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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: 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/

Imagine Your Story: Dragons

Fire Truck vs. Dragon by Chris Barton

Friends Fire Truck and Dragon demonstrate what a good team they make at campfires, cookouts, birthday parties, and more, but in unexpected and unimpressive ways.

Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays by Jon Stahl

While two monsters argue over how the story they are telling should go, Dennis, a very hungry dragon, is listening nearby–and he has very definite ideas about how this story should end.

Seagull & Sea Dragon written and illustrated by Sydni Gregg

Seagull flies through the sky and Sea Dragon swims in the ocean, each wondering about the other’s home until they meet and discover their worlds are more similar than they imagined.

Fergal and the Bad Temper written and illustrated by Robert Starling

Fergal the dragon does not like being told what to do. It’s not fair! And when things aren’t fair, Fergal loses his temper and snorts angry fire. He feels sorry afterward, but Fergal just can’t control his outbursts! After one really fiery day, his family and friends offer him some advice to calm down. Can this dragon learn to cool it before a temper tantrum hits? A perfect choice for fiery kids everywhere!

Gondra’s Treasure by Linda Sue Park

Gondra, a little dragon, celebrates her uniqueness while talking with her parents about differences between her father’s homeland in the East, and her mother’s in the West.

Rosie the Dragon and Charlie make Waves by Lauren H. Kerstein

It’s summertime, and you’re invited for a rollicking day at the pool with Charlie and his pet dragon (and best friend!), Rosie. But be careful–swimming with a dragon can be, um, challenging. As Rosie and Charlie blow bubbles (don’t forget your umbrella!), practice flutter kicks (watch out for tidal waves!), and offer shoulder rides (hang on tight!), Rosie proves that dragons make the most fun pets ever. Now if only Charlie can keep Rosie’s attention focused on the rules at the pool and NOT on her gummy snacks (you know, the ones that cause stinky dragon breath!) …Grab your towels and sunscreen and join Rosie and Charlie for a fun-filled summer adventure!

The Night Dragon written and illustrated by Naomi Howarth

Maud isn’t like the other night dragons. She doesn’t breathe fire or cast great gray, sooty clouds over the land to bring nightfall. But when the chance comes, can her friend Mouse help her pluck up the courage to fly?

Liza Jane & the Dragon by Laura Lippman

Liza Jane believed she could find better parents. So she fired her mom and dad and hired the first applicant who came to the door–a dragon. Cool. Dragons like pizza. So does Liza Jane. But this dragon only has one solution to every problem. And it’s NOT cool. In fact, it’s pretty HOT.

Sir Tim Wants a Dragon by Judith Koppens

Sir Tim wants a pet. Not just any pet. Tim wants a dragon. But the pet shop doesn’t sell dragons. Or do they? A funny book about an enthusiastic boy with a big imagination.

Non fiction

Real-world Dragons by Matt Doeden

Dragons are only myths from stories long ago, right? Not so fast. Dragon legends started somewhere. Explore the world of animals and find out which ones are most like the dragons from your favorite myths.

Dragon Behavior by Matt Doeden

In popular dragon legends, dragons breathe fire and hoard treasures. But many kinds of dragons appear in stories from all over the world. What do these dragons eat? Where do they live? From dragons that fly to dragons that help people, find out what makes each type of dragon unique.

Foaming dragon experiment: https://thejoysofboys.com/foaming-dragon-science-experiment/

Frozen baking soda dragon eggs: https://inspirationlaboratories.com/frozen-baking-soda-dragon-eggs/

Dragon crafts: https://gleefulgrandiva.com/2017/01/11/how-to-make-your-dragon/

Feeling Sick

My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat

When a child wakes up feeling sick, she is treated to a good dose of Mommy Medicine. Her remedy includes a yummy cup of hot chocolate; a cozy, bubble-filled bath time; and unlimited snuggles and cuddles. Mommy Medicine can heal all woes and make any day the BEST day!

Mommy Sayang written and illustrated by Rosana Sullivan

Aleeya, concerned when her beloved mother becomes sick, remembers and returns the promise Mommy has made to her–that she will always be by her side.

Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure by Camille Andros

Charlotte, a budding bunny scientist, ignores the doubters and confidently finds a cure to the mysterious malady affecting the forest.

Wild Honey From the Moon written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel

On a cold winter’s eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son. His head is cold and his feet are hot, and there is only one thing that can cure him: wild honey from the moon. Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey. Instead, she grabs her trusty red umbrella, gives her darling son a kiss, and sets out into the unknown.

