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Structures Of Life – Recommended Books

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
Books: Non-Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.

We also provide printable lists of the recommended books for all Next Generation and Third Edition K-5 modules on the Science-Centered Language Development information page under the Teaching Tools menu.
101 Things Everyone Should Know about Science
Grade Level:  3-12Author:  Dia Michels and Nathan LevyPublisher:  Science Naturally!Year:  2006ISBN:  0-9678020-5-9Description:  101 Things Everyone Should Know About Science uses a question-and answer format to entice the reader into learning more about key concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, earth, and general science. This book is perfect for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how science impacts everyday life. Some questions include "Why do you see lightning before you hear thunder?" "What keeps the planets orbiting around the sun?" "Why do we put salt on roads when they are icy?"
A Colony of Ants: and Other Insect Groups
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Anna ClaybournePublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6480-1Description:  Different animals live together in different ways. In this book, readers find out how ants form colonies and work together to find food and raise young. The book also explores how other insects, such as bees and wasps, live in groups.
A Day in a Forested Wetland
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Kevin KurtzIllustrator:  Sherry NeidighPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2018ISBN:  978-1-6285-5915-6Description:  Come along on a journey through the aquatic habitat of a forested wetland. Meet birds, bobcats, beavers, and beetles that call the soggy forest home. Teachers will appreciate the For Creative Mind section with additional science resources, information and activities. Also available in Spanish.
A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story Of The Colossal Fossil: The World's Most Complete T. Rex
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Patricia RelfPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  2000ISBN:  439099854Description:  The story of Sue, the Tyrannosaurus rex, from its discovery in South Dakota to its installation in Chicago's Field Museum. It contains behind-the-scenes details about Sue's preparation and installation. Also included in a question-and-answer chapter is information about life in the Cretaceous period.
A Mob of Meerkats: and Other Mammal Groups
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Louise SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6481-8Description:  Different animals live together in different ways. In this book, readers find out how meerkats form mobs and work together to find food and raise young. The book also explores how other mammals, such as lions and elephants, live in groups.
A Pocketful Of Goobers: A Story About George Washington Carver
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Barbara MitchellIllustrator:  Peter HansonPublisher:  Lerner PublishingYear:  1986ISBN:  0-87614-474-1Description:  Relates the scientific efforts of George Washington Carver, especially his production of more than 300 uses for the peanut.
A Pod of Dolphins: and Other Sea Mammal Groups
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Richard SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6481-8Description:  Different animals live together in different ways. In this book, readers find out how dolphins form pods and work together to hunt, and raise young. The book also explores how other sea mammals, such as walruses, and humpback whales, live in groups.
A Polar Bear's World
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Caroline ArnoldPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4048-5743-8Description:  The arctic wind howls, but the two polar bear cubs are warm inside their den. They snuggle tight against their mother and drink her milk. Three months later, they tumble outside for their first walk in the snow. Bundle up and find out what happens in a polar bear’s world.
A Swim Through the Sea
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Kristin Joy PrattIllustrator:  Kristin Joy PrattPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  1994ISBN:  1-883220-04-1Description:  An alphabetical introduction to various forms of ocean life, as seen through the eyes of Seamore the seahorse.
A Walrus' World
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Caroline ArnoldPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4048-5744-5Description:  The plump baby walrus is just a few days old, but he’s ready for his first swim. He tires quickly and grabs a ride on his mother’s back. She keeps him safe and fed for two years before it’s time for him to be on his own. Take the plunge and find out what happens in a walrus’ world.
Adaptation (Essential Life Science series)
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Melanie WaldronPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7805-1Description:  Get the basic with Essential Life science. Each title offers an in-depth examination of a particular topic. Fascinating facts, stunning photos, and hands-on experiments help bring the topics to life.
Adapted to Survive: Animals that Hide
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Angela RoystonPublisher:  Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-6149-5Description:  What is camouflage, and how do animals use it? Each book in the Adapted to Survive series looks at a selection of high-interest animals, examining how each animal has adapted to survive in its own particular environment.
After a While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Dr. Brady Barr, Jennifer Keats CurtisIllustrator:  Susan DetwilerPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-62855-835-7Description:  This book is a fictional portrayal of a real program that allowed Costa Rican schoolchildren to raise American crocodiles in their classroom. Written as daily entries in a notebook, a young girl records the changes in her adopted crocodile "Jefe" from hatch to release. Information on crocodiles, related animals, and their teeth are included. The real-life conservation research of the author, Dr. Brady Barr, is also described.
Amazing Animal Communicators
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  John TownsendPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4744-4Description:  In Amazing Animal Communicators, readers learn about some animals' super communication skills! Simple, leveled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.
Amazing Animal Helpers
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  John TownsendPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4745-1Description:  In Amazing Animal Pets, readers learn about some animals' super skills at helping people! Simple, leveled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.
Amazing Animal Movers
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  John TownsendPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4746-8Description:  In Amazing Animal Movers, readers learn about some animals' super travel skills! Simple, leveled text accompanies vivid images and engaging design to make these books a popular choice.
American Alligators
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Steve PottsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7703-5Description:  American alligators live only in North America. Learn all about these big mouthed biters and their habitats in American Alligators.
Amphibians and Reptiles (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Katharine HallPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-6285-5560-8Description:  What makes a frog an amphibian but a snake a reptile? Both classes may lay eggs, but they have different skin coverings and breathe in different ways. Amphibians and Reptiles uses stunning photographs and simple non-fiction text to get kids thinking about the similarities and differences between these two animal classes.
Ancient Ones: The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Barbara BashPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  1994ISBN:  1-578-05081-2Description:  Describes an old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest, an area that stretches from northern California to southeast Alaska. Explains how and why these forests are disappearing and what that might mean for our future.
Anfibios/Amhibians: Eyewitness Series in Spanish
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Barry Clarke et al.Publisher:  DK PublishingYear:  1995ISBN:  756613809Description:  This series includes beautiful photographs and accurate information about the subject.
Animal Antipodes
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Carly Allen-FletcherPublisher:  Creston BooksYear:  2018ISBN:  978-1-9395-4749-1Description:  This book introduces animals and places around the world that happen to be exactly opposite each other on the globe, with pages that literally have to be turned upside-down to read. Colorful illustrations provide insight into where these animals live on earth, in the context of day and night, and global geography.
Animal Camouflage in the Desert
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3326-0Description:  Readers will discover how camouflage helps animals survive in the desert.
Animal Camouflage in the Ocean
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3325-3Description:  Readers will discover how camouflage helps animals survive in the ocean.
Animal Dads
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Sneed B. Collard IIIIllustrator:  Steve JenkinsPublisher:  SandpiperYear:  2000ISBN:  0-618-03299-1Description:  The responsibilities of male parents in the wild are presented, featuring two levels of text. A read-aloud text is partnered with informative paragraphs that provide details for older readers.
Animal Defenses: How Animals Protect Themselves
Grade Level:  2-6Author:  Etta KanerIllustrator:  Pat StephensPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  1999ISBN:  978-1-55074-421-7Description:  What do you do when you are afraid? Do you yell for help? Do you hide or run away? Some animals also do these things when they are threatened, while others use more unusual methods to defend themselves. This book explores many different animal defenses. Full color illustrations.
Animal Ears
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8452-2Description:  Hearing is an important sense for animals’ survival. Ears give animals vital information to help them find food or listen for predators ready to attack. This continuation of Mary Holland’s award-winning Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series features a wide variety of animal ears and how animals use them.
Animal Eyes (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-62855-454-0Description:  Close-up photos by the author aid readers in exploring the eyes of familiar animals. In addition, a discussion of how the shape and position of the eyes tells us how the animal hunts or gathers food. One in a series titled "Animal Anatomy and Adaptations", this book describes eyes and the importance of sight to many animals. More activities, a glossary, and permission to photocopy the "For Creative Minds" section are provided.
Animal Infographics
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Chris OxladePublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-6216-4Description:  This series gives young learners an exciting introduction to infographics, the simple graphic representations of different numerical facts.
Animal Legs (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5844-9Description:  Crisp, close-up photographs by the author encourage readers to examine the detailed structures of animal legs and feet. Students read and observe the amazing adaptations of insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals while learning how these structures help them survive in their environment. At the end, the "For Creative Minds" section provides matching games and interactive fun facts to extend the learning.
Animal Mouths (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-62855-561-5Description:  Close-up photos by the author aid readers in exploring teeth, beaks, and bills of familiar animals. One in a series titled "Animal Anatomy and Adaptations", this book describes the features of some animals that help them capture and eat food. More activities, a glossary, and permission to photocopy the "For Creative Minds" section are provided.
