Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books: Sharing Nature with Children through Reading

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books: Sharing Nature with Children through Reading

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Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books: Sharing Nature with Children through Reading. By Kathleen T. Isaacs. Chicago: Huron Street Press, 2014. 260 p. Paper $19.95 (ISBN: 978-1937589-58-5).

Teacher and librarian Kathleen Isaacs offers a carefully compiled book on a timely topic. Seeking to help parents and caregivers combat "nature deficit" in their children, the author lists and describes books about nature that are appropriate for children from birth through age ten. Both fiction and nonfiction are included, and most of the titles were published in the last four years.

Each chapter begins with a helpful introduction to the topic. The chapters are further subdivided into more specific areas. For example, the chapter "More Animals" is divided into sections on sea creatures, birds, and mammals. Isaacs also includes a chapter on naturalists who later became children's authors and illustrators. The sections in this chapter begin with a brief biography of the naturalist followed by a thoughtful description of his or her individual style and focus.

Each annotation is about 150 words in length and provides a thorough sense of the title's tone and flavor. The beginning of each entry indicates the appropriate audience or suggested use for the book. Although most books are tagged as informational picture books, other suggestions for use include "early reader" and "bedtime story. …

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