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Ocean Life

Hello, My Name is: How Adorabilis Got His Name by Marisa Polansky

A new creature is added to the deep-sea tank, but what will they call this flapjack octopus? Includes an author’s note on Adorabilis and its name.

The Fish and the Cat by Marianne Dubuc

A playful cat, a courageous fish… Where will their adventures take them?

Aquarium by Cynthia Alonso

In this wordless picture book, a little girl learns about love, nature, and the transformative power of letting go when a little fish leaps into her life.

Prince and Pirate by Charlotte Gunnufson

When a pirate fish and a prince fish are dropped into the same fish tank, it doesn’t seem like they’ll ever get along–until the arrival of a third fish inspires them to cooperate.

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike by Cynthia Rylant

Five guppies love their life in a little girl’s fish tank until some new additions shake things up.

The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip Stead

Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue little Ellsworth, the goldfish Amy Scott received for her birthday and threw right into the ocean.

Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds

A sea monkey who is afraid of sinking and a pufferfish afraid of floating to the surface conquer their fears by sticking together.

Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Three goldfish live in a small bowl, in an apartment building, in the middle of a big city, until one summer they get to go on vacation–in a fountain, with lily pads, and reeds, and other neighborhood goldfish. Based on a true story that happened in New York City on Riverside Drive and 76th Street at the Hamilton Fountain over the summers of 1992 to 2005.

The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein

Abelardo defies his father’s instructions and sets out to free a whale caught in their tangled fishing net.

Barnacle is Bored by Johnathan Fenske

Barnacle is bored by the monotony of the tides, and envies the fish who swim freely–until an eel comes along.

Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen

An octopus gets a big surprise when he chooses to pick on a tiny fish in the ocean

The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien

This true (clever) story about the (misunderstood) Blobfish is sure to make you smile. Full of fun facts about sea creatures in the deepest reaches of the ocean, this book is perfect for any science lover.

Making squishy fishy aquariums in preschool: https://teachpreschool.org/2011/10/24/making-squishy-fishy-aquariums-in-preschool/

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Wonderful World of Water!

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:

Omnivore, Herbivore, or Carnivore ?

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

Spring Seeds

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature.

Seed Magic by Natalie McKinnon

How can a tiny handful of seeds become a whole mountain of seeds? Seed Magic, that’s how! In this simple story of friendship, Little Spider teaches her friend Anxious Ant about the life cycle of plants, showing nature will provide all we need if we are not greedy.

Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E Hirsch

Describes some ways in which plants can move, from sunflowers turning towards sunlight and vines creeping up a fence to tulips folding in at night and maple seeds whirling like helicopters in the wind.

What Will Grow by Jennifer Ward

Seeds can be big and small, round and pointy, and all sorts of colors. But they all have one thing in common–inside waits a new plant life, waiting to emerge! This lush journey through an entire year follows seeds that bloom in the very beginning of spring, all the way through ones that sprout in winter.

Pandora by Victoria Turnbull

Pandora the fox lives alone in a junk yard. She’s depressed and has no contact with the outside world. Then, she rescues a blue bird. As she nurses him back to health, the bird collects seeds and trinkets for her. One day, the bird grows strong enough to fly away, but the garden seeds he brought begin to transform Pandora’s landscape.

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

Rooting for You : (a moving up story) by Susan Hood

A seed, afraid but bored in the dark soil, decides to put out one little root, then one little shoot, before learning that there are plenty of friends around for encouragement.

Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell

Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants. Even flowers!

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

A simple description of a flowering plant’s life cycle through the seasons.

Comparing and sorting seeds: https://www.howweelearn.com/seed-activity-kids-gardening/

Giant sunflower craft: https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/04/in-the-garden.html

Springtime

Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber

Sophie listens and watches for the signs of spring–the melting ice, the blue sky–until one day the raindrops come and spring is here.

Hello Spring! by Shelley Rotner

Presents a lyrical celebration of the arrival of spring, which is marked by changes in plant and animal life.


Bloom by Deborah Diesen

A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.

Good Morning, Grizzle Grump! by Aaron Blecha

Winter is over! Spring has sprung! Grizzle Grump has just woken up from his long winter slumber. His big bear belly is quite rumbly. So he sets off with his trusty squirrel sidekick in search of a springtime snack.

What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward

Seeds can be big and small, round and pointy, and all sorts of colors. But they all have one thing in common–inside waits a new plant life, waiting to emerge! This lush journey through an entire year follows seeds that bloom in the very beginning of spring, all the way through ones that sprout in winter.

Shake a Leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus

It’s springtime, and the pond is bursting with new life. There are beaver pups, heron hatchlings, and lots and lots of ducklings. Everyone is out and about, swimming, flapping, chirping, and quacking–except for one family of geese.

Abracadabra! It’s Spring! By Anne Sibley O’Brien

Winter turns to spring in this lyrical book that celebrates the magic of nature and the changing seasons. Eleven gatefolds open to recreate the excitement and surprise of spring’s arrival.

Finding Spring by Carin Berger

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

Crinkle, Crackle, Crack : it’s Spring! By Marion Dane Bauer

Invites the reader to join a bear and other woodland animals on a cold, moonlit walk to investigate strange noises and observe the arrival of spring.

Chromatography Butterfly Craft:https://buggyandbuddy.com/chromatography-butterflies-separating-colors-in-markers/

Rain Cloud in a Jar activity: https://funlearningforkids.com/rain-cloud-jar-science-experiment/

Human sized bird’s nest: https://mothernatured.com/animal-craft-ideas/make-a-bird-nest-using-recycled-materials/

A Universe of Stories: The Sun

How the Sun got to Coco’s House written and illustrated by Bob Graham

The sun makes its journey across the world to Coco’s house to wake her up and follow her through another day.

The Night World written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go into the darkness very late at night, where they are greeted by the shadows of roses and other flowers, and by nocturnal animals who whisper, “it’s almost here.”

Moonbear’s Sunrise by Frank Asch

 When Bear tries to see the sunrise but always oversleeps, Little Bird makes a suggestion.

Sun written and illustrated by Sam Usher

It’s the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It’s just the right kind of day for a boy and his grandad to go for a picnic.

Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven

 During a horrible, snowy storm, a baker bakes sun bread, which cheers up the whole town and even coaxes the real sun to come out.

Greetings, Sun by Phillis Gershator

Throughout the day, children greet the sun, the breeze, their breakfasts, their school, and all the other large and small sights which they encounter.

Sun Song by Jean Marzollo

Animals and plants respond to the sun’s changing light over the course of a single day.

Hello, Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds

A young girl and her cat must change clothes many times as the weather goes from sunny to cloudy to rainy to snowy.

Painted paper plate sundial: https://www.funlittles.com/kids-crafts-homemade-sun-dial/

Sun in a bottle: http://fumblingthroughparenthood.blogspot.com/2011/07/sun-in-bottle.html?showComment=1311569822861#c668124889966383480

What melts in the sun experiment: https://frugalfun4boys.com/simple-science-experiment-for-kids-what-melts-in-the-sun/

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