Animal Life Cycles Books

Animal Life Cycles-Annotated Book List

Animal Life Cycles Concept Web

Grade: 2

Subject: Science

Outcome Indicators
AN2.1: Analyze the growth and development of familiar animals, including birds, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, during their life cycles. [CP, SI] a.       Pose questions about the growth and development of familiar animals.

b.      Use a variety of resources (e.g., Elder, naturalist, zookeeper, park warden, pet store, books, pictures, and videos) to find information about the life cycles of living things.

c.       Identify the names of the offspring (e.g., cub, pup, calf, kitten, chick, fawn, fingerling, maggot, tadpole, gosling, and infant) of familiar animals.

d.      Recognize the cyclic nature of Mother Earth expressed by the Medicine Wheel, including life cycles and seasonal behaviours of animals.

e.       Compare the length and stages of life cycles of familiar animals.

f.        Describe the characteristics common to each stage (e.g., birth, youth, adulthood, and old age) of the life cycle of familiar animals (e.g., dog, cat, beaver, frog, fish, bird, ant, wasp, and chicken).

g.      Analyze which traits (e.g., body size, head size to body ratio, and number of limbs) remain relatively constant and which change in specific animals as they grow and develop.

h.      Create a physical, visual, or dramatic representation of the growth and development of familiar animals during their life cycles.

i.        Predict how big a specific animal will grow based on observed patterns of animal growth and changes.

j.        Design an animal suited for life in a particular environment (real or imaginary) and represent its growth and changes throughout its life cycle.


Annotations

 1. Title: Days of the Ducklings

Author: Bruce McMillan

Illustrator: Bruce McMillan (photo-illustrated)

FNMI Author/Illustrator: N/A

Year of Publication: 2001

Canadian: No

Genre: Informational Book

Theme: Lifecycles of ducks, wildlife conservation

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This is an informational book about protecting ducklings. Readers can learn about how ducks are hatched and grow as well as how to take care of them so that they survive in the wild. The illustrations in this book are real photographs.


  1. Title: Creepy, Crawly, Baby Bugs

Author: Sandra Markle

Illustrator: N/A

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 1996

Canadian: No

Genre: Informational Books

Theme: Baby bugs

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This book shows many different bugs. It explains how they come to life and what they are like as babies. The book also tells what bugs do when they are young. Each different bug has a photograph attached to the text. The pages are filled with pictures and large text which would be appealing to young readers.


  1. Title: Thanks to the Animals

Author: Allen Sockabasin

Illustrator: Rebekah Raye

FNMI Author/Illustrator: Yes

Year of Publication: 2005

Canadian: No

Genre: Traditional literature

Theme: Babies, animals

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: In this story, a baby falls off a sled and animals save his life. This is a retold Passamaquoddy story. The illustrations appear to be drawn or painted and cover the entire page.


  1. Title: Khana the Tiger

Author: Derek Hall

Illustrator: John Butler

FNMI Author/Illustrator: N/A

Year of Publication: 1985

Canadian: No

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Theme: Baby tigers

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This story is about a baby tiger and how it relies on its mother. This is a fictional story but is realistic. The text is large and would be a good match for early readers to read independently. The illustrations verify the text.


 5. Title: Alligator Baby

Author: Robert Munsch

Illustrator: Michael Martchenko

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 1997

Canadian: Yes

Genre: Fiction

Theme: Babies, animals

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This is a story where a family brings home their baby from the hospital, but it ends up not being their baby, but instead it is an animal baby. This is a fictional story but could be used to show different animal babies. This is a good book to read for enjoyment. This book could also be used as an example of an unrealistic situation.


  1. Title: Tadpole to Frog

Author: Camilla de la Bedoyere

Illustrator: Melissa Alaverdy

(designer and picture researcher)

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 2009

Canadian: No

Genre: Informational books

Theme: Frog lifecycles

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This is an informational book about the lifecycles of frogs. Readers can learn about how frogs go through stages as they mature from tadpole to frog. The pages are covered in photographs with large text printed over top. This text features a glossary, index, and notes for parents and teachers.


  1. Title: Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Author: Susan L. Roth

Illustrator: Susan L. Rother

*Award Winning: Winner of the Robert F. Siebert Medal

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 2013

Canadian: No

Genre: Informational books, realistic fiction

Theme: Parrots in Puerto Rico

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This book provides information about the history of Puerto Rico and its connection to the parrots. It also talks about preserving the parrots and how scientists were able to breed them, hatch eggs, and release them. The illustrations are made with many pieces of paper cut and layered together.

 



8. Title: The Life Cycle of a Whale

Author: Bobbie Kalman, Karuna Thal

Illustrator: a combination of several artists and photographers

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 2002

Canadian: Yes

Genre: Informational books

Theme: Lifecycles of whales

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This book provides readers about whales. It mainly talks about the lifecycles of whales from birth to death. This text has many features such as a table of contents, labels, a glossary, and index. This text has both illustrations and real life photographs.



