Recommended Reading for Grades 3-5

  • A Day in a Forested Wetland

    Introduce biodiversity to young readers through this nonfiction picture book that explores a typical day for animals that call a soggy forest home.

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    Circle Unbroken: The Story of a Basket and Its People

    An African-American grandmother interweaves stories of her family’s ancestry and culture as she shows her granddaughter how to weave a traditional Gullah basket.

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    Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre & His World of Insects

    For elementary learners, this picture-book biography on Jean-Henri Fabre illuminates the life of one of the first naturalists to explore the fascinating world of insects.

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    Wishtree tackles tough topics with scientific facts, all told from the perspective of a generations-old red oak tree. It is best suited for middle grade readers who are growing out of illustrated narrative and into more complex subject matter.

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    A Walk on the Tundra

    Suitable for grades 3-5, this book reveals some extraordinary indigenous traditions of the arctic tundra as a native Inuit child named Inuujaq sets out on a morning walk with her grandmother.

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    Tall Tall Tree

    Use this book’s beautiful, scientifically-accurate illustrations, playful rhymes, and a game of search-and-find, to help children in grades K-4 experience the majesty of redwood trees.

  • The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story

    The word “yoga” derives from a Sanskrit word “yuj,” meaning “to unite or integrate.” This book embodies Sanskrit’s yuj and can be used to integrate multiple discipline areas.

  • Welcome to New Zealand – A Nature Journal

    This beautiful guide to creating a nature journal will both teach and inspire students (and teachers alike!) to chronicle what they observe in their own backyards.

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    The Three Questions

    Who do you trust? Using the different and diverse perspectives of his animal friends, a young boy ultimately finds the answers he searches for.

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    There’s a Babirusa In My Bathtub!

    This children’s book for grades 2-5 introduces 13 exotic animals using a variety of witty, lively poems that makes learning about these unsung animals fun and exciting.

  • Nature Recycles, How About You?

    Use this book with grades K-5 to explore how animals in different habitats use recycled material to build homes, protect themselves, and nourish their bodies.

  • Energy: Reading for Grades 3-5

    A collection of children’s books about energy for grades 3-5.