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12 Jungle Books for Kids

12 Jungle Books for Kids

If you are putting together a jungle or rain forest unit study for your children, a stack of bright colorful picture books is always a great place to start! Since most of our kids are unlikely to experience a tropical rain forest during their childhood, these jungle books for kids are just what you need.


A quick note:

You’ll notice that most of these books are about rain forests. Since all jungles are forests, this is a great conversation to have with your kids who can understand. “Jungle” is a casual term, while “rainforest” is the more scientific one.


Jungle and Rain Forest Books for Kids

12 Jungle Books for Kids

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Start with a broad non-fiction book that introduces different aspects of the tropical habitat.

Our library had Tropical Climates by Cath Senker.

Other good non-fiction books are:

We Both Read About the Rain Forest by Heather Johnanasen and Sindy McKay

Rain Forests: A Magic Tree House Research Guide by Will and Mary Pope Osborne

In the Rain Forest by Catherine Nichols

Up a Rainforest Tree by Carole Telford and Rod Tehodorou

Predators in the Rain Forest by Saviour Pirotta

Our kids also enjoy reading fiction jungle books! Here are some of our favorites:

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes

“Slowly,  Slowly,  Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle.

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

We’re Roaming the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs

 

Secrets of the Rainforest: A Shine a Light Book

By the way, have you heard of cloud forests? I picked up this book at the library, all about the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica:

The Forest in the Clouds by Sneed B. Collard III


And one “eh” book:

Most lists of recommended jungle books for kids include Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. And while it is a completely cute book, I just can’t get over the fact that (gasp!) it’s not even about jungle animals. In case you want to check it out for yourself, click here:


If you have a favorite jungle book, I would love for you to leave it in the comments! And if you’re looking for any jungle-related learning activities, be sure to check our latest family activity guide, now available in The Play School Club.

Jungle Habitat Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers


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19 Moon Books for Kids

19 Moon Books for Kids

The Apollo 11 50th anniversary is coming up, and you know we are celebrating with a list of moon books for kids! This booklist has it all — from non-fiction fact books about the moon’s role in our solar system to biographies of the astronauts and scientists who made the moon landing possible.

19 books to celebrate the moon landing's 50th anniversary


Be sure to check out our moon-themed invitations to play in the Resource Library!


19 Moon Books for Kids

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If you’ve been around here long, you know I LOVE Gail Gibbons’ non-fiction children’s books.

Seymour Simon also has great solar system books for kids, including this one about the moon.

If your library doesn’t have either of those, here’s a few more that give a good overview of the moon:

The Moon (Isaac Asimovs 21st Century Library of the Universe: the Solar System)

 

The Moon Seems to Change (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

 

Exploring Our Solar System: The Moon

While you are learning more about the moon landing, you might also want to check out books about astronauts:

Busy People: Astronaut

 

If You Decide to Go to the Moon

And now for books all about the moon landing!

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon 

 

Moon Landing (Graphic History) 

 

Eight Days Gone

 

Rocket To The Moon

 

When Neil Armstrong Built a Wind Tunnel

 

Ordinary People Change the World: I Am Neil Armstrong

 

One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong

 

Neil Armstrong: Young Flyer

Apollo 11 Moon Landing: An Interactive Space Exploration Adventure


 

Our library doesn’t actually have Moonshot, but you might enjoy this article on Medium: “The Time I Called Out a Children’s Book Author For Letting Girls Down”


I AM raising a girl who wants to work at NASA when she grows up, so Katherine Johnson and Margaret Hamilton are big heroes around here. 😉

You Should Meet Katherine Johnson

Margaret and the Moon


Space Activities for Kids

While you’re here, be sure to check out our list of solar system books and space activities for kids!


Your library may have other moon books for kids. Can you think of any I missed?

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18 Human Body Books for Kids

18 Human Body Books for Kids

Are you teaching your children about the different parts of their body? These 18 human body books will bring learning to life for your kids! You can also scroll down to see some of our favorite human body resources for kids of all ages.


(For more 40 more science activities about healthy human bodies, check out our latest Family Activity Guide in The Play School Club.)


When our girls were young, we bought a wooden human body puzzle from Discovery Toys. It had five layers, each one showing a different “system” of the body (skeleton, organs, muscles, skin, and then the top layer of clothing). I can’t tell you how many times I found one of my kids working on that puzzle!

We also watched two episodes from Rachel and the Treeschoolers over and over again! Both My Amazing Body and Happy, Healthy Me (episodes 5 and 6) are perfect for preschoolers and primary grade students who are wanting to learn more about human anatomy.

Scroll down for links to all of these resources.

healthy body books for kids

And now for our favorite human body books for kids!

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When it comes to learning about the human body and the five senses, there’s no better place to start than The Magic School Bus books.

We also found this great “Super Simple Body” series at our library that include beautiful pictures, detailed drawings, and science experiments.

Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack, Moo) has a cute trio of books that are perfect for ACTIVE kiddos.

If you are looking for books about healthy boundaries for children and their bodies, these two both get my stamp of approval.

And in no particular order, 3 more human body books:

human body books for kids

Additional resources (mentioned above):

Note: The puzzles are anatomically correct.

If I missed any of your favorite human body books, be sure to leave a comment.