The Buckit Book List:
Come along with Michael, Emily, and their family as they learn about the animals in the park from their scats (poop) and tracks (footprints). This delightfully illustrated children’s book follows Michael–who is afraid of bears–and his family as they encounter signs of mountain goats, beavers, elk, deer, rabbits, coyotes, mountain lions, badgers, and more.
From the spiky lionfish and the brightly colored clownfish to lanternfishes and hatchetfishes that flash lights so they can find each other in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, children will be fascinated by the breadth of sea life depicted. An afterword offers fascinating facts and a closer look at each fish.
From an amazing stick insect longer than your arm to gigantic spiders as big as a dinner plate, this book’s huge fold-out pages let readers discover how big some of the biggest bugs in the world really are.
5) Mister Seahorse
A stunning picture book from Eric Carle about Mister Seahorse and other ‘male mothers’, with special acetate pages that hide fish behind rocks and reeds. As he floats through the sea, Mister Seahorse meets a Mr Stickleback, Mr Tilapia, Mr Kurtus and many other fish fathers caring for their eggs and babies in the most surprising ways.
6) I Howl, I Growl
Join the lively animals of this book as they race, chase, howl and growl across the clever pages of this board book. Bold illustrations and catchy rhymes make I Howl, I Growl the perfect introduction to the wide range of animals that live in the desert habitat.
7) On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects
Find out all you ever wanted to know about insects when the Cat and company get an up-close view of life as a bug. Kids will learn how insects — from the spittlebug to the honeybee to the moth — see, smell, communicate, and pollinate, as well as sometimes pester and amaze and generally make life better for us humans. Catch the bug buzz with the Cat in the Hat and all his friends!
8) Shark Baby
Who am I? wonders Shark Baby. When his mermaid’s purse egg case is torn loose in a storm, he finds himself on a journey through different ocean habitats: kelp forests, coral reefs, and seagrass meadows. He learns what kind of shark he isn’t, but not what kind he is. He needs to find the mermaid to learn where he belongs, but the ocean is big and full of dangers. Will he find out who he is-and what he can do-in time?
9) Where Do I Sleep? A Pacific Northwest Lullaby
This beautifully illustrated lullaby book features shimmering salmon fry, a long-legged baby moose, feathery eaglets, and fifteen other Northwest animals bedding down for the night (or day!). Rhythmic and soothing four-line stanzas describe the animals’ habitats and sleeping patterns. Children will love learning about the familiar creatures in this special book.
10) What Do You Do With A Tail Like This?
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book, beautifully illustrated in cut-paper collage, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
11) How Do Flowers Grow?
This stylish, highly illustrated, interactive book is perfect for sharing with young children, and introduces science using a friendly lift-the-flap format. A great introduction to one of the fundamental themes of biology, perfect for curious young minds.
12) An Octopus is Amazing
“[Here is] a charming introduction to the truly amazing octopus [from its intelligence to its ability to change colors to the camouflaging black ink it squirts to escape predators]. Lauber’s chatty, fact-filled text makes the book a good read-aloud, and Keller’s amusing and colorful drawings enhance it—a perfect match of text and illustration.” —SLJ.
13) Deep in the Swamp
Count from 1 otter pup to 10 baby crayfish as readers learn about the special relationships of baby and mom mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects that make their home in the Okefenokee Swamp. A helpful guide to swamp flora and fauna is included. Modeled after the song “Over in the Meadow” by Olive A. Wadsworth.
14) Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars
An introduction to the world of seashells, crabs, and sea stars including identification information, educational activities, and fun facts. Invites young naturalists to spot wildlife. Safety tips are provided and interesting activities are suggested.
15) All The Way to the Ocean
An uplifting story about two best friends, Isaac and James, and their discovery of the cause and effect relationship between our cities’ storm drains and the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers. It is sure to inspire both young and adult readers alike and teach a timeless life lesson–If we all do our part, a cleaner, safer environment is indeed within our reach.
16) Izzie Lizzie Alligator
Interesting family behavior of the American alligator. Winner of a Children’s Choice Award.
17) Baby Animals
Baby Animals is part of an exciting reading series for young children, with lots of pictures and very simple, easy text.