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West Coast Wild Babies

Illustrated by Karen Reczuch, published by Groundwood Books

It’s spring on the Pacific west coast and new life is stirring! Wild babies are being born — in the ocean, on the shore and deep inside the ancient rainforest. Meet the wolf pups, bear cubs, whale calves, eaglets and salmon fry that begin their life in the pristine wilderness of this magnificent place.

In this second book in the West Coast Wild series, readers can visit the spectacular Pacific Rim region and be introduced to a fascinating group of fourteen wild baby animals thriving in their coastal home. The beautiful illustrations are detailed and lifelike, and convey a lovely sense of warmth between the wild parents and their young.

The book includes a note about the Pacific west coast and the need to preserve its rare and awe-inspiring wilderness regions, as well as suggestions for further reading and exploration.

A succinct and satisfying first look at some fascinating creatures.” Kirkus Reviews

Through a superb soft palette of watercolour and coloured pencil, this book peeks into the majestic wilderness of spring on the northern Pacific Rim.” Mighty Village

[Hodge’s] text … is poetic and perfectly accompanied by Karen Reczuch’s watercolour and coloured pencil illustrations.CanLit for Little Canadians 

Wetland Animals

wetland animalsIllustrated by Pat Stephens; published by Kids Can Press

Wetlands are home to amazing animals whose bodies are built for living in or near the water. Hippos, crocodiles and anacondas all have special ways of finding food, staying safe and raising their young in a watery habitat.

Read about:
• the hippopotamus who weighs as much as four heavy pianos
• the bullfrog who takes in water through its skin instead of drinking
• the crocodile, a fierce hunter who roars like a lion

Who Lives Here?

This series looks at animals in their natural habitats – rain forests, polar regions, deserts and wetlands – and explains how the body and habits of each animal are suited to the place it lives. Charming, realistic illustrations, playful language and intriguing facts make these books a perfect read for young children.

“Highly Recommended!” National Science Teachers Association

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Salmon

salmonIllustrated by Nancy Gray Ogle; published by Kids Can Press

When salmon are ready to spawn, they struggle upstream to their birthplace. Their remarkable journey is just one of the twelve topics discussed in this look at Pacific salmon and Atlantic salmon. You’ll find out about different salmon species, the salmon life cycle, their place in the food chain and much more.

Did you know?
• salmon live in both fresh and salt water during their lifetime
• scientists can tell the age of a salmon by counting the rings on one of its scales
• some salmon lay up to 8000 eggs

Kids Can Press Wildlife Series

Easy-to-read text, well-organized information and beautiful illustrations make this series is an excellent choice for students doing their first research projects. Featuring North American animals, these books describe where an animal lives, what it eats and how it raises its young.

• Parents’ Choice Approval, U.S. Parents’ Choice Foundation
• Best Books for Children by Science Books and Films
• “Pick of the Lists” by American Bookseller
• Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“A very worthwhile resource book for the inquisitive elementary school student that deserves a place in every school and public library.” Science Books and Films

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Whales

whalesIllustrated by Pat Stephens; published by Kids Can Press

This book takes a look at the many kinds of whales that live in the world’s oceans. You’ll find out where whales live, how they give birth and raise their young, how they find food, how they communicate, and much more.

Did you know?
• a newborn blue whale is as long as a school bus
• killer whales have sharp teeth for hunting prey
• belugas were once called sea canaries because of their loud chirping sounds

Kids Can Press Wildlife Series

Easy-to-read text, well-organized information and beautiful illustrations make this series is an excellent choice for students doing their first research projects. Featuring North American animals, these books describe where an animal lives, what it eats and how it raises its young.

• Parents’ Choice Approval, U.S. Parents’ Choice Foundation
• Best Books for Children by Science Books and Films
• “Pick of the Lists” by American Bookseller
• Our Choice selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“Brief glossaries and more extensive indexes makes these good choices for young readers just beginning to use non-fiction.” School Library Journal

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Watch Me Grow

Watch Me Grow!

Watch Me GrowPhotographs by Brian Harris; published by Kids Can Press.

This book takes an inspiring look at the children and adults who are transforming our cities into greener, more beautiful spaces and growing earth-friendly food right where they live. Take a journey through city gardens of all shapes and sizes, see gardeners at work, and find out how to care for the earth as you plant and grow your own food. (Check your library for a copy.)

• Winner, Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, in Best Community Garden Book for Children, Santa Monica Public Library
• Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012, Bank Street College of Education
• Best Books for Children and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
• Best Books of 2011, Resource Links
• Finalist, Green Earth Book Award, Newton Marasco Foundation

“Growing, sharing and eating food we’ve grown is an act of caring – for ourselves, for others, for our cities and for the world we live in. Who could resist the call that ends this book: ‘What will you grow?” Globe and Mail

“First reaction after reading this inviting title: I wanna move to Vancouver … at least for a summer or two! Who wouldn’t want to be part of this ‘bustling city’ depicted in these colorful, diverse, delicious pages?” Book Dragon

Watch Me Grow