Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Seal Journey
by Richard and Jonah Sobol
(Science/Health)
Cobblehill 1993 (32p)
A father and son explore the life and habitat of the endangered harp seal.
I Can Read About Whales and Dolphins
by Joan Anderson
(Science/Health)
Troll 1973 (32p)
Clearly presented information about these species. Available in Spanish asYo puedo leer sobre las ballenas y delfines.
Eagles: Lions of the Sky
by Emery and Durga Bernhard
(Science/Health)
Holiday 1994 (32p)
Explains how these flying predators hunt.
Amazing Poisonous Animals
by Alexandra Parsons
(Science/Health)
Knopf 1990 (32p)
Fascinating information presented in clear text with detailed artwork.
And So They Build
by Bert Kitchen
(Science/Health)
Candlewick 1993 (26p)
Clear text and beautiful paintings show how various animals build homes for their families.
The Grizzly Bear Family Book
by Michio Hoshino
(Science/Health)
Picture Book 1993 (52p)
Photo essay of the author's year watching grizzlies in Alaska.
Dolphins
by Norman Barrett
(Science/Health)
Watts 1991 (32p)
Informative introduction to a popular marine animal. Available in Spanish asDelfines.
Shadows of the Night: The Hidden World of the Little Brown Bat
by Barbara Bash
(Science/Health)
Sierra Club 1993 (32p)
Explains the benefits bats provide and dispels myths about them.

EASY

Urban Roosts
by Barbara Bash
(Science/Health)
Little 1990 (32p)
Many birds, including sparrows and owls, have adapted to living in cities.
Hunter in the Snow: The Lynx
by Susan Bonner
(Science/Health)
Little 1994 (32p)
The hunting and survival methods of a young lynx are traced over a year.
Animal Camouflage: A Closer Look
by Joyce Powzyk
(Science/Health)
Bradbury 1990 (40p)
Presents explanations and examples of six varieties of animal camouflage.
The Golden Lion Tamarin Comes Home
by George Ancona
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1994 (40p)
Captive-born tamarins are reintroduced to their natural Brazilian habitat.
Whales
by Seymour Simon
(Science/Health)
Harper 1989 (40p); also paper
An informative, colorful introduction to these popular animals.
The Eagle and the River
by Charles Craighead
(Science/Health)
Macmillan 1994 (32p)
The Snake River is home to and provides food for many species.
Mangrove Wilderness: Nature's Nursery
by Bianca Lavies
(Science/Health)
Dutton 1994 (32p)
A red mangrove swamp in the Florida Everglades contains an abundance of wildlife.
Voices of the Wild
by Jonathan London
(Science/Health)
Crown 1993 (32p)
Animals sense and respond to a man kayaking through the Northwest wilderness.

AVERAGE

La zorra negra (The Midnight Fox)
by Betsy Byars
Text in Spanish.
The American Alligator
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
(Science/Health)
Clarion 1994 (48p)
Interesting facts about this once-endangered animal.
Predator!
by Bruce Brooks
(Science/Health)
Farrar 1991 (80p)
A look at how predators survive in the wild.
What Does the Crow Know: The Mysteries of Animal Intelligence
by Margery Facklam
(Science/Health)
Sierra 1991 (48p)
Experiments and tests done to find out if animals can learn, reason, and mimic human behavior.
One More Elephant: The Fight to Save Wildlife in Uganda
by Richard Sobol
(Science/Health)
Cobblehill 1995 (32p)
The Moeller brothers struggle to protect elephants and other wildlife.
Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
(Science/Health)
Holiday 1990 (88p)
Three pinniped families are discussed and compared.
When the Wolves Return
by Ron Hirschi
(Science/Health)
Cobblehill 1995 (32p)
Wolves are being restored to some parts of the country.
Dogs: The Wolf Within
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
(Science/Health)
Carolrhoda 1993 (48p)
How today's canine resembles its wolf ancestors.
The Endangered Florida Panther
by Margaret Goff Clark
(Science/Health)
Cobblehill 1993 (64p)
Presents the plight of this endangered animal and describes efforts to save it.
Jackal Woman: Exploring the World of Jackals
by Laurence Pringle
(Science/Health)
Scribners 1993 (48p)
Dr. Patricia Moehlman studies the jackals of Africa's Serengeti Plain.
The Crocodile Family Book
by Mark Dooble and Victoria Shaw
(Science/Health)
North-South 1994 (48p)
Crocodiles, large and small, prey and sleep along the Grumeti River in Tanzania.
The Moon of the Mountain Lions
by Jean Craighead George
(Science/Health)
Harper 1991 (48p); also paper
Describes a month in the life of a mountain lion and how he interacts with his environment. See others in the Moon series.
Killer Bees
by Bianca Lavies
(Science/Health)
Dutton 1994 (32p)
History of and information about the feared bees making their way north into the United States.
American Bison
by Ruth Berman
(Science/Health)
Carolrhoda 1992 (48p)
What happened to the bison that used to roam the Great Plains? Available in Spanish asEl bisonte americano.
Bees Dance and Whales Sing: The Mysteries of Animal Communication
by Margery Facklam
(Science/Health)
Sierra 1992 (48p)
The author answers children's questions about how animals “talk” to each other.
Swimming with Sea Lions and Other Adventures in the Galápagos Islands
by Ann McGovern
(Science/Health)
Scholastic 1992 (48p)
A young boy's diary of his trip to the Galápagos with his grandmother.
The Astonishing Armadillo
by Dee Stuart
(Science/Health)
Carolrhoda 1993 (48p)
A close-up look at this unusual creature. Available in Spanish as El asombroso armadillo.
Fur, Feathers, and Flippers: How Animals Live Where They Do
by Patricia Lauber
(Science/Health)
Scholastic 1994 (46p)
Describes how animals have adapted to some of the world's harshest environments.

CHALLENGING

The Missing Gator of Gumbo Limbo
by Jean Craighead George
(Science/Health)
Harper 1992 (148p); also paper
People in Gumbo Limbo are concerned when the alligator that protects them disappears.
Dangerous Insects
by Michel Peissel and Missy Allen
(Science/Health)
Chelsea 1993 (112p)
Twenty-five of the most dangerous insects from around the world.
The Watchable Wildlife Series
by various authors
(Science/Health)
Falcon Press 1994 (80+p)
Wildlife viewing guides for nineteen states, including maps.
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
by Paul Fleischman
Harper 1988 (64p); also paper
Poems about insects.
Project Panda Watch
by Miriam Schlein
(Science/Health)
Atheneum 1986 (96p)
Researchers monitor pandas to help ensure their survival.

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

Owls in the Family
by Farley Mowat
Bantam 1985 (96p); also paper
The author's hilarious adventures training two great horned owls.
The House of Wings
by Betsy Byars
Puffin 1982 (136p); also paper
Caring for a wounded crane brings a boy and his grandfather closer. Available in Spanish asLa casa de las alas.
The Cry of the Crow
by Jean Craighead George
Harper 1980 (160p); also paper
A Florida girl takes care of a pet crow. Available in Spanish asEl graznido del cuervo.