Animal Noses (Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series)
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8806-3Description:  Noses come in all kinds of shapes and sizes that are just right for its particular animal host. Not only do most animals use their noses to breathe but for many animals, the sense of smell helps them find food, a mate, or even to know when danger is near!
Animal Skins
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6435-1339-3Description:  In Animal Skins, author and photographer Mary Holland explores the outside coverings of different animals. Fur, feather, and scales protect each organism while keeping them warm and dry in their habitat. Up-close photos engage the readers, and For Creative Minds activities help students expand their understanding of this important animal adaptation.
Animal Tails
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6285-5977-4Description:  Readers will be fascinated by the many ways animals use their tails: to move on land, swim, warn others, steer, hold on to things, keep warm, balance, fly, attract a mate, and even to defend themselves! Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by exploring the many ways animals use their tails. The For Creative Minds activities at the end of the book provide more ways to explore this important animal structure.
Archaeologists Dig for Clues
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Kate DukePublisher:  HarperYear:  1997ISBN:  0-064-45175-5Description:  A boy and his friends go on a dig in a local cornfield with their archaeologist friend Sophi and make discoveries about how scientists learn about the past. They learn that small pieces of stone, bone, or fossils are clues to long ago.
Are You A Snail?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Judy Allen, Tudor HumphriesPublisher:  KingfisherYear:  2000ISBN:  0-753-45242-1Description:  A fun and informative book that introduces the life and characteristics of a backyard snail.
Around One Log
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Anthony D. FredericksIllustrator:  Jennifer DiRubbioPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-58469-138-9Description:  After reading this field trip between covers, you and your children will never ignore old logs again when you take a walk in the woods. Because that old log is a mini-habitat, teeming with a fascinating community of animals. From mites to salamanders to daddy long-legs, Tony Fredericks introduces the critters in his typically delightful manner. Dr. Fredericks focuses on the whole community of neighbors. Plus he offers four pages of field notes and activities, projects, and lots of cool ideas at the back of the book to enhance the fun.
Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation
Grade Level:  8-12Author:  Sharon Gamson DanksPublisher:  New Village PressYear:  2010ISBN:  9780976605485Description:  Hands down, this is absolutely the most comprehensive book about greening schoolyards that I have seen, and I've seen most of them. The author's work involves photos from unbelievable green spaces from 11 countries around the world and spans a decade of research. If you have an inkling of desire to do some greening projects in a schoolyard or are looking for inspiration for yourself or others, this book provides all the information you need, along with saving you time and money. It is loaded with gorgeous photos of students working and learning outdoors in spaces that are now teeming with life but were once barren asphalt. The teacher in me focused on the many ways to organize seating outdoors. Some are simple seating arrangements using tree sections in a circle or various ways to have amphitheater seating. There are also photos of artful and functional cob bench sculptures or the dual functioning flower-shaped concrete raised tree bed that also provides seating.
At Home In The Rainforest
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane WillowIllustrator:  Laura JacquesPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  1991ISBN:  0-881-06485-8Description:  From the tops of the tropical trees to the forest floor, this book shows the interrelationships of plants and animals that thrive at each level of an Amazonian rain forest.
Beaks
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Sneed B. Collard IIIIllustrator:  Robin BrickmanPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2002ISBN:  978-1-57091-388-4Description:  The intricate characteristics of a variety of birds' beaks are presented. The habits of birds and the information on how their beaks' composition allows them to eat are intriguing.
Beastly Biomes
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Carly Allen-FletcherPublisher:  Creston BooksYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-9395-4754-5Description:  What kinds of animals live in the different environments our planet supports? This books shows how animals, birds, and fish all have a distinctive place to thrive, creating homes in unexpected places.
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education
Author:  David SobelPublisher:  The Orion Society's Nature Literacy SeriesYear:  1996ISBN:  913098507Description:  If you teach, or feel you should teach, about environmental issues to students in grades K-8, then it is essential that you read this book. Sobel's primary argument is that well-intentioned educators often dive into issues about how humans are destroying Earth (rain forests are burning, polar bears are dying, oil is killing everything) at too young of an age. He writes, "What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being ask to heal its wounds." He proposes three phases of environmental curricula, "In early childhood, activities should center on enhancing the developmental tendency toward empathy with the natural world; in middle childhood, exploration should take precedence; and in the early adolescence, social action should assume a more central role."
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Caroline ArnoldIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2003ISBN:  978-1-57091-572-7Description:  This is a clear, interesting book about how birds fly. The author addresses the concept of lift and how birds' wings and feathers are structured to make flight possible.
Black Mambas
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Van WallachPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2271-4Description:  Are black mambas really black? Find the answer to this and other questions about black mambas.
Black Widow Spiders (Spiders Series)
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Molly KolpinPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4519-5Description:  They have red marks on their bellies. They spin messy webs. And they got their name from their unusual mating habits. Look inside to discover what's going on in the world of black widow spiders.
Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes: How To Grow A Rainbow Garden
Author:  Rosalind CreasyIllustrator:  Ruth HellerPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  1997ISBN:  0-871-56919-1Description:  Encourages youngsters to grow plants of all kinds from seeds, cuttings, and sprouts. Includes easy-to-do experiments using materials often available in the kitchen.
Bones: Our Skeletal System
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Seymour SimonPublisher:  HarperYear:  2000ISBN:  0-688-17721-2Description:  Provides images that were taken with various kinds of scanners, which change X-ray photos into computer code to make clear, colorful graphics.
Bonobos
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Buffy SilvermanPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4329-5861-9Description:  Bonobos explores the fascinating world of primates. The title includes information about classification, habitats, adaptations, food chains, behavior, and intelligence. Readers will also learn about the threats these creatures face, how they can help protect them and their habitats, and what the future holds for them.
Bottlenose Dolphins
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2264-6Description:  Bottlenose dolphins leap and twist high above the water. Their sharp voices can even stun fish. Get an up-close look at this lively ocean acrobat.
Brilliant Birds
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4678-2Description:  Books in the Extreme Animals series reveal examples of some of the most bizarre, amazing, and extreme animals in the world. This book looks at brilliant birds, including regal eagles, helicopter hummingbirds, and cunning crows!
Bugs Up Close
Grade Level:  2-5Author:  Diane SwansonIllustrator:  Paul DavidsonPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-1-55453-138-7Description:  Through Paul Davidson's powerful camera lens, see a fly the size of a man's shoe, the 30,000-odd lenses in a dragonfly's eyes, the hair on a bee's legs and much more. Includes information about bug lives, bug eating, and lots of bug parts such as antennae, wings and weapons, that help make insects the most widespread animals on Earth.
Butterfly Colors
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Helen FrostPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  1999ISBN:  978-0-7368-0226-0Description:  Examines the colors and patterns of various butterfly wings.
Cactus Hotel
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Brenda Z. GuibersonPublisher:  Henry HoltYear:  1991ISBN:  0-805-01333-4Description:  Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus and its place in the desert ecosystem.
Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda AshmanIllustrator:  Lauren StringerPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  2001ISBN:  0-152-02211-2Description:  Describes unique places where animals build their homes, such as a heap of twigs on a castle tower or the space inside a tree.
Cobras
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Van WallachPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-1923-3Description:  Why does a cobra have a hood? Get the answer to this and other questions about cobras.
Collecting Data in Animal Investigations
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Diana NoonanPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5237-7Description:  Move math skills up to the next level! Kid-friendly, real-life situations put math into action. By showing how we use math every day, teachers finally have an answer to the question, "But when will I every use this?" Each book extends learning with graphic organizers and problem-solving activities.
Come Back Salmon
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Molly ConeIllustrator:  Sidnee WheelwrightPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  1994ISBN:  0-871--56489-0Description:  This photo-essay describes the efforts of the Jackson Elementary School in Everett, WA, to clean up a nearby stream, stock it with salmon, and preserve it as a place where the salmon can return to spawn.
Coral Reefs: Colorful Underwater Habitats
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Laura Purdie SalasIllustrator:  Jeff YeshPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4048-5373-7Description:  Is coral an animal or a plant? What kinds of animals and plants live in a coral reef? Why are coral reefs important to us? Find out why coral reefs are one of Earth's treasures in this book.
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  AlikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1996ISBN:  0-064-45026-0Description:  Provides a simple description of how corn was discovered and used by Native Americans and how it came to be an important food throughout the world. Shows details of the plant and highlights its origin, history, planting, and uses.
Coyote: North America's Dog
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Stephen R. SwinburnePublisher:  Boyds Mills PressYear:  1999ISBN:  1-563-97765-6Description:  The author introduces the coyote through his own observations of this somewhat controversial animal. The text invites readers to form their own opinions, showing the coyote as hated and hunted, but also tolerated as part of the ecological balance and venerated in Native American lore. "Coyote Fact" sidebars throughout will attract browsers and reluctant readers.
