Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

newLook to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary
by Jean Craighead George
Harper 1997 (32p)
The author traces the lives of three wolf pups from the time they open their eyes till they are old enough to leave their summer dens.
newAll About Rattlesnakes
by Jim Arnosky
Scholastic 1997 (32p)
The well-known naturalist turns his attention to the beautiful but deadly rattlesnake, explaining how it sees, hears, smells, and sheds its skin.
African Animals
by Caroline Arnold
(Science)
Morrow 1997 (48p)
Arnold focuses on a fascinating variety of animals that inhabit Africa's grasslands, forests, and deserts.
Scruffy: A Wolf Finds His Place in the Pack
by Jim Brandenburg
(Science)
Walker 1996 (32p)
On a visit to Ellesmore Island, the author/photographer records the behavior of a wolf he calls Scruffy, relegated to the lowest position in the pack but who finds his place when he becomes playmate-protector to a new litter of pups.
The Wolves
by Brian J. Heniz
(Science)
Dial 1996 (32p)
A pack of Rocky Mountain gray wolves, an endangered species, track a herd of elk for twenty miles through rugged terrain in a hunt that could help the wolves survive the winter.
Falcons Nest on Skyscrapers
by Priscilla Jenkins
(Science)
Harper 1996 (32p)
Scarlett, a peregrine falcon who lived on a Baltimore skyscraper, represents a species brought back from near extinction when ornithologists introduced these birds to urban settings, where they continue to thrive.
All About Owls
by Jim Arnosky
(Science)
Scholastic 1995 (32p)
The author explores the nighttime world of owls and discusses their habits and habitats.
Raptor Rescue! An Eagle Flies Free
by Sylvia Johnson
(Science)
Dutton 1995 (32p)
One of the hundreds of injured birds of prey treated each year at the Gabbert Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, a bald eagle suffering from a gunshot wound is treated and finally released again into the wild.

EASY

newWild Flamingos
by Bruce McMillan
Houghton 1997 (32p)
In this photo essay, McMillan describes the characteristics and habitat of flamingos in the Netherlands Antilles.
newFlute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush
by Lynne Cherry
Harcourt 1997 (40p)
The author tracks the first year in a wood thrush's life, from its nesting ground in Maryland to its winter home in Costa Rica and back again, pointing out the perils it faces, including loss of its habitat.
Back to the Wild
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
(Science)
Harcourt 1997 (80p)
Zoologists around the world are working to save the lives and habitats of the golden lion tamarins of Brazil, the red wolfes of the American Southwest, the black-footed ferrets of the American West,and the lemurs of Madagascar.
Hawk Highway in the Sky: Watching Raptor Migration
by Caroline Arnold
(Science)
Harcourt 1997 (48p)
Members of HawkWatch International study the migration patterns of hawks, eagles, and falcons as they pass through the Goshute Mountains in Nevada.
Ride the Wind: Airborne Journeys of Animals and Plants
by Seymour Simon
(Science)
Harcourt 1997 (40p)
The noted science author examines the question of why some birds, insects, and even some seeds migrate and how they know when and where to go.
When Whales Exhale and Other Poems
by Constance Levy
McElderry 1996 (42p)
This collection of poems reflects Levy's interest in the natural world.
The Great Antler Auction
by Susan E. Goodman
(Social Studies)
Atheneum 1996 (40p)
Each spring the Boy Scouts of Jackson, Wyoming, collect the antlers shed by elk from a nearby refuge and auction the antlers to pay for food to sustain the elk during the winter.
Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Butterflies and Moths
by Jim Arnosky
(Science)
Simon 1996 (32p)
In the latest Crinkleroot guide, readers will learn where butterflies and moths live, how they sleep, and what they eat. See others in the Crinkleroot series.
Arctic Foxes
by Downs Matthews
(Science)
Simon 1995 (40p)
This photo essay explores the life and world of the little-known arctic fox and shows how these small animals survive in a harsh environment.
Jaguar in the Rain Forest
by Joanne Ryder
Morrow 1996 (32p)
Scientific fact, poetry, and art combine to help the reader imagine what it must be like to be a jaguar for a day. See others in the “Just for a Day” series.

AVERAGE

newBring 'Em Back Alive: Capturing Wildlife on Home Video
by Jim Arnosky
Little 1997 (48p) paper
In this guide for the entire family, naturalist Arnosky uses his own video images to show how to safely seek out and record animals with a camcorder.
newWolf Stalker
by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson
Nat'l Geo 1997 (128p)
In this first book in the National Parks Mystery series, twelve-year-old Jack, his sister, and foster brother use scientific reasoning and their knowledge of wolves to find out who shot Silver, one of the wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park.
An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly
by Laurence Pringle
(Science)
Orchard 1997 (64p)
Beautiful illustrations help tell the story of a monarch butterfly's life cycle, from her birth as a caterpillar in Massaschusetts, her metamorphosis into a butterfly, her flight south, and her return migration to Massachusetts.
Buffalo Sunrise: The Story of a North American Giant
by Diane Swanson
(Science)
Sierra 1996 (58p)
After describing the behavior and characteristics of the buffalo, the author goes on to explain how excessive hunting caused the buffalo population to shrink from about forty million to around a thousand and what still needs to be done to ensure the buffalo's survival.
Journey of the Red Wolf
by Roland Smith
(Science)
Cobblehill 1996 (60p)
The last seventeen red wolves in East Texas became part of a recovery program that eventually reintroduced the species into the woods of North Carolina.
The Threatened Florida Black Bear
by Margaret Goff Clark
(Science)
Cobblehill 1995 (64p)
Chronicled here are the work and experiences of the wildife biologists with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission who are trying to preserve the remaining black bears of Florida.
There's a Wolf in the Classroom!
by Bruce Weide and Patricia Tucker
(Science)
Carolrhoda 1995 (56p)
The authors are the owners and trainers of Koani, a wolf that is part of the Ambassasor Wolf program designed to educate students about this controversial animal.

CHALLENGING

Vulpes, the Red Fox
by Jean Craighead George
(Science)
Dutton 1996 (188p) also paper
In this recently reissued book, Vulpes has outwitted hunters for several seasons but must finally confront his enemy.

Now Out of Print

newProject Panda Watch
by Miriam Schlein
Dolphins
by Norman Barrett
Currently available in Spanish only.

Now Available in Paperback

Urban Roosts
by Barbara Bash
Little
And So They Build
by Bert Kitchen
Candlewick