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A Universe of Stories – Robots

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, need to build a sandcastle before summer vacation is over, and they’re going to do it using code.

Robot in Love by T. L. McBeth

A shy robot falls in love and works up the courage to speak to its crush.

Love, Z by Jessie Sima

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, “Love, Beatrice” and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

Little Robot Alone by Patricia MacLachlan

When Little Robot finds a creative solution to his loneliness he gets straight to work on shaping the perfect companion out of metal, and affectionately names him Little Dog.

Brobot Bedtime by Supdipta Bardhan-Quallen,

Bedtime for young robots means recharging and entering sleep mode, but when Beep has trouble powering down, can his brothers help?

Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna

All of the bots in Botsburg are powering down for the night … but Bitty Bot isn’t tired! Bitty decides to build a rocket and go on a space adventure instead of going to sleep.

Spare Parts by Rebecca Emberley

While searching for a replacement heart at the Spare Parts Mart, a lonely robot finds a friend.

Tin by Chris Judge

A metal boy named Tin is looking after his little sister Nickel one afternoon when she grabs hold of a balloon and floats away. Tin and his dog Zinc set off in hot pursuit as she floats towards the big city. Can they rescue Nickel before she goes too far?

Cookiebot! : a Harry and Horsie Adventure by Katie VanCamp

When Harry and his best friend Horsie build a robot that can reach the cookie jar for them, it goes out of control and wreaks havoc around the city.

Nonfiction:

Robots by Cody Crane

Learn all about robots, from how they are designed and built to which exciting new kinds of robots you might see in the future.

Robots by Nathan Lepora

Explores how robots function and are made, looking at their computing components and how engineers design them with specific capabilities.

Magnetic Robot Art with Tin Cans: https://fun-a-day.com/magnetic-robot-art-with-tin-cans/

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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.

Garden Discovery


The Children’s Garden : Growing Food in the City by Carole Lexa Schaefer

 Youngsters explore the sights, smells, sensations, and tastes of growing their own food in a community garden. Story based on the Children’s Garden in Seattle.

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root

All it takes for an anywhere farm is one farmer, plus soil and sunshine, some water, and a seed.

Florette by Anna Walker

When Mae’s family moves from the country to the city, she is sad to leave behind her beloved backyard garden but before long, she finds a way to start a new garden.

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.

Snail has Lunch by Mary Peterson

When Snail’s bucket home is turned over, a ladybug takes him on a journey through the vegetable garden, discovering delicious new foods while encountering new animals.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

Up in the garden, the world is full of green–leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home.

Square Cat ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker

Eula, the square cat, grows many vegetables in her garden but cannot be persuaded to like spinach.

A Year in Our New Garden by Gerda Muller

Join Anna and Benjamin as, with a little help from their neighbor, they spend a year learning about all the wonderful things you can do in a garden: planting, harvesting, playing, enjoying picnics and spotting wildlife.

Sticky Window flower garden:https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/03/sticky-window-flower-garden.html

Coffee Filter Art Flowers: https://fun-a-day.com/coffee-filter-art-flowers/

Let’s Dance!

PAR-TAY! : Dance of the Veggies (and their friends) by Eloise Greenfield

When a family leaves the house for an outing, the vegetables have a house party.

This is It by Daria Peoples-Riley

A young dancer finds confidence in herself in this picture book about dance, individuality, and self expression.

Peddles by Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Peddles is a pig with big ideas–he wants to be a dancer.

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif

Frances Dean loves to dance. She feels the wind and she dances. She hears singing birds and she dances. In her every waking moment, she is inspired to move. But as soon as anyone is around, Frances Dean’s knees begin to tremble, butterflies start to flutter in her tummy, and she forgets how to dance.

Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird

Six-year-old Lexy Tanz loves dancing so much that she wants to share her skills with others, and when she is becoming discouraged because no one wants lessons from a girl so small, a herd of hairy giants arrives to test her teaching ability.

