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Animal Sounds


Stimulate your child’s language development through songs, rhymes and fingerplays! 
The little horse goes Neigh, neigh, neigh, neigh 
The little cat goes Meow, meow, meow, meow x 2 
The little dog goes Woofwoofwoofwoofwoofwoofwoof 

Let's Catch a Bear


Join our brave librarians, Luojia and Sieu Pin, as they set off to catch a sleeping bear. Oh no! The bear is awake! 
Enjoy this delightful nursery rhyme and follow the actions!

Our Community

Our Community Craft

Materials needed:

  • 2 pieces of A4 sized construction paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Pencil

  • Coloured markers

Download the instructions for the craft.

makan mischief

Title: Makan Mischief
Author: Evelyn Sue Wong & Dhanendra Poedjono
Publisher: Singapore: Epigram Books, 2021

Little Mynah loves to help, so when her friends Jen and Jay are bored eating the same old noodle dish at the hawker centre, she comes up with a makan surprise for everyone! Join in the second adventure of the multilingual picture book series that features the plucky Little Mynah and familiar people and places in the neighbourhood.

aunty postman

Title: Aunty Postman
Author: Ames Chen & Jayl Chen
Publisher: Singapore: Graceworks Private Limited, 2021

Is your postman short, plump, tall, or thin? Do you run to your gate when the postman delivers a long-awaited parcel? Discover what makes Aunty Postman so special as we go up, down, and around the estate she delivers for.

all through the night

Title: All Through the Night: People Who Work While We Sleep
Author: Polly Faber & Harriet Hobday
Publisher: London: Nosy Crow, 2021

A beautifully illustrated picture book exploring the jobs that keep a city running all through the night, and make it ready for the new day. The sky is getting dark. In a big city, a little girl is eating her dinner, brushing her teeth and getting ready for bed. Meanwhile, her mother is putting on her coat and getting ready to go to work. But where will she go, and who will she see along the way? As the night goes on, follow nurses, cleaners, delivery workers, doctors, police officers, journalists and many more. Meet the people doing the important jobs that help keep the city running all through the night, ready for the next day to come.

our park

Title: Our Park
Author: Lisa J. Amstutz
Publisher: North Mankato, Minnesota: Pebble, a Capstone imprint, 2020

Parks are important places in our community. It takes many community helpers to keep a park clean and beautiful. Readers will learn about who works at a park, what the workers do, and what makes a city park special. Simple, at-level text and vibrant photos help readers learn all about community parks.

All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The copyright to all book covers belong to the relevant publishers or illustrators.

Eye-mazing Optical Illusions

3D Ladder

Materials needed:

  • Plain A4 Paper

  • Marker

  • Pencil

  • Ruler


Materials needed:

  • A thick piece of paper

  • A hole puncher

  • Scissors

  • A glue stick

  • A pencil and eraser

  • Coloured markers or paint

  • An object with a round base, like a cup

  • And 2 pieces of string, each at least twice the length of the base of your cup

Download the instructions for the crafts

Science Magic to Surprise and Captivate Super Simple Magic and Illusions

Title: Super Simple Magic and Illusions: Science Magic to Surprise and Captivate
Author: Jessica Rusick
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Super Sandcastle, an imprint of Abdo Publishing, 2020

Read how famous illusionists fooled their audiences. Then learn how to trick an audience of your own! Follow simple instructions and photos to make cups melt, water bend, and more. Check out all the books in the Super Simple Magic and Illusions series. Soon you’ll be mystifying your friends with magic!

Eyemazing Illusions Thats Impossible

Title: Eye-mazing Illusions: That’s Impossible
Author: Spencer Brinker
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Bearport Publishing Company, 2022

Climb up the stairs or swim upstream. Are these pictures even possible? Optical illusions are tricks that our eyes and brain play on us to make us see things differently-like images that appear realistic until you give them a second look. Explore mind-boggling images and learn the science behind what makes them work. Then, take a turn making your own optical illusion. Get ready to be eye-mazed!

