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Wide selection of children's literature with an emphasis on learning more about science and nature. These resources offer a perfect way to blend language arts with science learning, making reading relevant to topics that children are naturally curious about.

  Children's Literature with Science & Nature Themes
In this section you will find a vast array of award-winning, educational books that will garner the interest of children and adults alike. Included are the classics such as The Lorax, along with a wide selection of creative new releases.
 
  Animal Puppets for Storytelling
Puppets are wonderful tools for teaching concepts such as food chain relationships, anatomy, behavior, diversity, and life cycles. In addition, for interpreters and naturalists, they make excellent models for introducing behavioral traits and adaptations found in wild animals. Children naturally gravitate toward puppets, making them an excellent enrichment tool for presentations, discussions, and enhanced storytelling.
 
  Kind Fur® Replicas for Storytelling (swatches)
Replica fur (Kind Fur®) is an ideal resource for educators. Designed primarily to give children the look and feel of animal fur, these replicas go well with storytelling and discovery table activities. We need to emphasize, however, that these replicas are not study skins (they lack eye holes, ears, noses, paws and tails). On the other hand, unlike real fur, these replicas do not have special storage or treatment requirements. They also do not require knowledge of complex and ever-changing regulations regarding State of Origin fur tags, permits, transfers, and associated necessary record keeping.

Most importantly, Kind Fur® does not require trapping animals better left alive in the wild. Regarding these replicas, it is important to note that in nature there is tremendous variation in fur color, even on a single specimen, let alone among the same species in different locations or seasons. These replicas are close in appearance (and feel) to animal furs, but won't match perfectly with any given real fur. Also, as can be the case with skull replicas, high-quality faux fur can sometimes cost more than real fur.

While realistic in appearance, replica fur can always be identified by looking at the backing—replica fur have cloth fabric backing, as opposed to tanned animal hide. Twenty-five years ago, Acorn Naturalists made a concerted effort to encourage people to embrace the skull replica concept to reduce demand for real skulls. Acorn Naturalists is now pioneering the concept of replacing real fur with replica fur, or Kind Fur®.

You can download a complete description of all of the Kind Fur® replicas we offer by clicking here.

KIND FUR® SWATCHES (unboxed, two-sided, sewn). Perfect for carrying in a backpack for discussions on the trail or for setting out at a discovery table. These Kind Furs® are folded in half, and then hand-sewn around the edge. Each measures approximately 8 inches x 5 inches. $24.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (SWATCHES), $22.41 each.

 
  Kind Fur® Replicas for Storytelling (boxed)
Replica fur (Kind Fur®) is an ideal resource for educators. Designed primarily to give children the look and feel of animal fur, these replicas go well with storytelling and discovery table activities. We need to emphasize, however, that these replicas are not study skins (they lack eye holes, ears, noses, paws and tails). On the other hand, unlike real fur, these replicas do not have special storage or treatment requirements. They also do not require knowledge of complex and ever-changing regulations regarding State of Origin fur tags, permits, transfers, and associated necessary record keeping.

Most importantly, Kind Fur® does not require trapping animals better left alive in the wild. Regarding these replicas, it is important to note that in nature there is tremendous variation in fur color, even on a single specimen, let alone among the same species in different locations or seasons. These replicas are close in appearance (and feel) to animal furs, but won't match perfectly with any given real fur. Also, as can be the case with skull replicas, high-quality faux fur can sometimes cost more than real fur.

While realistic in appearance, replica fur can always be identified by looking at the backing—replica fur have cloth fabric backing, as opposed to tanned animal hide. Twenty-five years ago, Acorn Naturalists made a concerted effort to encourage people to embrace the skull replica concept to reduce demand for real skulls. Acorn Naturalists is now pioneering the concept of replacing real fur with replica fur, or Kind Fur®.

You can download a complete description of all of the Kind Fur® replicas we offer by clicking here.

KIND FUR® (boxed, one-si ded, glued). Acorn Naturalists. These Kind Furs® are securely adhered with non-toxic water-based glue to the inside of a protective 12 inches long x 9 inches wide x 2 inches deep wooden slide-top box (custom crafted in the US for Acorn Naturalists' Kind Furs®). Students can study and feel the fur, and slide the protective lid over it when done. Boxes are labeled on the back, making it easy to set them out on a table for quiz games or activities such as matching a sample with skull, track or scat replicas. $32.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (BOXED), $29.61 each.