Deformed Frogs: A Cause and Effect Investigation
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Kathy AllenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4533-1Description:  With missing body parts, extra legs, and eyes growing inside mouths, something unusual is happening to frogs. As their environment changes, frogs have become animals on the edge. Discover how scientists are trying to answer the questions behind deformed frogs.
Deserts
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Melanie WaldronPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4594-5Description:  This book explores desert habitats around the world, looking at the plants and animals that live there, and the adaptations that help them to survive. Food webs, maps, and photos help bring the topic to life. Threats to desert habitats are also covered, as well as efforts to preserve them.
Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Barbara BashPublisher:  Sierra ClubYear:  2002ISBN:  1-578-05085-5Description:  Describes how the cactus provides homes for woodpeckers, owls, and hawks, and food for bats, birds, coyotes, and the indigenous people of Arizona's Sonoran Desert.
Digging for Bird Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Nic BishopPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  2000ISBN:  0-618-19682-XDescription:  Follows Cathy Forster on an expedition to Madagascar, where she searches for evidence that dinosaurs and birds are related.
Digging Up Dinosaurs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  AlikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1988ISBN:  0-064-45078-3Description:  Introduces various types of dinosaurs whose skeletons and reconstructions are seen in museums. Explains how scientists uncover, preserve, and study fossilized dinosaur bones.
Dinosaur Bones
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  AlikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1990ISBN:  0-064-45077-5Description:  Shows how scientists study fossil remains, and provides information on how dinosaurs lived long ago. It shows working scientists gathering fossils, studying them, and piecing together evidence to show what dinosaurs were like.
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2004ISBN:  1-592-42367-1Description:  Students discover what dinosaurs were, when they lived, what they were like, and how they may have become extinct. They read about fossils, and find out how different kinds of fossils form and what scientists can learn from fossils.
Disgusting Animals (Series)
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6797-9Description:  From lizards that shoot blood from their eyes to giant flowers that smell like rotting flesh, this series uncovers the slimy world around us.
Environment Infographics
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Chris OxladePublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-6217-1Description:  This series gives young learners an exciting introduction to infographics, the simple graphic representations of different numerical facts.
Exploring Coral Reefs: A Benjamin Blog and His Inquisitive Dog Investigation
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  Heinemann Library(Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8780-0Description:  Join intrepid explorers Benjamin Blog and his inquisitive dog Barko Polo as they travel the globe exploring the world's coral reef habitats.
Exploring Rainforests: A Benjamin Blog and His Inquisitive Dog Investigation
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  Heinemann Library(Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-8779-4Description:  Join intrepid explorers Benjamin Blog and his inquisitive dog Barko Polo as they travel the globe exploring the world's rainforest habitats.
Familiar Insects And Spiders: North America
Author:  John Farrand, Jr., National Audubon SocietyPublisher:  Alfred A. KnopfYear:  1988ISBN:  0-394-75792-0Description:  Photographs illustrate this guidebook to familiar insects and spiders.
Fossils
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Melissa StewartPublisher:  Compass PointYear:  2003ISBN:  0-756-50442-2Description:  Explains fossils in an easy-to-understand way.
Fossils
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Louise Spilsbury, Richard SpilsburyPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4329-4682-1Description:  Fossils looks at how fossils can form, are preserved, and sometimes discovered.
Fossils Tell of Long Ago
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  AlikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1990ISBN:  0-064-45093-7Description:  Explains how fossils form and what they tell us about the past.
Freshwater Habitats
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane SnowballIllustrator:  Illus Cynthia A. BelcherPublisher:  Mondo PublishingYear:  1994ISBN:  1-879531-29-1Description:  Young readers will explore a variety of freshwater habitats around the world, including the Nile River in Africa and Lake Baikal in Russia, plus Maryland's cypress swamp, the Everglades, and a Canadian stream. Full color.
From Flower to Fruit
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Richard Konicek-Moran Kathleen Konicek-MoranIllustrator:  Kathleen Konicek-MoranPublisher:  NSTA KidsYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-94131-634-4Description:  The book draws you in with rich illustrations and an engaging narrative. It sparks curiosity about the parts of a flower and the vital role of bees and seeds in plant reproduction. Activities and background information for parents and teachers complements the text.
From Seed to Plant
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42250-0Description:  Explores the life cycle of plants and how they grow.
From Tadpole to Frog: Following the Life Cycle
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Suzanne SladeIllustrator:  Jeff YeshPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4048-4922-8Description:  A look at the birth, growth and development, reproduction, and end of a frogs life.
Fruits
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Nancy DickmannPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4329-6973-8Description:  Make a place for fruits in your diet. Once readers find out how nutritional fruit is, in addition to being delicious, they'll make a point to have it regularly. Read this book to learn about how to eat well and use MyPlate.
Giant Pandas
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Brenda HaugenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4296-8663-1Description:  Round and roly-poly, pandas are recognizable to people everywhere. But these cuddly creatures are in trouble. Their populations are shrinking, and they are running out of places to live. Learn more about these amazing animals, and what you can do to make a difference in their future.
Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster
Grade Level:  2-6Author:  Mary Cerullo, Clyde RoperPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7541-3Description:  This sea monster is real. It lurks in the freezing black depths of underwater canyons. Nearly 50 feet long, it hunts with its long arms and tentacles. Its powerful suckers leave giant round scars on those that live through a battle with it. But this enormous beast, with its huge, strange eyes, remains hidden from humans. We rarely see it and know little of its ways. What is this monster? The giant squid. This famed member of the cephalopod group has a history of frightening fishermen, starring in fictional adventure tales, and keeping scientists guessing. What is the story of this mythic creature? Why is it so hard to study? What secrets does it keep? Clyde Roper, ocean scientist and squid expert, has been seeking this secretive creature for decades. Come along as he and other researchers unravel its mysteries.
Girls Research!: Amazing Tales of Female Scientists
Grade Level:  4-5Author:  Jennifer PhillipsPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4765-4056-6Description:  Never before have so many awesome women been celebrated in one book. The scientists featured broke barriers, made life-changing discoveries, and forever transformed the world.
Gone Again Ptarmigan
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Jonathan LondonIllustrator:  Jon Van ZylePublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2001ISBN:  0-792-27561-6Description:  Introduces the ptarmigan, the state bird of Alaska, and tells how it is able to blend into its surroundings in each season of the year.
Gut Bugs, Dust Mites, and Other Microorganisms You Can't Live Without
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Mark WeaklandPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4538-6Description:  The world is full of microscopic creatures. But who would have thought that we needed these tiny creatures to digest the food in our bodies or make the oxygen we need to breathe? Get out your microscope, and get ready to examine the microorganisms we can’t live without.
Hands-On Life Science Activities for Grades K—6
Author:  Marvin N. TolmanPublisher:  Jossey-BassYear:  2006ISBN:  978-0787978655Description:  Provides over 150 discovery experiences covering the topics of plants and seeds, animals, animal life cycles, animal adaptation, body structure, the five senses, and health and nutrition.
Hands-on Nature: Information And Activities For Exploring The Environment With Children
Author:  Jenepher Lingelbach, Lisa PurcellIllustrator:  Susan SawyerPublisher:  Vermont Historical SocietyYear:  2000ISBN:  1-584-65078-8Description:  Contains an ample array of information about trees and activities to do with students.
Here Is the African Savanna
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Tom LeonardPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  978-0-9773-7952-1Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of an African savanna.
Here Is the Arctic Winter
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Alan James RobinsonPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9777-5390-1Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of the Arctic.
Here Is the Coral Reef
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Tom LeonardPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9773-7954-5Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of a coral reef.
Here Is the Southwestern Desert
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Anne CoePublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9773-7950-7Description:  Cumulative text describes the interdependence among the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert.
Here Is the Tropical Rain Forest
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Michael RothmanPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2006ISBN:  978-0-9773-7950-7Description:  Cumulative text presents the animals and plants of the tropical rain forest and their relationships with one another and their environment.
Here Is the Wetland
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Wayne McLoughlinPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-9773-7958-3Description:  Uses a cumulative approach to describe the wetland ecology of a freshwater marsh, the most common type of wetland in North America.
Honey Girl - The Hawaiian Monk Seal
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Jeanne Walker HarveyIllustrator:  Shennen BersaniPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2017ISBN:  978-1-6285-5922-4Description:  Both young and older students will appreciate this true story of Honey Girl, the Hawaiian Monk Seal who lives on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Beautiful drawings and text tell the story of how this beloved mother seal, called “Super Mom”, becomes injured by a fishing hook. The book will inspire and encourage readers to protect animals, especially those endangered or threatened, and to recognize their importance to all life on this planet.
