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Age Level: 3-6 years old

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999 Frogs Wake Up

By: Ken Kimura

Age Level: 3-6 years old

998 of the 999 frogs (who were once 999 Tadpoles awaken their big brother for an action-packed...

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About Birds/Sobre los parjaros

By: Catherine Sill

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Handsome, realistic illustrations accompanied by straightforward information about North...

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Animal Dads

By: Sneed Collard

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lush collage illustration and clear text share information about male animals and how they care...

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Animals: A First Art Book

By: Lucy Micklethwait

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Young children will delight in seeing familiar animals in their natural habitats, portrayed in the...

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Ants

By: Mari Schuh

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Clear photographs in a colorful format combine with brief information to provide an introduction to...

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Bees, Snails & Peacock Tails

By: Betsy Franco

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lyrical language and textured collages poetically convey the wonder of patterns and shapes in...

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Beetle Bop

By: Denise Fleming

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Beetles come in many shapes and sizes — revealed in rhyming text and luminous illustrations...

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Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why

By: Lita Judge

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Birds communicate by the sounds they make and the way they act. Playful illustrations and text...

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Can You See Me?

By: Ted Lewin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Sharp eyes are needed to see most of the well-camouflaged creatures in the Costa Rican...

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Cat Says Meow and Other An-i-mal-o-poe-ia

By: Michael Arndt

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The sounds familiar animals make (squeak, meow, oink, etc.) are each presented in a simple...

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Crustacean Vacation

By: Brian Benoit

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Humans are sure to see themselves in the beach vacation taken by a crab family. From playing in the...

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Daytime Nighttime

By: William Low

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Richly hued, lush, realistic illustrations answer the question of what a child might see during...

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Diary of a Worm

By: Doreen Cronin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What icky creature looks the same from both ends? The worm, of course! For the first time ever,...

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Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas

By: Lynne Cox

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Most elephant seals live in the ocean but one prefers the Avon River in Christchurch, New...

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Every Autumn Comes the Bear

By: Jim Arnosky

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As the seasons change, a large black bear prepares for hibernation. In his search for a den, he...

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Fleabag

By: Helen Stephens

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A dog with no name and no home meets a boy with a ball but no dog. Boy and dog play in the park...

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Flight of the Honey Bee

By: Raymond Huber

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Follow the flight of a honey bee as she searches for nectar to sustain her hive and, along the...

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Good Dog, Carl

By: Alexandra Day

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A lovable Rottweiler named Carl has everthing under control while Mom steps out on an errand. Or...

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Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

By: Rita Gray

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As two children take a walk, they observe and listen to the call of familiar birds – a mourning...

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Here Come the Humpbacks!

By: April Sayre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A mother humpback whale and her calf travel from the Caribbean Sea to the coast of New England and...

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How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships

By: Robin Page, Steve Jenkins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Unlikely animals work together to the benefit of both as do more usual pairings such as dogs and...

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I Spy in the Sky

By: Edward Gibbs

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Die-cuts let readers 'spy' a portion of an animal while text provides clues as to what it might...

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If You Want to See a Whale

By: Julie Fogliano

Age Level: 3-6 years old

If a whale is what you want to see — as does the boy in this expressive, delicately...

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Inch by Inch

By: Leo Lionni

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A small inch worm "green as an emerald" avoids being eating by a hungry robin using his wit...

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Just One Bite: 11 Animals and Their Bites at Life Size!

By: Lola Schaefer

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A dot of "dirt (and everything in it)" is a meal for the earthworm seen in a stylized, double...

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Leopard & Silkie: One Boy's Quest to Save the Seal Pups

By: Brenda Peterson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Join Miles, a young Seal Sitter at the Salish Sea (aka Puget Sound) in Seattle, Washington, as he...

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Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate

By: Bob Graham

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Her parents are receptive to Kate's suggestion, "Let's get a pup!" and head...

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Mama Built a Little Nest

By: Jennifer Ward

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Birds craft surprisingly unique nests. Brief verses introduce different birds and how their nest is...

