Annoted Book Study


EDU 443: Literature for Children & Teens

Mammals (Non-Fiction)

Amazing Bats by Seymour Simon– (2006)

This nonfictional book is an easy reader and designed for every young readers. Large, bright pictures engage readers to want to know more about bats. It shows all the unique characteristics of bats. The images and the captions go hand in hand. Students can use this book as a reference to write about bats and get information.

This book an excellent source of information for children to explore for any projects or just simply and interest in bats. This book allows you to take an up-close look at the little intriguing animals. The validity of the book is evident by the pictures and the words used even if it is a young reader it makes the book a good read for all age groups.

Mammals (Fiction)

Flushed Away Movie Directed by David Bowers & Sam Fell

This animated movie takes place in Britain and was released in 2006 by Paramount Pictures. The movie is about a rodent who gets flushed away in the toilet and has some great adventures along the way. This movie is great because kids from kindergarten all the way to high schools like this movie.

The movie is a good fit to add to any classroom or library setting. This movie could be a great Segway to so many activities and extended learning possibilities which makes it an excellent addition.

Mammals (Picture Book)

My First Book of Mammals by Ticktock

This full of life and colorful book was published in 2008 and gives children a close look at the warm-blooded creatures. It has facts on each page that is sure to capture the attention of its young readers. The book shows all the fuzzy and furry creatures in their natural habitat along with a brief yet captivating facts.

This book would be a great addition to any classroom since it is so cute and child friendly any child no matter the age the child would learn from it. The most amazing thing about this book is that they (children) love looking at pictures of the cute furry critters.

Mammals (Mid- grade)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This book won the Newberry Medal in 2013 and was published in 2012. It is about a gorilla Ivan who is on display at a mall in Tacoma when he realizes he can have a life outside of the glass and people staring at him all day he dreams of the jungle which he used to live in.

This is a great feel good story told through Ivan and with his words and feelings. The children ages 8 to 12 would love this book because it speaks of hope. Ivan loves art and this book shows that deeply in the print. What a great book to add to any collection.

Mammals (Young Adult)

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

This is a wonderful book written about wolves. It was published this year and seems to be an excellent book. The book is about O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth.ย O-six is somewhat of a social media star and has a large following. O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians all while raising her pups.

This book would make a great addition to an older classroom simply because of the rich overtones and vocabulary.

Mammals (Video grades k-3)

All About Mammals for Children: Cats, Bears, Elephants, Pandas by Free School

This cute short video for children is adorable and children will love it. The animals are cute and cuddly, and I personally watched the video several times which is beautifully written and carried out.

The video itself is cute but I donโ€™t know if I would put it in circulation in any of my classrooms.

Mammals (digital 9th -12th grades)

Mammals of Alaska | Museum – University of Alaska Fairbanks

This digital media gives lovely pictures of Alaska. It shows breathtaking pictures not only of the animals but also of the landscape in Alaska. Students can pick from various topics on the page to browse and discover new things.

This is a great tool to have for the older children to have access to for research or interest purposes.

Mammals (Audio Books)

Sounds of Neotropical Rainforest Mammals: An Audio Field Guide

The neotropical rainforest mammals are shy, cryptic, or nocturnal. This audio of them shows just how majestic they are. Having the children listen and try to identify the animal they hear is a great activity to do with them.

This is definitely a book worth having in my classrooms because all the students no matter the age will be able to learn from this and have deeper discussions and activities with each one.


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