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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Category: Elementary Non-Fiction
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Katherine Applegate & G. Brian Karas, 2014
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate chronicles the true story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who was captured as a baby and placed in a shopping mall. For twenty-seven years, Ivan spent all his days in captivity inside the mall. It wasn’t until concerned citizens began to work together to speak up for Ivan that he was eventually transferred to an animal sanctuary where he spent his final years. This book is a great resource to introduce the ideas of captivity, wildlife conservation, and how actions of a community can make a difference. Students will begin to critically think about how the actions…
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