 
  Alphabet and Counting Books for Ages 3-8
Intriguing, beautifully illustrated series for young children. Filled with fascinating stories and tales about a vast array of creatures and their habitats. These alphabet and counting books are perfect for extended care and after school programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, preschool and kindergarten teachers, camp leaders, daycare providers and parents. $7.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $7.11 each.
 
  Watch It Grow Series for Ages 4-7
Capture the natural curiosity of young children, ages 4-7, by sharing these image-rich books. $6.30 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Watch It Grow Series), $5.67 each.
 
  City Safari Books for Ages 4-7
Who needs to fly to Africa or visit a safari park when there is so much wildlife on our doorsteps? Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a “city safari.” Special Spotter’s Clues symbols highlighting key animal behaviors and features are used throughout the books to enable readers to go on their own city safari once they have finished reading. For children ages 4-7.
 
  Animal Helpers Series for Ages 4-8
Many individuals, from early years on, show an interest in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. The books in this series combine amazing photographs with engaging text for readers ages 4-8. Learn about the newest animal care programs in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, aquariums, and raptor centers. Books capitalize on children's natural interest in discovering how individuals go about helping animals. $9.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Animal Helpers Series), $8.91 each.
 
  Nocturnal Animal Series for Ages 5-6
Five fascinating books for children in grades PreK-2 (ages 5-6). Each features colorful photos, maps, and a simple text that discusses the habitat, life cycle, range, and behavior of each species.
 
  Backyard Birds Series for Ages 5-7
Children are universally interested in the birds they see right outside their window or while on the school playground. Within these books, young children ages 5-7 learn basic facts about each bird, including habitat, behavior, life cycle, and identifying characteristics. Engaging text is supplemented with amazing photographs and useful range maps. $6.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $6.21 each.
 
  Seasonal Math in Nature Books for Ages 5-8
This excellent series for children ages 5-8 introduces math concepts such as numbers, counting, patterns, shapes, measurement, symmetry, spatial relationships, time, and even simple geometry. Each topic is described through observation of natural world, attuned to seasonal events, and presented with poetic prose and beautiful artwork that will keep a child's attention throughout. This collection of four hardcover titles includes Sorting through Spring, Shaping Up Summer, Counting on Fall, and Sizing Up Winter. For children ages 5-8.
 
  Animal Trackers Series for Ages 7-9
Animal trackers learn how to record the habitat requirements, population trends, migration routes, and diets of animals in order to develop effective conservation programs. This series reveals the exciting, cutting-edge techniques that trackers use to study and follow animals in their natural habitats. Grades 3-4. $7.90 each. MIX OR MATCH (Animal Trackers Series) 10, $7.11 each.
 
  Amazing Animal Scientists Series for Ages 7-9
These engaging books combine ecology with scientific principles. Young readers in grades 3-4 see how animals have adapted to their environments. The series explores animals’ use of anatomy, behavior, and engineering to overcome environmental challenges such as escaping a predator, making a shelter, or finding food. $7.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $7.11 each.
 
  One Small Square Series for Ages 6-10
This interactive, popular book series teaches children how to observe nature closely through scientific methods. Beautiful illustrations accompany an informative text. Along with habitat descriptions, these books feature suggested activities, such as transect studies, that extend learning into the field. For ages 6-10. $9.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $8.91 each.
 
  Take-along Nature Guides for Ages 5-10
Children ages 5-10 will enjoy the creative activities and helpful identifications found in this series. Each guide is beautifully illustrated and inquiry-oriented. $7.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Take-Along Guides), $7.11 each.
 
  Big Science Ideas Series for Ages 8-9
Perfect way to help students in grades 2-3 understand key science concepts by focusing on specific topics. Captivating text is accompanied by color photographs. $8.80 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Big Science Ideas), $7.92 each.
 
  Carnivore/Herbivore/Omnivore Series for Ages 8-9
These three books for children in grades 2-3 (ages 8-9) explore the three major dietary preferences found in the animal kingdom. Each features spectacular color photographs plus a 28 minute CD with additional images and a series of interactive questions.
 
  Life Cycles Series for Ages 7-9
This acclaimed series takes young readers ages 7-9 through the stages of life that all plants and animals share: starting out, growth, and adulthood. Colorful photographs accompany a rich, flowing narrative. Each book contains a wealth of information in an easy-to-access format. $8.80 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $7.92 each.
 
  Women in Conservation Series for Ages 8-10
This series offers insight into the work of four ground-breaking conservationists. Each book looks at what inspired the individual, their methodology and the global impact of their endeavors. Ages 8-11.
 

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