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All children love animals and most will pick a favorite one to study. We bought a book called Beastly Behaviors, by J. Benyus, which has a checklist of behaviors at the end of each chapter. I copied the checklist and we took it to the zoo, checking off the behaviors we observed, and sketching or photographing the animals. My sons started to stump other adults with animal facts. The one who loved ocean mammals made increasingly complicated versions of a board game on whales.
– Laurie Block Spigel, from Education Uncensored

Nonfiction * Classic fiction with enchanted animals


  • Zoobooks Magazine. Receive a monthly issue on a different animal, without any advertising and full of photos. This is a perfect place for a child to begin researching an animal.
  • Beastly Behaviors: A Zoo Lover's Companion , by Janine M. Benyus. At the end of each chapter, on specific zoo animals, there is a behavior checklist that you can copy and take with you. Become a true zoologist when you visit the zoo by looking for new behaviors, checking them off your list, and keeping a log of your visits.
  • National Geographic Encyclopedia of Animals, by Karen McGhee

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Classic fiction with enchanted animals

Read about a recommended field trip: Animal Exhibits in NYC