Saturday, March 1, 2014

Two New Nonfiction Board Books

My First Book of Baby Animals
National Wildlife Foundation
2014 (Imagine Publishing)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

In this new board book, you get close-up photographs of twenty-one baby animals. Each page also has the name of the animal and the name of the young. Almost all of the young animal names will be familiar to you, but did you know that a baby gorilla is called an infant? We know that this book will be a hit with the toddler crowd. It's nice that you can read nonfiction as a bedtime book, and there's always the gnawability (if not a real word, I claim it!) of a board book. But does this have any use in a classroom?

I say yes! My second grade class will be soon delving into creating graphs. You could hand a student this board book and ask them to create a bar graph representing the animal groups in the book. How many mammals, how many birds? Out of the twenty-one photographs, how many of them feature a parent? That could be graphed. You could also use this book as a model text for a preschool or kindergarten writing assignment. There are several possibilities for uses in the classroom.

My First Book of Wild Animals
National Wildlife Foundation
2014 (Imagine Publishing)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

As stated above, My First Book of Wild Animals could be used in the same way in the classroom. Another idea would be for students to create their own books featuring wild animals that they see in their daily lives.

Both of these books will be great fun to read with a toddler and a surprising source of curriculum for a classroom.

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