Super Simple Magic and Illusions 3D Optical Illusions to Baffle the Mind

Title: Super Simple Magic and Illusions: 3-D Optical Illusions to Baffle the Mind
Author: Jessica Rusick
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Super Sandcastle, an imprint of Abdo Publishing, 2020

Read how famous illusionists fooled their audiences. Then learn how to trick an audience of your own! Follow simple instructions and photos to float orbs, pull objects from thin air, and more. Check out all the books in the Super Simple Magic and Illusions series. Soon you’ll be mystifying your friends with magic!

The copyright to all book covers belong to the relevant publishers or illustrators.

Our Fantastic Feline Friends!

Cat Collage

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors

  • Construction Paper of any preferred colours

  • Pencil

  • Glue

  • Ruler

  • Markers

  • Yarn, Ribbons or Glitter Glue (Optional)

Download full instructions for this craft.


Title: CATastrophe: A Story of Patterns
Author: Ann Marie Stephens
Illustrator: Jennifer Harney
Publisher: New York: Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Boyd’s Mills & Kane, 2021

This book then is about a group of cats going on a fishing trip that did not really go so well. Captain Cat, the leader of the pack, tries to get his cat crew organised throughout the trip. They discover that arranging themselves in the right sequence makes the trip go smoother. A wonderful book about our feline friends that teaches children about pattern recognition!

Cat and Mouse

Title: Cat and Mouse
Author & Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup
Publisher: Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2019

The story is told in a fun rhyme, and you will see the cat climbing out of boxes, running up and down the stairs and waiting patiently for the mouse to come out of its hiding place to catch it. But does the cat succeed in catching this mouse?


Title: Kittens
Illustrator: Nicole Horning
Publisher: New York, NY: Cavendish Square Publishing, 2021

This book is filled with not only many cute pictures of baby cats but lots of interesting facts about them too! For example, can you guess how long a kitten can sleep? About 18-22 hours a day! Imagine having a naptime that long!

Cats are Fun

Title: Cats are Fun!
Author: Mary Elizabeth Salzmann
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Sandcastle, an imprint of Abdo Publishing, 2022

This book showcases how fun our fantastic feline friends are as we find them in many different places. One thing you will learn about cats is that they love hiding in places, even unexpected ones and that they come in different shapes, sizes, and colours. The book starts with a question, asking you if you can spot these cat breeds throughout the book.

Maine Coons

Title: Maine Coons
Author: Cameron L. Woodson
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN: Jump!, 2021

Energetic and affectionate, find out more about magnificent Maine Coons and their fluffy ruffs, double coats and large size in this book! A must-read for budding cat lovers!

Title: Ragdolls
Author & Illustrator: Cameron L. Woodson
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN: Jump!, 2021

Beautiful and fluffy, find out more about regal Ragdolls and their irresistible soft coats, adorable blue eyes and point patterns in this book! A must-read for budding cat lovers!

Baby Cheetahs

Title: Baby Cheetahs
Illustrator: Kate Riggs
Publisher: Mankato, Minnesota: Creative Education and Creative Paperbacks, are imprints of The Creative Company, 2020

Meet a very cute little predator! This baby cheetah will bring you through his diet, his habitat and he grows up in this informative and adorable book to introduce little ones to big cats.

Baby Tigers

Title: Baby Tiger
Author: Kate Riggs
Publisher: Mankato, Minnesota: Creative Education and Creative Paperbacks, are imprints of The Creative Company, 2020

Meet a very cute little predator! This baby tiger will bring you through his diet, his habitat and he grows up in this informative and adorable book to introduce little ones to big cats.

The copyright to all book covers and synopses belong to the relevant publishers or illustrators.

  • Saving Tigers

    Tiger Paper Hand Puppet

    Materials needed:
    • A4 size orange construction paper
    • White, pink, orange and red paper
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Black marker

    [Download] full instructions for this craft.

    The Last Tiger DAV Cover

    Title: The Last Tiger
    Author: Becky Davies
    Illustrator: Jennie Poh
    Publisher: London: Little Tiger, 2022

    Aasha the tiger loves her beautiful forest home, full of tigers, boars, and other animals. But one day, the forest begins to change. The hot days became hotter. The wet days became wetter—so wet, in fact, that there are floods that force many of the animals to find other places to live. And then the humans enter the forest and begin taking down the trees, which forces Aasha out. Will she ever find a new place to call home? Includes back matter on climate change and conservation efforts.

