Insect Detective by Steve Voake and illustrated by Charlotte Voake
Reading level: Picture book (Ages 4-8)
Summary: “Become an insect detective and find out what the insects around you are up to. ” Children are encouraged to listen for a wasp scraping wood from a fence post, to follow ants, to lift a stone, to look closely at a leaf that is hiding a moth, and to count legs.
Comments: A lovely book! The text is poetic and the descriptions of different kinds of insects are enchanting. The illustrations are delicate. Underlying the beauty, however, is a solid foundation of factual information and the gentle message to learn to appreciate the wonders of nature around you.
Insect-related activities are included in the book on pages 28-29.
Pull out some paper and watercolors and create some Voake-inspired paintings of insects
Did you know that May is Get Caught Reading month? Why not get caught reading some great science books and do some hands-on activities, too?
Carrots Grow Underground by Mari Schuh
Reading level: Beginning/Easy Reader (Ages 4-8)
Summary: Describes and illustrates the life cycle of carrots and other root vegetables using appropriate first-grade vocabulary. Contains Glossary, Read More, Internet Sites and Index.
Illustrations: Color photographs
Comments: The formatting is perfect for the age group. The illustrations are yummy, and are consistent with one another in composition. Makes you want to get out there and plant some seeds, or even better, eat some fresh vegetables.
Serve carrots and other root vegetables as snacks after reading these books (preferably whole carrots)
Find an appropriate container or plot of soil and plant some carrot seeds