Elementary readers will go wild for these engaging books about animals. From brave bats and brazen bees to dangerous dinosaurs and wandering wildcats, these lively stories are sure to entertain and educate young adventurers.


Lesser Spotted Animals

by Martin Brown

Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

This is a hilarious, fact-tastic picture book about the coolest creatures you’ve never heard of, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between.


Rhino in the House: The True Story of Saving Samia

by Daniel Kirk

Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

From the award-winning author of the bestselling Library Mouse series comes a biographical picture book about the true story of rhino champion Anna Merz and the black rhinoceros Samia.


Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep

by April Pulley Sayre

Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

illustrations by Steve Jenkins

Follow squirrels and their daily activities: climbing, storing seeds, making homes in tree holes—maybe even flying—as shown using Jenkin’s distinctive collage-style art.


Give Bees a Chance

words and pictures by Bethany Barton

Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

words and pictures by Bethany Barton .In this enthusiastic, hands-­on approach to bees, the book’s narrator will convince the pizza-­loving bee skeptic—and you—of just how cool bees really are.


Bats: Learning to Fly: Science Comics

by Falynn Christine Koch

Science Nonfiction Elementary

Follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans. Taken to a bat rehabilitation center he learns from other bats how to eat and fly and where to live.


Sea Otter Rescue

by Suzi Eszterhas

Nonfiction Elementary

Go inside the Alaska SeaLife Center on Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. See how sea otters become orphaned or hurt and discover the process of healing and rehabilitating them.


Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom

by Suzi Eszterhas

Nonfiction Elementary

This is the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya.


Apex Predators: The World’s Deadliest Hunters, Past and Present

by Steve Jenkins

Nonfiction Elementary

Introducing apex predators—the animals that are at the top of their food chains and have no natural enemies.


Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics

by Steve Jenkinss

Nonfiction Elementary

Questions about animals and insects are answered with numbers, images, innovation, and authoritative science in this work of illustrated nonfiction.


The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species

by Sandra Markle

Series Nonfiction Elementary

In 2013, scientists discovered the olinguito, a relative of raccoons, living in treetops in forests of Central and South America—the first new mammal species to be discovered in 35 years.

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