We recently found yet another great series of books about animals at our local library. The series is called Amazing Animals. Beside the fact that they are new (which means we get them in pristine condition and enjoy cracking open the brand-new books), they are a really well done animal series. What I like:
- wonderful full-page photos of animals that my little ones study
- Each page of writing has a short paragraph with large font. Sometimes my kids just want to read something that isn’t too tiny of font or too many words on a page. This fits this well, but yet has great information.
- The books introduce lots of great animal vocabulary and includes well-written definitions at the bottom of the page. For example, in Bats, there are definitions for mammals, hibernate, nectar, roost, echolocation, and more.
- While the books are fairly easy to read (fine for my 2nd and 3rd graders and great for the younger ones to hear), they don’t shy away from information. The books really explain a lot about a topic and use the correct terminology.
- Even though I have read a ton of animal books, I learned new facts reading these books to my little ones. (Example again from Bats: the book explained the difference between megabats and microbats. I had no idea there were these two different types of bats; I though all bats used echolocation.
- The book includes pronunciation help for big words like echolocation.
- Each book include a fun little fable (or story) about the creature.
What the kids like:
- “There are lots of cool animals.”
- “There are cool facts and funny fables.”
- “I like that it tells you what different words mean and how to pronounce them.”
Books in the series:
- Amazing Animals: Alligators
- Amazing Animals: Bats
- Amazing Animals: Cheetahs
- Amazing Animals: Dolphins
- Amazing Animals: Eagles
- Amazing Animals: Elephants
- Amazing Animals: Giraffes
- Amazing Animals: Gorillas
- Amazing Animals: Kangaroos
- Amazing Animals: Killer Whales
- Amazing Animals: Koalas
- Amazing Animals: Leopards
- Amazing Animals: Lions
- Amazing Animals: Moose
- Amazing Animals: Monkeys
- Amazing Animals: Parrots
- Amazing Animals: Penguins
- Amazing Animals: Polar Bears
- Amazing Animals: Sharks
- Amazing Animals: Snakes
- Amazing Animals: Swans
- Amazing Animals: Tigers
- Amazing Animals: Wolves
A few library hunting hints:
- This series has two different authors so don’t just search by one of the authors. (Kate Riggs and Valerie Bodden)
- In our library, these books are spread out over about 8 different animal bookshelves. (In fact, our library puts adult and juvenile nonfiction together)
- Even though Amazon includes the “Amazing Animals” part of the title, our library’s catalog has the books only listed by their animal name.
We hope you can enjoy these books as much as we do! Let us know if you find them in your library.