Summer break is here for most of our local schools! While the kids are excited, parents may be worried about how to entertain their kids. Parents also often worry that their children will forget all of their knowledge from the previous school year. To help prevent the summer slide while keeping your children entertained this summer, I'm putting together a series of book adventures here at Ready. Set. Read! On my book adventure page, I'll have suggestions of fun family outings and tons of book suggestions to take with you on your trip. A trip to the zoo is often a family favorite activity. There are many opportunites for learning at the zoo. I have put together book lists about the zoo for babies and book lists for books and zoo activities for preschool. However, a trip to the zoo if a family event, so here are a few zoo themed books for early readers (kindergarten - 2nd grade reading levels).
book adventures here at Ready. Set. Read! On my book adventure page, I'll have suggestions of fun family outings and tons of book suggestions to take with you on your trip. A trip to the zoo is often a family favorite activity. There are many opportunites for learning at the zoo. I have put together book lists about the zoo for babies and book lists for books and zoo activities for preschool. However, a trip to the zoo if a family event, so here are a few zoo themed books for early readers (kindergarten - 2nd grade reading levels).
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss Every zoo trip is better with a classic Seuss tale. This book will take your kids' imaginations beyond your zoo trip! In this story Gerald McGrew imagines what it would be like if he ran the zoo. He imagines all kinds of fantasy creatures from silly make-believe places. This is one of my most favorite Seuss books. It's length generally makes it better suited as a read-aloud for older preschoolers or early readers.
My Visit to the Zoo by Aliki
In contrast to Dr. Seuss's fanciful zoo, My Visit to the Zoo is a fact filled book about real zoos. This book highlights zoos efforts to provide proper habitats for animals, rather than just locking them in cages. This book is a the story of a young child who visits the zoo, but it provides information equal to a nonfiction book about zoo animals. Each animal is labeled clearly. In fact, on the monkey page, there are several different types of monkeys like Colobus Monkey, Lion-tailed Macque, King-tailed Lemur, Pygmy Marmoset. The book explores different features of different animals as well as where they live. This could be a fun book to take along with you on your trip to see how many of the animals you can find in your zoo.
'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day by Catherine Ipcizade
In this story, the zookeepers are trying to get the animals ready for opening day at the zoo. The animals, however, are being rebellious. They are spitting. They are burping. They are spraying water. Will the zoo be ready for opening day?
To me, this book's rhyming text wasn't as fab as some of the other authors on my list. My four year old son, however, LOVED the burping and spitting as well as the mentions of animal poop. Plus, it's a great book to read the day before your zoo day. It also features children arriving on a school bus. It could be a great pre-field trip book!
What a Tale by Brian Wildsmith
This early reader book may be one of the first zoo themed books your child can read independently. The book shows several animal tails along with a descriptive word about the tail. At the end of the book, the reader discovers the animals to whom the tails belong. For a bonus lesson using this book, consider teaching the homophones tail/ tale.
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
This hilarious and imaginative book uses rhymes to tell the story of a librarian, Molly McGrew, who by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo. Instead of leaving, she sets up a zoo library. This book has humor that adults will love as well as introducing kids to the excitement of zoos AND the excitement of reading!!
ZooZical by Judy Sierra
Zoozical is by the same author and has similar humor as Wild About Books. This book is set at the zoo in the winter, which makes it different than most zoo books. Children may be wondering, "What happens at the zoo all winter?" Well, this is an imaginative look at the zoo in the winter. In this story, the winter doldrums have settled at the zoo. A baby hippo and a little kangaroo start hip-hopping around grumpy animals. Soon everyone's mood is improved as they learn they are all talented hip-hoppers and performers. The animals use their talent to put on a musical, or as they say, a "zoozical".
Do you have a favorite zoo themed picture book? For zoo activities for preschool to go with these themes, check out my preschool themes pinterest board! I'd love if you'd follow while you are there.