    The Last Tiger HOR Cover

    Title: The Last Tiger
    Author & Illustrator: Petr Horáček
    Publisher: Burley Gate, Herefordshire: Otter-Barry Books, 2019

    Strong and proud, the tiger is lord of the jungle. But when he’s captured by human hunters he realises that what really matters is not strength or power… but freedom. Will the tiger be able to escape and be free again?

    Defending the Animals Cover

    Title: Defending the Animals
    Author: Azra Limbada
    Publisher: Norfolk: BookLife Publishing, 2020

    Earth is full of amazing animals, from tigers to bumblebees. This book brings readers up close to animals around the world who are at risk of dying out due to habitat destruction, climate change, and other issues. Readers will learn about the problems facing orangutans, sea turtles, and other animals through accessible text and brilliant photographs. An activity at the end of the book will help readers to further connect with the important issues facing animals.

    Animals in Danger Cover

    Title: Animals in Danger
    Author: Gemma McMullen
    Publisher: King’s Lynn: BookLife, 2016

    How does human behavior affect animals, and what can we do to help animals that are endangered? Readers find the answers to these and other important questions about protecting animals as they learn about this topical environmental issue. Accessible, age-appropriate text gives young readers a clear sense of why animals are currently in danger and what can be done to help them. Fun fact boxes provide additional information about animals and their habitats, and colorful photographs fill each page. The captivating presentation of such an important ecological topic is sure to inspire early learners, especially young animal lovers.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Local Wildlife

    Animal Finger Puppets

    Materials needed:
    • Thick coloured papers or scrap papers
    • Scissors or a penknife
    • Colouring materials
    • Glue
    • A pencil
    • Circle stencil

    Download full instructions for this craft.


    Title: Ubin Elephant
    Author: Alan John
    Illustrator: Quek Hong Shin
    Publisher: Singapore : Straits Times Press, [2021]

    This delightful tale, written by Alan John and illustrated by Quek Hong Shin, was inspired by the true story of an elephant that appeared on Pulau Ubin in 1991 and caused great excitement among the island’s residents for about a week.

    Beautifully and vividly illustrated, this book will enthrall young readers with the question of how to get poor little Ubin Elephant (frightened and shedding a tear at one point!) safely home to his mama again.


    Title: A Boar at My Door
    Author: Keith Wo, Ailica Lee, Lim Xue Xian, Tag Wan Yi, Chiu Guan Ru
    Illustrator: Cha Da Eun
    Publisher: Singapore : Raffles Institution, 2015.

    Join Billy, a little wild boar, on an exciting adventure after he ends up lost and alone in an unfortunate turn of events. Journey with him as he tried to find his family, meeting awesome new friends and also a fearsome foe along his way. Will Billy ever reunite with his missing family and find a home where he truly belongs?


    Title: Fourteen Monkeys : a rain forest rhyme
    Author: Melissa Stewart
    Illustrator: Steve Jenkins
    Publisher: New York : Beach Lane Books, [2021]

    Travel to a tropical rainforest where fourteen species of monkeys live in harmony in this playful, fact-filled book from award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins.


    Title: Marvellous Mammals : a wild A to Z of Southeast Asia
    Author: Debby Ng
    Illustrator: Darel Seow
    Publisher: Singapore : Difference Engine, [2021]

    In this beautifully illustrated alphabet book, wildlife ecologist Debby Ng and illustrator Darel Seow part the leaves to showcase lesser-known animals of Southeast Asia! Readers will learn about these unique mammals’ habitat, behaviour, food choices, and their relationship with humans.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Rhymes

    Spot the Rhyming Words

    Materials needed:

    • 1 kitchen paper roll
    • 2 pieces of A4 size coloured paper
    • Marker
    • A pair of scissors
    • Double-sided tape
    • Dot stickers (optional)

    Download full instructions for this craft.


    Title: Hats Are Not For Cats!
    Author & Illustrator: Jacqueline K. Rayner
    Publisher: Boston; New York: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

    A big, plaid-hat-wearing dog insists that the small black cat in the red fez shouldn’t be wearing a hat—any kind of hat—because hats are for dogs. His patronizing tirade doesn’t convince this cat, however. Defiantly, she wears an assortment of hats, described in the gleeful rhyming text, and brings in other cats to join the protest. The silliness of both text and pictures offers a cheerful take on bossiness and managing conflict, with a win-win resolution.


