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Ocean Seasons

Ron Hirschi (author), Kirsten Carlson (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180180

Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. Spring brings new plants and baby animals, summer oceans glow with sparkly plankton lights, and autumn winds blow across the open water. In winter the humpback whales migrate to warmer waters, just as some land animals move to warmer climates. The cycle begins again as they return to the northern waters in the spring. In fun, fanciful form, Ocean Seasons introduces plants and animals that are joined through the mix of seasons, food webs, and habitats beneath the waves. While set in the Pacific, similar changes occur in the Atlantic also. The "For Creative Minds" learning sections features and "Ocean Food Web Card Game."

Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud

Donna & Doreen Rathmell (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180074

Octavia Octopus and her sea-animal friends love playing camouflage games to practice how they would hide from a "big, hungry creature." Octavia, however, just cannot seem to get her colors right when she tries to shoot her purple ink cloud. What happens when the big, hungry shark shows up looking for his dinner? This creative book introduces basic colors along with the camouflage techniques of various sea animals - a great introduction to marine biology! The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes fun facts about octopuses and animal camouflage and protection. The craft uses primary colors (paint or tissue paper) to help children learn about blending colors.

The Best Nest

Little Kitty Big Cat (author), Scotti Cohn (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180272

Long ago, when the world was young, the magpies' nests were the envy of all other birds. To help the other birds, Maggie Magpie patiently explained how to build a nest. But some birds were impatient and flew off without listening to all the directions, which is why, to this day, birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes. This clever retelling of an old English folktale teaches the importance of careful listening.

Little Red Bat

Carole Gerber (author), Christina Wald (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180944

Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That's the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder! The squirrel tells her to stay. But what about the dangerous creatures that hunt red bats in winter? The sparrow urges her to go. But where? Carole Gerber takes young readers on an educational journey through one bat's seasonal dilemma in Little Red Bat. The For Creative Minds educational section includes: Match the Bat Adaptation, Bat Fun Facts, How Animals Deal with Seasonal Changes, Red Bats and Seasonal Change, and Bat Life Cycle Sequencing Activity.

Ocean Hide and Seek

Jennifer Evans Kramer (author), Gary R. Phillips (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180562

The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek! Can you imagine a shark hiding in the light? What about a clownfish in plain sight? Don't believe it? Then, sink into the deep blue sea with Jennifer Evans Kramer and Ocean Hide and Seek! Surround yourself with the vibrant ocean illustrations of Gary R. Phillips. The ocean is an old, old place, and the exotic animals in the depths have learned to adapt to their surroundings to survive. Can you find the creatures hidden on every page? Or will you, too, be fooled by an ancient, underwater disguise? The "For Creative Minds" learning section includes an "Animal Classification" and "Food for Thought" activity.

Count Down to Fall

Fran Hawk (author), Sherry Neidigh (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180593

Count backwards from 10 to 1 during one of the most colorful times of year: fall. Learn about the bright, colorful leaves and the trees from which they fall: aspen, birch, maple, oak, chestnut, linden, pine, beech, dogwood, and sweet gum. Watch the animals frolicking in the crisp, autumn air as they get ready for the approaching cold winter. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Plant parts, Leaves--the shape of it all, What Good are Plants?, and Match the Leaves Activity.

Blackberry Banquet

Terry Pierce (author), Lisa Downey (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180296

Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.

Newton and Me

Lynne Mayer (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180920

While at play with his dog, Newton, a young boy discovers the laws of force and motion in his everyday activities. Told in rhyme, Lynne Mayer's Newton and Me follows these best friends on an adventure as they apply physics to throwing a ball, pulling a wagon, riding a bike, and much more. They will realize that Newton's Laws of Motion describe experiences they have every day, and they will recognize how forces affect the objects around them. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Force and Motion Fun Facts, Matching Forces, Who Was Newton?, and Newton's Laws of Motion (2 of 3). Additional teaching activities and interactive quizzes are available on the Sylvan Dell Publishing website.

Baby Elephant's Trunk

Mia Coulton (author), D.B. Campbell (illustrator)

Publisher: MaryRuth Books ISBN: 9781933624433

Baby Elephant can do many things with his trunk.

Spaceship

Karen Hoenecke (author), K.J. Torda (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781611814170

Compare and contrast the things a child can do on a spaceship to the things they do in everyday life

El diente flojo del alce

Nancy Louise Spinelle (author), Gloria Gedeon (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781611811650

Everyone has a suggestion for poor Moose whose tooth is loose.

Miss Flutter Remembers

Henrietta Barbara Sims (author), Barbara Spurll (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781578743339

As Miss Flutter explores her new world, she encounters many new insect friends, all of which warn her about the dangerous Miss Spinner. Although a fiction story, it contains many interesting facts about insects. Hopefully Miss Flutter will remember her friends' advice!