How A Seed Grows
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Helene J. JordanIllustrator:  Loretta KrupinskiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1992ISBN:  0-064-45107-0Description:  In simple, clear text this book describes how a seed gets water, nutrients, and sunlight and highlights the life cycle of a bean plant. It offers instruction on how to plant bean seeds in eggshells and encourages the reader to observe their development. The bright detailed pictures dramatize how a little seed may become a flower, a vegetable, or even a huge oak tree.
How Do Animals Adapt?
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Bobbie Kalman, Jacqueline LangillePublisher:  CrabtreeYear:  2000ISBN:  0-865-05957-8Description:  Describes how animals adapt to survive, discussing camouflage, mimicry, poisons, defense, adaptations to weather, feeding, and mating.
If I Were a Veterinarian
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Shelly LyonsIllustrator:  Ronnie RooneyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-6161-9Description:  If I were a veterinarian, I would help sick animals get well. I would give shots, bandage wings, and remove swallowed toys. I would care for all sorts of animals, maybe even tigers! Dream big, and see what fun it is to be a vet.
Jaguars
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Tammy GagnePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7642-7Description:  A jaguar watches silently from a rain forest tree as prey draws near below. When the jaguar leaps, it’s too late for the prey to escape. The jaguar has its lunch. Learn more about these stealthy cats, including where they live, what they hunt, and how they live from day to day.
Jobs if You Like … Animals
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Charlotte GuillainPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6803-8Description:  Do you like animals? Do you wonder what you should do when you grow up? Then this book is for you! Read all about different careers that are perfect for animal lovers.
Killer Animals: Great White Sharks on the Hunt
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Janet RieheckyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2315-5Description:  This underwater predator is the worst nightmare of many animals. Find out how one of the deadliest fish in the ocean hunts for its next meal.
Killer Animals: Pumas on the Hunt
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3928-6Description:  A puma springs from the shadows and leaps on its prey. Its powerful claws and sharp teeth do the rest. Learn how these sleek wildcats stalk and find their next meal.
Killer Whales Up Close
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2265-3Description:  Killer whales can leap out of the ocean to snatch prey with razor-sharp teeth. They are the most feared animals in the sea. Get an up-close look at this awesome predator.
Last Chance To See
Grade Level:  6-8Author:  Douglas Adams, Mark CarwardinePublisher:  Ballantine BooksYear:  1990ISBN:  0-345-37198-4Description:  Science-fiction writer, Douglas Adams, embarks on a quest to see many of the most endangered animals of the world.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Grade Level:  12-12Author:  Richard Louv.Publisher:  Algonquin BooksYear:  2005ISBN:  1565125223Description:  Today's wired generation is the focus of this work linking the absence of nature in today's children to trends in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv uses recent research to suggest that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development. This book should bring about challenging discussion about how "nature deficit" affects students in your classroom.
Leatherback Sea Turtles
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4296-8584-9Description:  Leatherback sea turtles face one of their lives’ biggest challenges as soon as they’re hatched. Crawling out of their eggs on the sandy shore, they hurry to the sea in a race to escape those who see them as a tasty meal. If they survive and thrive, they can grow longer than an adult male is tall and weigh as much as a small car! Learn more about these amazing animals, including where they live, what they eat, the many challenges they face in their lives, and what you can do to help.
Lemurs
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Claire ThropPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4329-5864-0Description:  Lemurs explores the fascinating world of primates. The title includes information about classification, habitats, adaptations, food chains, behavior, and intelligence. Readers will also learn about the threats these creatures face, how they can help protect them and their habitats, and what the future holds for them.
Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way To Explain Death To Children
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Bryan Mellonie, Robert IngpenPublisher:  BantamYear:  1983ISBN:  0-553-34402-1Description:  Explains life and death in a sensitive and caring way.
Living Things Need Food
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Keith PigdonPublisher:  National GeographicYear:  2003ISBN:  0-7922-4312-9Description:  This book builds a science background in teaching about how the food chain is a grouping of living things in which matter and energy are transferred from one organism to another in the form of food.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Eyes
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, PhotographerPublisher:  Gareth StevensYear:  1999ISBN:  0-836-82423-7Description:  A short photographic book that compares the eyes of a crab, fish, frog, horsefly, sea star, cat, and gecko. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-up images.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Feet
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, Photographer,Publisher:  Creative Teaching PressYear:  1998ISBN:  1-574-71319-1Description:  A short photographic books that compares the feet of a duck, caterpillar, gecko, flicker, tree frog, black bear, and a snail. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Tails
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, PhotographerPublisher:  Creative Teaching PressYear:  1998ISBN:  1-574-71322-1Description:  A short photographic books that compares tails of a mosquito larva, lemur, guppy, tadpole, pig, earwig, and chameleon. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Looking Closely Through the Forest
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Frank SerafiniIllustrator:  Frank SerafiniPublisher:  Kids Can PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-55453-212-4Description:  A series of close-up photographs transforms the forest into a wonderland for the imagination. Look very closely and imagine what the pictures might be. Then flip the page to discover thel variety of plants and animals that live in forest ecosystems. Students will enjoy exploring hidden perspectives and reading simple descriptions of toadstools, trees, millipedes and more.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Care – The Complete Guide to Caring for and Keeping Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches as Pets
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Tabitha JonesPublisher:  Independently PublishedYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1799037033Description:  Details the morphology of the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and advice for how to maintain them as pets.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Kristin PetriePublisher:  ABDO PublishingYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-61783-441-7Description:  Details the care and morphology of the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach including beautiful pictures
Mako Shark
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Jody Sullivan RakePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5016-8Description:  The mako shark has the need for speed. A powerful tail propels it like a torpedo through the water. Look inside to learn more about the fastest shark in the ocean.
Mammals (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Katharine HallPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5736-7Description:  All mammals share certain characteristics that set them apart from animal classes. But some mammals live on land and other mammals spend their lives in water—each is adapted to its environment. Compare and contrast mammals that live on land to those that live in the water.
Mammals Who Morph (Trilogy)
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Jennifer MorganIllustrator:  Dana Lynne AndersenPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2006ISBN:  1-58469-085-2Description:  This follow-up to The Big Bang (2002) and From Lava to Life (2003) is the last in a trilogy in which the personified universe presents the history of our cosmos in letters to an Earthling. This one picks up at the dawn of the Age of Mammals and ends with present-day humans inhabiting a modern Earth.
Marvelous Mammals
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Isabel ThomasPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4681-2Description:  Books in the Extreme Animals series reveal examples of some of the most bizarre, amazing, and extreme animals in the world. This book looks at marvelous mammals, including prickly porcupines, poisonous platypuses, and terrible tigers.
Mosquitoes
Grade Level:  2-6Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83709-4Description:  A brief introduction to mosquitoes, discussing habitat, life cycle, and predators. Includes a range map, life-cycle illustration, and facts.
Moths
Author:  Fran HowardPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2005ISBN:  736836446Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristic of moths.
Mountain Lions
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Christine Zuchora-WalskePublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7644-1Description:  Mountain lions once prowled all across North and South America, from Canada to Chile. But as people crowded into the big cats’ habitat, mountain lions were forced into smaller areas. Learn more about these big cats, including where they live, what they eat, and how they continue to survive while losing more and more of their habitat to humans.
Mountains
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Melanie WaldronPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4597-6Description:  This book explores mountain habitats around the world, looking at the plants and animals that live there, and the adaptations that help them to survive. Food webs, maps, and photos help bring the topic to life. Threats to mountain habitats are also covered, as well as efforts to preserve them.
Mrs. Carter's Butterfly Garden
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Steve RichPublisher:  NSTA KidsYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-94131-608-5Description:  Young students will enjoy this story of how former First Lady Rosalynn Carter designed a public butterfly garden and nature trail at her home in Plains, Georgia.
My Visit to the Aquarium
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  AlikiPublisher:  HarperYear:  1996ISBN:  0-064-46186-6Description:  A visit to the aquarium features a variety of aquatic habitats, including tropical coral reefs, kelp beds, freshwater swamps, tide pools, and the many creatures that inhabit these ecosystems.
Mystery Animal Tracks: A Photo Riddle Book
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Kelly BarnhillPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4296-3921-7Description:  When an animal walks the muddy banks of a river, it leaves its footprints behind. Can you guess what animal left the tracks? Read the clues, check out the photos, and put on your detective hats! A flip of the page reveals fun facts and the photo answer.
Mystery Festival Teacher's Guide
Grade Level:  2-8Author:  Kevin Beals, Carolyn WillardPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceYear:  1994ISBN:  0-924886-10-2Description:  This extremely popular forensic science unit features two imaginative and compelling mysteries, one for younger and one for older children. Students learn to distinguish evidence from inference, and conduct such crime-lab investigations as thread tests, powder tests, DNA comparisons, chromatography, and fingerprinting.
