text reveal ways nature affects our everyday lives, such as providing food and clothing, and showing when to go to bed and when to get up.

Southwest Sunrise by Nikki Grimes

Jayden expects to see nothing but brown his first morning in New Mexico, but after being surprised by colorful rocks, flowers, birds, and animals, he wonders if this place could become home.

In Paris, Lenny has trouble starting to compose his symphony until he discovers that there is music all around him in everyday life.

On My Mountain by François Aubineau

Both the shepherd and the wolf live on the mountain. They love their home and want to feel safe there. This book tells the same story, in identical words, from both the wolf’s perspective and that of the shepherd. Read the wolf’s story then flip it over and read the shepherd’s story and see the landscape that each of them sees. A good reminder of how humans should behave in the wild and on this earth that we share.

A Stone Sat Still written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Told in rhyming verse, a stone is considered from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives, as it sits where it is, surrounded by grass, dirt, and water, an unchanging certainty in the world.

The Hike written and illustrated by Alison Farrell

Three friends set out on a day hike to explore their local forest, intending to climb to the top of the hill, where they will plant a flag, read a poem, and release feathers into the wind.

At The Pond written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério

On a dull gray day, a boy puts his dog on a leash and they walk to a shimmering pond where snowy white swans swim freely. One of the swans invites the boy and dog for a ride. They climb on its back and sail into a stunningly beautiful landscape, dotted with wildflowers, spoonbills and ibises. Foxes, rabbits and deer appear in this paradise, then butterflies and even bigger, more beautiful flowers. Geraldo Valério, a master of wordless picture books, explores the nature of true friendship and love in his newest creation.

My Mindful Walk with Grandma by Sheri Mabry

When a girl walks through the woods with her Grandma, she is so excited about their destination that she misses out on what is around her, but with Grandma’s help, she learns how to breathe, be peaceful, and find herself in nature.

Nature Scavenger Hunt: https://www.mrsmerry.com/free-nature-scavenger-hunt-printable/

Nature I Spy tray https://busytoddler.com/2016/05/nature-i-spy-with-toddlers/

Outdoor Sticky Nature Mural: https://www.icanteachmychild.com/outdoor-sticky-mural-for-toddlers/

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