    Title: The Koala Who Could
    Author: Rachel Bright
    Illustrator: Jim Fields
    Publisher: London: Orchard Books, 2016

    Fans of The Gruffalo and Giraffes Can’t Dance will love this feel-good rhyming story portraying a positive message about facing up to change, something that young children can sometimes struggle with. Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not …but if you let it, change can be the making of you. Kevin the Koala discovers this and more in this delightful picture book from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside!


    Title: Playtime Rhymes
    Illustrator: Sharon Harmer
    Publisher: London: Pat-A-Cake, 2018

    This book of favourite nursery rhymes is perfect for any time that you feel like cuddling up with your little one with a book. Whether you are reading lots of rhymes as part of a bedtime routine, or sharing a just a few of them and doing the actions, this collection of familiar, comforting rhymes is sure to become a firm family favourite. Includes favourites such as: Humpty Dumpty, The Wheels on the Bus and Baa Baa Black Sheep.


    Title: Big Green Crocodile: Rhymes to Say and Play
    Author: Jane Newberry
    Illustrator: Carolina Rabei
    Publisher: Burley Gate, Herefordshire: Otter-Barry Books, 2021

    Sixteen original play-rhymes that cover the events of a child’s day from breakfast to bedtime, on themes like animals, bees, crocodiles, tractors, and many more.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Sea Animals


    Underwater Expedition

    Materials needed:

    • Transparent folder (with at least one opening
    • Coloured markers (that do not rub off on plastic)
    • A piece of black construction paper
    • Printed template of torchlight and sea animals (optional)

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    Title: Where the Sea Meets the Sky
    Author: Peter Bently
    Illustrator: Reiko Sekiguchi
    Publisher: London: Hodder Children’s Books, 2020.

    Sophie’s mum says that no one can reach the horizon, and no one should try. But Sophie reckons it doesn’t look that far! She sets off on an exciting journey, meeting all sorts of sea creatures on the way - walruses and whales, lobsters and starfish… and someone a little more dangerous…

    Clara and Clem Under the Sea

    Title: Clara and Clem Under the Sea
    Author: Ethan Long
    Publisher: New York: Penguin Young Readers, 2014.
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    Clara and Clem are off on an adventure under the sea! The two swim with dolphins, hug a shark, and even find buried treasure. Let’s go!

    Whoosh A Watery World

    Title: Whoosh!: A Watery World of Wonderful Creatures
    Author: Marilyn Baillie
    Illustrator: Susan Mitchell
    Publisher: Toronto: Owlkids Books Inc., 2014.

    Introduces various aquatic animals, including alligators, hermit crabs, and clownfish, and describes how children often mimic their behaviours.

    Ocean Animals from Head to Tail

    Title: Ocean Animals from Head to Tail
    Author: Stacey Roderick
    Illustrator: Kwanchai Moriya
    Publisher: Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2016.
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    This nonfiction picture book uses a guessing game to introduce eight different ocean animals and some unique aspects of their bodies. First, readers are shown a close-up illustration of an unusual part of an animal’s body and asked to guess its owner. The following spread reveals the animal’s name along with an illustration of the whole animal in its habitat. There’s also a brief description of the animal’s traits with a special emphasis on the featured body part. Young children will recognise that every animal has its own distinctive features and body parts that help it survive.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Weather


    Rain Cloud Experiment

    Materials needed:

    • A glass jar, a clear container, or a glass cup
    • Shaving foam
    • Food dye or colouring
    • Water

    Download full instructions for this craft.


    Title: Clouds
    Author: Jenny Fretland VanVoorst
    Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Bullfrog Books, [2017].

    In Clouds, vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text introduce young readers to the formation and characteristics of clouds.

    where rain comes from

    Title: Where Rain Comes From
    Author: Marie Rogers
    Publisher: New York : PowerKids Press, 2021.

    Rainy days might make some people sad, and while we might not want to get caught in a downpour, our Earth needs rain. Rain is responsible for keeping our plants healthy, giving us drinking water, and giving us a way to cool off when it’s hot.


