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Airplanes and Airports

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

An exploratory journey through the airport.

Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells

When Yoko gets lost in the airport, she uses her sign-reading skills to find her way back to her mama.

Flight 1-2-3 by Maria Van Lieshout

A boy counts his way through the airport and onto the plane as it flies towards its destination.

Richard Scarry’s A day at the airport by Richard Scarry

Rudolf Von Flugel takes Huckle, Sally, and Lowly on a tour of the airport.

Five Trucks by Brian Floca

Five different trucks do five different jobs to get an airplane ready for takeoff.

All Kinds of Planes by Carl Johanson

This partly true, partly fictitious book from the wonderfully wacky mind of Swedish illustrator Carl Johanson is a fantastic collection of planes and other zany forms of air transportation.

How to Eat an Airplane by Peter Pearson

Provides instructions for hosting a dinner party, following proper etiquette, at which one serves an airplane, beginning with the cockpit instruments and ending with the tail section. Includes facts about the various parts and how they function.

Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage

Little Plane learns to write by practicing his skywriting.

Airplanes Take Off and Land by Patrick T. McBriarty

Experience a day in the life of Pilot Stacey and her nephew Little Harry as they take a flight aboard Crow-Flies Airline flight #6. You will learn, along with Little Harry, all about the inner workings of the airplane, and the many individual steps every pilot goes through before taking off and landing.

Planes fly! By George Ella Lyon

Illustrations and easy-to-read rhyming text celebrate different kinds of planes, their instruments, what they carry, and what it is like to go for a flight.

Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton

Rhyming text introduces air travel, from the airport to the flight deck, with information about how planes fly, safety rules, in-flight entertainment, and air traffic control.

Straw and paper airplane: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-straw-and-paper-airplanes

Paper helicopter template and instructions: https://therapyfunzone.net/blog/paper-helicopter/

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Into the Woods!

A Walk Through the Woods by Louise Greig

Step into a woodland wonder, where the secrets of the whispering forest unfold in an enchanting papercut world.

The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko

Woodland animals camp in a human house for a weeklong vacation while the family that lives there is away.

Vernon is on His Way : Small Stories by Philip Christian Stead

Today is a very nice day. There has never been a day so nice as this, except for maybe yesterday. Join Vernon and his friends Skunk and Porcupine on a series of three enchanting adventures entitled Waiting, Fishing, and Gardening, as they comb the forest floor for trinkets and go fishing in their own unconventional way.

Surprise! By Caroline Hadilaksono

Bear, Raccoon, and Squirrel are good friends, and when some city folks visit their woods they plan to throw a welcome party with snacks and entertainment–but when Bear returns with the party hats the humans are suddenly in a hurry to leave.

The Tea Party in the woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

As Kikko goes through the woods to bring a pie to her grandmother, she happens upon a home full of animals and joins their tea party.

Forest, What Would You Like? By Irene O’Garden

A forest details the things that would make it happy such as sun, flowers, trees, water, animals, and children rambling, climbing, and playing.

My Forest is Green by Darren Lebeuf

With art supplies in tow, a young artist explores the wonders of his urban forest during all four seasons. Using a variety of artistic mediums, the boy creatively depicts the smaller parts of the forest that make up the larger whole.

The gold leaf by Kirsten Hall

When the forest animals find a gold leaf, they fight about who gets to have it.

You’re Safe with Me by Chitra Soundar

The baby animals of the Indian forest can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant’s words of wisdom can reassure them, “You’re safe with me.”

All Ears, All Eyes by Richard Jackson

As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.

The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol

The Little Guys might be small, but they aim to be mighty. As they head off to find breakfast, they can conquer anything through teamwork—cross deep waters, dig through obstacles, and climb the tallest trees. Nothing can stop them! But as they begin to amass more than they need, the creatures in the forest ponder—what happens when no one can stop the Little Guys?

Bear’s Book by Claire Freedman

When Bear’s favorite book of stories falls apart, he is determined to write one of his own. He ventures into the forest for inspiration, but writing is harder than he thinks, and he soon discovers that he needs help from his friends. See how Bear transforms their day into a wonderful adventure in this story about creativity and friendship.

Nature self portrait: http:// https://happyhooligans.ca/nature-faces/

Nature paint brushes: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2015/07/stick-craft-nature-paintbrushes.html

Twig boat craft: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/twig-boat-craft/

Swimmers Swimming!

No Swimming for Nelly by Valeri Gorbachev

Nelly loves to wear her swimsuit but the thought of swimming scares her, that is until Grandma, who just so happens to be a swimming champion, helps Nelly realize she has nothing to fear.

Saturday is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum

Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday one little girl has a stomachache. When she gets to the pool it’s loud, the floor is wet and slippery, and her swim cap is too tight. Her swimming instructor, Mary, says it’s OK to sit by the edge if she doesn’t want to get in the water this week. The next Saturday the girl has a stomachache again, but with Mary’s gentle encouragement, she eventually manages to make it into the pool to practice her kicks.

I’m a Duck by Eve Bunting

One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. “You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink,” Big Frog points out.

Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe

Nate, who loves sharks, cannot swim, but with his brother’s prodding, a good coach, and a lot of determination he learns to swim like a shark. Includes facts about sharks.

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back.

Can I tell You a Secret? By Anna Kang

Monty the frog has a secret he wants to share with you–he cannot swim!

Puppy Pool Party! : an underwater dogs adventure by Seth Casteel

Photographs and simple, rhyming text reveal what goes on beneath the surface at the puppy pool party.

Pool by Chi-hyŏn Yi

In this wordless book, two shy children meet at a noisy pool and dive beneath the crowd into a magical undersea land, where they explore a fantastical landscape and meet various creatures.

Don’t Splash the Sasquatch! By Kent Redeker

Señor Sasquatch wants to relax beside Mr. Blobule’s pool without getting wet, but he is thoroughly splashed by the other guests, who then pitch in to dry his “squizzlefied” fur.

Abigail the Whale by  Davide Cali

Abigail dreads swimming lessons. Every time she dives into the pool, she makes a big splash, and all the girls in her class shout: Abigail’s a whale! Abigail can see that she is larger than the other girls. She feels huge, heavy, and out of place. Abigail’s swimming teacher takes her aside and points out: we can change how we see ourselves.

Dino-swimming by Lisa Wheeler

Plant-eating dinosaurs compete against meat-eating dinosaurs at a swimming meet.

Heather Fell in the Water by Doug MacLeod

Heather was a little girl…who always fell in the water. She didn’t mean to do it. She didn’t enjoy it. But she fell in the water nearly every day, and so her parents made her wear water wings all the time. Find out how Heather overcomes her fear in this warm and funny story from a much-loved team.

Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins

Splish-splash! Maisy’s going to a swimming lesson!

What absorbs water and what does not: simple water science for kids https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/preschool-water-science-experiment/

Sink or float experiment: https://laughingkidslearn.com/sink-or-float-experiment-with-nature

Outdoor foil river: https://frugalfun4boys.com/tin-foil-river-outdoor-water-play/

Mini ice boat racing: http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2015/06/ice-boat-racing-for-toddlers.html

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/

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

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