New wildlife books for kids
If you’ve been reading this site, you know our family loves wildlife and animals in general — we are neither “cat people” nor “dog people,” but just animal lovers — and a good majority of my sons’ books feature animals.
I recently found out about two books featuring wildlife and nature.
Granny’s Clan by Sally Hodson, PhD, is about orcas (killer whales) in the Pacific Northwest. From the beginning of the book when Granny helps her great-grandchild reach the surface to take its first breath to the end of the book when the matriarch sings songs to her whole clan that has gathered, the story follows her family as they go about their day. It is beautifully illustrated by Ann Jones. I think after reading this book, kids would love to imagine what it would be like to see these whales in the wild.
Nature’s Patchwork Quilt by Mary Miché creates a metaphor for nature that is a quilt. She stitches together various ecological concepts like food chains, habitats, adaptations and biodiversity into a nonfiction read probably best for upper elementary school students. Throughout the book, realistic patchwork illustrations by Consie Powell visually demonstrate how nature really is like a quilt. The author provides tips and activities at the back of the book.
Please comment and mention your favorite wildlife books for kids.
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Dawn Publications provided these books for review. Opinions are my own.