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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/

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/

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.

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/

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/

A Universe of Stories – Space Travel

Zelda’s Big Adventure by Marie Alafaci

Zelda, determined to be the first chicken in space, carries on with her plans to build a spaceship, complete her training, and design experiments, even if her friends do not want to help.

Tiny Little Rocket by Richard Collingridge

5 4 3 2 1… BLAST OFF! There’s a tiny little rocket that will take you to the stars, It only flies there once a year, but zips you out past Mars… Jump in for a journey that is out of this world!

Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna, illustrated by Tad Carpenter

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.

Mabel and Sam at Home by Linda Urban, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Mabel and her younger brother Sam approach their new home and the trauma of moving by turning it into an adventure, imagining they are sailors approaching a new land, tour guides exploring a museum, and finally astronauts in space.

Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan

An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?

Where is the Rocket? By Harriet Ziefert

Illustrations and spare text take the reader on a journey in perspective that follows a rocket’s travels from a child’s bedroom to outer space and home again, emphasizing such concepts as near and far, above and below, middle, front, and back.

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

Young Chris loves pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, he’s afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Earth Space Moon Base by  Ben Joel Price

An unlikely trio lands on a planet and keeps the inhabitants at bay using bananas.

Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats

With the help of his imagination, his parents, and a few scraps of junk, Louie and his friends build a spaceship and travel through outer space.

Nonfiction books

If you Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty

The text allows the reader to participate in every aspect of the journey, from packing (“don’t forget your diary and plenty of food”) to liftoff (at first you’ll feel heavy; don’t worry”) to traveling through space (where “the moon glows like a pearl in the black, black sky”). The reader lands at the Sea of Tranquility, the site of the first lunar landing.

The SpaceAdventurer’s Guide : your passport to the coolest things to see and do in the universe by Peter McMahon

A guide to space travel describes how to prepare and the different trips a person could make, the steps that each trip would involve, and some things to do at each destination.

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Meghan McCarthy blasts readers off to astronaut school in her new, young, nonfiction picture book. Take a ride on the “Vomit Comet” and learn how it feels to be weightless. Have your measurements taken–100 to be exact–for your very own space suit.

50 Things You Should Know about Space by Raman K. Prinja

From constellations to space shuttles, Space is as endlessly fascinating as the universe itself. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about space missions colliding galaxies, light years, solar eclipses, the surface of the Sun and much, much more in this exciting title.

Astronaut glove box activity: https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/diy-astronaut-glove-box/

Cardboard roll rocket: https://rainydaymum.co.uk/blast-off-tp-roll-rocket/

Space theme play mat: https://funlearningforkids.com/space-scene-play-mat/

Animals in Winter

Animals in Winter Martha E. H. Rustad

Snow falls, animals hibernate, and people bundle up, it’s winter! Check out all the changes that come with longer nights and colder temperatures.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

A fox wonders how he should prepare for the coming winter, but what other animals advise will not work for him until another fox comes to his aid.

Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Edwards

Copycub, who imitates everything that his mother bear does, follows her to their den when winter comes and snow begins to fall.

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. “There’s room for two–I’m sure we’ll fit.” The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full.

Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

One cold morning, a lonely boy wishes for something to do. Then someone comes to play who knows what winter is all about.

Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

Before curling up with his mother in their cozy den, Baby Bear counts other animals preparing for winter.

Hibernating bear craft: /http://ttcrafts.com/bear-craft-for-preschoolers/

Build a cave engineering activity: https://kidssteamlab.com/preschool-engineering-activity-for-kids/

Winter adaptations guide: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/3643/files/2013/09/Winter-Adaptations-I-168fn9g.pdf

 

Wind and Rain

Wind by Marion Dane Bauer

Easy to understand explanation of wind and how it works.

I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton

Explanations of wind including activities within the book to help children engage with the concepts.

The Wind by Monique Felix

Fun wordless book about a mouse who sees flying things in the sky. He builds a pinwheel out of the paper in the book so he can fly as well.

Willa and the Wind retold by Janice M. Del Negro and illustrated by Heather Solomon.

This is an original story based on a Norwegian Folktale. A beautifully illustrated picture book about a girl who goes to visit the Wind and gets priceless gifts each time she visits.

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins

The wind blew, and blew, and blew It blew so hard, it took everything with it: Mr. White’s umbrella, Priscilla’s balloon, the twins’ scarves, even the wig on the judge’s head. But just when the wind was about to carry everything out to sea, it changed its mind.

Splish, Splash, Ducky! By Lucy Cousins

Quack, quack, quack! Ducky Duckling loves playing outside in the rain. He hops with frog, squirms with wriggly worm and splashes with the fishes.

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette is a little cloud who is looking to do something big. She discovers new friends, new adventures, and her own silver lining.

Cloudette bookmark coloring activity here : https://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/images/activity_guides/BookmarkLichtenheld.pdf

The Rain Came Down

Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon captures the mayhem after an unexpected rainstorm.

Drip painting activity https://inspirationlaboratories.com/the-rain-came-down-drip-painting/

Wind activities: http://keepinglifecreative.com/creative-learning/the-windy-day-book-of-week

Libraries Rock: All About Sound

Sound by Peter Riley

How does it work? This book explores frequencies, pitch, and volume including how sound travels, the anatomy of an ear, and what makes an echo. Readers are encouraged to follow the examples and engage in scientific exploration.

