Children's books are an important classroom resource for the study of animals because it is not practical for students to study many animals in their natural habitat. This article is the result of a collaborative research project undertaken by a science methods specialist and a children's literature specialist. We analyzed books about animals that contained both narrative and expository writing and determined the best books that facilitated science learning. We share our criteria for book selection and examples of books that meet these criteria. Many support science learning in classrooms allowing children to make observations, raise questions and form conclusions from evidence.
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