Hip-hop Lollipop by Susan McElroy Montanari

Follow a little girl as she moves, swings, and grooves her way through her bedtime routine, dancing all the while, until she finally closes her eyes and dances through her dreams.

The Nuts : Sing and Dance in your Polka-dot Pants by Eric Litwin

Hazel Nut wants to sing and dance, but Mama, Papa, and Wally Nut are too busy, so Hazel calls in a special family member to get everyone moving.

Zoogie Boogie Fever! : an animal dance book by Sujean Rim

What do the animals at the zoo do when the gates close at night? They boogie until dawn!

Cockatoo, too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Who can can-can? Find out in this hilarious book that features cockatoos, two more cockatoos, and tutued toucans too!

Sock Monkey Boogie-woogie by Cece Bell

Sock Monkey, the famous toy actor, tries to find a dance partner for the Big Celebrity Dance.

So Slow Sloths

Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker

Sloth is a sloooooow creature. She’s supposed to be going to the Zzzzzoo, but is mistakenly delivered to the ZOOM!

 A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage.

Snoozefest at the Nuzzledome by Samantha Berger

Snuggleford Cuddlebun, the sleepiest sloth in all of Snoozeville, attends the annual Snoozefest, where she gets free pajamas and other gifts, listens to bands and haiku, and, mostly, sleeps.

Sparky! by Jenny Offill

 A child takes a sloth named Sparky as a pet.

Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth. Written and illustrated by Eric Carle

Challenged by the other jungle animals for its seemingly lazy ways, a sloth living in a tree explains the many advantages of his slow and peaceful existence.

Score One for the Sloths by Helen Lester

 Sparky, a new energetic student at a sloth school, saves her lazy classmates when a wild boar from a government agency tries to shut the school down.

Slow Days, Fast Friends by Erik Brooks

Howard the cheetah, who is used to being the fastest animal of all, injures his leg and is befriended by a sloth, who helps him appreciate taking life at a slower pace.

Amy the Red Panda is writing the best story in the world by Colleen A. F. Venable

Amy the Red Panda is trying to tell a story to her best friend, Mervin the Sloth, but the enthusiastic contributions of other animals threaten to spoil it.

Paper plate sloth

http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/sloth-crafts-learning-activities.htmlS

Mother and baby sloth pattern

http://wildolive.blogspot.com/2012/05/pattern-mamas-and-babies.html

Sloth craft

Our Best Friends: Dogs

Sterling, Best Dog Ever written and illustrated by Aidan Cassie

Sterling the dog has always wanted a home. But no home has ever wanted him. So when Sterling sees a sign on the side of the Butlery Cutlery Company advertising free “shipping to homes around the world,” he is determined to become the most terrific fork ever!

Found by Jeff Newman

While Jenn is seeking Prudence, her big, sleek and shiny, black and white dog, she meets and falls in love with Roscoe, a scruffy little golden dog.

Old Hat written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

After buying one outrageous hat after another in an attempt to keep up with the latest fashions set by his teasing animal friends, Harbet the dog learns that true happiness comes from being yourself.

Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Tiny is a small, but very determined dog and right now he smells a big bone buried deep in the earth of the garden–and he is going to get that bone no matter how far down he has to dig.

Floaty by John Himmelman

Mr. Raisin is a bit of a grump. He lives all alone in a little house, and he likes it that way just fine. One day, a mysterious basket appears on Mr. Raisin’s doorstep. When he opens it up, it seems there’s nothing inside… until he notices a floating dog bobbing along his ceiling.

Rescue & Jessica : a Life-changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky

When he is paired with a girl who has lost her legs, Rescue worries that he isn’t up to the task of being her service dog.

A Stone for Sascha written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

A young girl, still reeling from her dog’s death, finds solace while picking up stones on the beach during her family’s vacation.

Ben and the Scaredy-dog by Sarah Ellis

Ben was upset when his friend Peter moved away, but now the new neighbors are moving in across the street and Ben can’t wait to go say hello and make friends. That is, until he notices that this family has a pet dog; and unlike his sister and brother, Ben isn’t so sure around dogs.

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