The Greedy Goat written and illustrated by Petr Horáček

Goat is tired of eating grass. First she tries the dog’s breakfast washed down with some of the cat’s milk. As Goat becomes more adventurous in her eating, the family notices that things have gone missing– including Goat herself, who begins to feel colorfully unwell.

Another Way to Climb a Tree by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon

When Lulu’s feeling well, she climbs every tree in sight. But when Lulu’s sick, all she has is her imagination and a shadow.

I Feel Sick!: A Little Princess story by Tony Ross

Claiming to be too ill to do chores or go to school, the Little Princess makes a miraculous recovery when a party invitation arrives.

Chik Chak Shabbat by Mara Rockliff

When Goldie gets sick and can’t make the cholent, her neighbors bring dishes they made to share with each other.

Mogie: The Heart of the House by Kathi Appelt

A rambunctious puppy finds a home at the Ronald McDonald House, a place that houses sick children and their families while they undergo treatment.

Taking Care of Mama Rabbit by Anita Lobel

When Mama Rabbit falls ill, her ten little rabbits each tend to her in their own way.

I am a Booger– Treat Me with Respect by Julia Cook

Helps teach children health and hygiene. Boogie the booger teaches the healthy way to blow your nose using a Booger Ghost. Boogie knows that most people think he s gross, and some people even call him a snot. But he doesn’t t feel bad because he does great things! He keeps us from getting sick! He’s a true defender and just asking for a little respect.

My Best Friend is a Germ by Guillaume Bianco

Rebecca is a six-and-a-half-year-old girl who is out of luck and her parents are on the verge of divorce and she is always getting sick due to a weak immune system. One rainy day Rebecca’s luck changes when she meets a magical microbe named Ernest, who becomes her best friend! Ernest is no regular germ–he is about the same height as Rebecca and he can talk. Can Rebecca keep her parents together with the help of her new friend? And can anyone really have a friend who belongs in a Petri dish?

Nonfiction

Fighting Sickness by Joseph Midthun

A graphic nonfiction volume that introduces the human body’s immune response to infectious disease.

Germ blow painting: https://www.simpleeverydaymom.com/germ-blow-painting-art/

Spring has Sprung!

Sun Above and Blooms Below: a Springtime of Opposites by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

A class takes a springtime field trip to a farm to see chicks hatch and discover many opposite things in their surroundings.

Llama Llama Very Busy Springtime! By Anna Dewdney

Spring is here and Llama Llama is excited! To celebrate, he has planned a busy day full of fun. But between helping Nelly Gnu with a big spring playdate and helping Luna Giraffe plan a perfect picnic, has Llama bitten off more than he can chew?

A Friend for Bear by Steve Smallman

Bear is so excited that it’s spring, she forgets to slow down and enjoy every moment until her friend Tortoise reminds her.

Patience, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Galliez

When Spring arrives, Miyuki rouses her grandfather to greet the flowers in their garden, then embarks on a journey seeking pure water to awaken the one flower still sleeping.

Good-bye, Winter! Hello, spring! Written and illustrated by Kazuo Iwamura,

While out exploring Mick, Mack, and Molly take a ride on a fallen log and learn how the snow melts and ends up in the rivers and lakes and eventually in the sky.

Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring by Rebecca Bond

On the first day of spring Pig sets out to have a picnic by the pond, meets Goose, and so discovers a new friend.

You’re Snug with Me by Chitra Sounder

A mother polar bear answers the questions of her two curious cubs about what lies beyond their cozy winter den as they wait for spring to arrive.

Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston

Sakura’s dad gets a new job in America, so she and her parents make the move from their home in Japan. When she arrives in the States, most of all she misses her grandmother and the cherry blossom trees, under which she and her grandmother used to play and picnic. She wonders how she’ll ever feel at home in this new place, with its unfamiliar language and landscape.

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Animals and children alike watch as the world transforms from the dark and dead of winter to a full and blooming spring

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Grow seeds in a jar: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/seed-jar-science-experiment-kids/

Enormous Elephants!

Elmer’s Birthday written and illustrated by David McKee

The elephants decide it’s their turn to play a trick on Elmer: all of the animals must pretend to forget his birthday tomorrow! But when the day comes the trick doesn’t quite go according to plan. The elephants should have listened to Elmer’s friends … A new tale to celebrate Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’s 30th birthday from master-storyteller David McKee, this is the twenty-seventh Elmer storybook!

The Goose Egg written and illustrated by Liz Wong

Henrietta the elephant’s serene life is disrupted when a baby goose comes to stay, but after Goose finally leaves, Henrietta no longer enjoys the quiet.