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Meet the Howlers

By: April Sayre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Meet a family of howler monkeys (who get their name from the loud calls they make "Woo-hoo-...

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Montessori: Map Work

By: Bobby George, June George

Age Level: 3-6 years old

"Our world is made of land and water." The land is called CONTINENTS; the water OCEANS. Select...

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One Gorilla: A Counting Book

By: Anthony Browne

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Whether or not the primates introduced from 1 to 10 are familiar, readers are sure to appreciate...

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Orangutan

By: Susi Eszterhas

Age Level: 3-6 years old

In the rainforest of Sumatra, a baby orangutan is born. Photographs chronicle her life with mother...

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Out on the Prairie

By: Donna Bateman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The prairie is home to lush and unique plants and animals. Here they are introduced in the cadence...

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Sounds of the Wild: Bugs

By: Maurice Pledger

Age Level: 3-6 years old

With delightful sounds and pop-up panoramas, this book lets kids hear the hum of bees, the ticking...

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Stripes of All Types

By: Susan Stockdale

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Stripes are found in nature in a variety of flora and fauna in many habitats. From exotic to...

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Suryia Swims! The True Story of How an Orangutan Learned to Swim

By: Bhagavan Antle, Thea Feldman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

How Suryia, a highly photogenic orangutan, learns to swim with other animals in the South Carolina...

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Swamp Chomp

By: Lola Schaefer

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As swamp residents move, water ripples and the creatures munch, gulp, swallow and more. Short,...

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Temple Cat

By: Andrew Clements

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A temple cat in ancient Egypt grows tired of being worshipped and cared for in a reverent...

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The Honey Makers

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Thousands of bees visited more than a million flowers to gather the nectar that went into that one-...

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The Honeybee Man

By: Lela Nargi

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Fred is an urban beekeeper who shares the fruits of his work with neighbors. Information about...

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The Icky Bug Alphabet Book

By: Jerry Pallotta

Age Level: 3-6 years old

For many children, "icky" bugs are endlessly fascinating. This alphabet book helps children...

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Trout Are Made of Trees

By: April Sayre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As two children and their fathers explore a stream and its natural riches, a straightforward text...

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Waiting for Wings

By: Lois Ehlert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do...

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When You Wander: A Search-and-Rescue Dog Story

By: Margarita Engle

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A golden retriever with a "smart nose" is doing his job: tracking down a young child lost in the...

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Who Has These Feet?

By: Laura Hulbert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A clearly illustrated pair of feet is shown with the title question. On the next page, the entire...

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Whose Chick Are You?

By: Nancy Tafuri

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As the sun rose, an egg was ready to hatch but whose chick was it? "Whose egg is this?...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Horse in the House and Other Strange but True Animal Stories

By: Gail Ablow

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A nearsighted greyhound? False teeth for an elephant? Strange-but-true animal stories on bright...

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About Hummingbirds: A Guide for Children

By: Catherine Sill

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Easy to read text and lush, realistic illustrations provide an accessible but authoritative look...

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About Parrots: A Guide for Children

By: Cathryn Sill

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Some fly, others only walk but regardless of where they live or what they eat, the parrots...

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Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective

By: David Biedrzycki

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ace Lacewing — whose business is bad bugs — narrates the saga of how he and his trusty...

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Amazing Animal Adventures Around the World

By: Brian Keating

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Travel with Canadian naturalist Brian Keating on a journey around the world to meet some of the...

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Ants

By: Deborah Hodge

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What has six legs, is very strong, always busy, and probably lives in your neighborhood? The ant,...

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Beaks!

By: Sneed Collard

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How can a toucan fly with such a large, cumbersome beak? A toucan's beak is actually light as a...

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Beneath the Sun

By: Melissa Stewart

Age Level: 6-9 years old

While children cavort through a sprinkler on a suburban lawn, animals thrive or survive in other...

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Birds of a Feather

By: Jane Yolen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning, full color, close-up photographs of birds combined with evocative poems in different...

