Bats!

 

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Fiction:
Appelt, Kathi.  Bats Around the Clock.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Rhyming text teaches how to tell time. The bats are jiving to the oldies on American Batstand, hosted by none other than Click Dark. The text and illustrations are as lively as the music that MUST accompany the reading of this book!

Appelt, Kathi.  Bat on Parade.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  HarperCollins, 1999.  K-2
Rhyming text and humorous illustrations introduce the basics of multiplication as a bat band is assembled for a parade.

Appelt, Kathi.  Bat Jamboree.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  HarperCollins, 1996.  K-2
In a counting book that goes up to 10 and back down again, 55 bats are set to perform their annual jamboree, a talent show that draws a standing room only crowd of animals. The rhyming text and humorous watercolor illustrations are fun for all right up to the grand finale, a bat pyramid.

Cannon, Annie.  The Bat in the Boot.  Scholastic, 1996.  K-2
Guaranteed to make children less fearful of bats, this gentle story of two children who find a baby bat in a boot and care for it until its mother comes for it in the night effectively blends facts into the narrative.

Cannon, Janell.  Stellaluna.  Harcourt, 1993.  Gr. K-2
Spectacular illustrations highlight this friendship story about a baby bat who is separated from his mother and takes up residence in a nest of young birds.

Lies, Brian.  Bats at the Beach.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.  K-3
There’s nothing like a night at the beach under the moon! In this book, however, a group of bats are having every possible beach experience—bat-style. Rhyming text includes all sorts of plays on words to fit the theme. Acrylic paintings depict the bats in great detail. Good read-aloud.

Lies, Brian.  Bats at the Library.  Houghton Mifflin, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Dark, acrylic paintings and a lively rhyming text take the bats to the library after hours for an enchanted night with such literary classics as Peter Rabbit, Good Night Moon, Make Way for Ducklings, and others—all bat-themed, of course. Great fun!

Lies, Brian.  Bats at the Ballgame.  Houghton Mifflin, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Inventive details accompany the bats as they swoop and dive around the bases in this gloriously illustrated baseball game with the bats from the beach and the library.

Lies, Brian.  Bats in the Band.  Houghton Mifflin, 2014.  Gr. K-3
The bats are jammin' in an abandoned theater, playing all sorts of music on improvised instruments. Lively rhymed text. Great illustrations.

Oppel, Kenneth.  Silverwing.  Simon & Schuster, 1997.  Gr. 4-6
Fast-paced action and sympathetic characters underlie this story of a small bat that is separated from his colony and on a quest to find his home and save it from villainous creatures. Sequels: Sunwing (Simon & Schuster, 2000) and Firewing (Simon & Schuster, 2003)

Nonfiction:
Bash, Barbara.  Shadows of the Night: The Hidden World of the Little Brown Bat.  Sierra Club Books for Children, 1993.  Gr. 2-4
Lively writing describes the life cycle through the seasons of this common North American bat. Appended pages offer facts about other species and discusses co-existing with bats.

Carson, Mary Kay.  The Bat Scientists.  Photos by Tom Uhlman.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  Gr. 4-8
Readers accompany bat expert Merlin Tuttle on a search for bats. Lots of color photographs enhance a readable and fact-filled text that explodes common myths. Strong conservation message. Excellent.

Chrustowski, Rick.  Big Brown Bat.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Colorful illustrations and simple text follow the life of a baby bat from birth to adulthood. Many facts about bats are blended into the text. A concluding page of “Bat Basics” offers even more information.

Cole, Joanna.  The Magic School Bus Going Batty: A Book about Bats.  Illus. by Bruce Degen.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
In her typical hands-on science teaching fashion, Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a field trip to learn more about bats. Fictional story supplemented with lots of facts.

Davies, Nicola.  Bat Loves the Night.  Illus. by Sarah Fox-Davies.  Candlewick, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
This informative story about the pipistrelle bat’s nocturnal habits offers scientific fact through vivid word choice and lovely watercolor and pencil illustrations. The endpapers contain labeled pencil sketches of different types of bats.

Earle, Ann.  Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats.  Illus. by Henry Cole.  HarperCollins, 1995.  Gr. 2-5
An overview of the basic characteristics and behaviors of bats. The author also attempts to dispel myths about bats. Acrylic and colored pencil illustrations further clarify the informational text.

Gibbons, Gail.  Bats.  Holiday House, 1999.  Gr. 1-3
A clearly written text describes the life cycle, habits, and physical characteristics of bats. Typical of Gibbons’ work, specialized vocabulary is defined in context, diagrams add to understanding, and additional facts are appended.

Glaser, Linda.  Beautiful Bats.  Illus. by Sharon Lane Holm.  Millbrook, 1998.  Gr. K-1
Easy-to-read text discusses the habits and characteristics of bats.

Hall, Katy & Eisenberg, Lisa.  Batty Riddles.  Illus. by Nicole Rubel.  Dial, 1993.  Gr. 2-5
Some riddles are very clever, and some are a little silly in this collection that is sure get some laughs from its readers. The hilarious illustrations will appeal to them too.

Lunde, Darrin.  Hello, Bumblebee Bat.  Illus. by Patricia J. Wynne.  Charlesbridge, 2007.  Gr. PreK-1
A question-and-answer pattern provides information about the smallest species of bat. Colorful, detailed illustrations add to the understanding.

Markle, Sandra.  The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery.  Millbrook, 2014.
Gr. 2-4
Large populations of brown bats are dying. Scientists are trying to figure out why and stepping up efforts to save them.

Markle, Sandra.  Bats: Biggest! Littlest!  Boyds Mills, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
Full-color photographs accompany a very readable text that discusses 14 kinds of bats from large to small, their physical features, diets, habitats, and behaviors.

Markle, Sandra.  Little Lost Bat.  Illus. by Alan Marks.  Charlesbridge, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
A newborn Mexican free-tailed bat is orphaned when its mother is killed until another bat mother takes over its care. Facts are incorporated into the lyrical text. Large watercolor paintings enhance the presentation.

Markle, Sandra.  Outside and Inside Bats.  Atheneum, 1997.  Gr. 3-6
In-depth descriptions and full-color photographs explain physical features of bats both inside and outside their bodies.

Milton, Joyce.  Bats-Creatures of the Night.  Illus. by Judith Moffatt.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1993.  Gr. 1-3
Simple text presents considerable information about the life cycle, families, and general characteristics of bats. The author addresses common misconceptions about bats. Cut paper collage illustrations are colorful and eye-catching.

Pringle, Laurence.  Bats!: Strange and Wonderful.  Illus. by Meryl Henderson.  Boyds Mills, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
With a particular focus on the benefits provided by the mammals, the clearly written text overviews the characteristics and habits of bats. Watercolor paintings extend the concepts.

Simon, Seymour.  Amazing Bats.  Chronicle, 2005.  Gr. 1-3
Full-color photographs invite readers to an informative text that introduces the topic of bats to beginning readers, provides fun facts, and dispels popular myths.

Stewart, Melissa.  A Place for Bats.  Illus. by Higgins Bond.  Peachtree, 2012.  Gr. K-3
In addition to providing information about bats, this book enlightens readers about the survival of bat populations and what people can do to support their ecosystems.

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