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BISAC Subject JNF051150

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology

A Giraffe Calf Grows Up

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Hobbs is a giraffe calf. He is growing up in a wild animal park with his mother. When he was born, he was 6 feet tall! He drinks his mother’s milk and slowly grows up until he can run, play… Read More →

  • ATOS: 1.9
  • Dewey: 599.638

A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up

Kindergarten - Grade 3

What happens when a harbor seal pup is abandoned like Sidney was? She was on the verge of starvation when some helpful humans stepped in to make sure she would live to become a healthy, happy… Read More →

  • ATOS: 2.0
  • Dewey: 599.79'23

A Koala Joey Grows Up

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Mel is a koala joey. She is growing up in a park in Australia. She likes to ride on her mother’s belly. In less than a year, she grows from a tiny pink baby living in her mother’s pouch into… Read More →

  • ATOS: 2.2
  • Dewey: 599.2'5139

A Penguin Chick Grows Up

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Obie is a penguin chick. He is growing up in a zoo on Tuxedo Island. Obie’s father feeds him digested fish. He shuffles his heavy webbed feet and waddles. When he’s older, he grows new… Read More →

  • ATOS: 2.0
  • Dewey: 598.47'139

A Tiger Cub Grows Up

Kindergarten - Grade 3

Tara is a tiger cub. What is it like to grow up in a wild animal park? If you look closely, you will discover how Tara grows from a tiny newborn cub to a pouncing, full-grown tiger there… Read More →

  • ATOS: 1.8
  • Dewey: 599.756

African Elephants: Massive Tusked Mammals

Grade 2 - Grade 4

Find out what an African elephant has in common with a wildebeest. Learn what sets an African elephant apart from a snow leopard. Readers will compare and contrast key traits of African… Read More →

  • Lexile: 840
  • ATOS: 4.8
  • Dewey: 599.67'4

American Alligators: Armored Roaring Reptiles

Grade 2 - Grade 4

Find out what an American alligator has in common with a frilled lizard. Discover what sets an American alligator apart from an eastern coral snake. Readers will compare and contrast key… Read More →

  • Lexile: 900
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: 597.98'4

Animal Groups Are CATegorical ™


The Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series uses rhyming text and humorous illustrations to introduce young readers to the six major animal groups—mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, amphibians… Read More →

Animal Predators


With remarkable photographs of animals on the hunt, this series focuses on some of the most skillful predators in the animal kingdom. Watch these deadly animals as they grow into full-grown… Read More →

Arachnid World


Enter the creepy-crawly world of the arachnid family with award-winning science author Sandra Markle! Too often lumped together with insects, these fascinating animals have distinctive… Read More →

Army Ants

Grade 3 - Grade 6

In tropical areas of Africa, South America, Central America, and Asia, army ants are an important part of nature’s clean-up crew, eating small dead or dying creatures. Millions of army ants… Read More →

  • Lexile: 970
  • ATOS: 5.5
  • Dewey: 595.79'6

Bald Eagles: Prey-Snatching Birds

Grade 2 - Grade 4

See what a bald eagle has in common with a spotted owl. Learn what sets a bald eagle apart from an osprey. Readers will compare key traits of bald eagles—their appearance, behavior, habitat… Read More →

  • Lexile: 830
  • Dewey: 598.9'43

Big Game Hunting: Bear, Deer, Elk, Sheep, and More

Grade 4 - Grade 8

Have you ever perched in a tree stand, watching for big game? Listened to the crackle of branches and brush being trampled as a large buck steps into the clearing? Or have you hunted elk… Read More →

  • Lexile: 850
  • ATOS: 5.1
  • Dewey: 799.2'6

Black Widows: Deadly Biters

Grade 4 - Grade 8

Beware of the venomous spider with the large red spot—it is a black widow! In this book you will learn how black widows are similar to and different from other arachnids. Close-up photographs… Read More →

  • Lexile: 830
  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: 595.4'4

Boa Constrictors: Prey-Crushing Reptiles

Grade 2 - Grade 4

Find out what a boa constrictor has in common with an American crocodile. Discover what sets a boa constrictor apart from a green iguana. Readers will compare and contrast key traits of boa… Read More →

  • Lexile: 950
  • ATOS: 5.2
  • Dewey: 597.96'7

Build, Beaver, Build!: Life at the Longest Beaver Dam

Kindergarten - Grade 3

The first year of a beaver kit's life is full of new discoveries and dangers. But the most important lesson the kit learns is how to take care of his family's home. The lodge where he lives… Read More →

  • Lexile: 660
  • ATOS: 4.1
  • Dewey: [E]
Fall 2018

Bumba Books ™ — Polar Animals


Read all about caribou, narwhals, penguins, and more. These magnificent polar animals come to life through full-color photographs and carefully leveled text. Critical thinking questions and a… Read More →

Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee: What Is an Insect?

Kindergarten - Grade 3

What is an insect? Crickets, mosquitos, ladybugs, and many other creatures are all insects! Read More →

  • Lexile: 680
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Dewey: 595.7

California Condors: Wide-Winged Soaring Birds

Grade 2 - Grade 4

See what a California condor has in common with a turkey vulture. Learn what sets them apart from a brown-headed cowbird. Readers will compare key traits of California condors—their… Read More →

  • Lexile: 780
  • Dewey: 598.9/2

Can You Tell a Bee from a Wasp?

Grade 1 - Grade 3

Something buzzes past your ear. A yellow-and-black insect flies to a colorful flower. It crawls around and then zooms… Did you just see a bee? Or was it a wasp? These animals look very s Read More →

  • Lexile: 470
  • ATOS: 3.0
  • Dewey: 595.79

Can You Tell a Butterfly from a Moth?

Grade 1 - Grade 3

An insect with four large wings lands on a plant. It waves its antennas and sips sweet liquid from a… Did you just see a butterfly? Or was it a moth? These animals look very similar, Read More →

  • Lexile: 540
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Dewey: 595.78

Can You Tell a Cheetah from a Leopard?

Grade 1 - Grade 3

A huge tan cat with black spots on its fur crouches in the grass. Its long tail twitches as it hunts for food… Did you just see a cheetah? Or was it a leopard? These animals look very simil Read More →

  • Lexile: 480
  • ATOS: 2.5
  • Dewey: 599.75'9

Can You Tell a Coyote from a Wolf?

Grade 1 - Grade 3

A doglike animal chases a rabbit in the dark. It pauses, howls at the moon, and then runs off with the rest of its pack… Did you just see a wolf? Or was it a coyote? These animals look very Read More →

  • Lexile: 570
  • ATOS: 3.0
  • Dewey: 599.77'25

Can You Tell a Cricket from a Grasshopper?

Grade 1 - Grade 3

An insect sits on a blade of grass. It makes a sound that fills the warm air. Then it bounds away in a huge hop… Did you just see a grasshopper? Or was it a cricket? These animals look very Read More →

  • Lexile: 520
  • ATOS: 3.1
  • Dewey: 595.7'26