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Butterflies

By: Seymour Simon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning full-color photographs and tantalizing text introduce these fascinating creatures and...

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City Cat

By: Kate Banks

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The travels of an independent black cat parallel that of a family of four. Both start and end in...

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Creature Features

By: Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Meet a variety of animals face-to-face and then learn about some of their most unique features....

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Crocodile Safari

By: Jim Arnosky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Noted naturalist, Arnosky, trekked through Florida's Everglades to count crocodiles, the...

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Dolphins

By: Penelope Arlon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Splendid photographs are used along with a crisp, easier to read narrative to introduce dolphins...

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Eggs

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

What is "...a quiet crib, ...a bobbing boat, ...breakfast, lunch and dinner"? An egg, of course....

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Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest

By: Irene Kelly

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds live all over the world, but their nests come in many sizes, shapes, and some even borrow...

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Face to Face with Manatees

By: Brian Skerry

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Two different environments, two different authors, one goal achieved: to bring alive the process of...

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Face to Face with Sharks

By: David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Underwater photographers, Hayes & Doubilet, provide basic information about their work as...

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Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

By: Julie Paschkis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short poems about animals appear in English and Spanish accompanied by textured illustrations...

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Frog Song

By: Brenda Guiberson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning, realistic illustrations of frogs and onomatopoeic language combine to present frogs and...

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Frogs! Strange and Wonderful

By: Laurence Pringle

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Many different types of frogs and the frog lifecycles are presented through brief but illuminating...

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Help Me, Mr. Mutt! Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems

By: Janet Stevens, Suzanne Stevens

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Mr. Mutt responds to canine concerns, writing practical advice letters. He shares his Dogwood...

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Henry and Mudge: The First Book

By: Cynthia Rylant

Age Level: 6-9 years old

There are no other kids on Henry's block so his parents agree that a dog to play with will...

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Information Graphics: Animal Kingdom

By: Simon Rogers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An eclectic collection of factoids about animals is presented in an eye-catching, brightly...

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Leaving the Nest

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A baby jay, a small stripped kitten and a little girl with a bike come together in an unexpected...

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Lizards

By: Nic Bishop

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Known for his close-up, full-color photographs of animals in the wild, Bishop turns his lens to...

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Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

By: Annette Cate

Age Level: 6-9 years old

They can be observed anywhere; in fact, "You don't have to go anywhere fancy to watch birds!" The...

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Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs

By: Randi Barrow, Marlane Kennedy, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Alexander London

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Dog lovers — and those who aren't — are sure to be touched by twelve short stories...

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Monster Hunt: Exploring Mysterious Creatures

By: Jim Arnosky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Author/illustrator and self-taught naturalist Jim Arnosky introduces mysteries that surround...

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Mosquito Bite

By: Alexandra Siy, Dennis Kunkel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Two children play hide and seek outdoors on a warm night. Little do they know that a culex, a...

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Mrs. Harkness and the Panda

By: Alicia Porter

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ruth Harkness continued her husband's work after his death. She traveled alone to China alone,...

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Mush! Sled Dogs of the Iditarod

By: Joe Funk

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Iditarod racers often run in families of humans and the dogs that run. The grueling, exciting race...

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Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth's Astonishing Animals and Where They Live

By: National Geographic Kids

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Dramatic photographs, attention-grabbing facts, and clear maps introduce a world of animals and...

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National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America

By: Jonathan Alderfer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This handsome book invites readers to look at birds while learning about their habits and habitats...

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Nature Log Kids: A Kid's Journal to Record Their Birding Experiences

By: DeAnna Brandt

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Birds are everywhere — even the most urban neighborhood is a good place to look for birds and...

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No Monkeys, No Chocolate

By: Melissa Stewart, Allen Young

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Most kids like something chocolate-y, right? But there wouldn't be chocolate without cocoa beans...

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Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

By: Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When a tsunami orphans a young hippopotamus, a group of concerned Malidi (on the east coast of...

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Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City

By: Janet Schulman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Stunning watercolors evoke the height and breadth of New York City while a dramatic text relates...

