Here’s the next installment of my favorite books posts. These are books I will often bring out on pond day:
Song of the Water Boatman is one of my favorite books. The art is beautiful, and the poems are both creative and full of ecological information. I learned something new from this book. On each page, there is more scientific information about the topic of each poem.
This fun book is familiar to children because it uses the famous “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” lyrics, and adapts it to the ecology of a pond. Jo MacDonald also nature journals what she finds, so it introduces nature journaling as an activity.
Fish Had a Wish uses lovely woodblock artwork, and simple language to explore the creatures of the pond, as fish is wishing about all the other animals s/he could be. I like that, ultimately, fish decides that s/he likes being a fish. I also like that fish is completely non-gendered, and that pronouns are not used in this book.
Denise Fleming’s simple rhymes and vivid art are great for little kids, and her books are based on different habitats. In the Small, Small Pond, she explores the pond habitat, and introduces pond creatures to little ones.
Anna’s pretty lucky to have this pond in her backyard! This book uses a familiar refrain (This is the skunk that caught the snake, that ate the frog…) to explain pond ecology, and introduce the predator/prey relationship to children. And the artwork is stunning!
Over and Under the Pond explores and observes what is happening outside the pond and in the water on each page. Love this book!