Archive for the ‘Children’s Literature Recommendations’ Category

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Owl at Home

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

Animal Tails

Animal Tails by Ken Kawata

Never Smile At A Monkey – and seventeen other important things to remember By: Steven Jenkins


Do you know why you should NEVER smile at a monkey? You’ll have to read this engaging children’s book written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins to find out. This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go! Jenkins gives the readers tips on what never to do if they happen to encounter one of these dangerous animals. Examples include, NEVER CONFRONT A KANGAROO: A kangaroo can deliver a kick powerful enough to cave in a person’s chest. NEVER CLUTCH A CANE TOAD: …It’s harmless except for two large sacs of venom on its neck. If pressed, these pouches squirt out a blinding, and sometimes deadly poison. This would be a great book for reluctant readers!

Fiction and Non-Fiction Books on Clouds

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If you like enjoy using children’s literature to teach scientific concepts, (for example, like the lessons in the Picture Perfect Science series) this dynamic duo is for you! Little Cloud, by Eric Carle is about a cloud that loves turning into different shapes in the sky. However, when the time comes he can accomplish his […]

Me and My Place in Space


Me and My Place in Space.  Joan Sweeney.  Drangonfly (1999).  Where is the earth?  Where is the sun?  Where are the stars?  This book takes on the simplest questions about the universe and gives answers that young children cfan easily understand.  Using clear language, drawings, and diagrams, space unfolds before a child’s eyes.  With our world as the starting point, we are taken on a tour past each planet and on to the stars–all through the eyes of a young girl.  A glossary, included for further information, helps to provide an enjoyable, easy-to-read, and easy-to-use introduction to the universe.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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This book can be used to teach the lifecycle of a bututerfly.  After reading use various pasta to have children create the cycle a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly.

Leaf Man


After introducing the five senses, I use the book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert to introduce a lesson on scientific observation. After reading the book, we go on a nature walk where students collect leaves and other objects found in nature. After our nature walk, students complete an observation sheet about how the nature items look, feel, smell and sound. At the end of the lesson, students get to use their creativity to turn their nature items into a person or an animal.

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder


How do snow crystals form?   What shapes can they take?  Are no two snow flakes alike?  These questions and more are answered inside this exploration of the science of snow, featuring photos of real snow crystals in all their beautiful diversity.