By Nicola Davies; illustrated by Petr Horáček (Candlewick Press)On large pages filled with lush mixed-media illustrations, descriptive poems reveal fascinating facts about wildlife from around the world, generating appreciation for animals of every size, color, and shape.
Animals are everywhere and Song of the Wild will get students thinking about the staggering variety of wildlife diversity on this planet. But what do they know about the wildlife in their own community?
Take students on a walking field trip to a park or plan a visit to a nearby natural area to observe and identify local wildlife. Ask students to brainstorm and write about what they think could be helpful or harmful to the animals and their environment. Invite a local naturalist or park ranger to review and discuss their ideas and share some examples of what students could do to help wild creatures in their community.
How are animals alike and different from each other?
How are the places animals live alike and difference from each other?
How are the places animals live alike different from places people live?
Why is it important to have many different kinds of animals in the world?
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? What would your ideal habitat look like?
Literature-Based Teaching in Science: Poetry Walks from Reading Rockets
Animals Around Us from Mpala Live!
Wildlife Lesson Plans at NEA
Biocubes: Exploring Biodiversity from National Museum of Natural History
Reading Is Fundamental support materials
Animals: Poems for Kids from the American Academy of Poets
“Chorus of Creatures” written and performed by Kwame Alexander
“Mariposa” animated poem read by Andy Garcia
Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander
Animal Poems of the Iguazú by Francisco Alarcón
Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! edited by J. Patrick Lewis
Animal Poems by Valerie Worth
Animology: Animal Analogies by Marianne Berkes
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha ArcherMore
Arab American Heritage Month
Learn more with this booklist from Social Justice Books.
National Poetry Month
Celebrate all things poetry with this poetry booklist from Reading Rockets.
School Library Month
Want students to spend more time in the library? Have them do this fun selfie activity.
Reading Without Walls Month
Challenge students to read about a character who is unlike them.
International Children's Book Day
Find outstanding international children’s books here.
National Library Week
Find out how “Libraries = Strong Communities” with resources for this year’s celebration.
Children's Book Week
2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of this beloved annual celebration.
El día de los niños, El día de los libros
Celebrate Día with these titles available from First Book.