Books to support WWD: Big cats: Predators under threat

bigcatsTo highlight and educate people across the world the United Nations World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. March 3 is THE day each year and 2018 the spotlight is on “Big cats: Predators under threat”

Here are some titles that may help you to celebrate these beautiful felines and raise awareness of their vulnerability in an overcrowded, deforested and polluted world.

From the Searchlight Predators series:
(17x 23 cm, 32 pages, colour photographs, suits Years 3 to 6)
LionsontheHuntLions on the Hunt. How do lions hunt? How do they interact with other lions? Discover the answers to these questions and learn other fascinating facts about lions. From their habitat to their physical characteristics and behavior, explore the incredible lives of these top predators!
TigersontheHuntTigers on the Hunt. Why do tigers have stripes? How do their claws help them hunt? Discover the answers to these questions and learn other fascinating facts about tigers. From their habitat to their physical characteristics and behavior, explore the incredible lives of these top predators!
From the Camouflaged Hunting Mammals series:siberian tiger
(18 x 23 cm), 32 pages, colour photographs, suits Years  2 to 5
Siberian Tigers. Learn what a Siberian tiger has in common with an elk. Discover what sets a Siberian tiger apart from a Tasmanian devil. Readers will compare and contrast key traits of Siberian tigers—their appearance, behavior, habitat, and life cycle—to traits of other mammals.

ItsAJaguar_bumbaFrom the Rainforest Animals Bumba Books series:
(22 cm square, bold simple text, colour photographs, suits Years K – 2
It’s a Jaguar. Enter the world of one of the coolest cats in the rain forest. Jaguars prowl the forest floor in the vivid photos of this carefully leveled text. Critical thinking questions and a photo glossary supply readers with the basic building blocks for reading nonfiction.

meetababylionFrom the Baby African Animals Lightning Bolt Booksbabylions_index
(bold simple text, colour illustrations and photos, suits Years 1 to 3)
Meet a Baby Lion. African lions are powerful hunters. Newborn cubs are born with their eyes tightly closed. Their eyes open at about a week old. Lion cubs grow up in a group called a pride. Cubs learn how to hunt by watching the adults. How do baby lions grow and change?

cheetahleopardFrom the Animal Look-Alike Lightning Bolt Bookscheetahleopard_inside
(bold simple text, colour illustrations and photos, suits Years 1 to 3)
Can You Tell a Cheetah from a Leopard?
A huge tan cat with black spots on its fur crouches in the grass.  Its long tail twitches as it hunts for food.

Did you just see a cheetah? Or was it a leopard? These animals look very similar, but they are different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart.

cubtotiger

From the Start to Finish series.
(22.5 x 19 cm, colour photographs, Years K to 3)
From Cub to Tiger. How do tigers grow? Follow each step in the life cycle—from tiny, newborn cubs to large, majestic tigers—in this intriguing book!

Available from INT Books for schools and libraries across Australia.

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About jenbales

Avid lover of children's literature, experienced teacher librarian with expertise in resourcing the Australian Curriculum; Adjunct lecturer for Charles Sturt University and a representative of INT Books.
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