Now that summer is here and it’s easier to get the kids outdoors, I wanted to share some great non-fiction books to introduce kids to Zoology. Zoology is the study of animals making it perfect for kids who naturally gravitate to animals, pet stores, and zoos. They are the ones who want to rescue any animal they find. Zoology is one of many career paths for kids who love animals and being outdoors! Others mentioned in Zoology for Kids include:
zookeeper: A zookeeper is a person who manages zoo animals that are kept in captivity for conservation or to be displayed to the public, and are usually responsible for the feeding and daily care of the animals.
aquarist: An aquarist is responsible for the care of fish and marine mammals kept in captivity.
veterinarian: a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating disease, disorder, and injury in non-human animals.
wildlife researcher: zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.
ecology professor: teaches and conducts research on the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
conservation careers: saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks.
zoologist: A zoologist is someone who studies the behaviour, origins, genetics, diseases and life progression of animals and wildlife. There are a variety of different ways that a zoologist can specialize and there are many diverse jobs in this field.
Zoology Books and Activities for Kids
I am probably having way too much fun on Flipagram making small videos set to music off my iPhone which can be posted on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or even texted or emailed to friends and family. I’m trying to showcase books that I’m posting on such as these on Zoology.
Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals with 21 Activities by Josh and Bethanie Hestermann
This is a great non-fiction chapter book to flip around in for any kids who love animals and the outdoors. It has science activities on green pages and interesting stories in blue boxes throughout the book. It has two parts. Part 1 is Zoology for Beginners covering the form and function of animals, understanding animal behavior and animals and their environment. Part 2 covers working in zoology in real live with chapters on The Zoo Crew, Veterinarians, Wildlife Researchers and Conservation Warriors. [advanced non-fiction chapter book, ages 9 and up]
One activity in Zoology for Kids is making a cake depicting an animal cell. PickyKidPix just happened to make this project for her 7th grade science class for their unit on microbiology and cells. She and her partner loved the candy as the shopping list is long and there are a lot of leftovers! The cake was served in class and it was delicious even three days later.
Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon by Cathleen Burnham
This real-life conservation warrior is a young girl living in the Amazon with her family in Iquitos, Ecuador. They rescue, rehabilitate and return monkeys to the wild. Her life is fascinating; her commute to school includes crossing the Amazon in a dugout canoe and then taking a second canoe to cross a lagoon. Her home does not have running water or electricity but many kids I know, including my oldest, would love to live her life, if only for a week! [non-fiction picture book, ages 8 and up]
Sea Bones by Bob Barner
This non-fiction picture book has a story within a story. There’s the simple rhyming story about sea creatures in the ocean but there’s also a block of text on each spread with more details about exoskeleton and endoskeleton creatures for those who crave more knowledge. Colorful collage illustrations draw readers of all ages in! [picture book, ages 2 and up]
The Alphabet of Bugs: An ABC Book by Valarie Gates, photography by Ann Cutting
With alliterative text and luminous photographs, this non-fiction alphabet of bugs begs to be taken outdoors to find the insects in action! Don’t miss the “Did You Know …?” Glossary of interesting factoids in the back. [non-fiction picture book, ages 2 and up]
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6 thoughts on “Zoology Books and Activities for Kids & Kid Lit Blog Hop”
I’ve made edible cells with kids many times. They love this project. Great video. Great selection of books. Often times, kids get hooked on reading through science. I just love science projects and experiments because they are hands-on learning that lead to reading. Fun, fun, fun. 🙂
That cell cake took an inordinate amount of time but my daughter said it was worth it. She and her partner brought it to class the next day and the class got to eat it. They said it tasted delicious! I think it helped them learn about cells because I could hear them talking about it for hours as they made the cake; “which candy is the mitochodria again?” etc.
My 8 yr old son will luv this. Thanks for suggesting. It is always tough for me to work on biology projects with my kids.
I’m so glad Abhilasha! You make me so happy because I felt like no one read this post at all!
Thanks for the great list of books here! It’s so hard to find the best books for kids these days without someones suggestion so this is really helpful.
Thanks so much Drew!!