Next Time You See a Bee
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6814-0651-0Description:  This book will get young readers buzzing about bees! Next Time You See a Bee reveals the big impact these little insects have on the world. It shows how the physical features of bees make them pros at collecting and spreading pollen. It explains how bees pollinate flowers, allowing the plants to produce delicious foods such as apples, almonds, and peaches. Beautiful photographs engage readers as they learn about how these small insects help our environment.
Next Time You See a Pill Bug
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-93695-917-4Description:  Next Time You See a Pill Bug invites children and adults to gently pick the bug up and watch as it rolls into a ball and unrolls to take a walk. Excellent close-up photographs instantly engages the reader.
Next Time You See a Seashell
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-93695-915-0Description:  This book tells the amazing story behind seashells: how they are grown by mollusks, used for protection and camouflage, and full of clues about all they've bee through.
Next Time You See a Spiderweb
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Emily MorganPublisher:  NSTA Kids: Next Time You See seriesYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-9389-4634-9Description:  This book tells the amazing story behind spiderwebs: how they are made by spiders, used for protection and to capture food and moisture. Beautiful photographs will engage the reader.
Oceans
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Claire LlewellynPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4598-3Description:  This book explores ocean habitats around the world, looking at the plants and animals that live there, and the adaptations that help them to survive. Food webs, maps, and photos help bring the topic to life. Threats to ocean habitats are also covered, as well as efforts to preserve them.
On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks, and a Few More Icks
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Anthony FredericksIllustrator:  Jennifer DirubbioPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2006ISBN:  1-58469-087-9Description:  A rhyming text tells how two boys wander into a field and discover a thriving ecosystem on a single goldenrod flower. A mix of insects and arachnids with their characteristics is introduced.
One Bean
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Anne RockwellPublisher:  Walker and Co.Year:  1999ISBN:  0-802-77572-1Description:  Describes what happens to a bean as it is soaked, planted, watered, and repotted. It eventually produces pods with more beans inside.
One Small Square: Backyard
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Donald M. SilverIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  W. H. FreemanYear:  1993ISBN:  0-070-57930-XDescription:  Explains how to observe and explore plants, animals, and their interactions in one's own backyard. Topics include adaptations, diverse organisms, food chains, and decomposition. Also discusses how plants use the Sun's energy.
One Small Square: Pond
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Donald M. SilverIllustrator:  Patricia J. WynnePublisher:  McGraw-HillYear:  1997ISBN:  0-070-57932-6Description:  Double-page spreads of colorful artwork and text encourage readers to search for and document plants, animals, and insects that inhabit one small square of a pond. A pictorial glossary and investigations appropriate to the season are included.
Otis the Owl
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Mary HollandPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2017ISBN:  978-1-6285-5940-8Description:  In beautifully detailed photographs, Mary Holland captures the first few months of a baby barred owl’s life. The huge eyes and fluffy feathers will steal the hearts of readers as they learn how barred owl parents ready their young owlets for the big world outside the nest.
Pass the Energy, Please!
Grade Level:  2-8Author:  Barbara Shaw McKinneyIllustrator:  Chad WallacePublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  1999ISBN:  1-584-69001-1Description:  The exchange of energy and nutrients within the environment is addressed through rhyming text. Various food chains, including woodland, Arctic, meadow, and African plain, are presented. The role decomposers play is also discussed. Illustrations done in oil paints are large and colorful and provide visual details.
Peculiar Plants
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Anita GaneriPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4109-4698-0Description:  Books in the Extreme Nature series reveal examples of some of the most bizarre, amazing, and extreme events in the natural world. This book looks at peculiar plants, including the world's tallest trees, freakiest flowers, and even plants that catch animals for dinner!
Pillbugs
Grade Level:  Pre-K-4Author:  Donna SchafferPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  0-736-80212-6Description:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of pill bugs. Includes table of contents, index, glossary, and more resources.
Plant
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  David BurniePublisher:  Alfred A. KnopfYear:  1989ISBN:  0-394-82252-8Description:  A photo essay introduces the world of plants, including the germination of seeds, plant defenses, and uses of plants.
Plant and Animal Life Cycles
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Delta EducationPublisher:  Delta EducationYear:  2003ISBN:  1-592-42258-6Description:  Students read about the life cycles of a variety of plants, animals, and fungi. They learn how living things grow, change, and reproduce.
Polar Bears
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Kathy AllenPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4296-8432-3Description:  Cute and cuddly yet powerful and fierce, polar bears are loved by people around the world. But the great bear of the north is in trouble. Its habitat is disappearing, and its food supply is dwindling. Learn more about these amazing animals, their Arctic homes, what the eat, and what you can do to help.
Poop-Eaters: Dung Beetles in the Food Chain
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Deirdre A. PrischmannPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2008ISBN:  978-1-4296-1265-4Description:  Learn how dung beetles, eat, move, and fight over poop and how this can actually help our world.
Popcorn!
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Elaine LandauIllustrator:  Brian LiesPublisher:  CharlesbridgeYear:  2003ISBN:  1-570-91443-5Description:  Find out about popcorn's Native American origins, the invention of the popping machine, and the popularity of popcorn during World War II, when sugar for snack foods was in short supply. And what makes popcorn pop? A list of online and print resources is included.
Population Infographics
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Chris OxladePublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-6218-8Description:  This series gives young learners an exciting introduction to infographics, the simple graphic representations of different numerical facts.
Producing Fish
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Barbara A. SomervillPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6405-4Description:  What is commercial fishing? How do fish get from the sea to the supermarket? This book explores the technology used in fishing.
Producing Fruits
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Lori McManusPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4329-6408-5Description:  When did fruit farming begin? What methods make farming fruit sustainable? This book explores the technology used in fruit farming.
Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Don BrownPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  2003ISBN:  0-618-31081-9Description:  A short biography of Mary Anning (1800ñ1847), who spent her life looking for and collecting fossils. It includes details about her discovery of an ichthyosaur fossil as well as many others. Includes a brief description of how fossils form.
Rattlesnakes
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Heather L. MontgomeryPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-5434-0Description:  Two hikers take an early morning walk along a desert path. Suddenly they hear a rattling sound and spot a rattlesnake coiled in front of them. Discover how rattlesnakes use their rattles to warn enemies, along with much more about these desert dwellers.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Joy CowleyIllustrator:  Nic BishopPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1999ISBN:  0-590-87175-7Description:  The nocturnal adventures and survival of a Central American tree frog are described in this story of the tropical rain forest. Photographs show the small frog in its habitat, as well as a variety of other creatures from its perspective.
River Rescue
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Jennifer Keats Curtis and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.Illustrator:  Tammy YeePublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8835-3Description:  What happens to birds and animals caught in an oil spill? If you are on the East Coast you can call the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research group of Delaware. They will send out the Oiled Wildlife Response Team to rescue them! Readers will learn how oil affects animal feathers, skin, and fur, causing potential harm to the wildlife. Teachers will appreciate the For Creative Minds section that includes information and resources about the effects of oil spills on wildlife and the environment.
Roots (Series)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Marissa KirkmanPublisher:  Capstone-Pebble Little PebbleYear:  2020ISBN:  978-1-9771-0921-7Description:  Clear photographs and simple, engaging text describe roots and how they help plants live and grow.
Salamander Season
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Jennifer Keats Curtis and J. Adam FrederickIllustrator:  Shennen BersaniPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5565-3Description:  One cold, rainy, spring night, a young girl and her scientist father participate in “Salamander Night” to follow hundreds of spotted salamanders as they venture into a vernal pool to mate and lay eggs. In easy-to-understand text, the girl relates the tale through her illustrated, photographic journal.
Salmon Stream
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Carol Reed-JonesIllustrator:  Michael S. MaydakPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2000ISBN:  1-584-69013-5Description:  The struggle for survival and the multiple threats to the life cycle of the Pacific salmon is captured in this poetic offering. The importance of each creature in the web of life is emphasized.
Schoolyard Ecology
Author:  Katharine Barrett, Carolyn WillardIllustrator:  Rose CraigPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceYear:  2001ISBN:  0-924-88635-8Description:  The schoolyard is an environment to be investigated. Many ecological, environmental, and life science concepts are explored. Students learn biological sampling techniques and develop their mapping and related mathematical skills. GEMS Guide.
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
Author:  Herbert W. BrodaYear:  2005ISBN:  1571107290Description:  This is a great book that incorporates the most recent research from experts who are working to connect children to the outdoor world. It is well-researched, exciting to read, and grounded in the realities of today's school experiences. Broda writes, "Although there are many good reasons for taking students outside—educational, social, aesthetic, recreational—I have to admit that one of my most compelling reasons is to provide opportunities for kids to experience that sense of wonder . . . The more we take children outside for learning activities, the greater the probability for moments of awe and insight." This book gives you everything you need to start using the schoolyard.
