Children love reading books about animals and Fall is a great time to read about animals that hibernate. Even though northern California doesn’t get as cold as many other places in the United States, Autumn is still the time that many animals prepare for the coming season before going into hibernation. Even right here in northern California, some animals hibernate either for short periods of time or for the entire winter. For example, caves in the Sacramento Valley and surrounding foothills are home to hibernating bats. The Cascade Mountain Range and Sierra Nevadas of northern California are also home to hibernating frogs, bears, and even moths. Learning more about the animals and their Autumn and Winter habits is easy and fun for children of all ages when the following books are available to share with friends, family, and caregivers.
Ages 9 and up
Animals That Hibernate (Franklin Watts, 2002) by Phyllis J. Perry gives plenty of interesting information about hibernation. Everything from the types of animals that hibernate, where in the country they hibernate, and the various kinds of places animals find to cozy up in.
Bat Scientists (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) by Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman takes readers along with Merlin Tuttle as he explores bats’ homes, eating habits, usefulness to mankind, and conservation efforts to protect their natural habitat.
Why Do Bears Hibernate (Benchmark Books, 2009) by Darice Bailer is a Tell Me Why, Tell Me How book.
Ages 6 and up
Not a Buzz to Be Found: Insects in Winter (Millbrook Press, November, 2011) by Linda Glaser and Jaime Zollars examines the lives of twelve different insects as they hibernate.
Why Do Bears Sleep All Winter?: A Book About Hibernation (Capstone Press, 2008) by Mary Englar explains the hows and whys of hibernation.
Ages 4 and up
Hibernation Station (Simon & Schuster, 2010) by Michelle Meadows and Kurt Cyrus is the story of a hibernation train made of hollow logs that travels down the track headed for winter. The hollow logs are filled with various animals all preparing to hibernate as the weather turns colder.
Time to Sleep (Henry Holt & Co., 2001) by Denise Fleming explores the changes nature experiences as plants and animals get ready for winter.
Groundhog Stays Up Late (Walker Childrens, 2007) by Margery Cuyler and Jean Cassels is a story of procrastination as well as hibernation. While the rest of his forest friends prepare throughout Autumn for the coming winter, Groundhog would rather play. What will happen when Winter arrives and he is unprepared?
When Will it Snow? (Good Books, October, 2011) by Kathryn White and Alison Edgson is the tale of a bear cub who wants to see snow instead of hibernate like mama bear says he must.
Infant and up
Don’t Wake Up the Bear! (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2008) by Marjorie D. Murray and Patricia Wittmann is the story of many animals hibernating in the same place; next to a cozy and warm sleeping bear. What happens when a mouse sneezes and wakes everyone up?
Moon Glowing (Dutton Juvenile, 2002) by Elizabeth Partridge and Joan Paley is the story of how four animals – a squirrel, bat, beaver, and bear – prepare throughout Fall getting ready for the cold weather that’s on its way.
Reading is an essential skill that children need in order to be successful; sharing books with children about a variety of subjects not only provides them with a broad knowledge base as they mature, it aids in developing emotional bonds as well. These books about animals preparing for hibernation as the seasons grow colder can be purchased online at retailers like Amazon, Powell’s, and Biblio. They may also be available at independent booksellers like these located in northern California.
The Storyteller, 30 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, 925-284-3480
Read, 3630 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, 935-736-9090
Clayton Books, 5433 Clayton Road, Clayton, 925-673-3325