Dawn Publications
Animals & Habitats
  • Around One CactusCACT_Store

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    Around One Cactus is natural science—in this case, about desert animals—with a flair. A boy walks up to an impressive saguaro cactus and wonders, "Who could be living on this arid ground?" As night falls, he walks away. And then the place comes alive!

  • Around One Log: Chipmunks, Spiders, and Creepy InsidersLOG_SHOP

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    After reading this “field trip between covers,” you and your children will never ignore old logs again when you take a walk in the woods. Because that old log is a mini-habitat, teeming with a fascinating community of animals. From mites to salamanders to daddy long-legs, Tony Fredericks introduces the critters in his typically delightful manner.

  • City Beats: A Hip-Hoppy Pigeon PoemCITY_Store

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    Pigeons are a great introduction to urban nature. This book does a remarkable thing: it brings to our attention the fact that taken-for-granted pigeons, or “rock doves,” are beautiful birds.

  • Forest Bright, Forest NightFORST_Store

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    Someone is always awake in the forest – and someone else is always asleep! Some animals are alert in daytime and sleep at night. Others are alert at night, and are sleepyheads during the day. Plus be sure to count the animals. You FLIP THIS BOOK from day to night and back—a nice hands-on way to show the same view day and night.

  • Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical TreasureFOREV_Store

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    The 54,000-acre Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica began as an idea, a few kids, and a bake sale. Word spread and children from over 44 countries raised the funds to make it happen in 1987. Here is its story with a fresh twist, as young Peter discovers that his mother was one of those original kids.

  • Gobble, GobbleGOBBL_store

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    Arrow-shaped footprints lead a young backyard naturalist to a flock of funny-looking birds with big strong feet: Wild Turkeys!

  • Granny’s ClanGRANY_SHOP

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    Just imagine—you are a young orca whale. Your special friends are two cousins and your 100 year-old great grandmother, the clan leader. You learn to play with them, face danger with them, hunt with them—and even go people-watching with them! Based on actual orca, or killer whale, research, this book combines science with the real story of how family, friendship, and a grandmother’s love are helping this magnificent but endangered orca clan to survive.

  • If You Give a T-Rex a BoneTREX_Store

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    Heads up, dino lovers! If by chance you end up in an ancient habitat, and if you offer a T-Rex a bone, things could get . . . well . . . interesting. Dangerously interesting! Storyteller and teacher Tim Myers magically introduces the reader to all types of dinosaurs in quirky sort of way.

  • In the Trees, Honey BeesBEES_Store

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    Here is the ideal introduction for preschoolers and early elementary children to insects that are not only amazing but also critically important to humans. Inside-the-hive views of a wild colony of honey bees offer close-ups of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs. Simple verse will engage a young child, while sidebars with fascinating information satisfy the somewhat older child.

  • In One Tidepool: Crabs, Snails and Salty TailsTIDE_Store

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    Go on one of Tony’s “field trips between covers” to a special, brilliant habitat—a tidepool. A whole community of creatures lives there! Humor, a fun rhyme, good science, and brilliant illustrations come together in a clear, easily understood package.

  • Jo MacDonald Had a GardenJo MacDonald Had a Garden

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    Old MacDonald had a ... garden? Yes! Sing along with young Jo MacDonald as she grows healthy food for people and wild creatures. E-I-E-I-O! Find out how butterflies, bumblebees, and birds help a garden to thrive - and how you can help them too.

  • Jo MacDonald Hiked in the WoodsJo MacDonald Hiked in the Woods

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    Old MacDonald had a . . . woods? Yes! Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures in the woods at her grandfather’s farm. Noisy ones, quiet ones, and a few surprises. This delightful variation on “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” playfully introduces youngsters to the woodland habitat while engaging little ones with rhythm and wordplay.

  • Jo MacDonald Saw a PondMACP_store

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    Old MacDonald had a ... pond? Yes! Come along with Jo MacDonald and learn about the wild creatures at the farm pond. You'll find fish, frogs and ducks - and a few surprises. This delightful riff on "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" playfully introduces youngsters to the concept of ecosystems.

  • Molly’s Organic FarmMolly's Organic Farm

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    Whoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through—and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named "Molly" by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables.

  • Mouse and the MeadowThe Mouse in the Meadow

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    Buy Now at 25% Off! A curious young mouse boldly ventures into the meadow for the first time. There he is given a crash course on life—from creatures both friendly and not so friendly. He witnesses a caterpillar becoming a chrysalis. He marvels that fireflies can glow. Thoughtful encounters with a turtle and a rabbit help prepare him for danger. Science and story blend seamlessly in this entertaining coming of age tale.

  • Nature’s Patchwork QuiltQUILT_SHOP

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    Just imagine all of nature—mountains, prairies, oceans, and all—lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth’s major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth, your home—yours to learn about, to enjoy, to care for, and to love.

  • Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs and Leaping FrogsCATTL_Store

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    Teachers! Here’s another “field trips between covers” from Tony Fredericks, a funny but very astute professor. Here he visits wetlands inhabited by leaping frogs and zip-zipping dragonflies.

  • Noisy Bug Sing-AlongBUG_SHOP

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    There’s a lot going on out there, and this book is a wonderful bridge to a whole noisy, busy world of insects. Learn who is making what sound, and why. In this book the reader is treated to scientifically accurate, up-close depictions of some very cool bugs. It explains why the bugs make the sounds they do, and how they do it—and it’s not with their voices! Plus the author offers several intriguing bug games. Author John Himmelman started his first “Bug Club” in a friend's garage when he was 8 years old, and he’s been playing with insects ever since. He is enthusiastic about nature, and is the author and illustrator of over 75 books for children.