Sharks and Dolphins (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Kevin KurtzPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2016ISBN:  978-1-6285-5739-8Description:  Sharks and dolphins both have torpedo-shaped bodies with fins on their backs. They slice through the water to grab their prey with sharp teeth. But despite their similarities, sharks and dolphins belong to different animal classes. Marine educator Kevin Kurtz guides early readers to compare and contrast these ocean predators through stunning photographs and simple, nonfiction text.
Skeleton
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Steve ParkerPublisher:  Alfred A. KnopfYear:  1988ISBN:  0-756-60727-2Description:  Looks at the structure and function of the human and animal skeletal systems. Its beautiful illustrations and photographs make it a "must."
Slime, Poop, and Other Wacky Animal Defenses
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Janet RieheckyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  9781429665094Description:  Sometimes being gross is an animal's best bet for survival. Poop, slime, and vomit aren't just nasty. They can save an animal's life. Get the inside scoop on some of the most disgusting animal weapons and defenses. (From the Animal Weapons and Defenses series.)
Snails
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Kevin J. HolmesPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2000ISBN:  0-736-88066-6Description:  An introduction to snails' physical characteristics, habits, behavior, and relationships to humans.
Strange but True Animals
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Lori PolydorosPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4551-5Description:  Fish that look like cartoons. Lizards that squirt blood from their eyes. These are not your ordinary creatures. Get ready to learn about some of the world’s strangest animals.
Super Spiders
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Charlotte GuillainPublisher:  Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4109-5219-6Description:  How do spiders make their webs? How do spiders eat their prey? How many eyes do spiders have? This title takes a fun look at spiders through engaging photos and lively text.
Tarantulas (Spiders Series)
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Molly KolpinPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4296-4520-1Description:  They’re big and hairy. They have sharp fangs. And some can stretch their legs out as wide as a dinner plate. Look inside to discover what's going on in the world of tarantulas.
Ten-Minute Field Trips: A Teacher's Guide to Using the Schoolgrounds for Environmental Studies (3rd edition)
Author:  Helen Ross RussellPublisher:  NSTA PressYear:  2001ISBN:  873550986Description:  Don't let the fact that this book was originally published in 1973 fool you into skipping it; it is quite timely for today's once available funding for field trips. Ten-minute field trips are something you have time for and can afford! This book is brimming with ideas for things to try and observe right outside the classroom door. Russell embraces the use of the schoolyard no matter where your school is located; many of the mini trips described in this book can be performed on the asphalt of an urban schoolyard. Russell presents straightforward background knowledge for you and thoughtful inquiry questions for your students.
Terrarium Habitats
Author:  Kimi Hosoume, Jacqueline BarberPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceYear:  2001ISBN:  0-924-88651-XDescription:  The activities in this Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) guide bring the natural world into your classroom and deepen student understanding of, and connection to, all living things. After an exploration of soil, students design and construct terrariums. Sow bugs, earthworms, and crickets are placed in the habitat, and students observe and record changes over time. Includes detailed instructions on setting up and maintaining the terrariums, along with concise biological information on small organisms that can become terrarium inhabitants.
The Beaks of Birds
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Alyse Richard Konicek-MoranIllustrator:  Kathleen Konicek-MoranPublisher:  NSTA KidsYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6814-0352-6Description:  Come along on a tour of the wonderful world of birds and their beaks. This book is the story of a child and two grown-up friends on a jaunt across their yard, in a park, past a pond, and through the pages of a photo album. Like them, you’ll find you can figure out what birds eat by the shape of their bills—and why some have beaks like straws, pouches, or even daggers.
The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours
Grade Level:  3-7Author:  Jane GoodallPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  2001ISBN:  0-439-21310-XDescription:  Goodall explains her findings about chimp communities and communication, the role of hierarchies, and what sort of threats chimpanzees face today. Her account also relates some of her mistakes, such as when she became too close to her subjects and interfered with her own research.
The Dandelion Seed's Big Dream
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Joseph AnthonyIllustrator:  Cris ArboPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-5846-9497-7Description:  Beautiful illustrations engage the reader in a tiny seed’s airborne journey through city streets and buildings to finally land… in a garden. Young botanists and gardeners will appreciate the uncertainties of a seed finding the right place to grow amongst a busy city setting. Background information on the dandelion, its life cycle, where to find them, and seed dispersal are provided for further exploration.
The Forest in the Trees
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Connie McLennanIllustrator:  Connie McLennanPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6435-1350-8Description:  Most people know the coast redwoods are tall, tall trees. In fact, they are the tallest trees in the world! This beautifully illustrated story by the author, describes the hidden canopy habitat of the coast redwood where plants and animals live together supporting this amazing forest community. Adapting the rhythm of The House that Jack Built, this book uses poetry and interesting side notes to convey the complex and balanced ecosystem that exists way up high. The Forest in the Trees is a 2019 a silver Eureka book awarded by the California Reading Association.
The Human Body (Essential Life Science series)
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Melanie WaldronPublisher:  Heinemann Raintree (Capstone)Year:  2014ISBN:  978-1-4329-7806-8Description:  Get the basic with Essential Life science. Each title offers an in-depth examination of a particular topic. Fascinating facts, stunning photos, and hands-on experiments help bring the topics to life.
The Life Cycle of a Bean (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Linda TagliaferroPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6710-8Description:  Watch small bean seeds grow into beans we eat. Learn about this vegetable's life cycle from start to finish
The Long and Short Tale of Colo and Ruff
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Diane LangIllustrator:  Laurie Allen KleinPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2019ISBN:  978-1-6071-8744-8Description:  A young cougar and bobcat scamper on boulders in this beautifully illustrated story. They compare how their different-shaped tails help them balance and jump from rock to rock. Teachers will appreciate the For Creative Minds section with suggestions for further tail and body comparisons among the cat family and other animals.
The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten: A Book About Food Chains
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Pat ReifIllustrator:  Bruce DegenPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1996ISBN:  0-590-48414-1Description:  Arnold and Keesha travel to the depths of the ocean and end up in the belly of a tuna. Their excursion teaches them about the food chain.
The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Joanna ColeIllustrator:  Bruce DegenPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1995ISBN:  0-590-44689-4Description:  A visit to a dinosaur dig turns into a time-travel journey through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods to see dinosaurs and fossils. Every page is brimming with dinosaur facts and theories.
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Joanna ColeIllustrator:  Bruce DegenPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1994ISBN:  0-590-41431-3Description:  The magic school bus turns into a submarine as the class and Ms. Frizzle learn about the landforms on the ocean floor and the adaptations the ocean animals make to live there.
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Joanna Cole, Patricia RelfIllustrator:  Bruce Degan, John SpeirsPublisher:  ScholasticYear:  1995ISBN:  0-590-22296-1Description:  Ms. Frizzle's class is growing a beautiful garden, but Phoebe's plot is empty. Her flowers are back at her old school! So the class climbs aboard the Magic School Bus. The kids not only go back to Phoebe's school, but they go inside one of Phoebe's flowers.
The Most Disgusting Animals on the Planet
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  John PerritanoPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7535-2Description:  There are many adorable and interesting animals on our planet. And there are some pretty disgusting ones too! Dung beetles eat the poop of other animals. Striped polecats smell worse than skunks! Horned lizards shoot blood out of their eyes. Let’s go on a journey to see some of the most stomach turning animals in the world!
The Peregrine's Journey: A Story of Migration
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Madeleine DunphyIllustrator:  Kristin KestPublisher:  Web of Life Children's BooksYear:  2008ISBN:  978-0-9777-5393-2Description:  Based on the migration of a real peregrine falcon that was tracked by satellite telemetry by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. The name "peregrine" means wandereer, and the peregrine falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird.
The Reason for a Flower
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Ruth HellerPublisher:  PenguinYear:  1999ISBN:  0-698-11559-7Description:  This poetic presentation tells about plant reproduction, manufacturing of seeds, and seed propagation. It also shows plants that don't seem to be flowers but are.
The Secret Lives of Plants!
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Janet SlingerlandIllustrator:  Oksana KemarskayaPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7686-1Description:  Plants may look innocent, but they’re sneaky, tricky, secretive little buggers. You could watch them all day and they would never move an inch. But hidden from your eyes, their roots, leaves, and blossoms are always working. From photosynthesis to reproduction, get ready to uncover the science of plants and the secrets that they keep.