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Pika: Life in the Rocks

By: Tannis Bill

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Planning a visit to the mountains of the American West this summer? If you're sharp-eyed,...

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Polar Bears

By: Mark Newman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Striking photographs combine with readable text to provide an introduction to polar bears. Text...

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Python

By: Christopher Cheng

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The Australian Diamond Python's day starts when the sun warms her and continues until she returns...

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Seabird in the Forest: The Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

By: Joan Dunning

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The mystery of why a Pacific seabird nests inland has only recently been solved. Lyrical...

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Snow School

By: Sandra Markle

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In the spring in Pakistan's Hindu Kush Mountains, two hungry snow leopard cubs wait for their...

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Spiders and Their Webs

By: Darlyne Murawski

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A biologist introduces spiders and their webs through stunning full color close-up photographs...

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Spunky Tells All

By: Ann Cameron

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Spunky speaks only Dog but understands Human and has a special affinity for Huey (first introduced...

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Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives On the Job

By: Dorothy Hinshaw Hinshaw Patent

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Explore the many ways specific dogs put their super sniffing ability to use: from bedbug sniffers...

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The Bee Tree

By: Patricia Polacco

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When Mary Ellen gets bored with her reading, Grandpa knows a hunt for a bee tree is just what...

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The Bee-Man of Orn

By: Frank Stockton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An aged Bee-man lives contentedly among his insect friends, surviving on honey and the...

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The Buzz on Bees: Why Are They Disappearing?

By: Shelly Rotner, Anne Woodhull

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Bees have been around for over 65 million years but have been in decline since early in the 21st...

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The Life and Times of the Honeybee

By: Charles Micucci

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Detailed, full-color illustrations help explain the complex world inside a beehive and the...

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The Life Cycle of a Honeybee

By: Bobbie Kalman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Learn about each stage of a honeybee's life cycle from egg to adult. Full-color photographs,...

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The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive

By: Joanna Cole

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Readers know they're with Ms. Frizzle and her class when the bus is disguised as a bee and...

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The One and Only Ivan

By: Katherine Applegate

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ivan lives in a "domain" at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. In evocative language and gentle...

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The Stunning Science of Everything: Science with the Squishy Bits Left In

By: Nick Arnold, Tony De Saulles

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated young scientists will enjoy dipping in and out of this funny but edifying...

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The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps

By: Jeanette Winter

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jane watched animals. Her ability to quietly observe allowed her to learn about animals up close...

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There's a Frog in My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me

By: Loreen Leedy, Pat Street

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This inviting book is truly the cat's pajamas! Familiar adages are organized by animal and...

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Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators

By: Jim Arnosky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The author/illustrator's enthusiasm for the birds he observes is contagious in this artful...

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Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger

By: Ann Whitehead Nagda

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A Siberian tiger cub born at the Denver Zoo is orphaned when he is just a few weeks old. Through...

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Wanted! A Guinea Pig Named Henry

By: Wendy Orr

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When Nelly's family could no longer keep the small brown dog, she came to the Rainbow Street Animal...

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What If There Were No Bees?

By: Suzanne Slade

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Grassland ecosystems can be found on nearly every continent. Countless animals and plants live...

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What's Your Favorite Animal?

By: Eric Carle

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When 13 well-known illustrators are asked about their favorite animal, the results are as varied...

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Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold

By: Joyce Sidman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How animals survive — even thrive — in winter is presented in a variety of poetic forms, each...

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Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku

By: Lee Wardlaw

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Won Ton the cat is back with a new arrival: a puppy! How the adult cat and small dog get on – or...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon

By: Sy Montgomery

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The author joins several field scientists to find the mysterious encantado, the pink dolphins of...

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Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard

By: Mary Kay Carson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Meet up with scientists studying geysers, grizzlies, salamanders, cacti, and fireflies in some of...

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The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea

By: Sy Montgomery

Age Level: 9-12 years old

The author and photographer Nic Bishop join biologist Lisa Dabek and other scientists and...

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