Spring is a great time to get outside and learn about nature. Children are naturally curious about the world around them so when they see birds flying across the sky or insects in the garden they will wonder how they got there. Migration happens for many animals and insects and is a fun topic to learn about.
Are We There Yet? – Arthur isn’t happy! His family and flock are flying south for the winter and he doesn’t want to go. He’d rather stay where he is. But he has no choice in the matter…winter is coming! Arthur has to go, whether he likes it or not. And he definitely doesn’t like it. Flight School is tough. Getting off the ground isn’t nearly as easy as it looks. Flying is hard work.
Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration – For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion, sometimes over long distances, often skipping meals. Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations. Why do they do it? How do they succeed? The ten featured species offer a broad representation of migration: loggerhead turtles, monarch butterflies, manatees, ruby-throated hummingbirds, Pacific salmon, Canada geese, California gray whales, caribou, Arctic tern, and emperor penguin.
Migration– What does it mean to migrate? Discover which animals migrate and why they migrate through detailed photographs and simple text.
How Do Birds Find Their Way? – Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. Arctic terns fly more than 10,000 miles from the South Pole to northern Maine. Tiny little hummingbirds fly nonstop over the ocean for 500 miles. How do they know which way to fly? Why don’t they get lost? Read and find out the many ideas scientists have come up with to explain this mystery.
Hurry and the Monarch – When the beautiful orange Monarch on her fall migration route from Canada to Mexico stops to rest at Wichita Falls, Texas, she makes friends with an old tortoise called Hurry. She tells him, “Maybe one day you’ll break out of that shell, grow wings, and fly away,” and then she is off again with millions of other Monarchs. In the spring, she stops again at Hurry’s garden just long enough to lay her eggs and head north to Canada.
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! – The creepy-crawly bug doesn’t know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is.
The Peregrine’s Journey – Beginning in Alaska and ending two months later in Argentina, the peregrine falcon’s annual migration is an 8,000-mile flight across the Americas. This beautifully illustrated book allows young readers to follow one bird on its journey. Based on the actual migration of a real bird that was tracked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the book is filled with amazing facts about the bird’s diet, habits, and navigational abilities, as well as stunning views of the many habitats the peregrine visits along the way.
North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration – In the winter, it is a cold and barren land, where few animals can survive. But when spring comes, it brings with it animals from every corner of the earth. Gray whales, white cranes, wolves, and caribou begin their migrations as the snow melts, gradually making the long journey north. Once they reach their destination, they will raise their young, feast on the lush Arctic tundra, and bask in the sunlight that lasts all summer. Still, this season too must pass, and by the time winter grips the Arctic once again, the visitors have gone—only to return the following year.
Is This Panama?: A Migration Story – When Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama?
On the Move: Mass Migrations – Not all migrations are tied to seasonal food changes some are tied to life cycles and the need to gather in huge numbers. Certain birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and even insects migrate during spring, summer, fall, or winter. Travel along with them as you learn about what puts these animals On the Move.
When Butterflies Cross the Sky: The Monarch Butterfly Migration – Soar alongside one particular monarch butterfly, and discover why its migration is one of the world’s most extraordinary. Realistic illustrations illuminate the journey, while the narrative excites and educates.
Little Red Bat – Red bats can hibernate or migrate to warmer regions during the winter. Should this solitary little bat stay or should she go? That’s the question the little red bat ponders as the leaves fall and the nights get colder!
Following Papa’s Song – As two whales swim together through the big ocean, Little Blue has many questions for Papa, especially ones about the long migration. How will they know the way? Will he be able to keep up? What will they see along the way?
Swallow Journey – These stories are a wonderful way for children to explore one of nature’s most fascinating mysteries—the instinctive compulsion for animals to migrate over large distances. With poetic text and stunning illustrations, these tales evoke the majestic environments that each animal inhabits.
Fish on the Move – Written specifically for young children, Fish On The Move outlines the migratory habits of Atlantic striped bass. In this beautifully illustrated hardcover our next generation of fisherman will follow striped bass up the east coast and back again; learning about the fish’s origins, diet, and migratory habits along the way. Whether you’re an avid fisherman, nature lover, or simply a parent looking for a rhythmic bedtime story, Fish on the Move is sure to delight.
Serengeti Migration – Spotlights one of the most awesome natural spectacles in the world, the wildebeest and zebra migration through the Serengeti National Park in East Africa, across its wide lakes and rivers, and through the dangerous predators preying on the migrating animals.
Join us this month as we learn about Migration for April’s Nature Book Club Topic!