Learning to Fly

Hine Mara (author), Elaine Nicholas (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781611810554

The baby birds look out of their nest and see many wonderful things that can fly. They wish they could fly just like them. Will their wish come true?

Up, Up, and Away

Ginger Wadsworth (author), Patricia J. Wynne (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892223

One spider's search for a home of her own. Each spring hundreds of spiders hatch from their egg sacs and begin their struggle to survive. They must protect themselves not only from predators, but also from their very own siblings! Ginger Wadsworth and Patricia J. Wynne chronicle the real-life drama of one spider as she eats, grows, spins a dragline of silk, and soars up, up, and away to find a home of her own. This book is good for your brain because: Early Childhood Literacy, Insects and their Environments

A Mother's Journey

Sandra Markle (author), Alan Marks (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916229

Acclaimed nonfiction author Sandra Markle presents the daring story of a mother emperor penguin's struggle to reach the sea, find food, avoid predators, and make her way back to her mate and their newborn chick before they starve. Alan Marks' luminous illustrations highlight the harsh conditions and stunning landscapes of Antarctica.

Trout are Made of Trees

April Pulley Sayre (author), Kate Endle (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891387

A deft marriage of lyrical text and energetic collage illustrations, this book explores the intricate and often surprising ways plants and animals are connected in the food web, with end matter describing conservation efforts and responsible stewardship.

Bugs for Lunch

Margery Facklam (author), Sylvia Long (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9780881062724

Bon appetit! Kudos to Chef Nature for dishing up these tasty morsels. No reader with a discriminating palate will be able to put this delicious menu of appetizing delicacies down. Bugs for Lunch caters to a full array of creatures - animal, plant, and human - that munch on bugs. From a mantis perched and ready to prey on ladybugs and butterflies, to the honey-drenched fur of a big brown bear munching on a hive full of bees, Sylvia Long's vivid illustrations show close-up details of all sorts of creatures munching on their lunch. These colorful drawings of creatures that live to eat bugs will be your key to discovering a world of insectivores in your own backyard and beyond.

Boats! Boats! Boats!

Jo Cleland (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781615906994

This charming book will be every little boys favorite as it connects their bathtub boat with the boats they see on waterways.

If You Were My Baby: A Wildlife Lullaby

Fran Hodgkins (author), Laura J. Bryant (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693062

Here is a unique blend of love song and natural fact, celebrating the care that exists between the parents and offspring of many species. Baby mountain goat is guided up high cliffs. Baby beaver learns to build well. Baby bat is held in mother's protective embrace, upside-down. And YOUR baby, too, will feel the comfort and delight of nature's wonders. Here is a "sweet dream bedtime" book for nature lovers of all generations!

All Around Me, I See

Laya Steinberg (author), Cris Arbo (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693093

Nature comes alive to a curious young girl in this gently rhyming, delightfully imaginative book. She notices everything around her with awe: "A rock is an island for a frog...a turtle makes a bridge from a log...the sky is a place to be free...the Earth is a home for me." This book combines the best of fiction and nonfiction, and shows the joy of discovering the beauty of nature.

If You Give a T-Rex a Bone

Tim Myers (author), Anisa Claire Hovemann (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693031

So you'd like to go back in time to see real dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles? Yes, that would be very cool. And if you start by giving a T-Rex a bone, things will be, well - interesting. Dangerously interesting! So go ahead - offer him that bone and see what happens. Along the way you're bound to encounter many other animals from the past, creatures wild and amazing. Dangerously amazing!

River Song

Steve Van Zandt (author), Katherine Zecca (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584693123

Rivers make beautiful music - from the trickle of snowmelt to the burble of a full-flowing stream. Here the famed children's musical ensemble, the Banana Slug String Band, celebrates rivers as a fascinating, ever-changing source of life and joy.

On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks and a Few More Icks

Anthony D. Fredericks (author), Jennifer DiRubbio (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584691952

Teachers, here is an elementary insect field trip between covers from Tony Fredericks, a funny but very astute professor. The trip takes place all on one flower, a goldenrod, which is practically a minibeast park. A butterfly sipping nectar...a ladybug snacking on aphids...oh ladybug, look out for the ambush bug! Dr. Fredericks focuses on the whole plant-and-animal community inhabiting a single flower. Two pages of Field Notes and fun facts at the back of the book offer intriguing information on these creatures.

Pressing Down: the lever

Gerald Bailey (author), Mike Spoor (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711563

Two small robots explore science and technology in their workshop. Enriched by amusing illustrations, witty texts, photos and information boxes, young children will learn the basics of the lever.

Pulling Up: the pulley

Gerald Bailey (author), Mike Spoor (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711570

Two small robots explore science and technology in their workshop. Enriched by amusing illustrations, witty texts, photos and information boxes, young children will learn the basics of the pulley.