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Episode 45 — World of Animals


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 12:28
Original Air Date Published May 16, 2012

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book coverA Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife
Author: Caroline Arnold
Jamie Hogan

Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2012




“…a little change can make a big difference.” This book explores how global warming is affecting the wildlife around the world from small animals like Edith’s Checkerspot Butterfly that are adapting by moving to higher elevations, to larger animals like the polar bear that are struggling to find the food they need to build up fat for the winter. Kids will find the facts about animals and plants intriguing as well as motivating.


book coverGlobal Warming and Dinosaurs: Fossil Discoveries at the Poles
Author: Caroline Arnold
Laurie Caple

Publisher: Clarion, 2009


If kids enjoyed A Warmer World they might also be interested to learn about how climate changes affected dinosaurs. Caroline Arnold describes the different dinosaur fossils that scientists have discovered in Polar Regions. Originally, scientists believed that these areas were not conducive to dinosaur life, but they are now changing that belief. Caroline shares adaptive features dinosaurs may have had to help them survive in these areas. She also discusses the difference between the Earth’s climate during the Mesozoic Era and present day.


book coverA Bald Eagle’s World
Author: Caroline Arnold
Publisher: Picture Window Books, 2010



This is the most recent book in Caroline Arnold’s World of Animals series. In this book Caroline Arnold shares the life cycle of an eagle, illustrating two eaglets’ growth into an adult. This book is a nice mix of facts and narrative, a perfect introduction to nonfiction for young readers.

After reading A Bald Eagle’s World by Caroline Arnold, kids may be interested in peeking in on live bald eagles. Since bald eagles are not easy to spot in the wild, this webcam of an eagle’s nest is the perfect way to get an up-close look: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles



book coverBirds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines
Author: Caroline Arnold
Patricia J. Wynne

Publisher: Charlesbridge, 2003



Caroline Arnold soars into writing about her favorite animal: birds. In this book kids will learn how and why birds are able to fly. Filled with illustrations and easy-to-understand, yet detailed text, Caroline Arnold explains the ins and outs of our feathered friends.


book coverDinosaurs With Feathers: The Ancestors of Modern Birds
Author: Caroline Arnold
Laurie Caple

Publisher: Clarion Books, 2001



Who were the ancestors of birds? And did dinosaurs have feathers? Caroline Arnold shares research in a kid-friendly way about what scientists believe about dinosaurs with feathers. She compares modern birds to their ancestors and shows children how the two are related. This is sure to pique the interest of any dinosaur lover out there!


Expert Chat

Listen in as Caroline Arnold discusses her book A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife. She talks about how one degree Fahrenheit can make a huge impact on plants and animals. She also chats about her favorite animals and what families can do to start making a difference in the environment.


Visit Caroline’s author page (http://www.carolinearnoldbooks.com/) to learn about other books that she has written. Make sure to check out the activity tab on her page to find children's activities that are related to her books.


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