Botany, birds and bugs book list

This is the book list/curriculum that I put together for our science last year. It has a general botany focus with forays into semi-related subjects like birds, bugs and weather/the water cycle. We used it for second grade, but as all these are picture books, it would be applicable for any of the primary grades.

I’ve starred some of our very favorites, but in general they were all great books!

*Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman (several sections applicable)

How Do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
*A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
*Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe
*A Year in Our New Garden by Gerda Muller
*The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grownups by Gina Ingoglia
Redwoods by Jason Chin
In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony
*A Year Around the Great Oak by Gerda Muller
Trees, Leaves and Bark (Take Along Guides) by Diane Burns
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
*An Egg is Quiet  by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies
*Thunder Birds by Jim Arnosky
*Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart
Birds, Nests, and Eggs (Take Along Guides) by Mel Boring
*Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Red Knot: A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey by Nancy Carol Willis
*A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
*Beaks by Sneed B. Collard III
Ducks Don’t Get Wet by Augusta Goldin
How Do Birds Find Their Way? by Roma Gans
*The Bird Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
I’m a Mommy Hummingbird by Diane Davani
Henry the Impatient Heron by Donna Love
*Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl by Bruce Hiscock
White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies
Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies (Take Along Guides) by Mel Boring
*Creep and Flutter by Jim Arnosky
Insect Detective by Steve Voake
*The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
*A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer
*A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
*The Butterfly Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
A Dragon in the Sky by Laurence Pringle
The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci
*The Beeman by Laurie Krebs
*On the Same Day in March: a Tour of the World’s Weather by Marilyn Singer
The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow
Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker
Water Dance by Thomas Locker
*Water is Water by Miranda Paul
*Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
*The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
A Drop of Water by Walter Wick
*A Drop Around the World by Barbara McKinney
Wildflowers, Blooms and Blossoms (Take Along Guides) by Diane Burns
Berries, Nuts and Seeds (Take Along Guides) by Diane Burns
*Plant Secrets by Emily Goodman
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph P. Anthony
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
*Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken
*Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in our Backyard by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller
*Flowers are Calling by Rita Gray
*Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals
The Gardener’s Alphabet by Mary Azarian
*The Vegetable Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
*The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
*Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
*How Does My Garden Grow? by Gerda Muller

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