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham                  

Ten-year-old African American boy wants to welcome the circus elephant named Miss Fancy to her new home in a nearby park, but he is disappointed to see a sign – No Colored Allowed.

A Parade of Elephants written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce such basic concepts as adjectives, adverbs, daytime, and nighttime as they follow five elephants marching from dawn to dusk.

Zola’s Elephant by Randall De Sève

A little girl hesitates to initiate a friendship with her new neighbor Zola because she imagines Zola is busy with another friend–an elephant.

Poe Won’t Go by Kelly DiPucchio

When an elephant plants himself in the road and refuses to move, the people of Persnickety try all sorts of methods to get him to go–but one thoughtful little girl works up the courage to do what no one else has done: ask him.

Let’s Go! Written and illustrated by Sarah Williamson

Beep! beep! colors and sounds collide as Tuski the elephant gets ready for adventure. And there’s room for everyone in Tuski’s red taxi.

Can Somebody Please Scratch my Back? By Jory John

Elephant has a massive itch that no one can scratch, so Elephant is forced to help himself–or so he thinks.

That Fruit is Mine! Written and illustrated by Anuska Allepuz

When five fruit-loving elephants spot a scrumptious hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree, it’s a race to see who can claim it first! But after one too many fumbles, the elephants begin to lose their cool, and the highly coveted fruit is whisked away by the teeny-tiniest of all jungle creatures–mice! The elephants soon realize they have a lot to learn from this cooperative little bunch.

Nonfiction

The Elephant written and illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Elephants have roamed the Earth for millions of years, but only two species remain in the world today: the African elephant and the Asian elephant. Though African and Asian elephants are noticeably different, these enormous, intelligent animals have many similarities, too. Their trunks are powerful enough to pick up even the smallest of berries. With their amazing memories, they find watering holes they haven’t visited in years. Their cushioned feet can detect the powerful footfalls of other elephants from six miles away.

Why do elephants need the sun? by Robert E. Wells

Describes the sun and how it relates to photosynthesis, gravity, nuclear fusion, and weather conditions.

Elephant anatomy: https://elpkidscorner.weebly.com/elephant-anatomy.html

Elephant Paper Plate Craft: https://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2015/09/elephant-paper-plate-craft.html

Foxes

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller written and illustrated by Kate Read

An illustrated counting book in which one famished fox finds five snug eggs but must face three plump hens to get them.

Lawrence in the Fall by Matthew Farina

Lawrence the fox accompanies his father into the forest to collect something to take to his school show-and-tell, and while briefly lost and alone, Lawrence encounters the beauty of nature and finds exactly what he needs.

Fox and the Box written and illustrated by Yvonne Ivinson

A fox sets out across the sea in a floating box on a grand adventure full of endless possibilities.

Sun written and illustrated by Alison Oliver

Sun loves playing soccer but after seeing his brother, Pablo, making art he goes on an adventure with a fox and reconnects with his creative side.

A Fox Found a Box written and illustrated by Ged Adamson

When a little fox finds a radio, he shares the songs and music with his animal friends, but after it goes quiet, the little fox begins to hear the music found in nature.

Hello, Door by Alastair Heim

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a fox as he enters a home and walks through, greeting and taking various objects, until the owners return.

I am Not a Fox by Karina Wolf

When Luca arrives in a city, the dogs tell him he is a fox and not welcome in their park, so he sets out to discover which he is, dog or fox.

Little Fox in the Forest written and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

Watersong by Tim McCanna

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

The Fox and the Wild written and illustrated by Clive McFarland

Fred is a city fox, but the city can be a scary place. It’s noisy, it’s smoky, and it’s often dangerous. One day, Fred sees a flock of birds flying over the rooftops. Where do they go? he wonders. When a bird tells him about the place called the wild, he decides to go in search of it. Will he find the wild? And what will happen if he does?

Nonfiction

Foxes by Laura F. Marsh

Mysterious, cunning, smart, and sleek, foxes are one of kids’ favorite animals. Learn all about this fantastic forest canine! Packed with beautiful and engaging photos, this new leveled reader dives into the amazing world of foxes. Kids will learn all about fascinating foxes, including where they live, how they hunt, and what their families are like.

 

The Secret Life of the Red Fox by Laurence Pringle

The life of a red fox is a mystery to most people. You might catch a glimpse of blazing red fur or hear a far-off bard, but the fox’s daily activities are known to few. Filled with fascinating facts and illuminating details, this nonfiction book invites readers on a yearlong journey with a red fox named Vixen.

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