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Picture Books about Critters from Nature Nearby:


Dragonflies

Dragonflies, Patrick Merrick, The Child’s World, Inc., 1998. A photo-illustrated book about real dragonflies with lots of large, beautiful pictures of everything from dragonfly eyes to wings. 

Dragonfly, Emery Bernhard, Holiday House, 1993. An illustrated, non-fiction picture book about dragonflies that covers everything from what they eat, to their life cycles, to their legends and lore.

One, Two, Three Jump, Penelope Lively, McElderry Books, 1998. Dragonfly, who has eyes that can see front, back, and sideways, helps an unsuspecting frog escape from a variety of dangers as he makes his way to the pond.

Frogs

One, Two, Three Jump, Penelope Lively, McElderry Books, 1998. Dragonfly, who has eyes that can see front, back, and sideways, helps an unsuspecting frog escape from a variety of dangers as he makes his way to the pond.

Over in the Meadow, Ezra Jack Keats, Viking, 1971. In this classic song, all sorts of critters—including turtles, beavers, and frogs—are happy and well in the meadow. Note the words in this version are different from the Langstaff book.

Possum and the Peeper, Anne Hunter, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998. The animals of the forest have all been awakened from their winter sleep by a huge racket...made by a tiny frog! Once they realize what a lovely spring day it is, the friends realize it’s actually pretty nice to be awake after all!

Ducks

Dilly-Dally and the Nine Secrets, Elizabeth MacDonald, Dutton, 1999. All of the animals of the river are terribly curious—what is the secret that is keeping Dilly Dally duck from joining them for a swim? But Dilly Dally is keeping her secrets, all nine of them, well hidden, until they hatch! Nice illustrations of ducks as well as other aquatic animals.

Just Ducky, Kathy Mallat, Walker and Company, 2002. In this short, rhyming picture book, a young duckling who can’t find anyone to play with discovers that he can have lots of fun all by himself.

Mallard Duck at Meadowview Pond, Wendy Pfeiffer, Soundprints, 2001. A young mallard duck grows to maturity under the care of his mother. This nice book provides lots of details about the real mallard duck life cycle using realistic paintings and an appealing story format.

Turtles

Over in the Meadow, Ezra Jack Keats, Viking, 1971. In this classic song, all sorts of critters—including turtles, beavers, and frogs—are happy and well in the meadow. Note the words in this version are different from the Langstaff book. 

Turtle’s Day, Dwight Kuhn and Ron Hirschi, Cobblehill Books, 1994. This very simple picture book with photos of a real eastern box turtle follows a turtle’s day and touches on a variety of things from what turtles eat to how they protect themselves from predators.

Turtle Bay, Saviour Pirotta, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997. A young boy befriends a wise old man who has some wonderful secret friends—sea turtles. The boy and his sister watch with the old man as the adult turtles come from the sea to lay their eyes and the baby turtles hatch and return to the sea

Beavers

Over in the Meadow, Ezra Jack Keats, Viking, 1971. In this classic song, all sorts of critters—including turtles, beavers, and frogs—are happy and well in the meadow. Note the words in this version are different from the Langstaff book.

Squirrels

Those Darn Squirrels: Adam Rubin, 2008. A grumpy old man tries everything to outwit the squirrels that keep raiding his beloved bird feeders in this funny picture book with a sweet ending.

Shoo! Scat! Lois G. Grambling, 2004. A professor goes to great extremes to keep clever Gray Squirrel from stealing his bird seed, but in the end, the two find a way to become friends.

The Busy Little Squirrel: Nancy Tafuri, 2007. All the animals invite squirrel to join them for their fall activities in this short picture story, but squirrel is way too busy getting ready for winter.


Tales of Nature Tunes:

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems , Joyce Sidman, Houton Mifflin, 2005. In addition to lovely poems, this book includes information about the creatures we catch in the ponds at Nearby Nature.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, Paul Fleischman, Harper and Row, 1989. A great book to read aloud with a friend, these bug poems are written for two voices.

Oddhopper Opera: A Bug’s Garden of Verses, Kurt Cyrus, Harcourt Brace, 2001. A book of fun poems about bugs that might live in your garden, by an Oregon author!


Books about Kids and Nature:

Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv.According to Louv, kids are simply not getting enough time outside these days, and are beginning to show signs of “nature deficit disorder.” It’s not too late to change how we raise kids, however, according to Louv, and his book has lots of sound advice. Also see The Nature Principle.

The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places, by Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble.

 

 

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