I love learning new things about animals, especially when I can share them with others. Like, “Did you know that if one kind of flatworm loses its head, it can grow a new one?” It makes me feel a little more interesting and smarter. Are you like that sometimes?
Here are several books I found pretty interesting. Some books are what I call 2-layer – they have basic text plus more information included in text boxes, diagrams, addendums (sections in the back) and websites. That way, if you are really interested, you can read more. Some of the books are a part of a series.
Jellies: The Life of a Jellyfish by Twig C. George
I love jellyfish (also known as sea jellies). I could look at them all day. This book has beautiful photos and information about all kinds of jellyfish. Check out Seahorses by this author, too.
Animal Skin and Scales by David M. Schwartz
This is a Look Once–Look Again book. On one page you see a bit of animal skin and guess what animal it is. Turn the page and there it is! This is a 2-layer book and is part of a series.
Animals Grow New Parts by Elaine Pascoe
I like reading about animals that have traits that would be neat to have. Being able to grow back lost body parts would be pretty handy if you needed it! This is a 2-layer book and is part of the How & Why series.
The World’s Strangest Sharks by Victor Gentle and Janet Perry
This book has a ton of information, with outstanding (and creepy) photos. It’s a 2-layer book.
Koko’s Kitten by Dr. Francine Patterson
Koko is a gorilla who can communicate with sign language. When her human friend asked her what she wanted for Christmas, Koko asked for a kitten. This is the true story about Koko and her kitten, named All Ball. Great photos and story.
Insects That Work Together by Molly Aloian and Bobbie Kalman
This book describes how several different types of insects live and work together to survive. The insects discussed are bees, wasps, termites and ants. This isn’t a 2-layer book, but it does have a ton of information all the way through it.
Orangutans are Ticklish: fun facts from an animal photographer by Steve Grubman
This is a behind-the-scenes look at animals as seen through the eyes of a wildlife photographer. He shares some of his tricks and scary encounters. For example, to get an alligator’s attention, he dangled a piece of raw meat in front of it. And once he was chased by a tiger! It’s a 2-layer book.
Owen & Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
This is a true story about a baby hippo and a 130-year-old giant tortoise. Owen, the hippo, was swept away from his family during a flood. He was rescued and brought to an animal sanctuary. At the sanctuary, he became best friends with Mzee (pronounced mm-ZAY). It’s a 2-layer book.
Best Friends: The True Story of Owen and Mzee by Roberta Edwards is an easy reader version of the story.
How to Talk to Your Cat by Jean Craighead George
If you have a cat, this book is perfect for you. It gives lots of ways to understand what your cat is saying to you and ways to talk back. I wish I’d read this book when I had cats!
What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae: a guide for insect parents by Brifget Heos
This book is really funny. Based on an adult book with a similar name, it presents the facts of insect development as if insects are reading it. The illustrations are hilarious. It's a 2-layer book. It's not part of a series but I wish it was!
I’d like to know what animals you find interesting. Please write your favorites in the Comments box!