    Title: Wet
    Author: Carey Sookocheff
    Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.

    Sometimes it’s fun to get wet. And sometimes it’s not.

    under the umbrella

    When the wind snatches a cranky man’s umbrella and drops it at a the feet of little boy outside a patisserie, the hasty curmudgeon slows down long enough for an unlikely friendship to blossom.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Emotions

    Making emotions masks!

    Materials needed:

    • Paper plates
    • Ice cream sticks
    • Crayons
    • Tape
    • Scissors

    Download full instructions for this craft.


    Title: What are Feelings?
    Author: Katie Daynes & Christine Pym
    Publisher: London : Usborne Publishing, 2019.

    This thoughtful book explores happiness, sadness, anger, fear and worry in a friendly and approachable way. Adorable animal characters experience different emotions, while imaginative flaps answer important questions such as ‘Why don’t I feel happy all the time?’ and ‘How can I cheer up my friend?’ Introduces useful ways to counter stress and anxiety. The flaps are perfect for inquisitive young children. Other titles in the series include Why do we need bees?, How do flowers grow?, How do I see?, Why does the sun shine? and How do animals talk?


    Title: I’m Happy-Sad Today!
    Author: Lory Britain, Ph.D.
    Illustrator: Matthew Rivera
    Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Publishing Inc., [2019]

    Happy, and also sad. Excited, but nervous too. Feeling friendly, with a little shyness mixed in. Mixed feelings are natural, but they can be confusing. There are different kinds of happy–the quiet kind and the “noisy, giggly, jump and run” kind. And there are conflicting feelings, like proud and jealous, frustrated and determined. With gentle messaging and charming illustrations, a little girl talks about her many layered feelings, ultimately concluding, “When I have more than one feeling inside me, I don’t have to choose just one. I know that all my feelings are okay at the same time.” A special section for adults presents ideas for helping children explore their emotions, build a vocabulary of feeling words, know what to do if they feel overwhelmed, and more.


    Title: Fergal is Fuming!
    Author: Robert Starling
    Publisher: London : Andersen Press, 2017.

    A dragon with a short temper is not a good combination, as Fergal’s family and friends soon find out. He burns the dinner (literally), reduces the football goal to ashes and absolutely cannot play a nice, quiet board game. It is only when he starts to notice other animals have clever tricks to calm down that Fergal begins to win back his friends, especially when he discovers dragons can cool off in a very handy way.


    Title: After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up
    Author: Dan Santat
    Publisher: New York, New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
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    From the New York Times –bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after? Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall—that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Flutter Butterfly

    Making a flutter butterfly!

    Materials needed:

    • A piece of cardbord
    • A piece of coloured tissue paper
    • A piece of coloured paper
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • A pair of googly eyes
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Glue
    • Balloon

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    The Truth About Butterflies

    Title: The Truth About Butterflies
    Author: Maxwell Eaton III
    Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2020. ©2020

    This guide to the majestic butterfly walks you through its unique lifecycle and offers anything you ever wanted to know about the colourful insect.

    A Butterfly Is Patient

    Title: A Butterfly Is Patient
    Author: Dianna Hutts Aston
    Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2011. ©2011.
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    The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder. Perfect for a child’s bedroom bookshelf or for a classroom reading circle!

    My Butterfly Bouquet

    Title: My Butterfly Bouquet
    Author: Nicola Davies
    Publisher: London : Wren & Rook, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group, 2020. ©2020.

    With breath-taking illustrations and a touching story, this dazzling picture book introduces young readers to one of nature’s most magnificent and essential insects: the butterfly. See how a little girl recovering from poor health finds wonder in nature and delights in planting a garden with her father to attract a fascinating array of butterflies. Exploring the life stages of butterflies, their importance to our ecosystems and the revitalising power of nature, this book is a heart-warming information story for children who love the outdoors and all its incredible creatures. At the back of the book, discover tips on how to create your own wildlife garden to attract butterflies!