  1. Title: A Salmon for Simon

Author: Betty Waterton

Illustrator: Ann Blades

*Award Winning: Winner of the Governor General’s award and the Canadian Library Association’s Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s award

FNMI Author/Illustrator/FNMI content: Yes

Year of Publication: 1978

Canadian: Yes

Genre: Fiction

Theme: Caring for nature

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This story is about caring for nature. This will help readers gain an appreciation for nature and learn how to look out for other living creatures. The award winning illustrations add to the text.



  1. Title: A Sled Dog for Moshi

Author: Jeanne Bushney

Illustrator: Germaine Arnatauyok

FNMI Author/Illustrator/FNMI Content: Yes

Year of Publication: 2005

Canadian: Yes

Genre: Fiction

Theme: Sled Dogs

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: Moshi’s dog is having puppies. These puppies are meant to be working dogs and not pets. Moshi has to learn about what that means. This book shows how significant animal’s can be as well as the early life stages to adulthood of dogs.


  1. Title: Caribou Song

Author: Tomson Highway

Illustrator: Jon Rombough

FNMI Author/Illustrator: Yes

Year of Publication: 2001

Canadian: Yes

Genre: Fiction

Theme: FNMI books, animal migration

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This book is about brothers who follow a herd of caribou all throughout the year. This could provide insight of the life cycles of caribou and what they do throughout the seasons. An interesting text feature is that the text is written in English with Cree translations.



  1. Title: Christmas La Pouchin

Author: Deborah L. Delaronde

Illustrator: Virginia McCoy

FNMI Author/Illustrator: Yes

Year of Publication: 2011

Canadian: Yes

Genre: Poems, Historical Fiction.

Theme: Traditional Metis upbringing.

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This story is about a boy who grows up with a traditional Metis upbringing. This story is more about human life cycles than animals, but could be used as a connector to the next science outcome about human life cycles. The text features Metis recipes and a vocabulary guide as well.




13. Title: The Life Cycle of a Snail

Author: Jennifer Coldrey

Illustrator: Jackie Harland

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 1988

Canadian: No

Genre: Informational Books

Theme: Life cycles

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This is an informational book about the life cycles of snails. There is a table of contents, a glossary, bolded words, and an index. Although the illustrations are drawings, they are realistic and add to the text.


  1. Title: Baby Birds and How They Grow

Author: Jane R. McCauley

Illustrator: N/A

FNMI Author/Illustrator: N/A

Year of Publication: 1983

Canadian: N/A

Genre: Informational Books

Theme: Life cycles, birds

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This is a National Geographic book about the life cycles of birds. There are large real-life photographs as well as large print. The print would be good for beginning readers. The photographs are fascinating and really add to the text.


 15. Title: The Life Cycle of a Koala

Author: Bobbie Kalman

Illustrator: Heather Fitzpatrick (photo researcher)

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 2002

Canadian: No

Genre: Informational books

Theme: Life cycles, Koalas

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This book explains the life cycle of a koala. It has many text features of an informational book such as a table of contents labels, bolded words, a glossary, and an index. There is a combination of real-life photographs as well as realistic drawings used for illustrations.


  1. Title: The Baby BeeBee Bird

Author: Diane Redfield Massie

Illustrator: Steven Kellogg

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 1963

Canadian: No

Genre: Fiction

Theme: animals, babies

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This story is about a new baby bird that comes to the zoo. The baby bird makes noise all night and keeps the other animals awake. This text has beautiful illustrations. There are made up word sounds covering the pages all throughout the book that add interest to the text.


 17. Title: The Emperor’s Egg

Author: Martin Jenkins

Illustrator: Jane Chapman

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 1999

Canadian: No

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Theme: Life cycles, emperor penguins

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This book shows readers how the emperor penguin egg is looked after and how the chick is taken care of as it grows up. The illustrations are painted but are realistic and add to the text. The text features an index at the end of the book.


  1. Title: Just Ducks

Author: Nicola Davies

Illustrator: Salvatore Rubbino

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 2012

Canadian: No

Genre: Fiction, informational books

Theme: ducks

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This story follows a person who is awoken by the sound of ducks. Throughout the story, the character learns lots of information about ducks, including their life cycles. The illustrations are painted and not very life like but they are beautiful and add interest to the text.


19. Title: Little Panda

Author: Joanne Ryder

Illustrator: N/A

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 1999

Canadian: No

Genre: non- fiction

Theme: panda bears, life cycles

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This book shows the life cycle of a panda as it grows up. There are real-life pictures that really add to the text. The pictures are very eye catching.


  1. Title: Discovering Crabs and Lobsters

Author: Jill Bailey

Illustrator: Wendy Meadway

FNMI Author/Illustrator: No

Year of Publication: 1987

Canadian: N/A

Genre: Informational Books

Theme: Crabs and Lobsters,

Comments about content, format, and illustrative features: This is an informational text all about crabs and lobsters. Readers can use this text to learn more about all aspects of these creatures. The illustrations are real-life photographs. This book has a lot of written text which may be lots for grade 2 readers but the table of contents would help readers narrow in on what they want to read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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