The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls
Grade Level:  3-8Author:  Catherine ThimmeshIllustrator:  Melissa SweetPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  2002ISBN:  0-618-07698-0Description:  More inventions by women and girls are the subject of the latest book by Catherine Thimmesh, the author of Girls Think of Everything. This volume includes stories about Jane Goodall’s studies of the use of tools by chimpanzees; the design of Sojourner, the Mars rover, by Donna Shirley; how Beatrix Potter, the author of the Peter Rabbit stories, discovered the dual life of algae and fungi in lichen; and Sue Hendrickson’s discovery of the biggest, most complete Tyrannosaurs rex fossil in 1990. Includes resources and a selected timeline of discoveries by women.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Lady Changed a City Forever
Grade Level:  Pre-K-5Author:  H. Joseph HopkinsIllustrator:  Jill McElmurryPublisher:  Scholastic, IncYear:  2018ISBN:  978-0-54579-350-6Description:  See how Katherine Olivia Sessions turned the desert-like environment of San Diego into the vibrant, lush, and tree-filled city that it is today. The story is also about a young girl in Northern California who loved nature, and became the first woman to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1881 with a degree in natural science. Captivating illustrations follow Kate Sessions' journey in San Diego as a teacher and horticulturalist. She is called the Mother of Balboa Park for her introduction of trees and plants to the area.
They Call Me Woolly: What Animal Names Can Tell Us
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Keith DuQuettePublisher:  PutnamYear:  2002ISBN:  0-399-23445-4Description:  This exploration of animal names is vibrantly illustrated, with different animals on each page. End notes give more information about each animal.
This Book Might Bite: A Collection of Wacky Animal Trivia
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Megan Cooley PetersonPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7655-7Description:  Do you know which shark eats license plates, tires, and fast food wrappers? Can you guess which baby animals eat their mothers’ poop? Do you want to find out which insect lays its eggs on dead animals? Get the answer to these disgusting questions and many more!
This or That Animal Debate: A Rip-Roaring Game of Either/Or Questions
Grade Level:  3-9Author:  Joan Axelrod-ContradaPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4296-8593-1Description:  Would you choose … to swim with a great white shark or a box jellyfish? You must pick one or the other! Test your decision-making skills with these outrageous animal questions. Then try them on your friends!
Touching And Feeling (Senses and Sensors)
Grade Level:  4-8Author:  Alan SilversteinPublisher:  21st Century BooksYear:  2002ISBN:  076131668XDescription:  What makes a rose smell sweet or a dirty gym sock stink? Is it possible to figure out where someone is just by sensing footsteps? Tjos bpplanswers similar intriguing questions as it investigates how the senses work. Topics covered include the science behind the senses; animals with enhanced senses; artificial sensors developed for people--among them, electronic noses to smell disease; robotic hands that can teach sign language to the deaf; and sensors that can monitor food spoilage. Glossary and resource list.
Trees (A Compare and Contrast book)
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Katharine HallPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-6285-5461-8Description:  Trees grow in many habitats, all around the world. Some trees are short and some are tall. Some grow in hot deserts and others grow on cold mountains. Some have leaves that are broad and wide and others are short and narrow. Readers compare and contrast the different characteristics of trees through vibrant photographs.
Vegetables
Grade Level:  Pre-K-1Author:  Nancy DickmannPublisher:  Heinemann LibraryYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4329-6974-5Description:  Make a place for vegetables in your diet. From leafy greens to roots, vegetables provide a variety of nutrition in all forms. Read this book to learn about how to eat well and use MyPlate.
Welcome to the Icehouse
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jane YolenIllustrator:  Laura ReganPublisher:  PenguinYear:  1998ISBN:  0-399-23011-4Description:  The coming of warm weather to the arctic brings an explosion of color from flowering plants and a thundering return of wildlife.
Welcome to the River of Grass
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jane YolenPublisher:  PenguinYear:  2001ISBN:  0-399-23221-4Description:  Visit the Everglades, travel through the hammock forest and the mangrove swamp, and learn about the creatures within them. More information about the Everglades at the end of the book includes an explanation of why the "delicately balanced" ecosystem is in trouble.
What Eats What in a Desert Food Chain
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Suzanne SladeIllustrator:  Anne WertheimPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4048-7386-5Description:  The Sonoran desert teems with life. From an Octillo plant to a Crested Caracara, the living things in this book are linked together in a food chain. Each one of them needs the others in order to live. Find out what eats what in the Sonoran Desert!
What Does an Animal Eat?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Lawrence F. LoweryIllustrator:  Bill ReusswigPublisher:  NSTA Kids: I Wonder Why seriesYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-9369-5946-4Description:  Kids who want to know all about animals will find this book fascinating. What Does an Animal Eat? offers insights into two special aspects of hungry animals: how their teeth and beaks offer clues to what they eat and the food chain’s role in helping to make sure there’s enough for all.
What Eats What in a Forest Food Chain
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Lisa J. AmstutzIllustrator:  Zack McLaughlinPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2013ISBN:  978-1-4048-7388-9Description:  A temperate deciduous forest teems with life. From a tall oak tree to a turkey vulture, the living things in this books are linked together in a food chain. Each one of them needs the others in order to live. Find out what eats what in a forest!
What Happens in Summer?
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Sara L. LattaPublisher:  Enslow PublishersYear:  2006ISBN:  0-7660-2416-4Description:  When does summer start? Why is summer weather warm? What do plants and animals do in the summer? Learn the answers to these questions, and many others, as you start learning about the seasons.
What Happens to Broken Bones?: Bones
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Carol BallardPublisher:  RaintreeYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4109-4011-7Description:  This book gives readers information about our bones.
What If There Were No Gray Wolves? A Book about the Temperate Forest Ecosystem
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Suzanne SladeIllustrator:  Carol SchwartzPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-6020-9Description:  Deciduous forest ecosystems can be found on nearly every continent. Countless animals and plants live in them. So what difference could the loss of one animal species make? Follow the chain reaction, and discover how important gray wolves are.
What's Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew?
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Robert E. WellsPublisher:  Albert WhitmanYear:  1995ISBN:  0-807-58838-5Description:  The composition of smaller and smaller particles is explored. Includes illustrations of paramecia, bacteria, molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, neutrons, and quarks and explains that in order to view these a special microscope is needed. Includes a small glossary.
What's the Difference Between a Dophin and a Porpoise?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Trisha Speed ShaskanIllustrator:  Bandelin-DaceyPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2011ISBN:  978-1-4048-5545-8Description:  One animal has a long, sleek body. The other animal’s body is short and chubby. Do you know the differences between a dolphin and a porpoise?
What's the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary FirestoneIllustrator:  Bandelin-DaceyPublisher:  Picture Window BooksYear:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4048-5544-1Description:  Do you know the differences between a frog and a toad? One animal has smooth skin and long legs. The other animal has bumpy skin and short legs. Find out which animal is which.
Whirlers and Twirlers: Science Fun with Spinning
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Vicki CobbIllustrator:  Steve HaefelePublisher:  Lerner PublishingYear:  2001ISBN:  0-761-31573-XDescription:  Features simple experiments that introduce readers to balance, spin, centripetal and centrifugal forces, friction, and other concepts.
Whose Egg Is This?
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Lisa J. AmstutzPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7554-3Description:  Eggs come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some eggs are hard. Other eggs are soft. Can you match each egg to its owner? Fun clues and multiple choice photos will have you puzzling to learn more!
Why do Bears Sleep All Winter?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary EnglarPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6379-7Description:  Learn about hibernation and how it affects an animal's survival.
Wolves
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Michael DahlPublisher:  Capstone PressYear:  2012ISBN:  978-1-4296-7701-1Description:  Wolves often hunt in packs in North America. Learn all about these furry predators and their habits in Wolves.
Books: Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.
A House for Hermit Crab
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Eric CarlePublisher:  AladdinYear:  2005ISBN:  1-416-90309-7Description:  Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell, so he sets out in search of a bigger one. On his underwater journey, he makes new friends that help him turn his new house into a home.
Amigo
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Garth WilliamsPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1991ISBN:  0-689-71299-5Description:  Desperately wanting a pet to love, a boy decides to tame a prairie dog who has already decided to tame the boy for his own pet. The poetic text tells how the boy considers what the animal needs to survive in its environment.
Around the World: Who's Been Here?
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Lindsay Barrett GeorgePublisher:  Greenwillow BooksYear:  1999ISBN:  0-688-15268-6Description:  A teacher travels around the world, viewing animals in their natural habitats, and writes back to her class about her findings. The story is told through her letters in a first-person narrative and includes double-spread paintings accompanied by small drawings that provide details of her experiences.
