When you are homeschooling (and even when you aren’t!) you want books that will captures your kids attention but still be educational and allow your kids to learn. I did a whole lesson on Farm Unit Study and right after branched out to animals because the kids had so much fun with them! Here are the books I loved for this lesson!
1,000 Animals – A delightful word book showing exactly one thousand animals, each individually named and lovingly illustrated. Every double page includes an array of animals to pore over, from dinosaurs to dogs. A wonderful book to share together, perfect for young animal lovers, and an excellent way for children to add lots of words to their spoken vocabulary.
Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Animals – Many children are fascinated by animals and this engaging flap book will answer lots of their questions. With entertaining and informative illustrations and over 50 flaps to lift and look beneath.
Frogs by Gail Gibbons – Their tadpole beginnings, noises they make, body parts and how they live.
Great Animal Search – Every double page shows a different part of the world including the scorching Sahara, the icy Arctic, the Florida swamps and the Great Barrier reef with around 100 animals waiting to be found in each. Full of fascinating animal facts and countless hours of puzzle-solving fun.
Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons – Describes the life cycle, body parts, and behavior of the monarch butterfly. Includes instructions on how to raise a monarch.
Farm Animals – How do pigs keep cool? Why do farmers shear their sheep? Which farm animals live underwater? In this book you’ll find the answers and lots more facts about farm animals around the world.
Chicks & Chickens by Gail Gibbons – Domestic chickens are an essential part of the agriculture and food production in America. Gibbons takes a look at how chicken eggs are developed for human consumption and at how fertilized eggs develop into embryos and finally into fuzzy little baby chicks. The behaviour of chicks, hens, and roosters is discussed, and descriptions of the different breeds of chickens across America are provided. Once again Gibbons provides a colourful, accessible account of this familiar, domesticated bird.
Big Book of Big Animals – From the mighty elephant to the amazing colossal squid, open the huge fold-out pages to reveal some of the tallest, longest and heaviest animals in the world-and discover the biggest animal that's ever lived.
Owls by Gail Gibbons – Gail Gibbons explores the mysterious world and workings of owls in her latest nonfiction picture book. She depicts numerous species of owls and discusses their biological similarities as well as their differences. She portrays their ideal habitats, life styles, birth and development and environmental hazards that are threatening certain species. As usual, her comprehensive text is accompanied by clearly labeled illustrations and diagrams. Definitions are also included for additional clarity.
Beginners Animals Collection – This collection includes the hardback editions of the following titles: Bears, Cats, Dogs, Elephants, Farm Animals, Horses & Ponies, Monkeys, Owls, Penguins, and Wolves.
Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons – The characteristics and lifestyles of the eight different kinds.
Big Book of Big Sea Creatures – Open the huge fold-out pages to discover all kinds of extraordinary sea creatures, from the leatherback sea turtle and great white shark to the biggest animal on earth–the mighty blue whale.
Penguins by Gail Gibbons – Their habitat, physical characteristics, and behavior.
Secrets of Seashore – Spot the tiny shrimps hiding in the sand, see a shy crab underneath a rock and watch a jewel-like anemone open its tentacles in this beautiful book of nature's hidden habitats. Just hold the page up to a light to discover it all.
Horses! by Gail Gibbons – No other animal has captured the imagination or changed their lives as has the horse. Their grace, strength and beauty have made horses sought after as well as useful. What would kings and queens, knights and conquistadors, cowboys and stagecoach drivers, or farmers have done without them? In this informative book, Gail Gibbons, relates some of the long history horses and humans have shared. She looks at horse biology and behaviour, and includes colourful, clear, and accessible diagrams that will interest all who want to know more about these popular animals.
Animal Alphabet Activity Book – From alligators to zebras, children will meet a menagerie of weird and wonderful animals as they explore the alphabet in this wacky write-in activity book. Packed with puzzles and things to talk about, including over 120 coloring, doodling and brainteasing activities to enjoy. Spot a horse at the hairdressers, help an ostrich through an obstacle course, pair up kangaroos with their kites and lots more! A fun way to learn the letters of the alphabet, as well as build phonemic awareness and develop pen control.
Whales by Gail Gibbons – Information about the world's largest animals.
Flippy Floppy Ocean Animals – Another delightful book in the Flippy Floppy series – books with overlapping flaps, hidden pictures and surprises! Lift each flap in turn and discover something unexpected! Readers have fun and enhance their pre-reading skills as they reveal the different sea creatures!
Books you can also include to explain the lesson to include dinosaurs and more
Books for Older Kids
These ‘That's Not My' Series of Animals are great touchy feely books for little ones who want to join in!