    Senorita Mariposa

    Title: Señorita Mariposa
    Author: Ben Gundersheimer
    Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group, 2019.
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    A captivating and child-friendly look at the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with a text in both English and Spanish. Rhyming text and lively illustrations showcase the epic trip taken by the monarch butterflies. At the end of each summer, these international travelers leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter—and now readers can come along for the ride! Over mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below. Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of the monarchs and be introduced to the people and places they pass before they finally arrive in the forests that their ancestors called home.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Love Our Home

    Making a butterfly pencil holder!

    Materials needed:

    • Coloured paper
    • Toilet roll
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Googly eyes
    • Coloured markers
    • Pencil

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    Deep Sea Voyage

    Title: Professor Astro Cat’s Deep-Sea Voyage
    Author: Dr Dominic Walliman
    Publisher: London ; New York : Flying Eye Books, 2020.

    Despite covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, the ocean is still roughly 95% unexplored. Join Professor Astro Cat and the gang as they take a deep dive from the sea shore all the way to the darkest depths of the ocean floor to find out more about this mysterious watery world. From coral reefs to deep-sea vents, there’s so much to discover on this Deep-sea Voyage.

    Busy Eyed Day

    Title: Busy-Eyed Day
    Author: Anne-Marie Pace
    Publisher: New York : Beach Lane Books, [2018] ©2018
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    There are so many intriguing eyes out in the world…and so many amazing things for those eyes to see! From a big-eyed bug and a stalk-eyed slug to a side-eyed frog and a wide-eyed dog, the family in this book doesn’t miss a single sight during their busy-eyed day the park.

    This rhyming and richly illustrated picture book is a clever and unusual celebration of being observant and keeping an eye out for magic in the everyday world that surrounds us.

    Lets Recycle

    Title: Let’s Recycle!
    Author: Jenna Lee Gleisner
    Publisher: North Mankato, Minnesota : Jump!, [2019] ©2019

    Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We hear it all the time, but what does it mean, and how can we do it? Let’s Recycle! shows early fluent readers why it’s important to produce less waste with fun and easy ways they can do it every day.

    Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn specific ways they can be environmentally friendly. An activity provides step-by-step instructions for a specific, larger project. Children can learn more about recycling using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Let’s Recycle! also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, glossary, and index.

    Earth Hour

    Title: Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet
    Author: Nanette Heffernan
    Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2020]
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    Click flashlights, light lanterns, and get ready to turn electric lights out to celebrate Earth Hour! Wherever you are, you can help our planet.

    Kids around the world use electric energy to do all kinds of things–adults do, too! From cleaning the clothes we play in, to lighting up our dinner tables, to keeping us warm and toasty when the weather is cold, electricity is a huge part of our lives. Unfortunately, it can also have a big impact on our planet.

    Earth Hour–a worldwide movement in support of energy conservation and sustainability–takes place each March and is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). During Earth Hour, individuals, communities, and businesses in more than 7,000 cities turn off nonessential electric lights for one hour. Across each continent–from the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China to the Statue of Liberty–one small act reminds all of us of our enormous impact on planet Earth.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Under the Sea Adventure

    Making a paper jellyfish!

    Materials needed:

    • Scissors
    • Coloured marker
    • Coloured paper

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    The Pout Pout Fish

    Title: The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark
    Author: Deborah Diesen
    Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. ©2017.
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    Oh no! There’s a misbehaving shark at the playground! Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he confronts the challenge of bullying. He just might discover the strength of his community–and the power of his own voice.


    Title: Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner
    Author: Tadgh Bentley
    Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]

    Wanting to try new things, Samson aspires to sample fine cuisine at fancy restaurants before discovering that the new restaurants in his corner of the sea are not exactly welcoming to customers with big teeth and scary smiles.

    What if you could sniff like a shark

    Title: What if You Could Sniff like a Shark?: Explore the Superpowers of Ocean Animals
    Author: Sandra Markle & Howard Mcwilliam
    Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2020. ©2020.
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    What if you woke up one morning, and you suddenly had the superpower of an ocean animal? With zany illustrations and amazing true facts, What If You Could Sniff Like a Shark? Launches a brand-new series from bestselling creators Sandra Markle and Howard McWilliam.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

  • Amazing Animals

    Making a cute paper owl!

    Materials needed:

    • Paper
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Googly eyes
    • Marker

    Download full instructions for this craft.