Baby Bear's Adoption
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Jennifer Keats CurtisIllustrator:  Veronica V. JonesPublisher:  Arbordale PublishingYear:  2018ISBN:  978-1-6071-1874-00Description:  What happens if a baby bear loses its mama? Find out what biologists in Michigan do as you follow Braden, Finley, and their biologist dad tag a hibernating mama bear. Later, when there's an orphan cub, they can unite it with this adoptive mother. Teachers will appreciate the For Creative Mind section with additional science resources, information and activities. Also available in Spanish.
Children of the Earth...Remember
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Schim SchimmelPublisher:  Northword PressYear:  1997ISBN:  1-559-71640-1Description:  Illustrates the interrelationships of animals and people in protecting the natural world. Dramatic, original paintings convey the author's love of the environment.
Clementina's Cactus
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Ezra Jack KeatsPublisher:  Viking PressYear:  1999ISBN:  0-670-88545-2Description:  Walking in the desert, Clementina and her father discover a lone cactus, shriveled and prickly. To her surprise, Clementina notices that something is hiding inside the thick skin.
Daytime, Nightime, All Through the Year
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane LangIllustrator:  Andrea GabrielPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2017ISBN:  978-1-58469-607-0 (pbk)Description:  Forest animals are explored during each month of a year. Daytime and nighttime behaviors are described through vivid illustrations and poetic verse. Ideas, suggestions, and activities to extend the learning are included.
Desert Voices
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Peter ParnallPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1993ISBN:  0-689-71691-5Description:  Ten creatures describe their lives and the beauty of their desert home.
Dig, Wait, Listen
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  April Pulley SayreIllustrator:  Barbara BashPublisher:  Greenwillow BooksYear:  2001ISBN:  0-688-16614-8Description:  A spadefoot toad waits under the sand for the rain, hears the sounds of other desert animals, and eventually mates and spawns other toads.
Dinomike and Tzeasaura Find a Plesiosaur
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Mike BaldwinPublisher:  TraffordYear:  2003ISBN:  1-412-00790-9Description:  Dinomike and Tzeasaura go looking for fossils, answering many questions along the way.
In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Gail DonovanIllustrator:  Janet PedersenPublisher:  Dutton BooksYear:  2009ISBN:  9780525420859Description:  After playing the OBIS Food Chain Game with third graders, a student told me about a novel in which students played a very similar game. The main character, the adventurous fifth grader Joshua Tree Hewitt, is often getting in trouble for talking too much. While trying to avoid getting into any more trouble before school one day, he stumbles upon a frog in the pond near his house. Not just any frogóa five-legged one! In order to win some much needed approval from his teacher, he brings the frog to school. The entire class falls into deep adoration for the frog and unites together to uncover the mystery of the frog's fifth leg. This is the kind of book that will make students beg for you to read to them. Third- through fifth-graders will gobble it up as fast as I did.
Island Of The Blue Dolphins
Grade Level:  3-6Author:  Scott O'DellIllustrator:  Ted LewinPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  1990ISBN:  0-395-53680-4Description:  Karana, a Native American, lived alone for years on an island in the Pacific. This story tells how she kept herself alive by building shelter and finding food while waiting to be rescued.
Just So Stories
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Rudyard KiplingIllustrator:  Barry MoserPublisher:  PenguinYear:  2004ISBN:  0-140-36702-0Description:  Presents tales of animals and far-off places. Each short story explains a mystery about an animal, such as why it looks the way it does.
Mighty Mole and Super Soil
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Mary QuattlebaumIllustrator:  Chad WallacePublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2015ISBN:  978-1-58469-539-4Description:  This is the story of Mighty Mole and her relationship to the soil and the other animals that live there. Readers learn of the mole's amazing adaptations that help her live in her underground home. Resources for further learning are included.
Miss Rumphius
Grade Level:  3-4Author:  Barbara CooneyIllustrator:  Barbara CooneyPublisher:  Viking PressYear:  1982ISBN:  0-670-47958-6Description:  Great-aunt Rumphius was once a little girl who loved the sea, longed to visit faraway places, and wished to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. As an old woman, her last wish is fulfilled as she spreads lupine seeds and watches the plants disperse.
Oak Tree
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Gordon MorrisonPublisher:  Walter Lorraine BooksYear:  2005ISBN:  0-618-60918-0Description:  A year in the life of a grand oak tree is depicted through detailed pencil and watercolor paintings, expressive text, and explanatory margin notes. Explains the ecology of the tree as a host for a number of small creatures.
Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Bonnie WorthIllustrator:  Aristides RuizPublisher:  Random HouseYear:  2001ISBN:  0-375-81095-1Description:  With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2, the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal.
Our Big Home: An Earth Poem
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Linda Glaser, Elisa KlevenPublisher:  Lerner PublishingYear:  2000ISBN:  0-761-31650-7Description:  Poetry. Colorful illustrations and poetic text describe the soil, air, water, sky, sun, and more that are shared by all the creatures on this big Earth home.
Secret Place
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Eve BuntingIllustrator:  Ted RandPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  1996ISBN:  0-395-64367-8Description:  A young boy discovers a place in the city where a river flows hidden between two concrete walls. He keeps the place a secret because it attracts a variety of wild animals who come to nest and drink.
Snail Girl Brings Water: A Navajo Story
Grade Level:  K-8Author:  Geri KeamsIllustrator:  Richard Ziehler-MartinPublisher:  Northland PublishingYear:  1998ISBN:  0-87358-662-XDescription:  This book is a Navajo creation story about bringing water to the desert and how snails got their shells.
Spider Boy
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Ralph FletcherPublisher:  Yearling BooksYear:  1998ISBN:  440414830Description:  This is another great story for upper elementary students. In this one, a student moves to a new state and endures teasing for his love of spiders. This "new kid" is passionate about all arachnids which is great for teaching appreciation of all life, not just the fuzzy mammals. What is especially neat about this book is the boy's interest and talent for writing in his journal.
Stellaluna
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Janell CannonPublisher:  HarcourtYear:  1993ISBN:  0-152-80217-7Description:  After falling headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised as a bird until she is reunited with her mother. Explores the adaptations and survival of birds and bats in their respective habitats.
The Gardener
Grade Level:  2-3Author:  Sarah StewartIllustrator:  David SmallPublisher:  Farrar, Straus, and GirouxYear:  2007ISBN:  031236749XDescription:  In the 1930's, a little girl comes to live with her grumpy uncle in the city. Her love of growing things literally makes joy blossom for the neighborhood.
The Lorax
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Dr. SeussPublisher:  Random HouseYear:  1976ISBN:  0-394-82337-0Description:  Delivers a vivid picture of environmental disaster through habitat destruction, pollution, and overuse of natural resources.
The Prairie that Nature Built
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Marybeth LorbieckiIllustrator:  Cathy MorrisonPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-58469-492-2Description:  Using rhyming text similar to "The House that Jack Built", this story explores the prairie where various animals live above and below ground. Beautiful illustrations describe this complex ecosystem and how lightning, wildfire, and rain impacts all organisms. Facts about the prairie, the community of living things, as well as activities to extend the learning are included.
The Salamander Room
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Anne MazerIllustrator:  Steve Johnson, Lou FancherPublisher:  KnopfYear:  1994ISBN:  0-679-86187-4Description:  A young boy finds a salamander and thinks about what he needs to do to make a perfect home for it.
The Swamp Where Gator Hides
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Marianne BerkesIllustrator:  Roberta BairdPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsYear:  2014ISBN:  978-1-58469-471-7Description:  Using rhyming text similar to "The House that Jack Built", this story explores the swamp where various animals live. Beautiful illustrations describe the alligator's home and how he uses camouflage and more to capture his prey. Facts about the swamp ecosystem, the Florida Everglades, and activities to extend the learning are included.
The Wise Woman And Her Secret
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Eve MerriamIllustrator:  Linda GravesPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1991ISBN:  0-6717-2603-XDescription:  Little Jenny is the only one who discovers the wise woman's secret to be curious and take time to look closely using all your senses to see, touch, taste, smell, and hear as well as to keep wandering and wondering. 40 pages
Two Bad Ants
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Chris Van AllsburgPublisher:  Houghton MifflinYear:  1988ISBN:  0-395-48668-8Description:  When the ants go into a kitchen searching for sugar crystals for the queen, two ants stay behind to eat their fill.
Water Music
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Jane YolenIllustrator:  Jason Stemple, photographerPublisher:  Boyds Mills PressYear:  2004ISBN:  1-590-78251-8Description:  Poetry. Original poems based on water in its various forms motivate readers to observe an earth material we often take for granted.
When Clay Sings
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Tom BahtiPublisher:  Simon and SchusterYear:  1981ISBN:  0-689-71106-9Description:  A story of the ancient people represented by the prehistoric American clay pottery that can be found in the desert hills of the West.