February Book Recommendations
Each month Kate Larson from Ballast Books and Kirstin from the Kitsap Regional Library kindly provide us with their recommendations for books depending on the themes our classes are focusing on.
For Illahee, they are looking at Pacific Northwest Mammals this month. Below are some books to look into:
The Truth About Bears by Maxwell Eaton III 2018. “Did you know that when a bear is born, it weighs less than a picture book?” Interesting and funny facts about different kinds of bears.
Orcas by Elizabeth R. Johnson 2017. Graceful, but fierce, these mammals of the sea are also known as killer whales.
Deer (Animals That Live in the Forest) by JoAnn Early Macken 2005.
The Seal Garden by Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read 2018. Stunning photographs tell the story of harbor seals and other marine mammals seeking refuge in a seal garden along the Pacific coast.
Land Mammals of the Pacific Northwest by Fiona Reid
This Folding Guide covers 49 mammals, both large and small, found in the Pacific Northwest from the California/Oregon border up and including British Columbia. It includes bats, moles, rabbits, as well as the large signature mammals of the region such as elk, bears, foxes, and cougars. The range extends from the front range of the Rockies westward to the Pacific, northward to include the Canadian Rockies and southward to the Colorado/New Mexico border. Illustrations and text are by Fiona Reid, accomplished naturalist, author and illustrator of the Peterson Field Guide to Mammals.
For the Wetlands, the will be learning about Light, Rainbows, and Colors:
Light Waves by David A. Adler
"An introduction to the physics of light for young readers, with an overview of photons, transparency, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the mechanics of reflection.
Cooking with Sunshine: How Plants Make Food by Ellen Lawrence 2013
Light is All Around Us (Let’s Read and Find Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer 2014
An introduction to light and how it helps us to see profiles different kinds of light, including sunlight, firelight and electric light, and provides interactive experiments readers can perform at school or at home.
Why Do We See Rainbows? Melissa Stewart 2009
How does the human eye see color?
Sun in My Tummy by Laura Alary illustrated by Andrea Blinick
Description: How does a home-cooked breakfast give a little girl the energy she needs for a brand-new day? In gently expressive language, her mother takes readers on a journey into the earth where sleepy seeds are tickled awake and grow into golden oats; into blueberry patches, where green leaves break apart water and air to build sweet sugar; and into a pasture where sun becomes grass, becomes cow, becomes milk. Author Laura Alary’s free verse breaks big ideas into child-sized pieces, making Sun in My Tummy an accessible introduction to the concepts of matter and energy, and how the sun’s light becomes fuel for our bodies through the food we eat. Andrea Blinick’s mixed-media illustrations pair the cozy and homelike with the glowing and dramatic as she takes readers from the kitchen to the farm field and to the sky and back. A concluding Author’s Note shares further information about photosynthesis for young readers.
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