  • Noisy Frog Sing-AlongFROG_SHOP

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    There’s a lot going on out there, and this book is a wonderful bridge to a whole noisy, busy world of insects. Learn who is making what sound, and why. In this book the reader is treated to scientifically accurate, up-close depictions of some very cool bugs. It explains why the bugs make the sounds they do, and how they do it—and it’s not with their voices! Plus the author offers several intriguing bug games.

  • On Kiki’s ReefKIKI_SHOP

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    Buy Now at 25% Off! A tiny baby sea turtle scrambles across the sandy beach and into the sea. Floating far out in the ocean, Kiki is becoming a gentle giant. She swims to shallower water where a rainbow of corals puts on a show. Kiki adopts the busy coral reef as her new home and discovers fish of all sizes and lots of surprises!

  • On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks and a Few More IcksFLOWR_Store

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    Teachers, here is an elementary insect “field trip between covers” from Tony Fredericks, a funny but very astute professor. The “trip” takes place all on one flower, a goldenrod, which is practically a “minibeast park.”

  • Over in a RiverORIV_SHOP

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    The great rivers of North America are teeming with life and on the pages of Over in a River—from blue herons in the Hudson to salmon in the Columbia, and from dragonflies in the Rio Grande to mallards in the St. Lawrence. Children will "slither" like water snakes and "slide" like otters while singing to the tune of "Over in a Meadow." And they’ll count baby animals in watersheds all over North America! What a delightful way to learn about riparian habitats and geography at the same time!

  • Over In AustraliaAUSTR_SHOP

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    Most of the animals in Australia are unique—they live ONLY in Australia. From kangaroos to koalas, they are a fascinating bunch. Once again, Marianne Berkes makes learning fun. Kids will hop, slurp, and munch as they imitate and count the animals.

  • Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Winds BlowARCTI_Store

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    Teachers and parents, here is another favorite from Marianne, who has a special talent. The kids think it’s entertainment while teachers and parents think it’s a great lesson about the Arctic! This book combines singing, counting, and full-body action with terrific cut-paper illustrations that kids will want to imitate. Over in the Arctic, the snow goose “honks” and the wolf “howls.”

  • Over in the Forest: Come & Take a PeekOver in the Forest

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    Follow the tracks of ten woodland animals but . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of "Over in the Meadow" as they leap like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and pounce like a fox. They will also count the babies and search for ten hidden forest animals.

  • Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest RhymeOver in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme

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    Teachers and parents, here is the easiest, most entertaining way ever to teach about this important habitat. Marianne’s special talent is entertaining kids while the adults think it’s a lesson about the rainforest.

  • Over in the Ocean, In a Coral ReefOVER_Store

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    Teachers and parents, take note—this book is already a classic. Two geniuses—the author’s and the illustrator’s—came into perfect alignment to create this book. Marianne’s genius has kids thinking it’s entertainment while adults think it’s a great lesson about the ocean. Jeanette’s genius is, well, obvious.

  • Saguaro Moon: A Desert JournalSMOON_Store

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    Here is another model nature journal from a naturalist who has been journaling habitats since she was a youngster. In the desert she sees Gila monsters, watches scorpions with a black light and harvests saguaro flowers with a Native American family that helps her see this unique, arid environment with appreciative eyes.

  • Seashells by the SeashoreSHELL_Store

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    Buy New Board Book Edition at 25% Off! Both classroom teachers and vacationing parents will find this little book to be a charmer. Counting from one to twelve (one to ten in the Board Book edition), Sue picks up shells—periwinkle, kitten’s paw, scallop—and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma.

  • Swamp Where Gator HidesThe Swamp Where Gator Hides

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    Buy Now at 25% Off! Under the algae that carpets the swamp, near the duck who paddles in ooze, close to the turtle who takes a snooze . . . hides a gator! Still as a log, only his watchful eyes can be seen. But when gator moves, he really moves! What happens to the duck, the turtle, the egret, the deer, and the many other critters of the swamp when gator makes his move?

  • Swim through the SeaSWIM_Store

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    Praised by Jacques Cousteau, this book, illustrated and written by a 16 year-old, is a classic introduction to the marine habitat. This 1994 alphabet and alliteration book continues to be a favorite of kids, parents, and teachers everywhere—it is truly an exceptional swim through an alphabet of sea creatures.

  • There’s a Babirusa in My Bathtub: Fact and Fancy About Curious CreaturesBABIR_Store

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    Humorous rhymes and magical illustrations illuminate the lives and careers of little-known animals. There's a loris in your chorus? He's quite a singer! Care to play bingo with a dingo? Watch out, he's a sharp one.

  • This is the Sea that Feeds UsSEA_Store

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    Parents and elementary science teachers alike will appreciate the way the marine food chain comes to light in this lighthearted book.

  • Under One RockROCK_Store

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    Elementary science teachers! Here is a low-cost “field trip between covers” from Tony Fredericks, a funny but very astute professor. Plus, the “habitat” lies under just about every rock. A whole community of insects and other creatures lives under rocks—worms and ants, spiders and slugs, crickets and beetles.

  • Walk in the RainforestRF_Store

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    Written and illustrated by a 14 year-old in 1992, this best-selling book has introduced a whole generation to the wonders of a very important habitat.

  • What’s in the GardenGARDN_SHOP

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    Good food doesn’t begin on a store shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds, smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know where they come from. So what’s in the garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty, kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating. A "food for thought" section presents interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable, and a "how does your garden grow?" section explains facts about gardening and the parts of plants.