    Title: Platypuses
    Author: Sara Louise Kras
    Publisher: Mankato, Minn. : Capstone Press, [2019] ©2019.

    Platypuses live only in Australia. Learn all about these unusual, duck billed divers and their habitats in Platypuses. Bring augmented reality to your students by downloading the free Capstone 4D app and scanning for access to an online article, video, and discussion questions. This item is a Capstone Duo and includes both a hardcover and Capstone Interactive eBook edition of the title.

    10 reasons to love a penguin

    Title: 10 Reasons To Love a Penguin
    Author: Catherine Barr
    Illustrator: Hanako Clulow
    Publisher: London, England : Lincoln Children’s Books, [2018] ©2018.

    Penguins are the cutest birds! Did you know that they go on incredible journeys? Or that they toboggan on their stomachs? Discover ten reasons why penguins are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a fantastic introduction to environmental issues.

    Emperor Penguins

    Title: Emperor Penguins
    Author: Jody S. Rake
    Publisher: North Mankato, Minnesota : Pebble, a Capstone imprint, [2020] ©2020.

    Emperor penguins are known as the largest of all penguins. Find out more about this flightless, but quick swimming bird.

    Snowy Owls

    Title: Snowy Owls
    Author: Rita Santos
    Publisher: New York : Enslow Publishing, 2020.

    The nomadic snowy owl is among the Arctic’s most graceful predators. It makes its home in the frigid north, relying on its heavy feathers and snowy white appearance for survival in the subzero temperatures. With full-color photographs and accessible text, this book examines how the snowy owl’s life cycle, body structure, and behaviors have adapted to its challenging environment. Fun facts will engage young readers, and a final activity encourages them to use what they’ve learned to create a food web based on the snowy owl.

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  • Volcanoes And Rocks Rock!

    I lava reading card!

    Materials needed:

    • 1 sheet of A4 sized drawing block
    • Brown, yellow and orange poster or acrylic paint (ensure that it is safe for skin)
    • Paintbrush
    • Markers

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    A trip to the top of the volcano with mouse

    Title: A Trip to The Top of The Volcano With Mouse: A Toon Book
    Author: Frank Viva
    Publisher: New York, NY : TOON Books, [2019] ©2019.

    A boy and a mouse trek to the top of a volcano, taking in soaring trees, lunar landscapes and snow-capped peaks, then return to the ancient city at the bottom.

    Old Rock

    Title: Old Rock (Is Not Boring)
    Author: Deb Pilutti
    Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, [2020] ©2020.
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    Tall Pine, Spotted Beetle, and Hummingbird are certain that being a rock is boring until Old Rock shares what he has seen and done since he first flew out of a volcano.

    Spenser and the Rocks

    Title: Spenser And The Rock
    Author: Lawrence F Lowery
    Publisher: Arlington, Virginia : NSTA Kids, National Science Teachers Association, [2013] ©2013.

    The heart of the story is a young boy named Spenser and his interests, curiosity, and thoughts. Through the story, the reader is introduced to scientific procedures such as classification, research, and reclassification. Spenser’s interest in rocks increases as he learns more about them by sorting the rocks, asking questions, and reading reference books.

    A Rock Can Be

    Title: A Rock Can Be…
    Author: Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija
    Publisher: Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, [2015]
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    Rocks may seem like boring, static objects–until you discover that a rock can spark a fire, glow in the dark, and provide shelters of all shapes and size. Learn how rocks decorate and strengthen the world around them.

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  • Safari Adventure

    Make your own lion paper crown

    Materials needed:

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    Try this: Make paper crowns of your favourite animals!


    Title: Oh, No!
    Author: Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann
    Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012. ©2012.
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    Young children will delight in repeating the refrain “OH NO!” as one animal after another falls into a deep, deep hole in this lively read-aloud. This simple and irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators – Candace Fleming and Caldecott medallist Eric Rohmann – feels like a classic-in-the-making. Fans of Rohmann’s Caldecott Medal-winning My Friend Rabbit will be thrilled to see a new book created in the same expressive and comical style.


    Title: My Book of Animals
    Author: Nik Afia
    Publisher: New York, NY : Windmill Books, 2019. ©2019.