Contents:

What’s that sound; classifying sounds ; loud, quiet, long, short, high pitch, low pitch

How is sound made; stretch a rubber band around a plastic box and pluck it with your finger

Seeing sounds: use a rope tied to a door handle to see the waves when you shake it.

Sounds near and far

Loud sounds, quiet sounds: the decibel scale

Pitch: slow and quick vibrations, low and high frequency

Rubber bands and strings

Wind instruments

Speed of sound

Sounds in solids and liquids; table test, balloon test

Sound insulation

Ears

Sound by Darlene Lauw

  • Sound energy – wrap plastic over speakers and watch sand jump
  • Transmission of sound, ear on the table, spy telephone (cup with string)
  • The speed of sound
  • Hearing sound artificial ear experiment with paper plate and cup
  • Playing with sound waves – collecting them with an umbrella, reflecting sound waves cardboard tubes
  • Qualities of sound
  • Fun with music – make a panpipe with 10 straws

 

Awesome Experiments in Light & Sound by Michael DiSpezio, illustrated by Catherine Leary

Investigates the different sounds of a vibrating ruler, producing sound with a blade of grass, and a variety of experiments with straws.

Sounds All Around by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Holly Keller.

Easy to understand nonfiction book that preschoolers will enjoy. Sound activities included at the end of the book such as making a guitar out of tissue box and rubber bands, musical glasses and the sounds matching game.

Big Book of Building by Marne Ventura includes instructions for a Groovy Guitar made with cardboard, rubber bands and other recycled items. The book also gives instructions on how to make Hot Beats Bongo Drums from oatmeal containers and duct tape.

The Science of Sound: Projects and Experiments with Music and Sound Waves by Steve Parker

Includes these topics: What is sound? — Sounds underwater — Quiet…or…LOUD! — High or low — Hearing sounds — Where’s that sound? — Speed of sound — Bouncing sound — Making sounds — Soaking up sound — Sound along a line — Recorded sound — Sound history.

Light, sound, and waves science fair projects : using sunglasses, guitars, CDs, and other stuff by Robert Gardner

Why can dogs hear sounds that humans cannot? Why does a flame give off light? How does a mirror work? In this book of experiments, readers learn how to explore the world of light and sound, with additional ideas for science fair projects.

Sound and light by Jack Challoner

White light and color, recording sound and light, and the light-bending properties of mirrors, prisms, and lenses are all explored in 40 hands-on, fascinating experiments.

Sound activities for preschoolers:

Water whistles with straws

http://www.mybaba.com/water-whistle-experiment/

Underwater sound experiment for kids

http://www.stillplayingschool.com/2015/04/sound-under-water-experiment-kids.html?m=1

Bowls with plastic wrap vibration experiment with sugar:

https://www.mymundaneandmiraculouslife.com/sound-experiments-preschoolers/

Exploring sound with a hanger and string

https://buggyandbuddy.com/exploring-sound-with-a-hanger-science-invitation-saturday/

Easy music science ideas

http://www.science-sparks.com/how-can-you-see-sound/

All About Bugs

Bugs by Rosie Dickins

Learn all about bugs in this nonfiction children’s book with detailed colorful photographs. Topics covered include: what is a bug, bug bodies, senses, on the move, bugs and plants, hunting for food, in disguise, finding a mate, baby bugs, living together, in the ground, underwater, true bugs, beetles, butterflies and moths, flies, ants, bees and wasps, spiders, bad bugs, helpful bugs, amazing facts, using the internet and index. It also has descriptions of Web sites specially chosen to take you further into the subject in a fun and informative way. You can find links to the sites on the Usborne Quicklinks Web site at https://www.usborne.com/quicklinks

 

 

Bugs and Bugsicles by Amy S. Hansen, illustrated by Robert C. Cray

Where do bugs go in the winter? Some die, laying eggs to hatch in the spring. Others do different things, like ladybugs that huddle together for warmth, monarch butterflies that migrate all the way to Mexico, and woolly bear caterpillars who actually freeze and spend the winter as bugsicles.

Insects do amazing things with this part of their anatomy. Discover the different ways insects use their butts to avoid predators. Spittlebugs blow bubbles from their butts and hide under them, while some caterpillars shoot their poop far from their bodies to throw poop-searching wasps off their trail. Ants and beetles spray acid from their butts into the faces of predators, while some caterpillars and larvae build hide-outs with their poop to keep predators away.

Bug Zoo by Nick Baker

This nonfiction is a great book to use as a resource capturing, keeping and caring for insects found in your backyard.

Super Bugs by Michelle Meadows and illustrated by Bill Mayer

Fun rhyming picture book that includes ants, beetles, bumblebees, butterflies, caterpillars, cicadas, cockroaches, crickets, daddy longlegs, dragonflies, fireflies, fleas, grasshoppers, houseflies, mosquitoes, moths, spiders, stinkbugs, and termites.

Other insect themed picture books:

I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd

Anna Aphid by Christine Goppel

Step by Step by Diane Wolkstein

Insect activities for preschoolers:

Insect identification: https://www.insectidentification.org/

Create insects out of felt pieces here:

https://www.teach-me-mommy.com/build-a-bug-busy-box/

Printable backyard insect chart here: https://entfdn.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/enlist_lesson_1_of_4_-_order_chart.pdf

Scholastic activities: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bugs/

Create your own super bug: http://www.mylearning.org/minibeasts/interactive-intro/4-77/

Bug bingo game: http://www.jemome.com/p-printable-insect-cards-899811/

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