What to read during National Wildlife Week

Mar 20, 2013
Endangered, a National Book Award finalist! March 18-23rd is National Wildlife Week! The natural world holds such wonders for children. I say children but let’s be honest, I mean everyone. Ask any adult what their favorite animal is and they can still tell you. (For the record, my favorite animal is an owl.) Perhaps it is a love that is fostered in childhood. It is then that the whole world is open for exploration, even if only in books. In learning about the wildlife both near to us and in far-off lands, children develop an appreciation for the world around them. With this in mind, we’ve gathered everything needed to celebrate National Wildlife Week in style. The moment we started talking about books for National Wildlife Week one name came up: Nic Bishop! Filled with exquisite photographs and fascinating facts, Nic Bishop’s books bring the fascinating world of wildlife to animal lovers of every age. Wild animals with interesting stories often become news sensations. Winter, Knut, Leo, Owen & Mzee are all some of the media darlings we love to read about! While the media can only devote a few minutes to a story, bedtime is the perfect time to snuggle in and learn the stories of these fascinating animals. Animals don’t just appeal to the very young. Older wildlife lovers can get swept up in the harrowing story of Sophie and Otto, the infant bonobo in Eliot Shafer’s National Book Award nominated book Endangered. In Endangered, Eliot Schrefer plunges us into a heart-stopping exploration of the things we do to survive, the sacrifices we make to help others, and the tangled geography that ties us all, human and animal, together. You tell us — do you have a favorite children’s book about wildlife? For more information on animals check out the Classroom Magazines page or the Animals Favoritespage on Pinterest!