Book List Theme 1

Cougars, Otters, and Ravens, Oh My!

Prepared by Leslee Gawthrop, Surrey Libraries

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* NNELS and CELA provide access to audiobooks for people with perceptual or print disabilities.


Ages 3-5

Mr. Hare’s Big Secret
by Hannah Dale
Mr. Hare is so clever that he tricks all the animals into dancing under the tree with him.  This allows all the cherries to fall to the ground where a feast ensues!
Little Owl Lost
by Chris Haughton
Little Owl has lost his Mommy so he goes in search of her meeting all kinds of animals who have some of her features but not all. A cute cast of critters in bright colors that will engage young readers right up to the comforting conclusion.
Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
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This is a delightfully heartwarming tale of a little raccoon who receives a kiss from his mom on his hand so that she can ‘be near’ him throughout his first day at school.

Bear Says Thanks
by Karma Wilson
Bear is at it again.  This story from the beloved series sees Bear trying to say thanks to his friends by throwing them a dinner party…only one problem: his cupboards are bare!
Curious Critters (vol 1 & 2)
by David FitzSimmons
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Amazing photographic portraits of animals who come alive as the author jots down what each animal has to say about itself.

Ages 6-8

Timo’s Garden
by Victoria Allenby
Timmo has a very short time to turn his garden from a ‘good’ one to a ‘great’ one by the time of the neighbourhood garden tour.  So what if he neglects his friends, but when time is running out, guess who steps in to help him? Of course, his friends!
Francis the Little Fox
by Veronique Boisjol
Francis loves to go to the laundromat with his Father, except when Lily Li is there.  Her tricks drive him crazy and this one puts Mouse the cat in peril: a funny, understated tale.
Honey and Bear Stories
by Ursula Dubosarsky

All 10 Honey and Bear stories are gathered here in one volume. Honey, a little bird loves Bear and these stories are their heartwarming and cozy adventures together.

Little Kids First Big Book of Animals
by Catherine D. Hughes
National Geographic is fantastic at informing young readers.  This edition is a delightful, colourful, fact filled introduction to dozens of adorable animals.  A great first reference book.
Kate and Pippin: an Unlikely Friendship
by Martin Springett
The true tale of an abandoned fawn and Kate, the great dane that befriends her.  This is an adorable story of love and friendship between an unlikely couple.

Ages 9-12

Bearwalker
by Joseph Bruchac
This is a fast-paced indigenous, survival story and is a great read for mystery fans. It also depicts the delicate balance between humans and nature.
Elephant in the Garden
by Michael Morpurgo
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Lizzie and Karl’s mother is a zoo keeper; what to do when the bombs start falling over Dresden?  Shelter a baby elephant in your back yard, of course!
Darkwing
by Kenneth Oppel
Shade is a young bat determined to prove himself on a long, dangerous winter migration. But when a fierce storm separates Shade from his colony, he soon faces the most incredible journey of his young life and that journey is just the beginning of an epic trilogy of adventure, wonder, and suspense.
Bambi
by Felix Salten
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Here is the classic wildlife coming of age story of a young deer who learns, through dangers, strife and survival, how to become a strong buck.

Chasing Cheetahs: the Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cats
by Sy Montgomery
Since 1900, the number of Cheetahs has plummeted from more than 100,000 to fewer than 10,000. At the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) African headquarters in Namibia, Laurie Marker and her team save these swift and beautiful animals from extinction. Since the organization’s start in 1990, they have rescued more than 900 cheetahs, most of whom have been returned to the wild.
City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle
by Nicholas Read
This informative guide beautifully illustrates the adaptability of urban creatures.  It shows us how to co-exist with the wild animals that are our inner city neighbours.