Thunder Birds

Readers Advisory

Jenkins, Steve.  Actual Size.  Discusses and gives examples of the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals.  Animal picture book.

Jenkins, Steve.  Prehistoric Actual Size. Profiles primary characteristics of primitive creatures, such as the giant millipede and terror bird, including dinosaurs such as the velociraptor.

D’Aulaire, Ingri.  D’Aulaire’s Book of Animals. Offers children an acquaintance with the world’s animals and their activities in their natural surroundings, with fold-out pages that show the animals from a second perspective.

Armstrong, Jennifer.  Audubon:  Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier.  Briefly tells the story of this nineteenth-century painter and naturalist who is most famous for his detailed paintings of birds.

Audubon, John James.  Birds of America (or any other book with Audubon’s bird illustrations).

Lasky, Kathryn.  She’s Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head.  A fictionalized account of the activities of Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall, founders of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a late nineteenth-century Audubon Society that would endure and have impact on the bird-protection movement.

Wolf-Morganlander, KarlRagtag. A young swallow leads a band of birds against an empire of raptors that has invaded Boston.

Lasky, Kathryn.  The Capture.  (Book 1 of The Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series.)  When Soren, a barn owl, arrives at St. Aggie’s, a school for orphaned owls, he suspects trouble and with his new friend, a clever elf owl, embarks on a perilous journey to save all owls from the danger at St. Aggie’s.

Avi.  Poppy. Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

Heinz, Brian J.  Nanuk, Lord of the North.  As a huge polar bear hunts seals and a walrus for food to keep itself alive, it is in turn hunted by a young human.

Holling, Holling Clancy.  Minn of the Mississippi. Follows the adventures of Minn, a three-legged snapping turtle, as she slowly makes her way from her birthplace at the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the mouth of river on the Gulf of Mexico.

George, Jean CraigheadMy Side of the Mountain (and other books by naturalist -novelist George).  A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends which includes a peregrine falcon.

Hiaasen, Carl.  Hoot.  Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.  Provides a list of Jim Arnosky’s books.


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