As I noted in a post earlier in the week, the children have been keen to learn all about the Rainforest and the Jungle. We played with our number jungle and have read plenty of books. I wanted to share our favourite books.
Flip Flap Jungle by Axel Scheffler (Nosy Crow) is one we have had for a good while now. Miss E loves these flip flap books and it’s a nice rhyming book and introduction to the creatures of the jungle.
Look Inside the Jungle (Usborne) is a great book packed full of facts and little snippets of information. There are plenty of flaps for little hands to lift and discover what lies underneath as wall as pages that fold out. My two have loved this, and I am sure Mr H will in due course too.
After enjoying the 100 facts about penguins book I bought the children this 100 Facts Rainforests book. These are really great books published by Miles Kelly and written by Camilla De la Bedoyere. They are super accessible and as the children get older they’ll ‘grow’ into these books. They were both fascinated as we read through this today.
A book we have had for a while and one that is simply astounding in its detail is the beautiful Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree by Kate Messner and Simon Mulazzani (Chronicle Kids). This book takes a rainforest tree and shows just how much life this one tree supports. It was a really useful book to help me try to explain the importance and scale of the rainforest to the children. We also re-visited In the Forest by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud (Tate Publishing). I have written about this book more here, but it is a brilliant way to help young children understand deforestation and all that that means.
We borrowed a few books from the library, Rainforest Animals by Carolyn Franklin (Book House) which is a great book for young children. There are images printed on clear pages that show a crocodile go from resting to snapping, show how large plants are home to both insects and frogs and lots of very engaging pictures and text. The children have enjoyed looking at this, as well as A Closer Look At: Rainforest (Book House) which they liked particularly for the animals and the fact that these are labeled clearly and I was able to tell them exactly the animal etc we were looking at.
Finally, we have been reading the wonderful Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth by Eric Carle (Puffin). This was a charity shop find last year and it is a lovely book. Well worth hunting down if you can.
I’ve really enjoyed exploring these rainforest and jungle themed books with the children over the past week or so and it’s been wonderful watching their interest and intrigue grow as they see ever more interesting creatures.