    The Animal Kingdom is a wild place. It’s home to enormous blue whales and fluttery butterflies, spotty leopards, and wriggly jellyfish. In this engaging book, readers will meet a menageries of adorable creatures in all shapes and sizes. They’ll explore pages of stunning illustrations as they learn basic animal words. Fun, simple questions engage readers and foster confidence. Learning will feel like a game as beginning readers peruse his zoo of animals. This high-interest topic and playful design will intrigue even reluctant readers, making it a valuable addition to any library or classroom.

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  • Colourful Garden

    Make your own vegetable garden

    Materials needed:

    • Big paper plat
    • Watercolour paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Scissors
    • Foam papers (white, green, orange and brown)
    • Transparent tape
    • Hole punch
    • Brown yarn

    Download full instructions for this craft.


    Title: My Busy Green Garden
    Author: Terry Pierce
    Publisher: Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers, [2017]

    Takes a close look at a garden, describing the plants, insects, and birds and their activities throughout the day.


    Title: Caterpillar and Bean
    Author: Martin Jenkins
    Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019. ©2018.

    What’s that wedged in a crack in the ground, small and hard and wrinkly and brown? A bean seed! Soon it develops roots and leaves. And what’s that on the leaf? An egg! The egg hatches a caterpillar, and the caterpillar eats the leaves, getting bigger and bigger until it forms a chrysalis. Meanwhile, the plant is growing, too: it develops flowers, then bean pods, as it reaches up toward the sun. Side by side, plant and insect grow . . . and grow . . . and grow throughout the year, until they come full circle.

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  • Zoom into Space

    Make your own Solar System mobile

    Materials needed:

    • Long chopstick or wooden dowel
    • White stock paper or drawing block paper
    • Tape or white glue
    • Thread
    • Colouring materials
    • Scissors

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    Try this: Replace the planets with stars in different sizes and you’ve got a star mobile!


    Title: Aliens Love Underpants
    Author: Claire Freedman
    Publisher: London Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2007.
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    With wacky illustrations and hilarious rhyming text, Aliens Love Underpants is already a favorite among toddlers, beginning readers, teachers, parents, big brothers, big sisters, grandparents, and essentially anyone else who cracks open this super-silly book. When little aliens fly down to Earth, they’re not visiting because they want to meet the Earthlings. They simply want to steal everybody’s underpants!


    Title: It Started with a Big Bang: The Origin of Earth, You and Everything Else
    Author: Floor Bal
    Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2019.
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    An accessible and engaging primer on the history of the universe and life on Earth. In this delightful book, kids can follow the fascinating story of how we got from the beginning of the universe to life today on the “bright blue ball floating in space” called Earth. They’ll learn about the big bang theory, how our solar system and planet were formed, how life on Earth began in the oceans and moved to land, what happened to the dinosaurs and how humans evolved from apes to build communities all over the planet … and even travel to space!

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  • Magical World

    Make your own Dragon book corner

    Materials needed:

    • Origami paper of at least 15cm by 15cm, or cut out any paper (e.g. construction paper or wrapping paper) to the same size.
    • Scissors
    • Glue or tape
    • Colouring materials

    Download full instructions for this craft.

    Try this: Make book corners based on your favourite magical creatures!

    Recommended Books


    Title: I’m Casting a Spell! : Meet a Fairy-Tale Witch
    Author: Lisa Bullard
    Publisher: Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, [2015]
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    Meet Hex. She’s a fairy-tale witch! Hex has magic powers. She likes to fly around and play tricks on people. But don’t worry. Hex is not real. She’s one of the monsters you meet in stories. She just wants to tell you about fairy-tale witches. Learn how a witch scares villagers. Meet different kinds of witches around the world. And find out where witch tales come from. You’ll have a creepy time with this monster buddy!


    Title: The Paper Bag Princess
    Author: Robert Munsch
    Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley : Annick Press, [2018] ©2018
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    Princess Elizabeth is excited to marry dreamy Prince Ronald, but then a dragon attacks the castle, kidnaps her prince, and burns all her clothes. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth dons a paper bag, finds and outsmarts the dragon, and recues Ronald – who is less than pleased at her unprincesslike appearance. What’s a modern-day princess to do? Read this delightful tale to find out.

    All synopses taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.

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