Do you long to spend days exploring a new environment filled with animals, plants and other things unique to you? Teaching children about habitats not in your daily environment can seem a little overwhelming unless you find some good books for kids to share with them. Reading how animals and plants live in other places around the world can be exciting and eye opening at the same time.
In our area we can explore rivers, forests, prairies and wetlands are the common habitats found in Ohio. We have been known to head to the river to catch frogs or the prairie to watch butterflies. Since the Summer is at it’s peak the prairie flowers should be in full bloom and when the river is low it’s fun to try and catch some insects or fish. Trees are showing their leaves in full glory and can be easy to identify at this time of year.
All About the North and South Poles– What can you find at the North and South Pole? With icy land and cold-loving creatures, Earth’s poles are cool places! Discovering facts about both polar regions will delight beginning readers.
All About Rain Forests– What can you find in a rain forest? From chattering birds and sleepy sloths, the tall trees of the rain forest are full of life! Discovering the secrets of the rain forest will captivate beginning readers.
A Grassland Habitat– This work is intended for ages 4-8. Children will learn about the many kinds of plants and animals that make their homes in prairies. This intriguing book looks at the ways plants and animals are perfectly suited to prairie grasslands.
A Walk in the Deciduous Forest– Take a walk in the deciduous forest. In this biome of leafy trees and fast changing weather, there are four very different seasons. As you walk through this incredible biome, discover how all living things form a community and depend on each other for survival.
A Walk in the Tundra– Take a walk on the tundra. In this cold, harsh biome on the top of the world, summer is short. How do plants and animals of the tundra live? Discover how they depend on each other for survival as you travel through this fascinating land.
A Walk Through the Woods– Listen: the forest is calling. Take a quiet walk through the woods, where shadows fall in the darkness, eyes peek out, and some animals sleep while others run and leap. Simple, poetic text and intricate papercut illustrations introduce children to a deer, black rook, fox, rabbit, and many more beautiful creatures as they wait for morning—and spring—to come.
A Wetland Habitat– Introduces the plants and animals that live in wetlands and marshes.
Creatures of the Desert World– This National Geographic Action Book takes readers through a day in the Sonoran Desert, starting with the kestrel’s morning flight and ending with night prowlers hunting under a full moon. The story bounces around from animal to animal with the large cast including mountain lions, roadrunners, and rattlesnakes. As children learn about these creatures and their arid yet beautiful habitat, they are given the opportunity to use pull tabs to make birds fly, snakes slither, and pack rats play. The text also prompts readers to seek out hidden animals like foxes and Gila monsters taking refuge from the hot sun. Look closely under rocks and plants to find the shade seekers.
Deserts– An introduction to the characteristics of deserts and the plants and animals that inhabit them.
Inside Ecosystmers and Biomes– Explore the various types of ecosystems and biomes in this fascinating title that uses bright images, engaging charts and graphs, intriguing facts, and easy-to-read text to captivate readers from beginning to end! Readers will be enthralled as they learn about such ecosystems and biomes as the tundra, grassland, desert, temperate forests, rainforests, and even riparian and pelagic biomes.
Many Biomes, One Earth– Discover earth’s natural neighborhoods on a colorful trek through the twelve terrestrial biomes of North and South America. Travel from the icy tundra, where the polar bear makes its home, through grasslands, and driest of deserts, to the tropical rain forest, the natural home of more than thirty million kinds of insects.
Marshes & Swamps– With her signature combination of bright, clearly-labeled watercolor illustrations and accessible text, Gail Gibbons introduces wetlands– what they are, why they’re important, and the birds, fish, and wildlife that make their homes in these unique ecosystems.
The Arctic Habitat– This work is intended for ages 4-8. An Arctic Habitat provides an introduction to this cold, vast region, and helps children learn about this unique habitat and how the plants and animals have adapted to the harsh environment.
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our Word and Its Ecosystems– Making earth science accessible and entertaining through art, maps, and infographics, The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth explains how our planet works—and how we can protect it—from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the cycles of nature, and more. Science- and nature-loving readers of all ages will delight in this utterly charming guide to our amazing home.
Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth – If every known species on Earth were a leaf on a tree, that tree would have 1 750 000 leaves. Since humans count for just one leaf on the tree, we have a lot to learn about the millions of other forms of life with which we share the world.
Water Habitats– Introduces the many different types of water habitats that exist around the world and the various animals that are unique to each type.
Be sure to join us this month as we explore a new habitat, biome or ecosystem as part of the Nature Book Club.