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Recommended Reading: Elementary Non-Fiction


Recommended Reading: Elementary Non-Fiction

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Animal Smarts

Category: Elementary Non-Fiction, Jr./Sr. High Non-Fiction

By Sylvia Funston, 1997

Animal Smarts, one of The Secret Life of Animals series, details fascinating findings about all sorts of creatures, from our everyday pets to exotic wildlife from remote places around the world. The Secret Life of Animals series presents the very latest discoveries about animal behaviors that have long been hidden and mysterious. Sylvia Funston, former editor-in-chief of OWL and Chickadee Magazines, is a multi-award-winning science author and editor.

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Animals at Play: Rules of the Game

Category: Elementary Non-Fiction, Picture Books

By Marc Bekoff & Michael J. DiMotta, 2008

Biologist Marc Bekoff shows us how animals behave when they play, from squirrels climbing up a tree to polar bears somersaulting in the snow.  He also emphasizes how animals communicate, cooperate and learn to play fair and what happens when they break the rules.

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Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd

Category: Chapter Books, Elementary Non-Fiction

By Karsten Heuer, 2007

This 48-page picture book chronicling the 2003 epic journey through the wild country straddling the Canada-Alaska border by newlywed Albertans Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison documents the physical hardships, unexpected dangers and wondrous discoveries they encountered as they followed the 100,000 caribou over 1500 km on their annual trek to safe (but environmentally threatened) calving grounds by the Beaufort Sea.

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Birdhouses (Kids Can Do It)

Category: Chapter Books, Elementary Non-Fiction

By Renée Schwartz, 2005

Building birdhouses is a great way to get chickadees, bluebirds, swallows, wrens and many other kinds of birds to nest in your backyard – or schoolyard. And with fewer old trees around for birds to nest in, building birdhouses is not only fun, it’s important. Nine different designs are identified for different bird species.

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Birds of Prey Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife

Category: Chapter Books, Elementary Non-Fiction

By Pam Hickman, 2006

In Birds of Prey Rescue, you’ll meet people from around the world who are fighting to ensure a future for these magnificent birds, including an Alberta rancher who helps burrowing owls on his land. The author is a biologist with the Federation of Ontario Naturalists.

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Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends

Category: Elementary Non-Fiction, Featured Reading

By Rob Laidlaw, 2014

In this book meet kids who are making a difference for cats around the world. Animal advocate Rob Laidlaw brings readers a hopeful, inspiring look at the issues facing domesticated and feral cats. This read is guaranteed to inspire and empower readers of all ages.

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City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle

Category: Chapter Books, Elementary Non-Fiction

By Nicholas Read, 2012

When we think of wild animals, we don’t immediately associate them with the cities we live in. But a closer look soon reveals that we share our urban environment with a great many untamed creatures. This book examines how and why so many wild animals choose to live in the same place that we do! The book also looks at what responsibilities we have in ensuring that these animals can continue to share our city lives.

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Dog House Blues

Category: Chapter Books, Elementary Non-Fiction, Jr./Sr. High Non-Fiction

By Jacqueline Pearce, 2005

Erika struggles to deal with being bullied by other pre-teen girls. She is torn by her love of her family’s numerous pets adopted by her veterinarian mother, and the shame of being nicknamed “dog girl.” Written for the BC SPCA Kids’ Club, the love and intimacy with which Pearce describes the dogs in this book is evident. The humorous personalities of Erika’s dogs are based on the real life incidents of pets which belong to Pearce’s friends.  A good lesson on how relationships between humans – and animals.

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Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound

Category: Elementary Non-Fiction, Picture Books

By Beth Finke, 2007

This story of how Beth, who is blind, travels safely around the city–to work, shopping, even to baseball games–with the help of Hanni, a specially-trained Golden/Labrador Retriever, is a touching tale of mutual devotion and teamwork.

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Ivan: The Remarkable True story of a Shopping Mall Gorilla

Category: Elementary Non-Fiction, Picture Books

By Katherine Applegate & G. Brian Karas, 2014

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.  This is his true story!